The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. Unfortunately this book is no longer for sale. You can find one of my other books on the book page. just this week, leo babauta released a new e-book: The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. the price is only $ (a very minimalist price). i have included the link. ‘What is a minimalist life? It’s one that is stripped of the unnecessary, to make room for that which gives you joy. It’s a removal of clutter in all its forms, leaving you.

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Return to Book Page. The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life was written for those who wimple to live more enjoyable lives by focusing on simplicity. Do you have clutter that you can’t seem to get rid of? Do you have a tough time getting and staying organized? Then this is book is for you. Here’s what you’ll learn: This book also includes bonus articles about simplifying your online lifee life. To see what your friends thought of this book, guude sign up.

Lists with This Book. Oct 26, tooliepanna rated it it was ok Shelves: Leo Babauta is one of my favorite minimalists. He’s so practical and unassuming. This book gets the basics of his message all down in one place. It covers how to simplify each area of your life, starting with why, and then giving what steps to take. It’s very concrete and helpful. I love the minimalist principles: I wouldn’t say I live them enough to be a true minimali Leo Babauta is one of my favorite minimalists.

I wouldn’t say I live them enough to be a true minimalist; I guess I’m just a “lessist” or a “fit-ist”–I live have more than the bare minimum of necessary things, but I’ve eliminated things to a miimalist that works for me.

Everything fits and looks tidy in my house. It’s easy to maintain and restful to look at. I think that’s little enough. In the chapters on decluttering your house, I discovered that Leo takes sumple the same approach I do: He also had some very good ideas for a more peaceful setup on the computer: He also recommends a word processor called WriteRoom that takes up the full screen and doesn’t do anything but allow you to enter text, green on black, old school style.

I can see where these things could be helpful if you’re easily distracted, but the dock and the toolbars in a regular word processor really disappear into the background for me. I should probably try these suggestions anyway, though–I always thought people were being silly suggesting that blog posts be composed in a word processor instead t a post window on the blogging site, and they’ve turned out to be right about that. He also recommends ditching paper altogether and storing nearly everything online.

He doesn’t even keep his archives sorted, just uses search when he wants to find something. I don’t minimalixt these ideas, but obviously they work for him. It just seems like he gets a little carried away. Get absolutely everything off your desk! I’m glad that works for him, but I need to be able to jot a note to myself, and it’s a lot quicker if I can grab a pen in reach, write it down, and miniimalist back to what I’m doing. And no, doing it in some sticky note program on the computer is not just as good.


He goes on to give the usual suggestions about travel pack less stuff, duh and appearance keep fewer clothes that all go together and put less gunk on your hair and face. Cook at home, clearly good advice. Eat less processed foods I have never understood people who go to the trouble of making their own soup yet base it on a bunch of factory-made artificial flavors from New Jersey.

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life by Leo Babauta

Then, minikalist goes on to preach veganism, ending with this patronizing conclusion: I have refrained from eating any animal products for periods of time in the past, and it was neither liberating nor healthy for me. I don’t eat meat because I’m brainwashed and ignorant, I eat meat because I feel like shit when I don’t.

And although you could argue that it’s not completely necessary, I could survive without it, so I should cut it out, I think that is completely stupid.

Yes, people in the third world do without, but that’s only because they don’t have any choice! To have the opportunity to enjoy better conditions and pass it up just because it’s not the absolute worst you could survive seems wasteful and wrong-headed to me.

Then he goes into the usual obvious advice about exercising and finances: Not new, but good advice. Loe, this is a good basic book on minimalism. I guess the point at which Leo and I diverge is that I’m not convinced that the best way is to get rid of everything that’s not necessary.

Yes, I could live with only one or two pairs of underwear or nonebut then I’d have to vuide laundry much more often. Yes, I could eliminate everything in my kitchen but one pot, one spatula, and one knife and eat everything with my fingers and have to do the dishes every time I want to make another meal, but if I can own three cutting boards, five spatulas, a whole bunch of plates and silverware, and a dishwasher, and spend more of my life doing stuff other than washing the same oife things over and over, the choice seems obvious to me.

I just think there’s a point between getting rid of everything that’s not necessary, and having heaps of junk and clutter everywhere. It’s the point where everything looks good and fits nicely with a little room to spare.

To me, that is the ideal point, not the absolute minimum. But, to each his own. Feb 01, Simplw rated it it was amazing. Dec minimailst, Lauren LaurenHannah.

Not the best guide on how to become a minimalist Badly edited and outdated in references and links. I haven’t been reading Leo’s blog for minimaliist, but even just in this guide, miinmalist was a lot of repetition.

I think the only chapter I thought added some new information to my knowledge of minimalism was the chapter on dealing with non-minimalist loved ones.

The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

Another cool thing Not the best guide on lie to become a minimalist Another cool thing I learned was that you can send your print photos to a company to scan them for you. I believe it’s essential to find balance in order to live a healthy life. Some of the author’s ideas may seem extreme, it’s liff to each of us to figure out what works for us individually.


What impressed me most is the author’s integrity – giving free use of his e-book for people to use in anyway that can help others live a simple life. Oct 19, Dorotea rated it really minimakist it. When I first read this seven years ago?

Fortunately it was a minimalist book. Not exactly a book but a collection of upgraded blog entries, I was grateful that the author mentioned it earlier in the intro.

The ‘let’s say’ articles, varied from a general broad framework of minimalism to some to-do list for home, work, food, travel, family minimalist lifestyle. Although it felt as if it minimalost more about making economies on every possible category in your life. Cutting down waste, space, clothes, belongings, some of the FAQ w Fortunately it was a minimalist book. Cutting down waste, space, clothes, belongings, some of the FAQ went as far as to ask the author about whether having 6 kids was against the minimalist trend His answer didn’t meet my expectation, simply because of the context, culture and so on Minimalism as far as I’m concerned, from an ecological point of view, is very welcome, you’re winning on every front I deeply believe that chaos breeds stress, owning a lot of stuff requires more time to put in order and since we all – it seems – are busy simpl can’t afford that time, we live in clutters and that is one huge catalyst for stress and a scattered lifestyle.

You may want to read my ‘minimalist’ review of: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” Jan 30, Ludmilla Veloso rated it liked it. Very simple book, very to the point. Not a lot of useful information that is not already available everywhere. It’s clear that Leo really loves the whole idea of minimalism and all that it might mean. I honestly think that while many of the tips and suggestions in this book are great ideas, some of them are a bit over the top.

For instance, I completely agree that having as few icons as possible on my computer is a good idea. But seriously, in order to be a minimalist I have to change my background image to one in his color scheme?

And speaking of color schemes, I don’t agree with the idea that minimalis It’s clear that Leo really loves the whole idea of minimalism and all that it might w. And speaking of wimple schemes, I don’t agree with the idea that minimalists must have white and “neutral” tones for their home and furniture etc.

I’m not really convinced that having white furniture and carpets is going to help me keep a minimalist mindset. Unless that mindset is hyper stressed.

I don’t live in San Francisco, I live in Washington state. We have MUD here. Mud that gets tracked in by my son, my dog, my friends, even myself.

And mud on white carpets is very difficult to get out I know because our last house had off-white carpets. Being mimimalist to walk into my own home is not going to keep me calm.