The Minimalist Lifestyle

These days, too many of us feel as though we don’t have everything we want or need.

It is all too common to feel as though we are going without and to feel that painful sense of longing, wishing that we had more possessions, or flicking through magazines and living vicariously through others.

Programs like MTV ‘Cribs’, magazines about interior décor and even YouTube ‘room tours’ seem designed to encourage this envy and desire and leave us feeling increasingly dissatisfied with the things that we own. This is no accident, as we will see.

When life is tough and we feel bogged down, we often find ourselves thinking that if only we had more, we would be happier.

The irony though is that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that you actually need less to be happier.

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By adopting a more minimal lifestyle, you can create more space for yourself, own more attractive items and get more enjoyment out of the things you already have.

Believe it or not, you already have the means to create the kind of home set-up that will make your friends and family green with envy. You can own a home just like the ones you have been fawning over but you do it by getting rid of things – not by adding more in!

And what’s more, is that when you start to realize this mentality is the way forward – when you start to remove clutter and appreciate the items you own – you’ll find that you actually become much happier as well.

This book is going to show you how to make it happen. You’re going to see how to create an amazing home that looks like it belongs in a lifestyle magazine while saving time and money. You’ll see how to make this into a home that supports the lifestyle that you want and makes your life much easier and more enjoyable. And you’ll see how to transform your mindset into one that allows you to be much happier with the things you own.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: You Don’t have to Be Bogged Down with “Stuff”

  • Applying Minimal Design to Your Home
  • Minimalism as a Reaction to Materialism

Chapter 2: The First Steps to a Minimalist Lifestyle

  • Reduce Your Clutter
  • Remove Boxes
  • Cable Management
  • One In, One Out Rule
  • Getting Rid of Things

Chapter 3: Enjoy the Freedom that a Minimalist Lifestyle can Offer

  • Creating a Zen Space
  • Spend Less Time Cleaning!
  • Financial Freedom

Chapter 4: Become More Productive with a Minimalist Lifestyle

  • The Ultimate Home Office
  • Keeping Your Tech Clean and Fast

Chapter 5: Make Room for the Important Things

  • Turning Your Home Into a Means to an End
  • How to Fight the Urge to Buy Unnecessary Clutter
  • A List of Things to Do

Chapter 6: A Minimalist Lifestyle is Good for the Environment

  • Becoming Self-Sufficient
  • Simplifying Lifestyle Changes That Will Help the Environment

Chapter 7: Save Your Money for Bigger and Better Things

  • Create a Stunning Home With a Few Items
  • Remember to Stay You and Stay Creative!

Chapter 8: You Don’t Need a Huge Home to be Happy

  • Creating a Budget for Your Minimal Lifestyle

Chapter 9: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

  • Practicing Patience

Chapter 10: Enjoy a Happier Life as a Minimalist

  • How Minimalism Leads to Happiness
  • Going Deeper

Conclusion and Summary