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For anyone seeking a simpler life, this guided journal takes the reader on a journey to a new definition of minimalism, where we are all served by having fewer, better things and each person's ideal lifestyle is unique to them.
First, you'll have the opportunity to take stock of your life so far, with questions and guided reflections for gaining clarity on subconscious thoughts and habits. This section includes quizzes to understand how you relate to your stuff, your decluttering personality archetype, and potential challenges in the process. Then, determine your true priorities and most important personal goals. Once you've got your mind organized, you'll begin the physical process of decluttering your home and possessions with a tried and true step-by-step system complete with checklists, decision tree, and project planning calendar.
About the Author
CARY TELANDER FORTIN specializes in the psychology behind decision-making and attachments, as well as connecting with new organizations who can benefit from clients' donations. She graduated with honors from Dartmouth College with a degree in psychology.
KYLE LOUISE QUILICI specializes in creating beautiful spaces using the items clients already own and love. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in organizational behavior, studied interior design at Parsons School of Design in New York and earned her certificate in sustainable design from UC Berkeley's Extension.
Together as NEW MINIMALISM, Cary and Kyle have conducted hundreds of decluttering sessions and as a result they have donated over 10,675 cubic feet of clothing, art supplies, furniture, and decor to local charities; that's the equivalent of over 427 bath tubs.
Praise for New Minimalism:
"The authors of New Minimalism reveal how your emotional style relates to the possessions you keep—and how you can finally get past it."
—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Clean up your act in your home’s trickiest spots with these smart strategies."
—Rachael Ray Every Day
"Part therapy and part interior design, it’s just the thing to dive into as we seek inspiration for calm and order in the new year."
—San Francisco Chronicle
“This is minimalism for the rest of us…[a] more practical take on the less-is-more lifestyle [that is] more about ending the cycle of 'busy' than creating a perfect house.”
—The Washington Post
"Using these guidelines may finally provide the means necessary for those struggling to live a clutter-free life."
"Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici—decluttering professionals with backgrounds in psychology and interior design—delve into why we accumulate so many things, and they offer practical, easy-to-adapt strategies for decluttering and changing habits."
"With an emphasis on conservation and meaningful reuse, Quilici and Fortin share their fuss-free tips for a stylish, streamlined home."