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October 5, 2008

becoming minimalist has moved.  please visit us at our new address: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/

also, don’t forget to update your bookmarks as all new posts will be entered on the new site.  we hope you’ll like the new look even more as we don’t change any of our content or stated goals.

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i quickly ran into border’s books the other day to purchase a book that i have been meaning to read for the past several weeks. after asking the cashier to help me find the book, she directed me to the correct section, told me exactly where to look, and informed me that “i couldn’t miss it.”

sure enough, she was right. there were 4 copies on the shelf in 2 different sizes. one was smaller and less expensive. the other was larger and cost $4 more. i had a decision to make.

picking up the smaller one, i considered the benefits: takes up less space, less trees, cheaper, and all the same info. as long as my eyes can support the smaller print, it’s an easy decision.

related posts: benefits of minimalism, book reviews

follow-up: great book, i recommend it. no wonder it’s been in print for 70 years!

in clear your clutter with feng shui by karen kingston takes a very spiritual approach to the topic of clearing clutter.  and while i consider this a spiritual journey as well, her spirituality proves to be much more mystical and new age than i was comfortable with at times.  she is obviously a strong proponent of feng shui authoring several books of the same nature and speaks often to the energy that is created from clear and sacred spaces in the correct corners of your home based on the feng shui bagua.

while i disagree with many of her spiritual assumptions, i did find this book to be very helpful as we continue through the early stages of our journey.  karen includes some fantastic commentary on “how clutter affects you” and “why people collect clutter.”  in the second section of her book, she identifies common types of clutter in our homes: collections, paper clutter, a/v clutter, miscellaneous clutter, etc. and offers practical advice on what to keep and what to discard.

all in all, reading past the new age spirituality was not difficult and the practical nature of her expertise has been helpful and motivating.  whether it is the best book available on the subject, i’ll let you know.  but my early guess is no.  i’ll give it 3 clutter-free spaces out of 5.