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I am in the final stages of writing a book proposal about minimalism. For a lot of folks, minimalism sounds scary. I chalk that up to ‘the fear of the unknown.’ Your neighbors just don’t realize how accessible, life changing and FUN the minimalist lifestyle can be. This book aims to show boatloads of people that minimalism is a pretty great way to live. The way I have chosen to showcase and inspire peeps is through pictures (think a home design book–but for MINIMALISM). I’ll be showcasing individuals, families and couples in each chapter. I have the first two chapters covered and am looking to fill the other spots before pitching to big, fancy publishers. So while professional photos of your home won’t be taken before the proposal, I’ll want to include a pic or two of your home + a brief bio of you. Currently looking for folks that are minimalists in general but specifically that tick one of these boxes below.

  • Aesthetic minimalist (Things might be all one color or color or pattern, shapes might be similar, you care about what everything looks like, you might live in a small space)
  • Green minimalist (You only buy things that can be recycled, you buy in bulk, you attempt to make as little waste as possible, super local/low carbon footprint, buys things that will last ie; a cooking pot that will last a lifetime)
  • Travel Minimalist (travels often, has packing down to a science, good resources for things to make travel smoother (packing/apps) OR could go the other way and you live in a van, boat, etc.
  • Digital Minimalist (no paper, everything from memorabilia to photos are online, no books/or very little in paper form, no cds/dvds)
  • Minimalist with kids (Not a ton of toys, don’t need separate room for baby until a little older, don’t buy into all the thing people tell you that you need when having a baby, conscious as kids get older with bringing items into their lives)
  • Budget Minimalist (You might be in the midst of not buying anything for a certain amount of time (i.e. 6 months or a year) Or, you might be someone that has done this before (gone for a time period without buying anything) and now are less extreme and live minimally for having lived like that)
  • Fashion Minimalist (Utilizes a capsule collection or wears a uniform, spend money on things that will last or pieces that can be used interchangeably with the rest of your clothes)
  • Hobby Minimalist (how you practice minimalism even though you have a hobby)
  • Other type of Minimalist (please use the space below to add a different aspect of minimalism that I haven’t highlighted above)
  • Aaaaaand; Must live in Los Angeles or NYC (open to folks in San Francisco and possibly Chicago and Atlanta).

If you believe you are a good fit, please email me (hello@bneatobar.com) and tell me a little bit about yourself and your minimalist lifestyle (a couple pics don’t hurt either). Please put this in the subject line: Minimalism Book, yo!

3 comments

  1. Jessica Bates April 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Hello Beth!

    I follow you on IG and just now saw this post. This is awesome! I may not qualify, as I live near Madison, WI (1.5 hours from Chicago). I’m not a diehard minimalist, however my family of 4 lives in a 1200 square foot home (have resisted society’s trend to live in a bigger is better mentality) and live a minimal existence (compared to most people I know). Our home was featured on Pottery Barn’s blog a couple of years ago, so you you can see it here:
    http://blog.potterybarn.com/pottery-barn-classic-chic-house-tour/

    I also started the capsule wardrobe last fall and am loving it!

    Best of luck with the book…I know it will be awesome.
    Jessica Bates

  2. Mary Hoettels April 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Hello Beth. I just found about your business in REAL SIMPLE May 2016 issue. After reading the article, I wanted to know more and found your website. I too live in Wisconsin, Milwaukee to be exact ( 70 miles north of Chicago). I have been working towards simplifying my life but live with with a wonderful spouse who does not quite get the concept. I hope your book addresses blending life styles.

    I will be forwarding the moving ideas to my military daughter as she will be moving some items herself.

    I try to support women owned businesses when ever possible. Good for you.

    Mary Hoettels

  3. Beth Zeigler April 20, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Hi Mary!

    Thank you so much for the kind note and for checking out our resources. We are actually in Los Angeles and work with clients there but work virtually to help folks declutter their email inboxes:) Thank you for the feedback and note about blending lifestlyes under the same roof. If I am minimal, my husband is maximal (is that even a word)?! Yes, will definitely be including that within the book. Again, thank you for taking the time to write in and for your support – so appreciated!:) — Beth

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