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Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  714 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 th
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Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published (first published May 25th 2011)
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Timothy Browning
This one really suffered for being a bunch of blog posts thrown together, a lot of ideas got developed separately or inadequately. But she knew that when she was putting the book together. That is why this one is super cheap and her actual book is more expensive, I suppose. So that didn't bring this book down to a 3 by itself.

What brought it down is her failure to recognize at all that her minimalist lifestyle depends in large part in her super-priveleged place in society. This is a very common
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Leah Hess
I was pretty excited to dive into this short (98-page) inspirational novel comprised of essays. I've read a few books before on the subject of simplifying your life or decluttering your home. Usually they at least charge my batteries for a few weeks, enough to get a couple of projects done. Was I inspired by Miss Minimalist? Not so much. I found the book to be terribly self-absorbed and illogical. I respond best to the author's analysis of why we, as a society, clutter the way we do. Instead, I ...more
Gina
Within about 45 minutes of starting this book I was knee-deep in the contents of my closet, decluttering. Because that's how I roll. Strike while the iron is hot. My problem is the follow-through, which is why the dregs are still all over my bedroom floor, but I'm getting there. The whole finishing thing is the reason the closet was overflowing in the first place. I had so many supplies for craft projects that never got finished (or even started in some cases). So I packed up a big box, put it u ...more
Heather
Of all the minimalist books out there, this is the best. Yes, I know there are lots of bloggers assembling their "best of" blog collections and publishing them as books -- but Francine's is only 99 cents, and the "Dear John" letter to her stuff is worth that in and of itself. You can read all the stuff in this on her blog for free, but it's excellent to have at your fingertips when you need some encouragement or a kick in the pants. She doesn't come off as pretentious (unlike other bloggers), bu ...more
Launi
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! In fact, it inspired me to tear my house apart and begin the decluttering process. I always wondered why I struggled so much to keep my house clean and why it has always overwhelmed me so much. After reading this book, now I know why: I have TMS (too much stuff)!! I'm not saying I'm going to become as "minimal" as the author has, but I have definitely found a tremendous amount of inspiration from this book. Favorite excerpts:

"Minimalist living eliminates the distr
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Jill Hedrick
Great tips!

I read this book because my husband and I are planning to downsize to a smaller home, do some RVing and learn to live with less to prepare for retirement. I picked up many great ideas for decluttering and living a simpler lifestyle. I did think the book was very repetitive so I ended up grazing over things that had already been said. It was also like an infomercial for the authors book, which I won't be getting since I need to declutter my kindle to make room for all the mps and movie
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Rachel
Apr 03, 2013 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I agree with the other reviewer who stated that the author was a bit self-righteous and condescending. As someone who longs for less clutter myself I thought this book would be about just that. Other than a purfunctory tip or two such as her pare down one item per day to be rid of 365 items at the end of the year, this book was more about her evangelizing on how she doesn't own a couch, a tv, any dishes or photos. I was already in shear eye- rolling mode while reading when I reached her chapter ...more
Amanda
I can take a lot away from this book. (But not everything. I'm not going to try living with just one bowl to eat from.) However, the greater message she brings is worth considering--how much stuff do we really need? Is it making us truly happier? What does this teach our kids? I don't think I can meet the ideal she presents, but I've been thinking more about what comes into my home after reading this. Worthwhile, especially with the gift-giving season so near.
Jon
This book will cause you to reassess what you term: "The American Dream". Could it be that the more stuff in our lives, the more our stuff owns us? The more money, energy, and stress that is generated because of our stuff? How much time do we spend taking care of our stuff versus actually living and enjoying life?

I originally read this book before going to Italy in September 2012. At the time, it was a "Wow, I should really start doing this someday" type of book. After returning from Italy 2 we
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Mandy
As long as you go in with an open mind and realize that her opinion is the "almighty one" (i.e. every single thing she says isn't going to be for everyone), then it's a great read for those who want to downsize and declutter / want someone to give them "tough love" when it comes to their stuff. She's a bit of an minimalist on steroids though with her minimizing on goal-setting, chemicals in beauty and cleaning products, and how every little thing has to be good for the planet BUT she has some va ...more
arlene h engel
Minimalism

