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New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,075 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Sasquatch Books
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Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I confess I will never have a drawer with just 6 items in it, except when my husband has taken the other 30+ items out and left them all over the counter.
Panda Incognito
This book provides a balanced and helpful take on minimalism. Rather than encouraging readers to eschew things entirely, this book emphasizes self-understanding and practical tools to determine what "enough" is for your lifestyle. One thing I prefer about this book in comparison to others is that it directly addresses the history of consumerism and how personality differences affect people's relationships with their tools, toys, and memorabilia. This makes it much easier for a reader to understa ...more
laura (bookies & cookies)
PHEW, what a read. Since starting this book, I've already implemented a few decluttering tips, specifically in my wardrobe and home office/paper items. I still have a ways to go, but I feel like I have the tips and tools at my disposable to make it happen and change by mindset from a consumable one to a more purposeful one. ...more
Barbara Carter
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is all about the idea that you can’t buy your happiness.
New Minimalism is the philosophy that your time is better spent experiencing life with people than it is spent looking for, managing, organizing, cleaning, and purchasing and (subsequently returning) things.
It’s about being conscious of our consumer-based lifestyle and the weight and heaviness associated with all this “stuff”. It’s something I’ve been personally experiencing this year as I enter retirement and feel somewhat burden
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is well written.. and does inherently meet what it promises to bring forth. However the general language there within is relatively pompous and as such does influence the reader to disagree with the authors general argument.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellant.

The inside cover reads:

Your external space reflects your internal state. What does your home say about you? This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change be getting to the bottom of why you've accumulated too much stuff in the first place.
Sara Curley
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a book that gave examples, explanations, and insight into new minimalism. The authors describe 4 archetypes and then explained how each one will reflect your attitude when decluttering certain portions of your space. The breakdown was clean and concise, flowed well, and wasn’t difficult to get through. Always a plus. They also have references on how to make your own cleaning products and resources for donating items. Very helpful book. I read this shortly after reading Goodbye Things by ...more
Stephanie Kreiner
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
When the number of items in an area suits the space, you will find that organization simply emerges.

I can determine if each item stays or goes based on:
- the values I would like my home to support.
- how I want to feel in the space. For example, joyful, calm, inspired.
- do I want this in my life any longer?

The average Am. home contains 300,000 items.

Similar to a juice cleanse, decluttering is about resetting, perhaps experiencing the slight scarcity that we are programmed to be afraid of, and
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: its-all-too-much
3.5 stars, rounded up

Method: Americanized Marie Kondo (decluttering by entire categories, but minus Shinto background and specific recommendations for clothes folding)

- Not about paring down to arbitrary number of items, gets you thinking about a more personalized "what's enough for you"
- Encouragement to thoughtfully donate your castoffs rather than just "discard as efficiently as possible i.e. trash everything"
- More emphasis than Kondo on environmentalism/sustainability and future curb
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the measured simplicity of this book in its content and presentation. Having moved recently, many of the decluttering, purging, and donating strategies were fresh in my practices and yet in establishing a new home, it is nice to be reminded of how to design and live in an intentional way. When often you can skim this type of text, I read it carefully and enjoyed it cover to cover.
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The strategies touted in this book follow closely what you find in the Kondo books, but the ways they implement them are more practical. This takes into account that most of us live with other people and pets. There is also an emphasis on environmental concerns and intentionality. The last chapter also has a lot of great design advice, and the book overall has some beautiful photos.
gurpreet kaur
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Your external space affects your internal state of mind', an inspiring take on conquering clutter,reorganizing, starting afresh and light, with emphasis on recycling, reusing and donating and thus reducing the environmental footprint. Thanks Sachlene for the recommendation, appreciate it and sincerely hope it will make all the difference in my home and life. ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Not really groundbreaking and nothing that hasn't been said before. Stick with Marie Kondo. ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book about decluttering and design truly helped me as I got ready to move. I appreciated both their philosophy of stuff (don’t keep things that aren’t truly useful or bringing you pleasure; maintain your things so they’re easy to access) and their practical tips for how to go about decluttering (put like items together; choose your favorite 5 before you start going through things). I will never believe that keeping stuff under your bed is bad for your sex life, but overall I am a big fan of ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was highly frustrated when reading Marie Kondo's book about tidying up. As someone who already lives with very little, it felt condescending, or potentially just childish as it was all very simple.

