So many books out there about organizing, so how can you choose which ones to read and which ones are not worth your time? Well, I am going to try to keep you up to date with what I am reading in the world of Home Organizing. I will let you know if I would suggest the book and then give a few tips that I found in the book to be well stated, cutting edge, or just plain awesome!
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify
By Francine Jay
Platform: Kindle Fire
This book was a quick read...I will give it that. While Francine had some great ideas and the book reads well, I was irritated by the constant plugs for her other books. I wouldn't suggest picking this one up because I think your time can be better spent (perhaps on some of her other books?!?), but I will share with you a couple of the ideas that I enjoyed:
- The idea of selling your castoffs was brought up (8. Ebay Reality Check- The True Value of Your Treasures). She states “...in my opinion, any item unlikely to sell for more than $10 is hardly worth the time and effort to photograph it, list it, and ship it. But that doesn't mean you have to hold on to it...Feel free to let it go! If you ever have the need for such an item in the future, look how inexpensively you can acquire it.” (Loc241/1514) Well, this hits the nail on the head. We have such attachment to our stuff because of it's “perceived” value.
- “Each unnecessary thing we purge (or chose not to buy) is one less thing to fuss over, clean, repair, maintain, and pay for. Each unfulfilling task we toss from our schedules is one less hassle in the course of our day. In paring down to the essentials, a myriad of worries fall to the wayside. And what we are left with? More space, more minutes, more attention for what's important.” (Loc1174/1514)
- “Decide what to keep, rather than what to toss.” (Loc1236/1514)
- “What is minimalism then? It's eliminating excess. It's asking “why” before you buy. It's embracing the concept of enough. It's living lightly and gracefully on earth. It's uncovering who you are when all of the logos, brand names, and clutter are stripped away. It's simple, it's ordinary, and it's accessible to everyone-from singles to families, teenagers and retirees.” (loc