Saturday, April 16, 2016

Book Review: Minimalism: Right Decluttering for More Order, Time and Freedom.

It seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day, and it's hard to keep organized and clutter-free. This book talks about ways to achieve those goals, and free up the time you take searching for things in a pile of clutter (or cleaning it all!) 

The book mostly contains a lot of common-sense things one can do to clean quickly and get rid of clutter (like asking yourself if this object you're holding onto really serves any purpose in your life and makes you happy). It also goes into the KISS method and talks about minimizing more than just the clutter on that shelf or table. The inbox, for example, is a huge issue for a lot of people, and Tolga gives tips for taking back control of it. Plus, he talks about learning to say no, 

The author's straight-forward style can seem a bit dry at times, and I do think some advice goes a bit far (I still am distrustful of putting everything in digital format. Even with cloud, things can happen). Still, there are gems in it, and I found the advice in this book inspiring. Too often, we let the small chores that can be done in minutes until they balloon into things that will take ages to get through. He advocates doing these little things as you go along, so that they don't end up taking up big chunks of your day. It's a hard habit to get into, but I firmly agree with him about it being an important one.

The explanation of the KISS method is accessible, and really does need to be applied in pretty much any situation. While I read it in one shot in order to be able to type up this review, I certainly recommend reading a bit at a time and doing the activities in the book as your reach them.