The Simple Living Guide, written by Janet Luhrs and first published in 1997, was my first encounter with ‘minimalism’ (or rather, living more simply) in the late nineties. It quite literally changed my life, so much so that I set up my own decluttering and organising company in 2003!
I started decluttering my own home, removing items that I no longer loved, and began living more deliberately, which is the what the book is all about, and I’ve been on my own personal minimalism journey ever since.
Many people believe minimalism means getting rid of everything you own and living with bare rooms and no belongings, austerity if you like. This simply isn’t the case. It’s about surrounding yourself purely with things that you love, appreciate, and use, as The Simple Living Guide will explain. If that means a wall full of photographs or your childrens’ artwork, that’s absolutely fine. As long as you love it and appreciate it, then it deserves its place.
As the famous textile designer William Morris (who definitely couldn’t be considered a minimalist) said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Amen to that.