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The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify - Updated and Revised (Minimalism Books, Home Organization Books, Decluttering Books House Cleaning Books) Hardcover – April 26 2016
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- Publisher : Chronicle Books (April 26 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1452155186
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452155180
- Item weight : 100 g
- Dimensions : 16.83 x 2.54 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well, I can't say I am a maximalist, but it is always nice to pare down your stuff: see what you have, what you don't use...
The book is fun and very well written. Authors discuss the things that we use on daily bases and don't think of...
Author tells as something like "My husband and I don't have a TV. Think how often you watch it... "
I have a TV, I don't watch it too often, but I am not going to throw it away, even if there is a lot of ads which are asking us to buy this and that.
Author is screaming out loud that you should have LESS AND LESS AND LESS stuff however suggests to use YOUR BASEMENT to store all the stuff you use rarely.
First of all, I don't know how most of your basements look like, but mine is clean and tidy: it is my office and an extra living room/gum. Secondly, I am surprised, how limited the book audience is. There is not a single word of what to do when you live in apartments, don't have a basement and might not even have garage. I truly don't believe that clutter is a 'house owners' priority.
Also, I didn't like the fact that the book tells you to throw out all your extra 4 staplers (whatever extra items), when you only use one. Yes, it makes clutter, but clutter when it doesn't belong to the certain place. But I spent money and time buying them. If my stapler breaks down (and don't tell me that I shouldn't have any 'if' here), why would I have to go to the store, spend my money AGAIN and waste my priceless time? Maybe that's just me (one plate is extreme for me), but I would prefer to have all I have but in order, rather than giving them away. And I don't get why the second black sweater makes the clutter, if you already have one?
The thing that 'killed' me is the 'motivation' to declutter your skin, nail and hair care items. Don't straight or curl your hair and don't even color it when it becomes grey.
I am horrified of this advice. I am from Europe (where all women look faultlessly) and came to Canada a couple of years ago. Don't ask me how surprised I was when I saw an older lady with long grey hair. I now understand where all those things come from. Nobody withdraw the rule of carefully looking after yourself! And how does this apply to a minimalist life style?
Overall... The book is a madness obsession of having less stuff,'more money'. Author tries to tell us that we don't need much (our floor, a blouse and a pair of pants, a plastic container, a plate, a cup and a spoon would be enough). This opinion has all rights to exist.
My opinion: don't waste your time to read, get up and sort your things, nobody knows better then you what you need and where.
than I used or needed both in clothes and cooking ware and utensils. Downsizing has become much much easier.
Things that I would have kept, just because they were valuable, have been put up for sale or given to the poor.
Decluttering is one thing, but when I read to make a list of every single item in your home, from the package of toothpicks, list of items in your junk drawer, etc., it really puts into prospective what does and doesn't matters, and get you to move it on out.
Well worth the read and an awesome Christmas gift for everyone on your shopping list.
Top reviews from other countries
I have now read five books about decluttering...all bought off Amazon, and the Jay book, the most expensive, does have some excellent ideas e.g. about keeping surfaces, including the floor, absolutely clear if you can... but imho, other good ones are:
For psychological detail about WHY people buy and accumulate goods they don't need, I recommend Dr. Marilyn Paul's book,"Why am I so disorganised?" which is an exhaustive exploration of the many reasons that may be applicable (though at times it does read like a series of notes of the various books she read when researching for her book.) [And it does have annoying 'quizzes' to fill in early on.. but don't let that put you off.]
And for a down-to-earth British approach covering bad habits, smaller spaces, home office issues and a description of Joan Bakewell's "Saying Good Night to My House" routine, I would recommend, Sheila Chandra, "Banish Clutter Forever: how the Toothbrush Principle will change your life forever". This helped us to dramatically change our bathroom, and to save a good deal of money too, as when we redecorated we found we had no need for any bathroom cabinet, or extra 'fripperies' - and it looks really simple and nice, and is much faster to clean. I found this the best value for money as regards effecting real change... tho' I am still working on our loft...
As well as making me get rid (in a responsible way) of a load of crap, I am now really thinking about everything that comes into my house (including presents) which all adds up to wasting less money and being more responsible (to the environment). Some things were quite challenging such as the reason we keep sentimental items, but I did pretty well at narrowing these down too. I highly recommend this book.