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1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!, 15 Feb 2014
This review is from: Living With Less: How to downsize to 100 personal possessions (Paperback)
This book is not really very helpful: its recipe is "Go through all your possessions, keep things you want to keep and sell / give / throw away the rest." Oh, and label some garbage bags to put things in. No real help here in making the decisions nor in keeping the number of your possessions down to the arbitrary 100. And the advantages of doing this? You'll feel better and you'll have more time to spend with your family. The (uncaptioned) photos show rooms packed with stuff in prissy little boxes - are they the Before or the After pictures? I especially scorn the one showing some shelving housing, I estimate, 45 pairs of shoes and boots. They look neat and well stacked but, again, Before or After the cull? Another reviewer has commented that the book is repetitive and I second that. The author's "blogged" experience of cutting down the number of her possessions is crass: "I am letting go of some black shoes, some black sandals and brown flip-flops" - And your point is...?: I would have preferred that the book be illustrated with other peoples' experiences. The best two bits of advice I've ever read on this subject are, true to form, omitted. "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris, and Don Aslett's real winner: if you have a gift you feel you ought to keep but would like to dispose of, take a photograph of it. Sorry, Mary Lambert, this book really doesn't cut the mustard.
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