I’ve always been a semi-minimalist. I like living with less and find that having too much stuff simply overwhelms me. But I’m not the kind of person you’ll find doing a 10×10 wardrobe challenge anytime soon, and because I am quite sentimental the KonMari method doesn’t work for me either (however, that folding technique is a game-changer!) An Edited Life sounds more me, or as Anna describes in her book, a slightly more chilled neat-freak.
Anna Newton is an award-winning online content creator, who has fronted her blog and YouTube channel The Anna Edit since 2010. She has been featured in Grazia, Stylist, The Guardian and named as one of Instyle’s 40 Must-Read Beauty Blogs.
Like so many of us, Anna is in search of that elusive work/life balance, managing work, her family, her social life, finances, the list goes on! While also trying to find a way to be more organised and less stressed. And like me, she realised that there is no one method that works for everyone. Instead of trying to follow other decluttering methods, which are often so prescriptive they make me feel even more overwhelmed, she talks about editing. By learning to edit the various aspects of your life you should then have more time to spend doing the things that actually make you happy!
The book is broken down into three sections that cover life, home and work. Within each section there are hacks, lists and practical advice, with a checklist at the end, all aimed at helping the reader create a more organised way of living that is unique to them. Within the life section it looks at finances, social life, self-care and goals, within the work section it looks at organising your workspace and planning your working day (ideal for self-employed folk like me!) and the home section tackles streamlining your home and wardrobe and running your home. Finally, the end of the book has some action plans for both the short-term and long-term, as well as a resources list of other websites, books, podcasts, apps and printouts.
Because this isnt a structured method of decluttering, I have found it easy to jump straight to the sections of the book I want to particularly work on. For me, trying to sort out my work space at home has been a struggle so I found this really helpful, and I also liked the tips for organising out-of-season clothes. Others may prefer to work through the book from start to end. It’s entirely up to the reader! However you choose to use the book, you’ll find realistic, simple and practical ways of dealing with the overwhelm of trying to be better organised in life.
It is worth mentioning that Anna is not a parent and this book isn’t aimed at parents in particular. For example, if you’re a stay-at-home parent then the sections on work may be entirely irrelevant, but if you’re a parent who goes out to work, or works from home like me, then many of the tips are really good. For me, the sections about organising my social life were skimmed over, but otherwise I found that most of the book could be applied to my life, and I enjoyed the chatty writing style.
The book itself is a beautiful hardback printed with gorgeous high quality paper and has an RRP of £16.99, however Amazon currently has it listed at a lower price (affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2JSQIUe) and it is also available as an e-book.