I read Minimalist Living in exchange for honest review from Tomoson. I received the book via Kobo. The book was written by George Pain.
I wanted to review the book because last year, I moved from a house to an apartment. I am still trying to unpack, declutter, and organize my house. I just found a sofa and another small table (courtesy apartment dump) within the last week, so I have one less obstacle, to whenever I have company (i.e. therapists, counselors, evaluators, close friends, etc.). The living room is finally looking decent, along with the dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. My final two projects are the bedroom and closet.
My problem in the bedroom is clothes, lots and lots of clothes--from clothes I paid for to items, received for free. I was able to clear some space in the closet to start the closet cleaning process and to make more room for the kids diapers, wipes, and mattress pads.
I need to get rid of any clothes, which are too small or don't fit my style anymore. I also need to get rid of random stuff in the closet such as a speaker or two, I don't use. I have also started reorganizing my essential oil collection in the closet from the floor in cloth bins to plastic bins because the cloth bins are falling apart.
I also need something to better organize laundry by whites; Kalen's clothes and my clothes; and Brad's clothes, until they are washed and dried.
Decluttering and organizing has helped relieve some stress but I still have a long way to go. One of my future goals is to get Brad a mattress with low frame and turn dining room into a mini bedroom. I just need a small tv to keep him in there vs in my bedroom.
The book consists of 6 chapters:
- Chapter 1 focuses on what minimalism is the benefits of minimalism.
- Chapter 2 focuses on minimalism and the search for happiness.
- Chapter 3 focuses on minimalism as counter consumerism.
- Chapter 4 focuses on letting go and moving on
- Chapter 5 focuses on financial freedom.
- Chapter 6 focuses on decluttering
I liked the transformation process outlined in chapter 2, which consists of crisis, curiousity, apprehension, disappointment, gratitude, empowerment, and wholistic. I have admitted I have a crisis and the thought of decluttering brings apprehension when I look at my mess. I also have felt release and gratitude at my progress so far.
I also like how the author discusses the different types of minimalists. I think I fall between the possessions minimalist (getting rid of things, you don't need to save space) and a distractions minimalist (to make a conducive environment to focus).
The book is a short read and I just need to put things learned into practice.
You can purchase the book on Amazon using the link above. The book is available in Kindle and Paperback format. The book is prime-eligible.