A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Minimalism, Mind Reading, and Looking for Feedback

Communication….it’s the foundation of all good relationships. It sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget. I often find myself getting wrapped up in my own thoughts, deciding my own game plan for life, and I forget to run things by anyone else.

If you’re married, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about here. I’ve often fallen into the trap of thinking my husband’s hopes, dreams, and weekend plans will magically align with my own. By trial and error, we’ve both found that life goes more smoothly when we talk about our expectations ahead of time.

More recently, after I watched the movie “Forks Over Knives,” I got it into my head that I wanted to explore eating a Vegan diet. As I’m prone to do, I jumped right into things with full force. I researched new recipes, planned a bunch of vegan menus, and went shopping for a bunch of plant-based food choices. I didn’t get very far before almost the entire family revolted against the idea. Needless to say, things don’t go well when you unexpectedly change the food choices in a household of 10 people.

Looking for Input

I’m working on my next book, and I’m looking for your feedback on what you’d like to read about. Before I decide what needs to be included, I want to make sure it’s something you want to read about.

Earlier this week, I emailed everyone who purchased a copy of Family-Sized Minimalism. In the email I asked what kinds of topics my readers are looking for. The responses have been not only very helpful but surprising and incredibly encouraging to me as well. Thank you to everyone that has responded.

I’d now like to get your feedback as well. If you’re reading this on the blog, you can vote in the poll on the sidebar. If you’re reading this post in an email, feel free to just hit reply and let me know your thoughts.

I’ve tried to narrow the topics down to two main choices.

Do you want to read more about:

  • Practical Tips for Decluttering, Organizing, and Living Simply at Home

OR

  • Applying Minimalism to Other Topics like Time, Setting Priorities, and Staying Motivated

If there are other topics you’re interested in reading more about, feel free to include those in the comments, in your email, or give me a shout on my Contact form.

I really appreciate your time and input.

If you’d like to learn more about minimalist living for families, please consider reading my book, Family-Sized Minimalism or  sign up for updates. Thanks so much for reading!

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Article originally published on 10/19/2011

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Comments

  1. Hmm…I like the second option the best. There are tons of books, blogs, etc. about the first topic. I’m not sure if this is in your “Family-Sized Minimalism” book, but have you explored the effects of having a minimalist parent(s) on kids? I’m thinking about this one a lot…how to encourage minimalism without forcing it and how to avoid creating future hoarders.

    • Faith Janes says:

      Thanks, Megyn. Encouraging future minimalists is definitely of interest to me. It sort of falls within the living by example arena. I know for my personally I tend to talk about the topic more when birthdays and Christmas roll around. Good idea to look into. Thanks.

  2. Hi Faith,

    Personally, I’d like to read more about “Practical Tips for Decluttering, Organizing, and Living Simply at Home.” In the case of your food example above, I’d love practical tips on cooking for multiple people that have different dietary requirements or preferences (including picky eaters…kids & adults alike!)… I think the key part of the phrase here is “living simply at home” — and that includes eating, parenting, cleaning, and lots more. Looking forward to your next project!

    Clara

    • Faith Janes says:

      Hi Clara, it’s nice to hear from you. “Living Simple at Home” does kind of sum it all up, doesn’t it? Thanks for your input! I’ll be sure to cover the dietary issue.

  3. I like the second option, although I think “Living Simply at Home” is a vital component of whichever option you choose.

  4. Hi Faith

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and have a copy of ‘Family-sized Minimalism’ which I’m really enjoying reading. You write beautifully, and the photography in the book is gorgeous.

    I’d love to read more about your second option: ‘Applying Minimalism to Other Topics like Time, Setting Priorities, and Staying Motivated’.

  5. I’d like more of the 1st option – practical tips. It’s a constant battle with all the “stuff” at home. Your ideas have helped me so much!

  6. I’m more interested in the first choice. Even if one is already living a fairly minimalist lifestyle, it’s nice to have reminders, encouragement, and nudges toward things that could be done better or might have been overlooked.

  7. I vote for the tips 🙂

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