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The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life Paperback – 25 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Anja Press (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984087311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984087310
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An inspiring read for anyone wanting to downsize, finally park the car in the garage, or just clear out a few closets." - Rachel Jonat, TheMinimalistMom.com<br \><br \>"Stuff and stress go hand in hand, and The Joy of Less demonstrates how letting go will make room for a happier life." --- Courtney Carver, founder of bemorewithless.com

"I loved the many words of wisdom in this book. The Joy of Less puts power back into the hands of all who feel like objects have overtaken their home or life." --- Holly Becker, author and founder of decor8blog.com

"An invaluable tool for the veteran and budding minimalist alike." --- David Friedlander, contributor, LifeEdited.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her online community, MissMinimalist.com. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people declutter their homes and simplify their lives with her easy and effective STREAMLINE method. Her advice has been featured in CNN, BBC, NBC TODAY, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Forbes, Dr. Oz's The Good Life, Apartment Therapy, and other publications. She has been a guest contributor for powerhouse blogs such as ZenHabits and BootsnAll and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. The 2010 self-published edition of The Joy of Less was named one of Amazon.com's "Best Books of 2010." She lives in Portland, OR. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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If you took The Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo and Simple Matters by Erin Boyle, and put them in a blender, this is (figuratively speaking) what you’d end up with. It’s both a practical manual for chucking away stuff and preventing more stuff from arriving, but also a book to help you think about the impact of stuff on you and your home environment. It’s a calming, therapeutic read which makes you want to improve your home and your life.

It’s a lovely book in itself too – smooth pages, nicely laid out and with an embossed hardback cover. Very re-readable, if you’re the type of person who likes to read about tidying as much as doing it (I am).
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I bought Joy of Less when on a decluttering kick and found myself underlining large parts of it as worthwhile. Although I had decluttered some years earlier, my junk had built up again to proportions where I felt irritated by it and I really needed to start chucking things out. Although I have read several decluttering guides, this one has proved perhaps the most useful. Particularly important is the advice to empty out EVERYTHING from a drawer, shelf, storage item or room in order to go through it and to only put back the things you love and use. For some reason, that simple advice has really helped me be much more hardcore in throwing things out. Her simple point that you are not a celebrity and that since by and large your clothes will go unremarked, and therefore you don't need a celebrity-sized wardrobe, is also golden, as is the advice to keep a bag in your closet and box in the cellar or somewhere else, into which you can put things that have outlived their usefulness and 'gifts' that come into the house that you don't really want, before they take up permanent residence. The second half of the book is somewhat repetitive if you sit down and read it straight through - it's better used as you tackle each room individually.
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Great book very helpful for the hoarder in you
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Loved the simplicity of this method. Easy, helpful and motivated me to get started. I'd read a couple of other similar books and still hadn't got rid of anything.
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This is a book on minimalism, but the authors writing style is far from minimalist - I found it highly repetitive, In fact, I didn't bother finishing the book and it is a very rare occasion when I don't finish what I am reading. I was not inspired to act on anything I read in this book. After reading this I read Marie Kondo's book on the same subject, which I loved.
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Being a pack-rat, I have come to the point where I have to declutter, big time! Since it's all about the mindset, I decided to read some books on the matter. This book, by far, is the best one I've read on the topic.

To be honest, the word 'minimalist' in the title, did put me off. I mean, going from pack-rat to minimalist is a tall order, and it's highly unlikely to happen. And while I'll never live in a space with only one or two things, I feel this book has transformed the way I see space (i.e. it has a value!) and whether the things in it, are worth more than the space it takes up.

Essentially, this book takes you on a journey that teaches you exactly how to clear your space, so that you're only left with the things you use or value most (your 'treasures'), and reminds you that you don't need 100 biro pens - 10 will do! The author's writing style is also a joy. Often funny, and definitely friendly, you feel that you have a friend on your side who's cheering you on by the sidelines.

Yes. If you have lots of stuff... too much in fact, I definitely recommend this book. :0)
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Excellent 'clutter free' style of writing, a great approach and very motivating. I also liked the fact that it is not like other books a 'hockey mom' or family oriented book and has no religious push like a lot of other similar books. I would not bother with any of the others but have re-read and dipped into this time and time again when I need inspiration.
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Loved this book. Bought it to get a different view point on decluttering, it did just that and more. I found it very difficult to part with things, there was a lot of guilt about money spent and wasted. Having read this book I am now armed with the streamline motto and off I go. I would never have thought of myself as a minimalist as I have to much stuff, but that is changing and I am enjoying the process.
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