I was a teacher before retiring. I told myself the house would be cleaner and neater. Once I retired. Well that didn't happen. After a number of months there was no progress. I saw the book Miss Minimalist: Inspection to Downsize,, Declutter, and simplify. Guess what I am doing it and it feels great! It's easier to manage my things and my life. I highly recommend this book to people who have no room in their homes and lives.
Hannah
I believe this is a collection of blog posts, so this book is pretty easy to read. A nice intro to some of the ideas of minimalism, although a bit repetitive. It did occur to me that permaculture and minimalism are the same idea in different contexts. Basically, the idea that everything in its place; nothing goes in that doesn't fill more than one function.
Mandy
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and in another life I think I could easily become a minimalist. I feel that many of the core values of minimalism are similar to some Christian values...clearing space in our homes and hearts for a more peaceful life. I plan on using some of the authors ideas in my own home and especially plan on starting to say "no" to a cluttered schedule more.
Dorrie
As someone who struggles with clutter, I found this book helpful and motivational. I have no desires to be completely minimalist but I would like to get rid of the things I no longer use or enjoy. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your possessions I would definitely recommend this book.
Domic
Ich bin über den Blog der Autorin gestolpert, da geht's um Simplify, Ausmisten und Krams - und ihre beliebtesten Blogposts hat sie in diesem Buch zusammengefasst. Flott geschrieben, gut zu lesen und nicht übermässig missionierend. Den ein oder anderen Tipp werde ich mal ausprobieren.
Tabitha Gallman
A well-written book about general De-cluttering in my everyday life and home. Although a little extreme for the current vision I have for my family/lifestyle; I do feel like I took away a lot of good advice for weeding out a lot of unnecessary stuff.
Simon
She has some good ideas, but easily could of done it in a quarter of the pages. She is not such a minimalist in terms of writing. Also, her idea of not planning a vacation is lame and wastes money and time.
Olivia Slama
This book had it's moments. It was a bit repetitive (which is understandable, as it's made up of numerous short essays), and the author is pretty full of herself, but if you can push past that, it has some great points. I'm glad to have read it!
Leigh Lindahl
Yes, yes, yes

Yes, yes, yes

good tips. affirmations if you are already on the journey. I am stoked to reasserted books. I've also checked out her blog.
Samaire
I found this Kindle single inspiring enough to purge my bookshelves and closet. I did not need a lot of the author's advice, mainly because I live in a small house with very limited storage. I've already learned the art of de-cluttering, donating, and not buying it in the first place. Although at times preachy and a bit extreme, the author does allow for degrees of minimalism. After all, everyone is different and has different needs. This slip of a book does offer the beginnings of good inspirat ...more
Amy
A collection of blog posts - I had read most of this already on this and other blogs. Helped pass the time but not a highly recommended read.
Sanz
I think what I just read is a collection of blog posts, so it read like a collection of blog posts. I found it mostly helpful and interesting.
Sarah
Inspiring!

Can't wait to attack a few areas in my home that long for minimalism:) A fresh perspective on an old truth.
Jakefan Efp
Tre stelle perché è un po' ripetitivo, ma i contenuti meritano davvero! Un librino che tutti dovremmo leggere, se non altro per confrontarci. Consigliato :)
Alhashemiah
Might be all you need to know about minimalism. Good and simple style of writing. Entertaining and is not about "you should" or "you shouldn't". Highly recommend it.
Kjerstilynne
This is a series of VERY short essays on both the philosophical and practical aspects of minimalist living. I realize that I borrowed this for free via the Amazon Prime Kindle lending library, but I was still hoping for a little more depth. Each essay felt like a really good start to something thought provoking and nothing more. Perhaps this was that author's intent. Many of her thoughts and quotations were repeated throughout the book, so much so that at times I felt I was reading the same essa ...more
Stephanie Vogel
Full of great tips and solutions to reduce clutter and for a very good price too
Molly
Much of the content was familiar and there was some repetition, but it lit my fire to get back to decluttering--closets, shelves, wardrobe, brain, and life commitments/schedule. I needed the reminder to choose the best and ditch the rest!

I like the term "minimalist"--less cumbersome than "simple living advocate" and less confusing/potential bizarre than, "simple liver." I immediately decluttered my stash of scarves, winter hats, and gloves. I like her idea to get rid of one thing every day. Coul
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Kimberly
I'm rating this book based on what it is: inspiration to downsize, declutter and simplify. This book has inspired me and has a little "how to" but this is NOT a step-by-step guide. That is the focus of her book "The Joy of Less." I enjoyed the chance to be inside the author's head and to know why she chose her lifestyle. Of course, what floats her boat won't always work for me and certainly not for everyone. This is a good read if you read it like a blog - short chapters of different topics base ...more
DancingLawn
This book has changed my life! I have never been a hoarder -- far from it; but, this is a great guide for even someone like me to simplify even more. One of the most freeing concepts in the book, for me personally, is the permission to let go of sentimental objects. Another is to question every item: nothing gets a free pass -- what is this item adding to my life? How does it make me feel? The book is amazing; I have gone right back to the beginning for another go. My husband is reading it now; ...more
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Francine Jay pioneered the minimalist living movement with her blog, MissMinimalist.com, 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 minimal ...more
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