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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (9 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880003
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A giant step on the road to simplicity is to eliminate the odds and ends that clutter up your home, your car, your office, and your life. Read the first page
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 1997
Format: Paperback
For all of you considering this book I will save you some cash and start you on your way to simplicity. There is something annoyingly Martha Stewartish about this read and I found myself increasingly annoyed by her insipid little tidbits of advice. I felt fleeced and manipulated. I hate sounding like a cynic. I wanted to like this book, so before I get jumped on by her fans, let me state that the book has some good tips. Enough to fill a
good sized article in Redbook. In a nutshell, here are most of her "tips". I am not making most of this up. Really.
1. Get rid of your lawn by planting a ground cover such as Cudzu, soybeans, winter wheat or Ivy.
2. Throw out all your crap in the basement.Duh.
3. Get rid of most credit cards and pay cash.Duh.
4. Buy only dark garments and wear them so long you only have 1 load of clothes to wash each week.(After doing this you will lose friends who can't stand your odor and your life will be even more simple.)
5. Split meals when eating out.
6. Use trays for meals.
7. Take off shoes before entering your house and make guests do this too. Give them weird little slippers to wear. (This aids in their discomfort and speeds the elimination of "friendship clutter")
8. Use a notebook instead of one of those freakish 5 lb organizers. Besides, with her system you can still be anal retentive, but you'll be anal retentive in a "WHOLE NEW WAY"
9. Use a grocery list and store it in your computer. (now i can finally tap the power of my pentium 166)
9.Read another book on SPEED CLEANING and follow its guidelines.( her cousin?)
10.Drink water instead of colas etc.
11.Cancel the holidays and inform all friends that you are no longer "participating".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carolina on 13 Oct. 2008
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very good little self help book, easy to read (short mini sections that you can read before going to bed and think about while you are falling asleep)

i have recommended it to friends and they all have found it useful. it is written for a quite specific north american audience (i.e. do you really need your boat in the hamptons and things like that) but 95% of the tips are valid for a wider audience

makes a very nice little present

very good, i've read it twice and i don't normally finish self-help books!!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 1999
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Let me add one more way to simplify your life. Quit collecting books on how to simplify your life. Books like Elaine St. James all have an anti consumerist, anti "Stuff" tone, unless that stuff you are consuming is their books.
I had to laugh when St. James described her and her husband's downsizing move across the country to Santa Barbara California. Last time I was in Santa Barbara $400K would buy you a small comfy ( bungalow needing "TLC". Ah yes the simple life.
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I have read this book several times over the past few years - it has become a "touchstone" for me, particularly when life seems most harried. I have implemented many of the authors' suggestions, and they have all paid off enormously in terms of giving me back "ownership" of my life. I have given this book as a gift to many close friends; I consider it a "must" read!
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This book is a great little tool for those who are beginning to discover the "less is more" philosophy of life. It offers practical advice on the benefits of paring down one's need for money, space, and stuff in general. The unspoken conclusion of the book is that keeping our lives simple is the key to ultimate health and happiness.
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By A Customer on 3 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
My life is over-cluttered, over-taxed and over-stressed.

This book is easy to read and easy to relate to.

I feel as though the reader knows just what i'm going through.

Implementation starts in earnest July 4th.
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Okay but you can get all this from the minimalist blogs now. Having been to the latter there was not much more in the blogs, but if this is the first place you are going to to simplyfy your life then it is good.
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