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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify [Kindle Edition]

Francine Jay
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Book Description

Would you like to live a beautiful life with less stuff?

This delightful collection of articles by Francine Jay, author of “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide,” provides great inspiration to pare down your possessions. Jay breezes from practical topics, like “What’s in a Minimalist Kitchen” and “How Many Shoes are Enough,” to more philosophical musings, like what the Japanese or ancient Greeks can teach us about simple living.

Along with valuable tips and advice, the author shares her personal stories about decluttering and living with less. Her warmth, humor, and encouraging tone make you feel like you’re chatting with a good friend over a cup of coffee—a friend you’d love to invite over to clean out your closets!

These essays are a wonderful introduction to minimalist living, written by someone with a genuine passion for the topic. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your clutter, or disenchanted with consumerism, you’ll find a kindred soul (and a wealth of advice) in Miss Minimalist. Best of all: you’ll likely empty a drawer or two by the time you’ve finished reading!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anja Press (25 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UYJDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVED this book! Having previously realised that less stuff = more space (duh!) I had previously decluttered my (last) home and it was bliss. Then life took over and, once again, I found myself drowning in stuff. Fed up with fighting the clutter and spending what seemed like my whole life Rearranging Stuff and Putting Stuff Away whilst all the time wishing I had a bigger house, I read this book and it gave me the kick-start/kick-in-the-butt I needed to declutter once again along with the renewed realisation that what I needed was not more space but less stuff.

If you have never lived in a decluttered environment then you cannot imagine what bliss it is to be able to find everything within seconds or what it is like to wake up to a clean, tidy house or not to have that constant stressed feeling that comes from never being able to find anything etc. etc. I haven't yet finished decluttering but I already feel much calmer and life is so much easier. If you, like me, have found yourself constantly having frantic searches for stuff that you need or that you are supposed to have dealt with then deciding to live with less stuff is the answer and this book is excellent in helping you to achieve that. It is a very practical book and not so full of whimsical musings on the meaning of life and such like as some of the other books on the subject that I have read and therefore I felt that it was much more helpful in a the practical sense of dealing with the physical objects causing the clutter.

It has been said that this book is somewhat repetitive. However I felt that this was a good thing because, as you read the book, it becomes like a kind of "reverse brainwashing" to counteract the everyday onslaught from the media which is telling you to get more stuff.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore minimalism for strong people 11 Sept. 2011
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To give you a picture of Miss Minimalist's life, the author has so few possessions, when her apartment was broken into, the thief only managed to make off with a change purse, a lipstick and their cd player. Maybe a little extreme for most of us, but if you're keen on the honed-down, ultra-minimalist approach, this might be for you.

The book's composed of short (1 - 3 page essays) on particular aspects of minimalist life. The average essay goes as follows: my husband and I used to have loads of (china/clothes/recipes/stuff) but then we realised we don't need all this stuff, so we got rid of it. Now we've got hardly anything! We're so happy!

Alas, her lifestyle and approach to home and family life are so removed from my own, I didn't find it quite as inspirational as I'd hoped. Would recommend you check out her website first, to see if her style is a good fit with yours.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is more 8 Feb. 2012
By Anne B
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Once I had read this book, I was happy that I had purchased it as a kindle edition rather than as a paperback crammed onto my already stuffed bookshelves. This is a great little book offering inspiration and practical suggestions to a recovering pack rat like me. I tried to de-clutter last year but this book has encouraged me to go further. I now recognise that my stuff is getting in the way of my life and I love the `less is more' philosophy. There are suggestions for all areas of life such as wardrobes, books, holidays etc. There were some ideas I had come across before but there were many other suggestions that were new to me and I can't wait to implement them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 20 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading Miss Minimalist. It is well written, and for those who feel weighed down by their items and obligations it will quite possibly offer some good insights. I did find it inspiring, and the non-preaching tone is pleasant. The book offers some hands-on tips to managing your clutter as well as the motivation to do so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational and practical 4 Jan. 2013
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I found this book both inspirational and practical. Other books give practical advice on de-cluttering, but this one also offers a philosophy on which to base it. " Minsumerism" was a new concept to me, but the idea is very appealing. The author took her minimalism too far for me, giving up TV for example, but many of her ideas are worth consideration, at the least. She suggest that one should only enough of everything to meet one's current needs. It is a valudable counter to today's rampant consumerism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally resonated with me!!! 5 Oct. 2012
By space68
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I absolutely LOVED this book - which I bought on my new Kindle (inspired as I am to cut down on book clutter!).

Many of the things the author spoke about regarding her childhood completely resonated with me too. I wanted things as a child, naturally, but I, too, remember feeling totally overwhelmed by STUFF and longing to grow up so I could keep a living space the way I want to.

I am also a free-wheeling, free-spirited type and like the idea I can pick up and move whenever I please without too much hassle. In fact, I have already done this several times in my life before.

It's certainly an interesting way to look at things and a good philosophy for my life.

As the author explains, the most beautiful things in the world can be enjoyed without this needing to OWN AND POSSESS feeling so many people have - sunsets, a forest, the sea, for example......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good price for excellent information 25 Sept. 2013
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I find the book interesting to read. Her explanation of why she has made certain decisions in living a minimalist lifestyle encouraging to read. I have no interest in being a Minimalist; in the sense the way the author lives her life. But her methods of removing clutter from her life is valid for all of us who wish to live their life with less stuff.
Her writing style is such that she is sharing and not preaching, you do not feel that you are reading a quasi-religious text. You choose how far you go with this lifestyle of less things in your life and her advice is sound and practical. I do not think it is necessary to read any other source material if you wish to know what to do and how to do it. At under £0.80 you might find it is a sensible/frugal e-book to buy. (But remember you can get this information on-line for free.) I guarantee if you only acted on two suggestions of hers you will find you have been prevented from spending minimum of £1.00 by the end of the day!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars some great advice
A good read, a little far-fetched at times but really made me think!
Will get her next book to read through too.
Published 1 month ago by Sanze
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, LOVE this book!
I can't sing enough praise for this book. I have loved every page, every concept. This is how I want my life to be. I've been a slave to 'stuff' for far too long. Read more
Published 2 months ago by e4b4
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by A. B. Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read
Easy and fun to read, gets you hooked on minimalistic living.
Published 5 months ago by Irene P Clausen
5.0 out of 5 stars something to which I can aspire!
A very inspirational read, lots of things that I've already had ideas about - it's nice to see that someone else has actually achieved them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AmazonUser11
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and an enjoyable read
I found the book easily readable, absorbing and inspirational. I'm not sure that I would like so few possessions myself, but certainly gained from reading the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JH
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The idea is great and something to aspire to. Not realistic for me right now, but maybe in time.
Published 7 months ago by anvenyn
4.0 out of 5 stars useful ideas
I thought the ideas and tips were great. A little bit repetitive but I'm glad I bought it. I am totally inspired to start a box of old stuff to sell at the Christmas Fair! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point
I'm new to this idea but know it's right for me. However getting started is the hard part! Not now ........
Published 11 months ago by Annie Oaklea
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Light and easy to read while being full of useful info. Pretty minimalist in its approach (strange that). Well worth it
Published 12 months ago by ali stoneman
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