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Minimalism Room By Room by Elizabeth Enright Phillips

41OPXgnnT+L._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not a minimalist, but I like the idea. I am a collector. If I don’t “collect” it, then I have minimal amounts of it. I am not the opposite either — I’m not a hoarder (though I am recovered). Letting go of things is easy for me, but I love entertainment (movies, music, and especially books).

I enjoy reading about minimalism and watching shows on the topic. I get tips. I’m reminded that living life is more important than filling our homes with stuff.

Minimalism Room By Room is a wonderful, comprehensive guide, to help with home decluttering. The book briefly explains the minimalist lifestyle but doesn’t waste a bunch of time on descriptions — instead, it delves into a room by room breakdown of what to go through. The goal is to keep the stuff you need and ensure everything has a place. The spaces things are kept are assigned “jobs.” Like the pantry is for food, the hall closet is for sports goods and coats, etc.

What I like even more than the room-by-room step-by-step layout of this book is that there are tracking sheets in the back of the book. You can keep track of how many boxes or bags of stuff you donate, for items you sell, and even a guide on making a capsule wardrobe.

This book was free from the publisher. It’s cool.

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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.