Minimalism Room by Room

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Minimalism Room by Room: A Customized Plan to Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life by Elizabeth Enright Phillips is an excellent guide for organizing your house and decluttering your life. Phillips discusses how to organize bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, living areas, kitchen and dining areas, kids’ bedrooms and playrooms, studio apartments, home offices, and other spaces in your home. Even if you are not a minimalist, the book has great tips for organizing your items. I like how Phillips creates action plans for cleaning rooms; for example, as part of her first step in organizing a particular room, she outlines how to sort items, such as by designating one plastic tub for items to be given away to specific people, and one tub or black trash bag for donating to others. I like how the book explores feelings that people have towards their items; some items may evoke nostalgia, whereas other items may bring back negative emotions. The book has a lot of good advice on how to design rooms, save money, and invest in sustainable items.

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