- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 389 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
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- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify Kindle Edition
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Recommended for those who want to start looking into Minimalism and downsizing because their house looks cluttered rather than because they feel dissatisfied with life more generally. It is short, the chapters are bite-sized and the writing easy, engaging and friendly.
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.
The overall tone of the book is, as another reviewer said, non-preachy and, I would like to add, non-gloaty. The author doesn't bore you with loads of stories but does include some beautiful quotes at the beginning of the chapters and lots of helpful information about the decluttering requirements of different rooms.
A section on the philosophy of minimalism is included as is a rundown of what to do in each room and, yes, there is a system (yawn) called S.T.R.E.A.M.L.I.N.E but it works if you follow it and the fact that the author repeats it for every room helps to get it into your head so it is easier when you come to put it into action. I thought that I would find it boring but actually it really helped me when I began the process of decluttering.
The author also provides some excellent advice on how to stop unwanted stuff from entering your life in the first place so that you stay clutter-free as the book describes a two-pronged attack on clutter both by getting rid of existing excess possessions and by stopping the inflow of more stuff.
There is a really helpful section of dealing with different kinds of stuff, for example, that has emotional attachments or that was a gift/inheritance.
I would recommend not only this book but the decluttered lifestyle it describes. If you have a Kindle why not start your clutter free life with this purchase by buying the e-version?
Other books on the subject that I would definitely recommend are: "The life laundry - how to de-junk your life" and "The life laundry - how to stay de-junked forever" by Dawna Walter.
I liked the repeated question about why an object should have a place in your home. Although her level of minimalism is far higher than I would want to aim for, her very extremism is a positive but rational challenge. I do hope, however, that as she settles in her new location she will start entertaining a bit more and get a few more plates and glasses! I was puzzled that she didn't want any art on her walls, but she does make the point that you can go and enjoy art without having to own it, and I liked the idea of how easy it is to run a minimalist home. She also suggests humane and grown-up responses to other people's reactions to your new, minimalist lifestyle, and many of these points could apply to anyone who likes to live a bit differently from the norm without being considered odd. After all, a lot of what passes for normal is decidedly odd when you start to question it. TV fans and people who need to find or express their identity through their possessions will probably not enjoy this book.
The book is a collection of articles intended to publicise a full-length book on the topic, so there is some repetition, but like another reviewer, I actually enjoyed that, and I thought it was a generous and detailed taster.
I have taken a lot of pleasure in clearing out various areas of my home over the last few days. Who knows where it will stop?
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Loved her non judgemental style, the author shares snippets of philosophy as well as interesting quotes.
Great for a skim read, feeling inspired to declutter.
Great for a skim read, feeling inspired to declutter.