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Check It Out: Minimalism

For readers interested in downsizing or just minimizing the clutter and chaos in their lives, a useful guide for adopting a minimalist lifestyle is Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. She promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

The book Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists is about living a meaningful life with less.  When the author, Joshua Fields Millburn, experiences the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, he begins questioning every aspect of the life he has built for himself, coming to the realization that the things you own end up owning you. For readers wanting updates on author Joshua Fields Millburn and coauthor Ryan Nicodemus, they can follow their blog The Minimalists

Another book that relates to adopting the minimalist lifestyle is The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams.  Prompted by a heath crisis, the author decides to sell her house and most of her possessions and move into an 84 square-foot tiny-house she builds herself.  Her story is about the discovery that the "important stuff in life isn't stuff."  Curious readers will want to tour her house on the YouTube channel faircompanies. The Tiny House Movement is a phenomenon fueled by the desire to live a debt-free and simpler life and is gaining popularity.

If you are interested in learning more about living minimally, these books and more are all available at the Sioux City Public Library for you to check out.


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