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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify Kindle Edition

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Length: 133 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anja Press (May 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UYJDC
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I've been a long-time fan of Francine Jay and her blog Miss Minimalist. When I found out she had a new kindle out for only 99 cents I hopped on it.

This kindle download is a compilation of 50 articles that are also available on her blog. If they're free on her blog, why did I spend a buck to buy them? Because I wanted the ease and convenience of having them at my fingertips. Now whether or not I'm connected to the internet I can get a dose of Francine's gentle inspiration any time I want it.

What's inside: It looks like Francine chose some of her heaviest-hitters for this Kindle download. There are the nitty-gritty action step articles for how to deal with clothes, shoes, kitchen clutter, etc. And then there are some exquisite nspirational pieces scattered in for seasoning that cover the more intrinsic aspects of living a happy, simplified life.

IMO you can't beat this bundle of articles for a buck. Yep, you can also go to her blog and read em' for free, but I love the easy access of having them in Kindle.
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I am not a minimalist by any means, but Ms. Minimalist thoroughly enticed me with her blog about simple living.

I stumbled across her site during a desperate attempt to declutter. Wow, less is actually more. How can that be? Logical? Maybe not in our consumer culture, but refreshing? It definitely is.

As a person who grew up thinking that abundance and excess were the norm, I appreciate Ms. Minimalist's approach to minimalism. She doesn't overcomplicate the idea of minimalism. Basically, you should dictate the course of your life; don't let (your) stuff do it for you. Let everything that you decide to keep have a purpose (or many purposes), and don't keep stuff just to have stuff. Know that it's ok to not have to keep up with the Joneses (who are actually having a hard time keeping up with themselves). You don't have to upgrade your cellphone whenever a new model comes out, or get a new car every few years, or spend umpteen hours and dollars taking pretty pictures to post on your Facebook account to outdo the Joneses (phew, thank goodness!)
There's wisdom in this kind of advice, a wisdom missing from our culture of consumerism that can be had by perusing the pages of this eBook, which is a compilation of 60 articles/ posts from her blog.

I don't know if i agree with everything in the book, but this is still comforting advice for hard times, compiled into a cute, easily accessible eBook that takes up no room at all and can be lent to your friends or anyone you see fit. Definitely worth the 99 cents.
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I originally bought Francine's "Joy of Less" book that impacted my life considerably. I followed her method of decluttering and found the stress in my life melting away. When I saw her new book online, I decided to add it to my Kindle collection. The new book contains even more ideas which I'm anxious to try. What a bargain for 99 cents!
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The book contains a lot of practical suggestions for how to reduce clutter, and the author's reminder to ask of every item whether you love or need it is a good one. However, despite the title, I didn't realize just _how_ minimalist Jay's approach is. She assumes that all of her readers share her delight in bare surfaces and near-empty rooms. My working library contains hundreds of books, and not only would most of them be almost impossible to replace, but being surrounded by them also gives me a sense of comfort and abundance. I know other people who get the same feeling from their makeup palette, or shoe collection, or full pantry. Jay's only response to the emotional comfort many of us get from our stuff is to tell us to stop being so attached and lecture us about how we are destroying the planet and exploiting the downtrodden. Between the author's radical minimalism and a hoarder's extreme fear of deprivation lies a happy medium in which, I suspect, most of us would prefer to live - we don't want stacks of paperwork or junk everywhere, but we do want enough tableware to entertain guests, enough craft supplies for hobbies we really do expect to get back to when our current project is finished, etc. For me, Julie Morgenstern's "Organizing from the Inside Out" was a better fit for the kind of less-extreme decluttering that I was looking for.
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This is a FANTASTIC compilation of articles. The one at the end is particularly useful being# 59 of 60 (60 great articles equal a wonderful full size book btw). It is entitled 100 ways to simplify your life and make yourself happier).

It functions as a marvelous little to do list. A starter set of things to consider when embracing minimalism.

I like this little kindle book (99 cents!) even better than her book "the Joy of Less" which is also an excellent addition to my Kindle but this 99 cent version is sharper, clearer, more distilled. Dare I say "more minimalist?"

Like any good book, I don't agree with everything 100% but even a disagreement that causes a person to think thru what they DO believe is a great point. I appreciate how she makes me take a second look at my beliefs.

Great book, I'd buy it even if it was $20.
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