Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Joy of Less: a minimalist guide to declutter, organize, and simplify, by Francine Jay

Breathe a sigh of relief because, the holiday season is finally (mostly?) behind us. And with the weather somewhat warmer and sunnier, I feel motivated to do more, like clean and declutter. But how to start, you say? Well, start by checking out Francine Jay’s The Joy of Less: a minimalist guide to declutter, organize, and simplify.

Francine Jay is the blogger behind Miss Minimalist, and evidently an avid minimalist. But in this book, she takes it slow. She spends her first chapter on why one should consider minimalizing, making very good arguments for her case. Why pay more for more storage and stress? Her second chapter deals in how-to. How does one manage it? Jay introduces the idea of her STREAMLINE method, and in the third chapter, details how to use it to tackle each room. In her last chapter, Jay explores the facts and fiction of living a minimalized lifestyle.

Jay eases you into the idea of decluttering naturally, making one think about what they have versus why they still have it. Jay wonders, if one is keeping items for sentimentality purposes, how does one enjoy them when these items are packed away? She asks the reader to weigh the sentimentality against the logical need of the actual item.

Does the idea of some early spring cleaning still sound invigorating? Try Rightsize ... right now! : the eight-week plan to organize, declutter, and make any move stress-free, by Regina Leeds for a more precise timetable to your freedom from hoarding. Alternatively, Unfuck your habitat: you're better than your mess, by Rachel Hoffman is a great resource for more cleaning and a good kick in the tail to get going. By Nicole

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