Sunday, 5 April 2015

Book Reviews - March

March was a very slow reading month.  Only two books, and the first one wasn't a full length book, more a guide.

I was clearly in a very decluttering mood...

- Joshua Becker

This is an e-book and as the cover says, it is seven guiding principles to help anyone declutter their home and life.  It's a short guide, I read it in an hour or so (I think, I wasn't timing it!)

I discovered that there is such a thing as a minimalist way of life over a year ago, and Joshua Becker's blog 'Becoming Minimalist' has been a great source of information and inspiration.  In the past year I have done a lot of online reading, and have started my own blog, Exploring Minimalism.  Therefore, I would say that this book didn't really provide anything different for me.

However, I think if you are new to the idea and are interested in cutting the excess from your life and living more simply and contentedly, then this would be a very inspiring and motivating read!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
- Marie Kondo

I'd read about this book here and there online, and decided to give it a go.  I was impressed!

The way of tidying detailed in the book has been named the KonMari method.  The book describes how to tidy and declutter our homes - once and for all - using this method.  As mentioned above, I have been researching minimalism, decluttering, simplifying for the last year or so.  However, I still felt that this book gave a bit of a different perspective and fresh food for thought.

I can see that Marie Kondo could be considered somewhat eccentric in her views, and the way she seems to almost humanise the items we own.  However, when you get down to her method for tidying our homes, I can't help thinking that it's got to work!  I can honestly say that reading this book inspired and excited me - maybe I need to get out more?!

I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in decluttering and tidying your home, leaving only those things which make you happy.  I plan to publish a series on Exploring Minimalism, showing how I get on trying out the KonMari method.  Keep an eye out for that!

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  1. Oh I am very intrigued by Marie Kondo's book! I'm always interested if someone has a unique or fresh view or simply an interesting / alternative take on something I'm interested in.

    I know I keep saying it, but when I think back to the chaos our apartment was a year ago, and then three years ago (ZOMG), I really don't know how or why I put up with that much stuff! It was so unnecessary. Living with less is literally a weight off of you. Less mess = less stress.

    1. Definitely! I still have so far to go with clearing out my house, but I actually get a real thrill when I get rid of something - I feel the weight lifting!
      Your home is most decidedly neat and organised! xx

  2. I am looking forward to see how you get on with your decluttering. Although with the humanising of the items - how will you ever get rid of anything??? I am too sentimental as it is. xx

    1. I know, the sentimentalism makes it harder - especially when you are even thanking your socks for their hard work on your feet!! ;) xx


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