Sustainable Minimalism and Joy of Minimalism

Motherhood Moment’s includes Stephanie Seferian’s Sustainable Minimalism and Zoey Poulsen’s The Joy of Minimalism on their summer Book Nook.

Every summer I do a major cleaning of the house. I’m a teacher and this is my chance to go through and cull as much as I can. Each time I do it, it gets easier, because my kids are also starting to realize how much time it saves to have less stuff cluttering everywhere. We’re certainly not perfect at it, but more and more we’re finding that the things in our house are truly things that are worth keeping.

I know we can always do better, though, so I was happy to review these two books from Mango Publishing.

Sustainable Minimalism

This book looks at two aspects that are related – minimalism, and the environment. If we can reduce our consumption and the stuff we have, it means that we are, in the end, creating less waste and using fewer materials. This book doesn’t add a lot of new info compared to other books about reducing clutter and living a minimalist lifestyle, but it does provide a powerful motive for doing so. If you are concerned about the environment, this is a great book to read to reinforce how the stuff you buy and keep really does matter. It does provide practical tips as well for how to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle with a minimalist approach.

The Joy of Minimalism

I like the focus of this book – about how a minimalist life can bring more joy. It makes sense – more clutter leads to more time cleaning and looking through it, which can lead to more stress. Less clutter, then, can improve your stress level which can make it easier to be happy. This book includes journaling to help readers reflect on their journey towards living a more minimalist life.

Sustainable Minimalism

Embrace Zero Waste, Build Sustainability Habits That Last, and Become a Minimalist without Sacrificing the Planet

Break the consumption cycle. There’s so much to do, and way too much to buy. Whether it’s through late night TV ads, social media, or other sources of influence, we are addicted to buying and then storing things. Sometimes we consume with no regret and other times we realize that we’re doing more harm than good to our wallets and our homes. It’s a constant cycle―one that many are longing to break. Who wants their hard-earned money to go toward something that soon ends up in a landfill?

The Joy of Minimalism

A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness with Less

Minimalism guide. It’s natural to love stuff! More than that, it’s natural to love your stuff. That notebook from 8th grade, your Disney VHS, mismatched socks. They all have sentimental value…and they all take up space. Zoey Arielle Poulsen’s The Joy of Minimalism is the friendly guide you’ve been searching for as you embark on a life of simplicity. Life can stress anyone out. So, by embracing minimalism, you’ll be saying goodbye to stress and everything that you never needed anyway. Discover a greater focus and true freedom as you live your new life with a real sense of gratitude for everything and everyone around you.

Enjoy the simple life. In The Joy of Minimalism Poulsen shows you how to simplify the act of letting go while sharing her personal journey into this calmer sense of life. Beyond offering specific tips on transitioning, she also invites you to journal your new awakening. Minimalism is more than a movement or fad, it’s a sense of happiness and practice that will bring you closer to your true self.

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