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Adopting The Minimalist Mindset: How To Live With Less, Downsize, And Get More Fulfillment From Life Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2280 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
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  • Publication Date: July 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTNGTQE
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I found this a very helpful book, encouraging a mindset shift to be more content with your life, and less vulnerable to the "siren call" of consumption.
Brian encourages doing more for ourselves, like cooking--enjoying the process, not just getting through the chore. He also suggests being a "contrarian": by considering the smallest apartment you might need, rather than the biggest that you might be lured into. Don't worry about brands or "trying to keep up with the Joneses."
I appreciated that minimalism can also be part of our own spiritual journey, in assessing personal values.
He also provides photos of immaculate kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and offices--that I would love to emulate!--along with some practical suggestions for de-cluttering: Every week, get into the habit of discarding clothes, extra dishes, trash, electronics, excess decorations, and recycle magazines. Organize your closet. Plus deal with the digital clutter on your computer desk top!
At the end, he also provides 50 tips that will save you money. Whew! I already live fairly simply, yet it would take me quite a while to put all his suggestions into practice. By the end of reading his book, I definitely feel more inspired to do so!
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This book will help you understand WHY an organized life matters so much, to your mental and spiritual health as well as your physical health!

The best statement in the first section is that I.Q. and test scores do not correlate to success like DISCIPLINE does. This is so very true that I felt it should have been the first statement of the entire book! Yet I can see why he 'eases' people into the concept, because most think of discipline as work.

Mr. Night, however, adequately describes how it is more painful to have to care for so much stuff & clutter than it does to spend less energy on it, leaving more energy for more important things in life.

I rather disagree with the kitchen section, in which he recommends you do not need more utensils or storage containers than for 24-48 hours. First, these items can break, bend, suffer microwave damage and such, and second, many people in the U.S. shop for food on a weekly basis, so need a week's worth of storage. A huge number of country people I know must plan their weekly excursions (due to disabilities, not having a car, budgeting for gas and so forth), and do not have small grocery stores they can walk to every other day, such as most places in Europe do.

I was also somewhat surprised by so many suggestions to buy things, ostensibly to help in organization. Although he gave reasons for them, most suggestions were unnecessary. A person trying to minimize their clutter usually already has those items, for example, and in some instances I felt the suggestion was unwarranted. For example, video games and DVD's can surely be packed into those multi-sleeve carrier folders, but the value of many of them can disappear if they get separated from their original boxes, instruction sheets, or other materials.
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There comes a point in life when the STUFF we own no longer gives us pleasure, but becomes more of a burden. ...What am I going to do with this?...Where am I going to store that? ...Where did I put those?... I was beginning to feel almost like a stranger in my own comfortable home because I was becoming crowded by the very things that had once given me such satisfaction.

I had previously determined that I'd be moving into an apartment about half the size of my house where I've been living for the past 33 years. After reading this book, I took a serious look at my surroundings. Seriously! Just how many spatulas or slotted spoons does one really need? True - they all have a slightly different purpose and I do use them, but do I NEED them? No. And just how many jeans can I wear at one time? Do I really need an entire washer-load? No. And there's all those shoes, sheets, towels... I have an abundance of things and I am space poor. Much of it was acquired while rearing 5 kids and I learned to buy things in bulk. The kids left, but the habit remained.

This book contained excellent advice to help me make choices as I've pared my things down to a manageable amount. In doing so, I actually feel much lighter...as if the things aren't weighing me down. Admittedly, if I weren't moving, it would be much more difficult to go through and purge my house of STUFF, but the book raises questions to make the reader think about personal habits, and that's the first step into changing a mind-set. That's really what it's all about - coming to the realization we shouldn't fall prey to advertising and buy things on a whim...being truly content with what we hold rather than forget its value while reaching for just "more."
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What a great book! Let's all focus on the present and self-fulfillment. I very much sympathize with all the suggestions in this book. We should indeed break the chain of consumerism. My greatest personal challenge, I now realize, is to remove all the clutter from my office. I will surely be much more creative if I manage to do so. Thanks for all your valuable insights!
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