My Favorite Minimalism/Decluttering Books (Part One)

I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite books on minimalism and decluttering. This is named “part one” as I’m always picking up new books, so I’m sure I’ll do a “part two” in the future.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Does it even need to be said? The granddaddy of tidying books that helped start the minimalism trend. KonMari’s method is an excellent one and her gentle, encouraging voice really comes through, even in the translation.
  • Goodbye, Things – Fumio Sasaki’s book is part memoir of his own journey to minimalism and the happiness it brought, part list of tips and tricks on decluttering. The bonus photo section is a joy to look at.
  • Everything That Remains – Another minimalism classic. The Minimalists are the fathers of American minimalism and this is my favorite book of theirs (Although the other two are also good.) They call this their “Why to” book.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of not Giving a F*ck – If it’s your calendar you need to minimize/declutter and you like a generous serving of cursing with some excellent advice, Sarah Knight’s book is for you.
  • The Joy of Less – If KonMari isn’t for you, you might enjoy Francine Jay’s STREAMLINE method.

Hope you enjoy this list! Get to reading! (And remember – if possible, get these books from your local library rather than purchasing – that’s why I didn’t include Amazon links.)

Hugs from Hobbiton,

Veronica

Book Review: The 100 Thing Challenge

I’ve always been fascinated with extreme minimalism, so when I had the opportunity to pick up David Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge for under $4, I grabbed it right away.

The Good: Bruno spends a lot of time detailing the thought process that led to him doing the challenge and how he prepared for it for an entire year ahead of time. (Hint: As discussed in my previous post, discarding items is no easy feat, and he needed to get his down to 100.)  I also liked that he included specific lists of what his 95-100 items were at various points – although everyone’s lifestyles and requirements are different, they help to provide a jumping-off point.

The Bad: One of the positive attributes of the book also leads to one of its detriments: I felt there wasn’t enough focus given to the actual challenge and the lifestyle changes and difficulties it created.  Now in all fairness one of the points Bruno makes is that his life didn’t change much, but I would still have liked to have seen this section fleshed out.

In Summary: Although not one of my favorites, it is a quick easy read and may inspire you to do your own extreme (however you define this – as Bruno says in the book, his number was 100, others may have a different one) minimalism challenge.

The extreme minimalism video series that I like best is by one of my favorite Youtubers,  The Bad Minimalist. Check it out – they not only go through what they keep, they address a lot of the underlying emotions that can come out during a challenge like this. Watch the entire playlist below:

Hugs from Hobbiton,

Veronica