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Minimalista: Your step-by-step guide to a better home, wardrobe and life

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As a professional home organiser with clients ranging from students to multi-millionaires, Shira Gill observed that clutter is a universal stress trigger. Not intentionally, and I’m sure organizing existed before Marie Kondo and it will exist after…but damn, that lady was such a phenomenon, and for many people (me, me, me) our very first organizing saint. Much if it common sense but lots of useful and practical tips especially for those with busy lives and limited space.

Because of these two opposing truths, I’ve found a way of streamlining and simplifying my cleaning routine to make it feel easy-breezy.Also, her style “uniform advice” rubbed me the wrong way…I’m not Obama, I need some flexibility / spontaneity / diversity in my life, thank you very much, even if i have very limited closet space and have to fit it into a capsule collection (for better advice on this front, I recommend Nina Walder in Instagram). My favorite part was about kids and the example she gives about how preschools teach kids to stay organized and create zones that the kids can easily follow and implement during the school day.

I lost count of how many times she dropped in “I only own one of those” while scolding people for having more, like she’s the picture perfect minimalist.Over the years she created a signature decluttering and organization process that promotes sustainability, achieves lasting results, and can be applied to anyone, regardless of their space or lifestyle.

Over the past decade, she has helped thousands of people around the world reduce clutter and create more space for what matters. I already know that a minimal, functional, and inviting home is accomplished by organizing and that organizing one's abode needs to entail getting rid of stuff.She lectures about it being our responsibility to not give to Goodwill exclusively unless you know for sure that they will accept it (how would we know unless we worked or work there? Ignoring my little rant there is some good stuff in here and it has definitely motivated me to get back to it, which is what I wanted. Apply primer – most often it will be Acid Free Primer, but in the case of a more demanding plate, choose Acid Primer.

I was just having a conversation with a friend about how minimizing and she asked me, “well what do you do about all of your kids stuff? Once completed, sure, Minimalista is the perfect refresher course, spin-off, reminder you need in your life. Breaks the de-cluttering exercise down into small chunks with lots of suggestions as to how to start the process and stay de-cluttered. I am amazed how much I can tackle in that amount of time (or feel the motivation to then keep going.That said, her ‘room by room’ and 15 minutes chunk approaches to decluttering are better for people who find a ‘blitz the entire property in one go’ approach too overwhelming. There were also a few lengthy journalling exercises which, if you’re low on spare time, are not too practical. Shira’s books center around the intimate relationship between people’s homes and lives and how they inform and inspire each other. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

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