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The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life txt The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life, text ebook The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life, adobe reader The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life, chapter 2 The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life, The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life 2bc6fb 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


About the Author: Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger and author He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog according to TIME magazine with 260,000 subscribers, mnmlist.com, and the best selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and in 2010 moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he s learned while changing a number of habits.



10 thoughts on “The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

  1. says:

    Leo Babauta is one of my favorite minimalists He s so practical and unassuming.This book gets the basics of his message all down in one place It covers how to simplify each area of your life, starting with why, and then giving what steps to take It s very concrete and helpful.I love the minimalist principles realizing you havethan enough, eliminating the excess, being content with what you have, and refraining from acquiringI wouldn t say I live them enough to be a true minimali Leo Babauta is one of my favorite minimalists He s so practical and unassuming.This book gets the basics of his message all down in one place It covers how to simplify each area of your life, starting with why, and then giving what steps to take It s very concrete and helpful.I love the minimalist principles realizing you havethan enough, eliminating the excess, being content with what you have, and refraining from acquiringI wouldn t say I live them enough to be a true minimalist I guess I m just a lessist or a fit ist I still havethan the bare minimum of necessary things, but I ve eliminated things to a level that works for me Everything fits and looks tidy in my house It s easy to maintain and restful to look at I think that s little enough.In the chapters on decluttering your house, I discovered that Leo takes basically the same approach I do start with something you can do pretty easily and keep spreading your efforts throughout the house as the momentum builds That pleased me.He also had some very good ideas for apeaceful setup on the computer eliminating all icons from the desktop, hiding the dock most of the time, and using a program called Quicksilver to open applications using hotkeys He also recommends a word processor called WriteRoom that takes up the full screen and doesn t do anything but allow you to enter text, green on black, old school style I can see where these things could be helpful if you re easily distracted, but the dock and the toolbars in a regular word processor really disappear into the background for me I should probably try these suggestions anyway, though I always thought people were being silly suggesting that blog posts be composed in a word processor instead of a post window on the blogging site, and they ve turned out to be right about that He also recommends ditching paper altogether and storing nearly everything online He doesn t even keep his archives sorted, just uses search when he wants to find something I don t like these ideas, but obviously they work for him It just seems like he gets a little carried away Get absolutely everything off your desk No drawers No inboxes No knick knacks No pens I m glad that works for him, but I need to be able to jot a note to myself, and it s a lot quicker if I can grab a pen in reach, write it down, and go back to what I m doing And no, doing it in some sticky note program on the computer is not just as good.He goes on to give the usual suggestions about travel pack less stuff, duh and appearance keep fewer clothes that all go together and put less gunk on your hair and face Same with eating eat less Stop eating when you re 80% full, which is probably good advice Cook at home, clearly good advice Eat less processed foods although he gives examples including soup based on vegetable bullion, because that s soooo natural I have never understood people who go to the trouble of making their own soup yet base it on a bunch of factory made artificial flavors from New Jersey Then, he goes on to preach veganism, ending with this patronizing conclusion Being a vegan is actually just as liberating as being a minimalist, because you realize that before becoming vegan, you were tied to meat and other animal products almost involuntarily, because of advertising and a culture of excess Sorry, Leo, you just lost me I have refrained from eating any animal products for periods of time in the past, and it was neither liberating nor healthy for me I don t eat meat because I m brainwashed and ignorant, I eat meat because I feel like shit when I don t And although you could argue that it s not completely necessary, I could survive without it, so I should cut it out, I think that is completely stupid Yes, people in the third world do without, but that s only because they don t have any choice To have the opportunity to enjoy better conditions and pass it up just because it s not the absolute worst you could survive seems wasteful and wrong headed to me.Then he goes into the usual obvious advice about exercising and finances get moving, even if it s just a 20 minute walk a few times a week don t buy stuff pay off your debt set up an emergency fund etc Not new, but good advice.Overall, this is a good basic book on minimalism I guess the point at which Leo and I diverge is that I m not convinced that the best way is to get rid of everything that s not necessary Yes, I could live with only one or two pairs of underwear or none , but then I d have to do laundry muchoften Yes, I could eliminate everything in my kitchen but one pot, one spatula, and one knife and eat everything with my fingers and have to do the dishes every time I want to make another meal, but if I can own three cutting boards, five spatulas, a whole bunch of plates and silverware, and a dishwasher, and spendof my life doing stuff other than washing the same three things over and over, the choice seems obvious to me I agree 100% that it s way better to have a streamlined collection of stuff than to have a bunch of clutter I just think there s a point between getting rid of everything that s not necessary, and having heaps of junk and clutter everywhere It s the point where everything looks good and fits nicely with a little room to spare To me, that is the ideal point, not the absolute minimum But, to each his own


  2. says:

