A couple of weeks ago I started and finished (two days later) the new book Minimalism for Families by Zoe Kim. Zoe Kim is also behind the blog The Minimalist Plate. Even though I am not new to the concept of Minimalism and have read The life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Clutter Free with Kids by Joshua Becker as well as following several other Simple Living and Minimalism blogs, I still found lots of practical advice in this book. For me, It gave me the inspiration and motivation to tackle some spaces at home, that I just hadn’t gotten around to.
If you like to read reviews (Amazon or Good Reads) and decide to read ones regarding this book, many people seemed to say it’s an easy to read and easy to follow book which is great for beginners.
There are four main parts to this book;
Part 1- The Minimalist Mindset, an introduction and discusses what Minimalism is (and is not), the benefits of a more Minimalist lifestyle and how to integrate it into your life and your home.
Part 2- Actions for Every Age, focuses on communication, communicating your ideas about practising Minimalism at home with your family (house guidelines, guidelines for gifts), what to do if/when you encounter resistance at home and tips for team effort.
Part 3- Clean Up and Clear Out-this how to chapter, focuses on practical strategies to de-clutter your home room by room including the Living Areas (furniture, decor, books, photographs, keepsakes and sentimental items. Also focuses on the Kitchen area, Bed Rooms (including wardrobe), Home Office, Bathroom, Basement, Attic or other storage spaces.
Part 4- Maintenance: The Benefits of Less. This chapter focuses on how to keep those spaces clear that you have managed to de-clutter and how to stay on path. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely return to it as a reference book.
So, why was I interested in reading this book? Through Montessori (order, simplicity, beauty) I found Minimalism and through Minimalism I found Zero Waste and through Zero Waste I found Simple Living. I have found that they are all interconnected in many ways.
Over the past two years I have made small, simple changes to find more meaning, more purpose and more joy. For me, having an uncluttered home (space) and an un-busy schedule (time) has made life more enjoyable and less stressful. By no means have I got any of these down-pat, but it’s about the journey NOT the destination. There is always changes that could be made, and there is always something new to learn. I do not expect perfection or to know everything. I just do my best.
If you know of any other Minimalism or Simple Living books or blogs you would like to recommend, feel free to do so in the comments section.