New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin

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Details New Minimalism

TitleNew Minimalism
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSasquatch Books
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Design

Reviews New Minimalism

  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    PHEW, what a read. Since starting this book, I've already implemented a few decluttering tips, specifically in my wardrobe and home office/paper items. I still have a ways to go, but I feel like I have the tips and tools at my disposable to make it happen and change by mindset from a consumable one to a more purposeful one.
  • Panda Incognito
    This book provides a balanced and helpful take on minimalism. Rather than encouraging readers to eschew things entirely, this book emphasizes self-understanding and practical tools to determine what "enough" is for your lifestyle. One thing I prefer about this book in comparison to others is that it directly addresses the history of consumerism and how personality differences affect people's relationships with their tools, toys, and memorabilia. ...
  • Carol
    I confess I will never have a drawer with just 6 items in it, except when my husband has taken the other 30+ items out and left them all over the counter.
  • Elliot
    This book is well written.. and does inherently meet what it promises to bring forth. However the general language there within is relatively pompous and as such does influence the reader to disagree with the authors general argument.
  • Kathryn
    I thought this book was excellant. The inside cover reads:Your external space reflects your internal state. What does your home say about you? This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change be getting to the bottom of why you've accumulated too much stuff in the first place.
  • Pam
    I like the idea of Minimalism. Working in a very cluttered environment has really eaten away at my sanity, so coming home to a less cluttered environment is a break from all that. I also come to it through the idea of a no-spend challenge. If you don’t spend money on objects that is not needed, that’s pretty much a minimalist win. The book started somewhat promising: the Swedish idea of Lagom (just enough) (always start with a concept importe...
  • Stephanie Kreiner
    When the number of items in an area suits the space, you will find that organization simply emerges.I can determine if each item stays or goes based on: - the values I would like my home to support. - how I want to feel in the space. For example, joyful, calm, inspired. - do I want this in my life any longer?The average Am. home contains 300,000 items.Similar to a juice cleanse, decluttering is about resetting, perhaps experiencing the slight W...
  • Sharon
    I appreciated the measured simplicity of this book in its content and presentation. Having moved recently, many of the decluttering, purging, and donating strategies were fresh in my practices and yet in establishing a new home, it is nice to be reminded of how to design and live in an intentional way. When often you can skim this type of text, I read it carefully and enjoyed it cover to cover.
  • gurpreet kaur
    'Your external space affects your internal state of mind', an inspiring take on conquering clutter,reorganizing, starting afresh and light, with emphasis on recycling, reusing and donating and thus reducing the environmental footprint. Thanks Sachlene for the recommendation, appreciate it and sincerely hope it will make all the difference in my home and life.
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    The strategies touted in this book follow closely what you find in the Kondo books, but the ways they implement them are more practical. This takes into account that most of us live with other people and pets. There is also an emphasis on environmental concerns and intentionality. The last chapter also has a lot of great design advice, and the book overall has some beautiful photos.
  • Warren
    Not really groundbreaking and nothing that hasn't been said before. Stick with Marie Kondo.
  • Camila
    I was highly frustrated when reading Marie Kondo's book about tidying up. As someone who already lives with very little, it felt condescending, or potentially just childish as it was all very simple. This book's strength is where Kondo's fail. It offers more thoughts on how to create, design, and live more intentionally in your home (none of that thanking socks as you fold them...) in a more realistic and understandable way. It gives tips on how ...
  • Cheryl
    Vague and conflicting advice. 'Don't let your stuff identify you' vs 'make these mindful choices so your stuff represents you.' And 'Clean is good, sterile is bad' next to a photo of a bathroom squeaky clean and shiny white. Photos have lots of throw pillows and weird art. I guess the thing is that these books tend to be written by ppl who have started from big problems and they're aimed at, as my husband said, the low-hanging fruit. It's easy fo...
  • M.
    This book about decluttering and design truly helped me as I got ready to move. I appreciated both their philosophy of stuff (don’t keep things that aren’t truly useful or bringing you pleasure; maintain your things so they’re easy to access) and their practical tips for how to go about decluttering (put like items together; choose your favorite 5 before you start going through things). I will never believe that keeping stuff under your bed...
  • Jonna Gjevre
