Book Review: Make Space by Regina Wong – A Minimalist Guide with Flaws

Book Details:

Title: Make Space – A Minimalist’s Guide To The Good And Extraordinary

Author: Regina Wong

Genre: Home, Organization, Self-help

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Publication Date: August 15th, 2017

Note: I have received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in return for an honest review

My Thoughts On The Book:

When I received a copy of Make Space by Regina Wong, I was very excited. Considering the subject matter, I was hoping that the minimalism would not only apply to the content but also to the structure of Make Space, leaving out all that was not necessary, and bringing me a clear and concise volume on the subject of minimalism.

Instead, I received a book that offered no technique on the subject, but rather turned out to be a disguised (and not well researched) self-help book, trying to cover anything that may be related on the outside to living a minimalist lifestyle, but only in the most remote kind of way.

What it did not contain was clear instructions on minimalism. The little bit it did cover was oversimplified, and made me feel that the Author had no clear grasp on the concept, and was rather someone who thought it would make a good trendy book subject.

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I did like, however, that the Author suggested implementing the techniques of minimalism also in the reader’s digital world, as their clutter can also distract and disorganize.

Also, the financial section was decent, but other minimalist books have done a better job even on that subject beforehand.

Overall, I have to say, that I was very underwhelmed by this book.

Book Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Book Summary:

We simply have too much stuff in our lives. Burdened by our heavy consumerist culture to continually own and consume without purpose, we lose ourselves to debt, dissatisfaction, and despair. If having more, doing more, and being more does not allow us to live abundantly, what can?

Minimalism can make all the difference. A minimalist life removes non-essentials and clutter—whether it’s physical clutter in your home or a cluttered mental state that holds you back from your goals— and makes space for only the most important things that truly add value and joy. Make Space offers you the tools to achieve this transformative mindset shift by marrying minimalist philosophy and principles with practical tips, activities, and action points that will unlock truly simple living. Among others, learn how to:

•Avoid “Stuffocation” by reducing unnecessary possessions
•Declutter your home to create an ideal living space
•Design and efficiently maximize minimalist budgets
•Clear the mind of negative distractions and be intentional
•Avoid emotional drains to be empowered

The art of minimalism requires intentionally purging, building, crafting, and curating the type of life you’ve always wished you lived. And when you’ve finally removed all forms of clutter, you’ll invite all things good and extraordinary into your most intimate spaces.





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