“You don’t need a time machine to take you back to a simpler life; you can create that simple life today.”
– do less by Rachel Jonat
“As a lifestyle, minimalism is using the simplest and fewest things to create the maximum effect possible…minimalism can help you tune out distractions and focus on the simple pleasures in your life.”
Olive’s Book Review:
do less: a minimalist guide to a simplified, organized, and happy life
by Rachel Jonat
Rachel is dedicated to living a “rich life with less stuff.” This small book will show you how to embrace minimalism with voluntary simplicity. It can “ help you get rid of the clutter in your home, life, and work so you can spend your time, money, and energy on the things you really love.” The essence of it all is using “the simplest and fewest things to create the maximum effect possible.” She offers a simple guide that will help you “tailor your life to include just the things you truly need and enjoy.” And she gives you the liberty to make decisions that reflect your values and priorities. She wants each reader to create a simple and meaningful life.
I found this book very easy to read. I was challenged by the concepts, but not intimidated. When I read a library book, I usually mark interesting passages with a sticky note. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed my own copy! And so now I am reading it a second time so I can highlight the pages. She asks lots of questions that make you stop and think. She offers many ways to step into the minimalist world. She shows the natural consequences of making countercultural decisions. And she demonstrates how to truly enjoy life!
Each chapter opens with a meaningful quote. I especially like this William Morris quote,
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. “
It is one of my favorite quotes; I have it on my business brochure and on my website. This guideline will help you to create a home that is calm and peaceful, a place that is a true refuge from the crazy busy world.
I am just beginning to learn about minimalism. This book offers a wealth of ideas that are simple, practical, and realistic. Read it with a cup of tea. Take your time thinking about it. Try out a few suggestions. Then enjoy living with less stuff and more space! Enjoy being in your home! Enjoy peace of mind! Enjoy doing less!
She concludes the book with this quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder:
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
See below for a list of engaging discussion questions – share your thoughts in the comments!