Book Giveaway: New Minimalism

New Minimalism book

 

Dear friends,

I just finished reading the most inspiring book, New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. Cary and Kyle are the founders of a business by the same name that helps people in the Bay Area deal with excess stuff and create clean, lovely, uncluttered spaces that fit their lifestyles.

New Minimalism is part design book and part practical organizing guide, with beautiful photos that show the kind of spaces I’m aiming for in our house: streamlined and organized, highlighting a few nice objects so that they can be appreciated.

 

New Minimalism book

 

Along with photos of inspiring living spaces, the book offers organizing tips, design principles, resources, and a deeper dive into the psychology of why we accumulate clutter in the first place.

See if you find yourself in one of the four archetypes the authors discuss:  Connected, Practical, Energetic or Frugal. I’m definitely Practical, which means I tend to hold on to things like craft supplies, nails and screws, fabric scraps and the like for “someday.” This book helped me see how that seemingly-practical-but-unused stuff is weighing me down, and I’ve started experiencing the joy of letting go of things I haven’t used for years.

New Minimalism is 196 pages and retails for $24.95. Thanks to the nice people at Sasquatch Books, you could win your very own free copy. Simply leave a comment on this page and answer this question:

What is the one space in your home that you would most like to declutter?

The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and will run through Sunday, March 4 at midnight MST. I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, March 5.

BIG thanks to Sasquatch Books for providing the book for this giveaway, and good luck to all of you!

Hugs,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

40 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: New Minimalism”

  1. I would love to figure out a way to declutter and pare down my closet but I love clothes and accessories. I have so much it is scary. I cannot wrap my head around it. It is so overwhelming.

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  2. I really want … no, NEED to de-clutter my husband’s home office. Every time I walk in, I am immediately exhausted by the sheer volume of stuff.

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  3. I’d most like to declutter my closet! I really need to streamline my clothes selection and the random odds and ends I have stored in there.

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  4. It’s a toss up between my bedroom and closet, and the basement. Both places are used to put stuff when we are in a hurry, company’s coming, and we want to “clean” up the house [main living areas]. I try to have a plan but still have disorder for papers, school stuff, and other stuff. Other household members contribute by not implementing the plans, plus adding their own stuff to the mix. I do work on it, but never get done, and the mess gets worse, which leads to more frustration.

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  5. I have an extra bedroom that used to be the garage. It has become a storage room and the clutter is building. It has off season clothes, holiday items, summer yard things, including furniture, cleaning supplies, a pile of Amazon shipping boxes, and more.

    My first year after moving cross country I purchased several things, bracing for my first experience of real winter and four seasons. I ended up not needing a lot of them. And now, I need to spend some time clearing out stuff and getting that room in alignment with the rest of the house.

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  6. My office! It’s full of books and papers, and everything I can’t find a place for ends up in there. I’d love to be able to use it but almost can’t get to the desk. I clean it out and then it just fills up again.

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  7. The one space in my home I would most like to uncluttered is…..my mind, now I realize that isn’t actually a room, however it is always trying to figure out different and better ways to declutter and organize but I never actually seem to get it just right….if I pick an actual physical room, it would be my storage space. I need to finally figure out how to let go of all the things I’m not sure I want to let go of….
    The things I know I don’t really need if they are stored, but….. can’t quite figure out how to say goodbye too once and for all.

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  8. MY KITCHEN!

    Why do I have so many kitchen gadgets?

    Why do I have so many small appliances?

    Do I really need 2 crockpots, a meat slicer, etc?

    Why do I have so many can goods?

    Am I hoarder?

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  9. I would choose the bedroom… With limited closet space throughout the house and no office, we just have piles of stuff, including paperwork, in the bedroom to hide it from the more public places. I’d rather be relaxed, not frazzled, when I walk in there!

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  10. I have a very cluttered office and it really distracts me from my writing. My granddaughter was going to come and help me get it decluttered and organized, but her time here got taken up by other things…so now I have to do it myself!!

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  11. My office! I have been very successful decluttering most of the other rooms in my house, but for some reason, the room I spend the most amount of time is the one I am most resistant to decluttering. I suppose it’s because I don’t want to spend the time and energy during working hours and during my free time, because it feels like work! This has kept me nice and stuck with a cluttered office.

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  12. Our large armoire style entertainment center, which contains all the dvds we’ve ever bought, plus many collectibles. It’s huge and full of things we don’t need and never look at!
    Help!

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  13. I would love to declutter the living room, it functions as a study room and is full with too many books. I wish it wouldn’t look so cluttered.

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  14. My office for sure. I also need to work on my basement and garage but because I work from home, decluttering my home office would have the most immediate impact.

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  15. Decluttering needs tie: Office and Bedroom. Too much stuff in each! I wish my work-from-home office were more serene, but I have so much going on between work and home needs. Also, my bedroom has great potential–it’s bigger than I’ve ever had before and has a beautiful view, but stuff gets in the way!

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