From the Bookshelf. “The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist).

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Before reading “The Joy of Less” I wasn’t sure I can call myself a minimalist, but now I know – I have a long way to go if I want to achieve the ideal, but the thing is, I am not sure I want to go that far!

I enjoyed the lecture and agree with most points made by Francine Jay aka Miss Minimalist. A clean and clutter free home makes daily life more enjoyable and less stressful. I am a strong believer in letting things go if they stopped serving the purpose, don’t bring any joy or simply were purchased without giving it enough thought. Same with organising and designating own place to whatever you own, I got so used to it that I cannot truly relax if my surrounding is not neat and kind of empty. However, some minimalist recommendations seemed too extreme for my liking. For example, I do not see a reason to let go of my collection of wine glasses and switch to one size fits all glasses, I am sure it would make wine or champagne drinking less enjoyable, same as I disagree with a suggestion to forsake clothes that require dry cleaning, silk and wool garments are those I hold in highest esteem and even though they require some effort, I would never let them go.

On the whole, the book was very enjoyable and filled with common sense, down to earth advice on how to clean and organise better, be more conscious in the future, inspire those around you to change and keep the clutter at bay for good. In today’s world when everything is so available and in abundance, it is easy to get lost among material things and loose the sense of what the real priority is, “The Joy of Less” can help to avoid it and start living more consciously and gracefully.