If simplicity is an art, then Dominique Loreau is a master. A massive bestseller in her native France and L’Art De La Simplicité is now available in the English language for the first time.
Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity. Her lifestyle rests on the principle of ‘less is more’, and imbues all areas of existence, from the material to the spiritual.
“The better I came to know Japan , the more I understood the positive, enriching value of simplicity.”
We love this book and we’ve pulled out some examples of life improving changes you can make to your life to make it more simple.
A person’s intimate possessions should fit into a couple of suitcases: a well-chosen capsule wardrobe, a vanity case, an album of favourite photographs. Two or three treasured objects.
The central idea of L’Art De La Simplicité is living more with less, lighten the load of possessions and you yourself will feel lighter. In a culture rich with the temptation to buy by more things to fill your already full home this is a refreshing breath of fresh air!
Make a detailed, personal list of all your possessions. This will help you to strip out things that are of no use.
Can you make a list? This helps you understand just how much stuff you have, it makes it easier to go through and eliminate the things you don’t need or don’t use. Writing them down can separate the utility of a possession from its sentimental value. Although she is not suggesting there is no room for sentimentality! Some items we keep because they mean something to us but some we keep because we’ve just always had them.
Cupboards crammed with clothes (but nothing we can wear), piles of books (but nothing to read)...all symptoms of an ‘unhealthy’ home.
How many of us have felt like this? Having so much and yet nothing we can use? Living simply is about streamlining your life, making things easier, taking joy in the items you do chose to keep.
Dominique’s first piece of advice is “throw out items that don’t suit you, or are old, anything you’ve scarcely worn, for whatever reason (or none).”
Too much of the time we hold on the things on the off chance we’ll be able to wear it someday. If something doesn’t suit you now you don’t need it, simplify your life and throw it/donate it!
If you need more of an idea of what you need in your warderobe, Dominique provides a handy guide:
- 7 outdoor pieces (jackets, a raincoat, a coat)
- 7 tops (sweaters or polo necks, t-shirts, shirts)
- 7 other items (trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses)
- 7 pairs of shoes (for walking, ankle boots, pumps, sandals, house shoes and loafers)
- A few accessories (pashmina shawl, scarves, belts, hats, gloves)
Simplify your home, empty your wardrobe, abandon compulsive purchases, eat more frugally but better, take care of your body and mind. From the art of feeling well in your home to the art of feeling well in your body, this compelling and elegant book will transform your life and take you on an empowering journey to happiness. You will feel energised, more confident and free. You will discover the essence of being truly alive and how to live a more centred life. One full of real pleasure, clarity and satisfaction.