Minimalist: How do we lead a minimalist life?

The concept of minimalism, which involves freeing yourself from clutter and “stuff,” has been around for some time. In fact, you can find mentions of minimalism throughout history. Buddhists, for example, tend to shun material possessions, and have for thousands of years. However, the practice has become more mainstream in the 20th century, seen in the art world.

That said, as with all movements, minimalism has changed over time, but thanks to Marie Kondo and the advent of tiny homes, the practice is seeing a resurgence. So why is it important and how do we let go of things that we don’t need any more?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Zoey Arielle Poulsen, who is a life coach and known by her incredibly popular YouTube channel: “Zoey Arielle,” spoke to me about her book The Joy of Minimalism this week:

Diana Spellman, the Realistic Home Organisation Expert and founder of Serenely Sorted.

Sian Young, Founder of © Sustainable Success Coach and CEO of © The Centre for Sustainable Action.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Positive Professional Podcast Host Tracyavon Ford.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Money can’t buy happiness, and possessions aren’t the key to content. Most of us would agree. But the problem goes beyond the possessions themselves. Here is Joshua Becker on his journey:

This number one New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Books looked at this week:

Zoey Arielle Poulsen: The Joy of Minimalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness with Less.

Joshua Becker: The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.

Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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