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Minimalista: Your step-by-step guide to a better home, wardrobe and life

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She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and their Australian shepherd, who sheds all over their very organized home. I've lost count of how many minimizing and decluttering books I've read since then, but this one is at the top of my list. Stopped reading this early on when she suggested tearing off book jackets and organizing books by color. Part 1 (the first 90 or so pages) was good, outlining her step by step process for decluttering and organising your home.

As I created my own brand of minimalism and introduced it to my clients, it became evident that elevating one’s style was an inevitable and delightful by-product of curating one’s belongings down to the highest-quality essentials. We had what we needed, but my parents valued experiences over possessions and instilled creativity, kindness, and curiosity as core values. I do not see the point in this step apart from wasting money to make your cupboard look like a Pinterest image (and then not knowing best before dates because you got rid of all the packaging).I’m on my own journey of minimising my possessions (not becoming a minimalist), I have been for a while. This book is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to pare back to what is essential and let go of the rest.

My favorite part was about kids and the example she gives about how preschools teach kids to stay organized and create zones that the kids can easily follow and implement during the school day.And you can still have a capsule wardrobe even if you’re using plastic Target hangers that once lived in your dorm room. But for the newbie, although I think it asks all the right questions, I doubt it creates the same sense of deep seated urgency, life-or-death cleaning urge, that is needed for true behavioral change.

And hey, maybe it’s quite true over the pond (I’m writing from Paris), but she was slightly annoying at times on that front. It’s simple but not always easy, and if you try to tackle it all at once, it can feel like an impossible task.

The family and I are finally off on our rescheduled two-week trip to Europe after a major passport fail this summer. I preach a philosophy of minimalism that confronts excess—not one that deprives you of the things you actually enjoy. Once you learn the methodology you'll dive into the hands-on work, choose-your-own-adventure style: knock out a room, or even a single drawer; style a bookshelf; donate a sweater. Now, before you conjure up images of empty spaces with stark, white walls, let me explain how I define minimalism. Your belongings are a physical manifestation of your life—your stuff can reveal what you value, what your priorities are, and where you’re stuck or struggling.

Gill comments on how her organizing system isn't about making everything a rainbow, the staple of The Home Edit system. Now I get to carry those teachings forward by showing my clients the benefits and freedom of having LESS in a sea of noise telling us that what we need to be happy is MORE.

As a professional home organiser with clients ranging from students to multi-millionaires, Shira Gill observed that clutter is a universal stress trigger. I’ve seen it again and again in my years helping clients all over the world edit and organize their homes. I’ve worked with students who lived in run-down studio apartments, and I’ve helped multi-multi-millionaires in mansions that took up entire city blocks. There were also a few lengthy journalling exercises which, if you’re low on spare time, are not too practical. She lectures about it being our responsibility to not give to Goodwill exclusively unless you know for sure that they will accept it (how would we know unless we worked or work there?

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