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Decluttering your mind and space around you can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. It can bring emotions up very easily as well. What if, though, we can be happier with less?
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Marie Kondo – Spark joy
The secret to Marie Kondo’s unique and simple KonMari tidying method is to focus on what you want to keep, not what you want to get rid of. Ask yourself if something ‘sparks joy’, and suddenly it becomes so much easier to understand if you really need it in your home and your life. When you surround yourself with things you love, you will find that your whole life begins to change.
Consider this book a boot camp: Spark Joy is an in-depth, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. It covers every room in the house, from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms, as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, cosmetics, shoes, bags, wallets, and valuables.
Marie Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, presents her unique tidying philosophy and introduces listeners to the basics of her KonMari method. It has already transformed the homes and lives of millions of people around the world. Spark Joy is Marie Kondo’s in-depth tidying masterclass, focusing on the detail of how to declutter and organise your home.
Michelle McGhan – The ‘NO spend’ year
Personal finance journalist, Michelle McGagh, takes on a challenge to not spend money for a whole year in an engaging narrative that combines personal experience with accessible advice on money.
Michelle McGagh has been writing about money for over a decade. You’d think that would make her a whiz with her own cash, right? Wrong! Spending with abandon and ignoring bank statements were her modus operandi.
Just because she wasn’t in serious debt apart from her massive London mortgage, she thought she was in control. She wasn’t. Something needed to be done, but rather than cut back here and there, Michelle’s approach was more radical. She set herself a challenge to not spend anything for an entire year.
She paid her bills, and she had a minimal budget for her weekly groceries and household essentials, but otherwise, Michelle didn’t spend any money at all. She was finding creative ways to get the things she needed, to travel and to still be able to enjoy her time. Not only has she saved money, but she is happier, no longer feeling the desire to buy things all the time or feeling the pressure of being sold to. Her relationship with money, with things, with time, with others has changed for the better.
Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn – Minimalism
I loved this book since listening to it the first time, and I cannot agree more with the idea that minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life’s most important things – which actually aren’t things at all.
At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what’s truly important.
In their debut book, Joshua and Ryan, authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com, explored their troubled pasts and descent into depression. Though they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, which only led to more debt, depression, and discontent.
After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua and Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life’s most important things: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
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