Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

36747331Title: Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism
Author: Rachel Aust
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – lifestyle, organization
Publisher: Alpha
Number of Pages: 144

My Rating: 


This book explains and illustrates the minimalist lifestyle. It covers everything from cleaning and organizing to budgeting and scheduling.


How do I love this book? Let me count the ways:

  • The design is beautiful! The style of the entire book is minimalistic. Each page contains a short bit of text in an appealing, clean layout.
  • The book is concise and quick to read, yet has a ton of helpful tips.
  • A bunch of charts are included to help you make decisions on what possessions to keep and what to give away.

I love everything about this book! It explains what minimalism is and what it is not. It clears up common misconceptions and encourages everyone to customize minimalism to work for their individual lives. Minimalism is supposed to be freeing, not restrictive.

I was interested in trying a little minimalism before, but now I’m all in! This book showed me what a minimalist lifestyle can be; it can be freeing and beautiful.

The book opens by giving a little bit of information at a time. It invites you in to read more. Pretty soon, you’re sold on the idea and then you can’t stop reading. I read the entire book in two or three sittings, but it could easily be read in one sitting.

The charts and advice have helped me make decisions. Deciding what items to keep and what to get rid of can be a major obstacle to organizing, but this book takes all the stress out of decision-making. It also takes away all excuses so you can start decluttering immediately.

A number of 30-day challenges are also provided, along with a bunch of helpful lists and some motivational quotes.

After reading this, I know exactly how to start, and furthermore, I am extremely excited to do so! Not only is the book practical, it’s also motivating and clarifying. It makes the process feel less overwhelming, and it gives a clear plan of action.

If you want to get started in minimalism, if you want to know what it is, or if you’re still on the fence about it, I encourage you to read this book. Even if you’ve practiced minimalism already, I still think you’ll enjoy this book and learn some useful tips from it.

I recommend this to:

  • Beginner minimalists.


• There’s more to minimalism than just the amount of stuff you own, or how much you’re able to get rid of. Truly adopting minimalism will benefit your mental clarity, your budgeting, and even the flow of daily living. Learning to simplify your life will allow you to identify what’s really important to you, and give you the time to focus on those things.

• For any item to stay in your home, it must either contribute usefulness or beauty to the space.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever tried minimalism? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

    1. I was definitely in need of some good organizing advice, too. I hope you find the book to be helpful if you get a chance to read it. Thanks for commenting!

  1. Wow! Five stars! This sounds like a must-read! Thank you for the great review. I am going to read this book as soon as possible and I hope it will help me as much as it is helping you.

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