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Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

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Because I don’t know that it connects; I don’t know that each person has been influenced by the previous person in the way that you might think of with liberalism, or political humanism. The proof is in the pudding though as they say, and I not only devoured the book in just a couple of days, I have also found myself looking at each room in my home with fresh eyes and (to my Husband’s horror) have decluttered even more, and already have plans in mind to declutter other rooms I haven’t gotten chance to go through yet (you have been warned family!

Marie Kondo is now so in demand that her services have over a 3-month long waitlist and none of her clients have lapsed back into their old ways. The breadth of perspective and structural clarity with which these rich sources are presented is refreshing, the connections illuminating. Tanizaki is mourning what has been paved over, which is the old Japanese aesthetic of darkness, of softness, of appreciating the imperfect—rather than the cold, glossy surfaces of industrialized modernity that the West had brought to Japan at that moment.Everything in Minimalism is common sense: eat well and lightly, sleep enough, get daily exercise and don’t waste your energy on relationships that don’t serve you. International Times "With passion and some style, the collected writings of On Minimalism invite the side-stepping of origin stories and the dismantling of a minimalist cannon. One of the things I like about this workbook is its minimalist design that provides a focused environment, encouraging children to engage in the task at hand.

On Minimalism moves from the style's beginnings in psychedelic counterculture through its present-day influences on ambient jazz, doom metal, and electronic music. However, there is much more detail about her tidying methods in the first book so if you’re keen to get to grips with these world-famous methods, I’d suggest reading them in succession. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lead a life free from the burden of consumerism and instead create a life that adheres to biblical values. It’s not terribly different from most self-help philosophies but the nice thing about Minimalism is that it’s simple, actionable, and can be done slowly and incrementally – with little daily actions combined with a holistic approach that’s more about living well than about giving away stuff (though the latter leads to the former).It can be easy to forget, or get sucked back into the consumerist mindset, especially when we are being sold to daily and often very subtly. On Minimalism, with its contradictory array of opinions, assertions and recollections shows us how musicians, critics, the listening public and the larger cultural machine experienced, thought about and grappled with one of the more unlikely success stories in the American avant-garde. What I found particularly useful in the last few chapters was the practical advice on how to keep your home decluttered in the long run.

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