Welcome to the New Minimalism classroom

You're here because you're passionate self-starter, committed to creating a home that is simple, easy-to-maintain, orderly and deeply inspiring. At its heart, these readings will bring you up-to-speed on the most important principles, ensuring your decluttering work is effective and lasting. Below are the four assignments to get you on track for a kick-ass Consultation.

Let's get started!

1. Reserve your date: 

Calendar Date Desired:


Required for phone consultations; Not required but nice to have for in-person consultations. 

Please take a short video of your space, narrating as you go.  Don't worry - we've seen it all! Don't forget to open cabinets and drawers so we can see the contents.  Upload the video to youTube and send us the link: hello@newminimalism.com

3. Required Reading: 

Carefully read these articles.  Perhaps make a cup of tea and cuddle up for a quiet hour.  If these concepts are new to you, we recommend that you give each article space and time to sink in before moving on to the next.  We will ask follow-up questions in the self-assessment.  

4. CATEGORY-Specific Reading:

Pick a topic that resonates with you and read one linked article.

Wardrobe: The Capsule Wardrobe by Un-fancy, and shopping rules to live by from Zero Waste Home.

Kitchen: Zero Waste Home has simple habits, routines, and thoughtful purchases which help her family of four be mostly waste-free.

Family: Pretty much anything written by Becoming Minimalist, but especially this, this, and this.

Habit Change:  Zen Habits is the ultimate resource for shifting from behaviors and mental pathways that aren't serving us. Read more here, here, here and here.

Moving Homes: Karen Kingston wrote one of our favorite articles of all time here.

Memorabilia + Emotional Clutter: I love the articulate, thoughtful frankness of The Minimalist's approach to clearing emotional items.  They're truly walking the walk and can show you how here, here, here, and here.

Bedroom: Our own article on making your bedroom into a restful retreat.


Like all journeys in life, you must first establish where you are in order to know where you are going.  

Fill-out the self-assessment only once you have finished all the reading. Allow approximately 20 minutes to complete the assessment.  Once we receive your self assessment results, we will know that you have concluded your New Minimalism curriculum!

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For the voracious readers, autodidacts, and naturally curious, we've compiled a list of our favorite websites and books relating to minimalism.  These are the writers who helped shape the New Minimalism philosophy and continue to inspire us today.  Some books directly relate to clutter-clearing, while others elucidate the connections between our desires and how inherently that relates to simple, intentional living.


*At New Minimalism we physically own about 25% of these books -- yes, even though they are our favorites!  When we want to revisit certain passages, we simply visit our local public library.  We recommend that you do the same.