New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici

New Minimalism by Cary Fortin and Kyle QuiliciNew Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living
by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2018. 195 p.

While minimalism isn’t a new thing, this book takes a new approach to a design and lifestyle trend that has been growing steadily over the past few years. This book focuses not just on letting go of items and finding a better balance; New Minimalism is rooted in environmentalism and mindfulness. It addresses the issue of consumerism and waste in today’s frantic world, centering itself on the idea that “there is no away,” and then it provides suggestions for solutions to the problem of excess that readers may be grappling with.

This book is easy to navigate and is laid out in two parts: philosophy and practice. The first section lays the foundation for this minimalist approach to life and home. It develops some archetypes and introduces some systems and organization strategies. In the second part of the book, the authors walk readers through the process of culling excess from a home and building a more sustainable and maintainable lifestyle.

For those who have been interested in trying minimalism out but have found other guides to be overwhelming or extreme, New Minimalism may be a good jumping off point. Fortin and Quilici don’t adhere to strict rules or number systems, and their approach is very adaptable. Throughout the book, they make it clear that there is no ‘right’ way to make a space more livable and that everyone’s comfort level and needs are unique. They encourage readers to experiment and find out what works best for them throughout their process of decluttering and organizing their space.

Fortin and Quilici do provide a good deal of structure and support to readers, suggesting ways of categorizing and approaching their items. Also included throughout this book are many photos to provide inspiration to those engaging with the process of decluttering and reshaping their world in a more organized and intentional way.

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