I wrote another book.
It’s called The Minimalist Home, and it’s my step-by-step guide to decluttering each and every room of your home.
Why, you might ask, did I write this book? Certainly there are many other books about decluttering, minimizing, and de-owning. You’ve probably heard of them. Maybe you’ve even read a few.
But I wanted to write you a book to share MY practical method for becoming joyfully minimalist. The method I used in my own home and have taught thousands of others to use in their home as well.
It’s the method I created by accident 10 years ago, when my neighbor saw all the stuff I’d just dragged out of the garage into the driveway and pointed out that maybe, just maybe, my family didn’t need all of it.
I started de-owning that day, and quickly started clearing space in my home and life. It was an exciting, motivating process to decide what to keep and what to let go.
It was also confusing, exhausting, and at times incredibly frustrating.
Because, even though you’ll always find people who say things like, “Minimalism is easy—just toss out everything you don’t need!”…
The fact is that it’s NOT easy to part with our possessions, especially when we get past the surface clutter and start facing down the things we consider part of our identities.
Things like that pasta maker your husband got you for Christmas four years ago that never gets used. But you WANT to be a person who makes homemade pasta…
Or that hiking gear you bought for a family trip that hasn’t been touched since. But your family might go hiking again someday!
And what about that antique scroll-top writing desk you inherited, which has always felt out of place in your living room? It wouldn’t be right to get rid of it. It was Grandma’s, and you miss her…
It can be simple to remove the things from our homes that are immediately, obviously useless: outdated magazines, old packs of birthday candles, broken appliances.
It’s a lot harder to confront the things we feel we should keep. And yet, at the same time, we know that our possessions have become a burden and are keeping us from living the life we want.
There’s an emotional letting-go process that runs parallel to the “simple” removal of stuff.
But the journey is still clarifying and rewarding.
That’s why I wrote The Minimalist Home.
I know that no matter who you are, where you live, or whom you live with, mindfully choosing what surrounds you in your home (the most important place in your life) will make a noticeable difference in your daily happiness and peace of mind.
I’ve seen this transformation happen over and over again. I know it’s possible for you.
The Minimalist Home is currently available everywhere books are sold.