The Joy of Less

A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize and Simplify your Life

Jay, Francine

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Joy of Less
Having less stuff is the key to happiness. Do you ever feel overwhelmed, instead of overjoyed, by all your possessions? Do you secretly wish a gale force wind would blow the clutter from your home? If so, its time to simplify your life The Joy of Less is a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living. Part One provides an inspirational pep talk on the joys and rewards of paring down. Part Two presents the STREAMLINE method: ten easy steps to rid your house of clutter. Part Three goes room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle each one. Part Four helps you trim your to-do list and free up your time, and explains how saving space in your closets can save the planet. Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just open this book, and youll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life.

Publisher: Medford, NJ : Anja Press, c2010
ISBN: 0984087311
Branch Call Number: 646.7 J422j 2010
Characteristics: 286 p. ;,22 cm


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The market (and bookshelves) are now overpopulated with simple living, decluttering, and minimalist books, but this one (though recent) is a gem in its field.

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Feb 26, 2014
  • brandisiek rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I very quick read. I was quickly inspired to start minimizing and organizing, but never really got much done :) Good basic material and I agree with sharonus, it is very repetitive.

Sep 17, 2013
  • sharonus rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After the initial chapters discussing the philosophy of minimalism, there was a lot of repetition in this book. It seemed as if each chapter in the "Room by Room" section was the author in a different room repeating the same techniques for dealing with clutter. This book actually seemed to me to be more about clutter control than minimalism which I believe to be a different mindset. I'm still working my way there, but as I have been able to see and accept the benefits of minimalism, it's much easier to release the clutter.

I much preferred "Zero Waste Home" by Bea Johnson for simple techniques on how to live a minimalist life.

Aug 30, 2013
  • supergummy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very helpful with memorable lessons. I now realize the value of empty space. And it's true... getting rid of things can almost be fun!

Jun 23, 2013
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book. Very easy to read and short and to the point. Many great organizing ideas.


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Jul 20, 2013
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If you can't find it, you don't have it."

Jul 08, 2013
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When we are content with "enough," life becomes infinitely easier, more pleasant, and less harried.


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Sep 17, 2013
  • sharonus rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

sharonus thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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