Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay

Would you like to live a beautiful life with less stuff?

This delightful collection of articles by Francine Jay, author of “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide,” provides great inspiration to pare down your possessions. Jay breezes from practical topics, like “What’s in a Minimalist Kitchen” and “How Many Shoes are Enough,” to more philosophical musings, like what the Japanese or ancient Greeks can teach us about simple living.

Along with valuable tips and advice, the author shares her personal stories about decluttering and living with less. Her warmth, humor, and encouraging tone make you feel like you’re chatting with a good friend over a cup of coffee—a friend you’d love to invite over to clean out your closets!

These essays are a wonderful introduction to minimalist living, written by someone with a genuine passion for the topic. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your clutter, or disenchanted with consumerism, you’ll find a kindred soul (and a wealth of advice) in Miss Minimalist. Best of all: you’ll likely empty a drawer or two by the time you’ve finished reading!

My Thoughts
What a great book to read while I was moving and in the midst of spring cleaning and decluttering.  I feel with three kids the mess can just get out of control. 
I had my younger son go through is toys and if he hasn't played with them in years it was time to go!  He ended up donating over 4 bags of toys.
I myself am addicted top my book collection and I was able to part with at least 6 bags of books and I was able to sell 2 bags as well and get a $50 credit for Barnes and Noble!  Win win!
Do I ever think I will truly live the minimalist life style?  I don't think so.  But one thing I did learn from Francine was that I don't need "things" to be happy and to get rid of those things that are suffocating you.  I feel like I can breathe now and have space and empty counters are amazing!
I also love the philosophy quotes that she brings in as well, very enlightening and relevant for what she is speaking to.

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Drink Selection
I could go for a nice chill margarita after all that cleaning, ok maybe 2.  :)

4 wine glasses for all of these helpful thoughts and strategies!

About the Author
Francine Jay pioneered the minimalist living movement with her blog,, and her book, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life. In 2009, she and her husband sold their house, and all their possessions, and moved overseas with one suitcase each. After three years as a world-traveling digital nomad, she’s now applying her minimalist philosophy to her new life as a homeowner and mother.

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