I’m going to cover a few good reads that may be a source of inspiration for the aspiring minimalist. Holidays are great time to pick up a book that you’ve been wanting to read, or something to do for the long flights and wait times during this season.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo
This is probably the most well-known of the books, that talks about the philosophy of only keeping things that give you joy in your life. Although I find that this is to the extreme (no, I do not find joy in say, my sneakers – but I appreciate them all the same), take it with a grain of salt and moderate it to suit your own life. Great for people who need a significant change in their life, or want to completely rediscover their personal style.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny, Robin Sharma
Written in a beautiful way, this book was recommended to me after I mentioned that The Alchemist was one of my favorite books. Great for those wanting to reorient their lives for true happiness and well-being (without using retail therapy). This is great for those in need of changing perspectives, say, rather than focusing on what other people have that you might not have (the latest hottest it item).
100 Years of Fashion, Cally Blackman
Lastly I came across this book while visiting the Metropolitan, where it documented the history of fashion trends since 1900. The book was the perfect way to slow down and think about the differences between how fashion used to be consumed in comparison to the current day. Before mass manufacturing, buying garments was a delicate task, and each item was cared for, or repaired. Items changed out of a closet less often, This book is also a great source of inspiration for iconic styles you’ll recognize even in the present day.
Happy holidays everyone!
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