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.
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!