    Not the best guide on how to become a minimalist Badly edited and outdated in references and links I haven t been reading Leo s blog for long, but even just in this guide, there was a lot of repetition.Why do all these minimalist writers not know how to 1 write, 2 use punctuation, 3 proofread, and 4 EDIT THEIR WORK I think the only chapter I thought added some new information to my knowledge of minimalism was the chapter on dealing with non minimalist loved ones Another cool thing Not the best guide on how to become a minimalist Badly edited and outdated in references and links I haven t been reading Leo s blog for long, but even just in this guide, there was a lot of repetition.Why do all these minimalist writers not know how to 1 write, 2 use punctuation, 3 proofread, and 4 EDIT THEIR WORK I think the only chapter I thought added some new information to my knowledge of minimalism was the chapter on dealing with non minimalist loved ones Another cool thing I learned was that you can send your print photos to a company to scan them for you


  3. says:

    If it s your first book on minimalism you ll benefit from it Personally felt it s repeating tips I ve come across before in other books.


  4. says:

    I didn t gain much from my re read, but that s just because I have absorbed and incorporated many of the precepts of minimalism in my daily life When I first read this seven years ago Enlightening.


  5. says:

    I believe it s essential to find balance in order to live a healthy life Some of the author s ideas may seem extreme, it s up to each of us to figure out what works for us individually What impressed me most is the author s integrity giving free use of his e book for people to use in anyway that can help others live a simple life.


  6. says:

    Fortunately it was a minimalist book Not exactly a book but a collection of upgraded blog entries, I was grateful that the author mentioned it earlier in the intro. that s bold..The let s say articles, varied from a general broad framework of minimalism to some to do list for home, work, food, travel, family minimalist lifestyle Although it felt as if it wasabout making economies on every possible category in your life Cutting down waste, space, clothes, belongings, some of the FAQ w Fortunately it was a minimalist book Not exactly a book but a collection of upgraded blog entries, I was grateful that the author mentioned it earlier in the intro. that s bold..The let s say articles, varied from a general broad framework of minimalism to some to do list for home, work, food, travel, family minimalist lifestyle Although it felt as if it wasabout making economies on every possible category in your life Cutting down waste, space, clothes, belongings, some of the FAQ went as far as to ask the author about whether having 6 kids was against the minimalist trend His answer didn t meet my expectation, simply because of the context, culture and so onMinimalism as far as I m concerned, from an ecological point of view, is very welcome, you re winning on every front but pushing it to the extremes is everything except healthy or even minimal, it s just void awkward silence and cricket sound I can t decide if I can call myself a minimalist or not, but in any case I never chose it, it s just rational to have lesser things when you re on the go frequently, and can t afford maintenance time and linking it to spirituality, at its best, is another way of depicting asceticism and it has a name of its own you see I deeply believe that chaos breeds stress, owning a lot of stuff requirestime to put in order and since we all it seems are busy and can t afford that time, we live in clutters and that is one huge catalyst for stress and a scattered lifestyle Accordingly, I think that you still can ownstuff if you have enough time ressources to organize it, if that makes you happy and still live in a bliss as a minimalist can be.You may want to read my minimalist review of Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less the same applies for this one too


  7. says:

    Very simple book, very to the point Not a lot of useful information that is not already available everywhere.


  8. says:

    In essence , minimalism is about living a simpler life not going to extremes but appreciate and use everything you own


  9. says:

    Gotta love a book that s short sweet Alma to the point Very practical ideas towards living a minimalist lifestyle The health section didn t sit as well with me as the rest of the book but otherwise very helpful.


  10. says:

    It s clear that Leo really loves the whole idea of minimalism and all that it might mean I honestly think that while many of the tips and suggestions in this book are great ideas, some of them are a bit over the top For instance, I completely agree that having as few icons as possible on my computer is a good idea But seriously, in order to be a minimalist I have to change my background image to one in his color scheme And speaking of color schemes, I don t agree with the idea that minimalis It s clear that Leo really loves the whole idea of minimalism and all that it might mean I honestly think that while many of the tips and suggestions in this book are great ideas, some of them are a bit over the top For instance, I completely agree that having as few icons as possible on my computer is a good idea But seriously, in order to be a minimalist I have to change my background image to one in his color scheme And speaking of color schemes, I don t agree with the idea that minimalists must have white and neutral tones for their home and furniture etc I m not really convinced that having white furniture and carpets is going to help me keep a minimalist mindset Unless that mindset is hyper stressed I don t live in San Francisco, I live in Washington state We have MUD here Mud that gets tracked in by my son, my dog, my friends, even myself And mud on white carpets is very difficult to get out I know because our last house had off white carpets Being afraid to walk into my own home is not going to keep me calm.But other than that, I think that this book is a good way to get started with minimalism, and it s a good motivating tool


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