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About the Author
- Publication date : September 14, 2009
- File size : 261 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 116 pages
- Publisher : Pipe Dreams Press (September 14, 2009)
- ASIN : B0049H8X90
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #616,065 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My friend is about as healthy as a person could be, both inside and out. When he told me I should consider becoming a vegetarian, I scoffed at the suggestion. You see, I like steak. A lot.
Minimalism is something that he's started to slowly bring into his own life, and the changes are profound. While I have two daughters under the age of 4, it could get tricky--and my wife, oh my wife loves her shoes. However, the idea of needing less, having less, and feeling more free is one that I am not going to pass up on. So I started by following a few blogs recommended by my friend, and I was hooked by Leo's in particular.
With a desire to read as much of his ebook collection as possible on my awesome new Kindle, I decided to start here with "The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life." There is a lot of awesome stuff, very useful information contained in the guide. On one hand, I felt like it was too simple, too basic--but on the other hand, that's kinda the idea of minimalism. It's not something that can happen overnight, nor should it. I was shocked to find within the pages of this guide that I've already taken some of the recommended steps. We host a lot of events at the house and I REFUSE to leave any dishes in the sink, and I refuse to leave "stuff" on the counter.
I stress, this is a guide. I read this cover to cover in two or three hours, and it wasn't too heavy to need time to chew on it. At the same time, it's a great starting point for somebody who is curious about this whole concept of minimalism...
"It's all on his blog." Have you seen his extensive zen habits blog? Good look with weeding out the core principles. He condenses what is important for a solid read, saving precious time.
"He could have put more." The idea of minimalism is rather simple; it's no fad with six easy steps. Basically, just one: Reduce.
I thoroughly enjoyed that it was concise. I've read similar books on fulfillment such as The Happiness Project, the Simple Living Guide (444 pages, y'all), and the 100 Thing Challenge, all of which became a drudgery by the half-point of the book. I do not read for pleasure, I read for knowledge. I have relied on the recent introduction of "Popular Reads in Condensed Versions" to get me concentrated versions of useful books. Spare me the meticulous details, and just give me inspiration! I like books with small bites like The Book of Awakening.
It was sheer joy to have him share about his six children, how he keeps the toys in order, and how he loves his large number so.
He explains how to simplify your finances, to get to the point where you don't have to think about them.
He also brings up the issue of women and simplifying (which he rarely, if ever, brings up on his blog). Ladies, beauty products? Makeup? He uses his wife as an example.
I like the fresh idea of imagining your perfect day (as he advises in the beginning of the book) and then to remove most things you wouldn't need for that day.
Finally, for those complaining that there really isn't all that much there, there is. This book is chock full of wisdom that if my parents had taught me half of like material in my eighteen years of childhood, I'd had been sure that they done me well and raised me better than 95% of other parents. Forget geometry, haven't used it once! The knowledge of a meaningful life in this book is indispensable and yet more rare than most people would like to acknowledge.
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It starts really well with some excellent ideas on how to reduce clutter and make significant changes to our attitude towards acquiring possessions but it appears to then become focused on tidying up via the computer i.e. not keeping lots of paper documents; saving time by using the computer effectively; reducing clutter by having smaller keyboard, screen etc. which is all very well but for me, not the major clutters in my life.