Cover of book The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

by: Leo Babauta

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A short guide on what it means to be a minimalist, to lead a minimalist life. If you are just discovering mimimalism this book is a good read. It has actionable suggestions for you to try. If you are a reader of Leo's blog or have read a lot of literature on minimalism, then this book might not be worth it for you.
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  • Figure out what makes you happy. Get rid of the rest, so you have room for those important things.
  • The Minimalist Principles.
    1. Omit needless things
    2. Identify the essential
    3. Make everything count
    4. Fill your life with joy
    5. Edit
  • Start a 30-day list. Make it a rule that if you want to buy a non- necessity, you have to put it on this list (with the date it was added) and you can't buy it for at least 30 days.
  • “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” — Socrates
    Living a minimalist life isn't just about eliminating physical clutter. It's about reducing the clutter of your busy schedule, your work life, all the running around you might normally do.
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  • Not having a system for dealing with stuff, and not having the habits to keep the system going, will lead to clutter.
  • So the first step is for you to consider your requirements for working, and what's essential to your workflow. If possible, streamline and simplify that workflow and those requirements. Then, once you've got that down to a minimum, see what minimum setup would be for those essentials and your workflow. Eliminate everything unnecessary.
  • First, you must realize that kids are messy, and that they don't care about clutter like you do.