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The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne

41uR1im2D1L._SY346_If you’ve found yourself hooked on Marie Kondo, there are more books in the world that will teach you decluttering techniques. I’ve read some great ones over the years, including Don Aslett’s Clutter’s Last Stand and Dinah Sander’s Discardia. Both of these books changed my life and helped me to let go of my hoarding ways.

The Minimalist Way is definitely in my top 5 favorite decluttering books. It begins with a look at what minimalism is and how it helps with the control of clutter (makes sense, if you have less stuff you’ll have less clutter).

There is a mental note when it comes to the need to own things. For me, I felt like I didn’t have much of a connection with other people, so I connected to things. Both my mom and my grandmother were hoarders up until they died. I didn’t want to be like them. I’m recovered. I don’t live a minimalist life, but I also don’t hoard things anymore.

Books like The Minimalist Way are tools I use to help me stay “cured.” They offer a reminder, even to those of us that are mostly or completely clutter-free, what an importance it is to have less clutter, and less stuff, filling up our lives and our minds.

There is so much information crammed in this little book. My favorite chapter is on budgeting. In this chapter, among many tips, the author encourages readers to take a “spending” fast—such a great idea. When you realize the money you save and the space you save in a month of not spending, you’ll realize that it’s not as hard as you thought it would be.

I highly recommend this book to people drowning in clutter and to those of you that simply want a reminder of why you don’t have a house full of “stuff.”

I received this book for free from the publisher so I could pen this unsolicited review.

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The Secret Joy of Hygge by Alexandra Amarotico

*Note to my readers – Thanks for allowing me the month of January off. It’s been a crazy year so far, but I am going to get back to catching up on this giant stack of books (although I cannot actually “stack” the ebooks). I hope you enjoy my reviews!

1200x630bbThe Secret Joy of Hygge is the story and anecdotes of one person experience Hygge for themselves. Alexandra Amarotico was a foreign exchange student who got the opportunity to spend some time living in Denmark in her teens. This book is the culmination of her experience with Hygge, explained in a way that will help readers find joy in this… way of life… too.

What I liked about the book – It has the basics. The glossary of terms at the beginning was my favorite part. Don’t worry if you have no idea how to pronounce Hygge properly, this book will teach you.

What I really thought – While this is a well-written book, I didn’t feel like I learned all that much from it. However, if you’re spending your life running around like a chicken with its head cut off, you could use this book. The reason it didn’t work for me is that I apparently already have plenty of Hygge in my life. Yes, there’s room for joyous improvement, but as someone that does what they love for a living, at home, in a happy relationship, who has learned how to dispose of the negative – this book just wasn’t something I’d need to read again.

5 stars for the beginner in the world of Hygge, 3 stars for the pro.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes.