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Take What You Can Use,
This review is from: Becoming a Minimalist: Your Guide to Living a Great Life with Less Through Minimalism (Paperback)Kimberly Wilson does a good job of suggesting ways to declutter our lives. That said, I find it hard to say how rigorously I will follow her advice. To this point I have not followed it very much, I must confess. Yet I'm not about to beat myself up over it all. In many ways my life diverges from this book's edicts but I still think that I got plenty of good ideas out of it.
May I suggest that readers not whip themselves if they can't follow the principles herein to the letter? Accept yourself as you are at the core, and use this book as a vehicle to happify your life. It worked that way for me!
When I moved from South Beach Miami to Kona, Hawai'i in 1999 (ostensibly to escape the feared mainland meltdown at Y2K, but honestly because the island existed and I wanted to try it out), I took only essential clothes, a few dollars in cash, a checkbook and savings passbook and credit card, and a notebook computer. I gave everything else away. All of my belongings, my... Read more
Recommended for anyone interested in the minimalist lifestyle, or for inspiration to keep simplifying!,
This review is from: Becoming a Minimalist: Your Guide to Living a Great Life with Less Through Minimalism (Kindle Edition)This brief but informative ebook really spoke to me - I loved it! Our family is currently living in a relatively small space, and my husband and I have decided we are going to stay here as long as we possibly can - which is increasingly difficult with a growing child. I have been on a quest to simplify and de-clutter our home. For inspiration I have been reading books about simple living and minimalism to stay motivated.
The author discusses the definition of minimalism and how it varies from person to person, the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle to us and to others (and the earth!) and gives practical suggestions for individuals and families. I have read a lot on this subject, and even though the book is short I still found some fresh ideas I'd like to try. Wilson even takes the minimalist approach a bit further into minimalist vacations, buying vs renting, food choices, computers and electronic storage, etc.
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Minimalist approach to minimalism,
This review is from: Becoming a Minimalist: Your Guide to Living a Great Life with Less Through Minimalism (Kindle Edition)
Basically, I like this book. I noticed that she has edited or had help with editing; the mistakes in grammar and punctuation that I have seen in some Kindle books do not appear here.
Kimberly Wilson gives the reasons for becoming a minimalist, but recognizes that you're almost ready if you buy the book. She uses most of her energy on the "how to" parts of the book, not wasting words or the reader's time. The four star rather than five rating comes from a few things I wish she had put into her work, mostly (a) information or links to resources about keeping paperwork that might be legally necessary, such as tax documents and (b) a bit more discussion of useful ways to get rid of things by donations or personal giving.