Book of the month: Jana Beňová

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August is Women in Translation month. The initiative was started four years ago by translator Meytal Radzinski to challenge the gender imbalance in the anglophone publishing industry. This sees works by women making up only around 30 per cent of

2017-08-29 09:35:25  

Get Uncluttered this Fall

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“I’ve decluttered before, but never with such purpose, and never delving deeper into the why’s or how’s of maintaining and owning less. Your course has been a blessing to me.” —Prue Lewis Uncluttered Uncluttered is a

2017-08-25 07:26:54  

Lessons Learned From Intentionally Letting Go

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“Use for yourself little, but give to others much.” —Albert Einstein When I was in middle school, I flew with my brother and sister to visit extended family. I placed a backpack full of my stuff in an overhead bin and buckled up. My favorite cass

2017-08-21 06:43:41  

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

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Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsump

2017-08-19 07:12:41  

5 Myths That Encourage Excess Spending

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Dori Cameron. It happens in an instant—the internal dialogue you have when considering an online or in-store purchase. For some people, it’s buying and restoring furniture. For others, it’

2017-08-17 13:25:48  

Postcard from my bookshelf #8

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This month, I’ve chosen someone from the publishing world to receive a book. Although the literature of some countries remains unrepresented on anglophone bookshop shelves, the vast majority of the translated books I read during 2012 were c

2017-08-15 09:14:59  

Simplifying After Tragedy Strikes

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Sandy Kreps of Modern Simplicity. One cold, drizzling night in January, I stood on the street watching in disbelief and shock as my house burned. We had just moved into our house three months prior, and we s

2017-08-11 06:15:46  

Reconsidering The Merits of Slow Acquisition

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From the outdated kitchen to the pastel-colored walls in the downstairs bedrooms, walking into my grandparents’ house was like entering a time machine. It was a world of midcentury furniture (not the kind from special art dealers or collectors; t

2017-08-07 09:50:31  

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

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It’s been a fun week here at Becoming Minimalist. We surpassed 100,000 email subscribers and held a little prize bundle giveaway to celebrate. On the blog post celebrating the achievement, 2,000 readers left comments explaining how they fir

2017-08-05 07:52:03  

Celebrating the Becoming Minimalist Community and a Book Giveaway

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Hello Everybody, Let’s try something different today and have a little bit of fun. This past weekend, Becoming Minimalist reached a significant milestone I wanted to share with you. We officially surpassed 100,000 email subscribers! That

2017-08-01 08:26:55  

7 Reasons to Minimize Your Kitchen

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There are few places in the home that collect more clutter than the kitchen. Junk mail, groceries, backpacks, and contents from emptied pockets routinely add to the everyday collection of dirty plates, coffee mugs, and cooking supplies. Keeping a

2017-07-28 19:39:33  

Book of the month: Olga Tokarczuk

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As with last month’s pick, July’s Book of the month came by way of a recommendation. I have known Magda Raczyńska, head of literature at the London-based Polish Cultural Institute for five years – ever since we both took an English PE

2017-07-25 10:45:08  

33 Articles of Clothing = 25,176 Different Outfits

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Toward the end of the Uncluttered Course, I challenge each participant to try an abbreviated version of Project 333. Project 333, the fashion challenge started by Courtney Carver, invites people to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months— underw

2017-07-24 09:44:20  

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

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Never underestimate the importance of removing stuff you don’t need. Encouragement provides us with motivation to persevere. It invites us to dream dreams of significance for our lives. And it begs us to work diligently with optimism and promise.

2017-07-22 08:48:31  

The Hope Effect: Raising $40,000 for Orphan Care

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18 months ago, with help from the Becoming Minimalist community, we created and launched a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect seeks to improve orphan care in developing nations by focusing on solutions that better mimi

2017-07-18 21:53:37  

Postcard from my bookshelf #7

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This project has international origins. It came from a comment on a blog I used to keep, where an American reader suggested I try an Australian novel: Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. This got me looking at my bookshelves with new eyes and made me

2017-07-15 08:34:19  

What If You Could Be More Happy Today?

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Editor’s Note: My friend Jessie is a mom of two in Seattle. When we were neighbors, she once raved to me about how Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, had impacted her. So recently, I asked Jessie to share how, four years after re

2017-07-14 18:18:55  

How Digital And Physical Clutter Are More Similar Than You Think

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Picture for a moment, a cluttered apartment. Over, under, around, inside, above, and below—everywhere you look, stuff would be there. You might not be able to walk in the room or see the floor at times. Spare parts, sealed boxes, unused clothes,

2017-07-10 08:53:38  

Book of the month: Elena Varvello

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Just over three years ago, an Italian novel tempted me out of book-reviewing retirement and formed the subject of the first of my Book of the month posts on this blog. You might have heard of the author – a reclusive chronicler of Naples life who

2017-06-27 13:08:42  

Postcard from my bookshelf #6

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Another potluck selection from the more than 200 entries to this project this month. This time, the random-number generator led me to the following comment from Aina Qistina: Hi Ann!! I was just blog walking and end up here. Your idea of postcard

2017-06-15 07:54:28  

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