    Remove half-finished projects. They are "constant reminders of all the things you should be doing but aren't."Consider lagom--"It's the Goldilocks theory. Find the amount of stuff or obligations that is "just right" for you. Memento Mori--consider the "brevity of life" and apply that principle to creating an environment that reflects what you truly value.
  • Brownd2
    sound advice to me, but then you are preaching to the if i could only help the others in my house to understand the peace that does come from minimalism...but what to do when your husband is a frugal, practical sentimentalist...
  • Sarah White
    This book is pretty much my philosophy on stuff and how to declutter. I liked the idea of archetypes, that everyone fits into a category in how they approach stuff that can be good and bad. It’s a little Kondo like, but instead of focusing on joy they help people decide what is enough of certain categories for their home and lifestyle. I also love the idea that a drawer is too full if you can’t close it with one hand.Full review is here: http...
  • Ren
    I really enjoyed this book. Most of all the archetypes of how you relate to your material objects. I discovered I’m a cross between energetic (scattered) and frugal (can’t let go of things that cost money). And it helped me understand why I can clear out certain rooms without blinking an eye and other rooms paralyze me with indecision. I also really enjoy the furthered discussion of decluttering by category. I’ve always done it by room, but...
  • Jackie Lantern
    What a truly awful and sterile way to live!
  • The other Sandy
    Strikes a good balance between stark minimalism and clutter. The authors aim for "just the right amount" so that your home isn't overfull, yet still looks like someone with a personality lives there.I did have trouble identifying with the authors and with the clients they use as case studies. They were all a little too "California hipster" for me, and a number of the resources they tout, such as municipal composting, are not available in my area....
  • Robin
    I picked up this book hoping that I'd get some inspiration to finally finish the decluttering that I started after reading Life-Changing Magic. It somehow didn't inspire me the same way that Kondo's book did, but it was more practical and more geared towards a North Amiercan lifestyle. I also liked that it addressed what happens to your things when they leave your house (whereas Kondo loves to see those giant black garbage bags bursing with waste...
  • Literary Soirée
    I really love this book! The NEW MINIMALISM: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici is, first off, simply beautiful to look at, with a lovely design and photos that capture the essence of minimalism. I found I breathed more easily as I went further and further into the book. I could imagine myself sitting in the living room or at the dining table shown in the photos because of t...
  • Rebekah Byson
    The perfect little guide to declutter, tidy up, and design our spaces! Absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to add minimalism principles. Similiar to the Kon Mari books, but more practical and easier to implement. Makes me want to declutter my already minimalist home again!
  • Katelyn Stalowy
    So so good! Everyone needs to give this a pass to consider how they are living. I'm in awe of the clarity that comes with decluttering and purging.
  • Donna
    Advise to other readers... this book takes a couple of other "decluttering" philosophies and adds their own little twist to give us more wiggle room when making our "go or stay" choices! I thought I had done an excellent job of purging before reading this, but obviously, I may have been a bit over-attached to all three sets of my pots and pans... I just need one, but I love all three for various reasons... what's a girl to do? *headdesk* LOL!!!I ...
  • Savannah
    3.5 Stars. I have mixed feelings about this book. For those of you who have read or watched Marie Kondo and her decluttering method, much of this will sound similar. Organize items by type, clear spaces completely, and purge. But they do go a little deeper than Marie. They mention for some people loving something or having something that sparks joy can actually hinder them when it comes to minimalism. They use the analogy of someone who really lo...
  • Sara Budarz
    This might be my new go-to book recommendation when people have questions about minimalism. It is a great blend 0f common sense advice, but also does a great job of talking about the why behind minimalism. Why we want to live in calmer, stress-free homes is a very personal matter, and taking time to think through these ideas of how we want to live, and how we want to spend our time, and how we want to feel at home, and doing all of this BEFORE we...
  • Laura
    Practical advice for anyone at the beginning and early stages of adopting a more minimal attitude. This contained general guidance that can fit every style and every home. This really understood that each person's "enough" would be uniquely suited to their life. The authors' archetypes were spot on and helpful for identifying triggering items, activities and the crutch phrases for each. Didn't know until this book my husband had his own clutter i...
  • Izabela Korwel
    I reached for "New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living" looking more for how to do decor in the newly rearranged living room than decluttering. I had read at least 5 decluttering books in the last few months, and I did not think there is any more to say on the subject. And perhaps the authors did not intend to say more, but they succeed in doing it their own way. Sure, almost any book on the subject will encour...