The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/1/11
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"What is a minimalist life? It's one that is stripped of the unnecessary, to make room for that which gives you joy. It's a removal of clutter in all its forms, leaving you with peace and freedom and lightness. A minimalist values quality, not quantity, in all forms." So writes Leo Babauta, the creator of Zen Habits and author of The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. A joy to read, this little book will help you clear out clutter, be content with less, and simplify your life--with tips on everything from creating a minimalist workspace to going paperless. In short, it will help you enjoy a simpler, happier life!
As much as I love the blog, I don't really feel like the book brought me a lot of new information. I know it must be tough to come up with enough material for an ongoing blog and a book because you are probably using up all your ideas constantly writing the blog. I think that's the fundamental problem with blogger books. If you're already reading the blog, the book is probably not going to share anything dramatically new.
I think if you're already reading the blog for free, just stick with that (sorry Leo). But if you want to share the ideas with someone who would not commit to reading the blog, this would make a great gift.
On another note, it looks like Leo has teamed up with another simplicity blogger (I forgot her name, sorry!) to write a new book about living clutter free which seems like it might have some new information since de-cluttering is not one of the main focuses on the blog, so I am considering buying that one. If I do, I shall review it for you!
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...