Minimalism for Beginners

Minimalism for Beginners, an e-book written and copyright by Dawn Li.

This little book is subtitled “30 Easy Steps to Living a Stress-Free, Decluttered Life” and is designed for a segment of the population that apparently wishes to be as totally free as possible of any seeming restraints. To accomplish this feat they divest themselves of as many elements as possible that they believe are or may be interfering with this overriding desire. The presentation opens with a disclaimer, followed by an introduction, fifteen short chapters and a conclusion. It purports to establish “a liberating experience” rather than the often interpreted thought brought to mind of “an exercise in self-depravation, the sort of thing you would expect from the likes of monks, nuns and Zen masters.” Instead “the truth of the matter is that minimalism is a healthy and rewarding way of life that can help you to feel better on every level.” Chapters 1 and 2 describe the ‘journey’ and how to redefine your values; 3, 4 and 5 offer suggestions for eliminating kitchen and closet items and linens; 6, 7 and 8 discuss various aspects of shopping; 9 and 10 deal with use of modern technology; 11the garage; 12 defeating hording; 13 tackling the “need to own”; 14 how to use space wisely; 15 turning clutter into art; and a conclusion that “hopefully you understand that minimalism doesn’t mean you have to get rid of things to make you happy. Getting rid of clutter will free up more than valuable space in your home, it will also free up valuable space in your heart and mind, space that can be used for people and experiences that truly deserve that space.

5* Aptly titled, simply provided format for any interested newbie.

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