This book's strength is where Kondo's fail. It offers more thoughts on how to create, design, and live more intentionally in your home (none of that thanking socks as you fold them...) in a more realistic and understandable way. It gives tips on how to create more organic and sustainable every day p
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Vague and conflicting advice. 'Don't let your stuff identify you' vs 'make these mindful choices so your stuff represents you.' And 'Clean is good, sterile is bad' next to a photo of a bathroom squeaky clean and shiny white. Photos have lots of throw pillows and weird art.

I guess the thing is that these books tend to be written by ppl who have started from big problems and they're aimed at, as my husband said, the low-hanging fruit. It's easy for this team to tell a client to discard expired me
Jonna Gjevre
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Remove half-finished projects. They are "constant reminders of all the things you should be doing but aren't."
Consider lagom--"It's the Goldilocks theory. Find the amount of stuff or obligations that is "just right" for you.
Memento Mori--consider the "brevity of life" and apply that principle to creating an environment that reflects what you truly value.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
sound advice to me, but then you are preaching to the if i could only help the others in my house to understand the peace that does come from minimalism...but what to do when your husband is a frugal, practical sentimentalist...
Sarah White
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty much my philosophy on stuff and how to declutter. I liked the idea of archetypes, that everyone fits into a category in how they approach stuff that can be good and bad. It’s a little Kondo like, but instead of focusing on joy they help people decide what is enough of certain categories for their home and lifestyle. I also love the idea that a drawer is too full if you can’t close it with one hand.

Full review is here:
Read up to p. 36 in this book and loved everything it was saying. Must return due to holds. I hope pick this one up again.
The other Sandy
Strikes a good balance between stark minimalism and clutter. The authors aim for "just the right amount" so that your home isn't overfull, yet still looks like someone with a personality lives there.

I did have trouble identifying with the authors and with the clients they use as case studies. They were all a little too "California hipster" for me, and a number of the resources they tout, such as municipal composting, are not available in my area.

Still, this is a decent source of inspiration for
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
nicely designed book, not sure that the content was particularly insightful for me,
seems to want to systematize everything, and did get a bit repetitive
Literary Redhead
I really love this book! The NEW MINIMALISM: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici is, first off, simply beautiful to look at, with a lovely design and photos that capture the essence of minimalism. I found I breathed more easily as I went further and further into the book. I could imagine myself sitting in the living room or at the dining table shown in the photos because of the warm inviting ambience. I also like how the aut ...more
Rebekah Byson
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect little guide to declutter, tidy up, and design our spaces! Absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to add minimalism principles. Similiar to the Kon Mari books, but more practical and easier to implement. Makes me want to declutter my already minimalist home again!
Jackie Lantern
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
What a truly awful and sterile way to live!
Katelyn Stalowy
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So so good! Everyone needs to give this a pass to consider how they are living. I'm in awe of the clarity that comes with decluttering and purging. ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 02-non-fiction
Advise to other readers... this book takes a couple of other "decluttering" philosophies and adds their own little twist to give us more wiggle room when making our "go or stay" choices! I thought I had done an excellent job of purging before reading this, but obviously, I may have been a bit over-attached to all three sets of my pots and pans... I just need one, but I love all three for various reasons... what's a girl to do? *headdesk* LOL!!!

I have no problem with the "decluttering" aspects, t
Sara Budarz
This might be my new go-to book recommendation when people have questions about minimalism. It is a great blend 0f common sense advice, but also does a great job of talking about the why behind minimalism. Why we want to live in calmer, stress-free homes is a very personal matter, and taking time to think through these ideas of how we want to live, and how we want to spend our time, and how we want to feel at home, and doing all of this BEFORE we start actually attacking the clutter is so import ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Practical advice for anyone at the beginning and early stages of adopting a more minimal attitude. This contained general guidance that can fit every style and every home. This really understood that each person's "enough" would be uniquely suited to their life. The authors' archetypes were spot on and helpful for identifying triggering items, activities and the crutch phrases for each. Didn't know until this book my husband had his own clutter issues because of items' "usefulness." The tone was ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
As I read this book (which I got from the library), I kept thinking about how much I agreed with/didn't agree with what I was reading. I discovered both new information and things I already knew about. They reference Marie Kondo (who doesn't know about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)? But this book goes beyond just sorting and eliminating the extras in your house. The authors promise "an opportunity for reflection and lasting change by getting to the bottom of why you've accumulated too m ...more
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