The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life [NOOK Book]

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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, it's 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 ...
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The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

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Overview

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, it's 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 you'll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life.
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Editorial Reviews

Beth Aronson
This book deals with every aspect of wiping out clutter and living a simpler, joyous life. The book is written in a way that makes it seem as though the author is talking to you, with kindness and yet with authority. The author offers solutions that are totally realistic and doable. I am amazed at the progress I have made from reading this book. My closet is now half empty and my kitchen counters are clean and free of clutter! I highly recommend it!
Catherine Dunham
This book has truly helped turn my life around! With two busy kids, a husband, and full time job I was a certified pack rat! I never had time to clean up the endless piles that keep appearing in my kitchen - but this book helped me to break the old habits that allowed 'stuff' to pile up in my house! This booked is packed with tips to help with every aspect of organizing your life - just using a small fraction of the ideas has already had a tremendous impact on our daily life.
Christi Richardson
Francine Jay, "Miss Minimalist", sure knows how to write in a way that is both enjoyable to read (she's quite funny) and easy to follow. I just finished de-cluttering my living room/office and am thoroughly satisfied with the result. Not only do I have more space, but I also have a large stack of items ready to be donated. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to "simplify your life".
Sherry Farrell
I have read many books over the years regarding decluttering and I feel The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide is the best decluttering book. This book does not make you feel you need to rush and dispose of your items, but it's gradual and actually fun to take items out of your home. Not stressful as some books make you feel. I have decluttered for years, and Francine's book has more ideas yet!
Terry Pollack
What an inspiration! I've been trying to get rid of the clutter for years. I used to buy stuff thinking it would make me happy, a better cook, better housekeeper, better looking, etc, but none of it worked and I was still unhappy. I purchased this book & I'm HAPPY finally. I have read so many good books on simplicity, clutter control, organizing but this has been the best ever!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012405210
  • Publisher: Anja Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 38,913
  • File size: 286 KB

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    One of the Best Books on Simplifying

    This is a wonderful book about simplifying in order to enjoy life more. What I appreciated the most is that Francine Jay doesn't lecture and doesn't tell us what we have to get rid of based on her own minimalist lifestyle choices. Instead she challenges the reader to simply ask the important questions about what is truly useful, what is needed, and what actually adds to the joy of daily life by its presence. When we look at our possessions through those lenses, getting rid of everything else becomes easier.



    In Jay's words, "Anything you use often, and which truly adds value to your life, is a welcome part of a minimalist household...but remember: to be useful, an item has to be used. That's the catch: most of us have a lot of potentially useful things that we simply don't use."



    The other message of this book is that with the aquiring of possessions comes responsibility - how to pay for it in the first place, the upkeep of it, moving it from place to place, and the added stress to protect it all from theft or breakage. Then comes the temptation to upgrade when we see the next ad for a bigger, better version of what we already own which quickly loses its appeal in the comparison.



    The book is divided into four sections: Philosophy (you are not what you own), Streamline (a reason for each item and setting limits), Room by Room (a plan for decluttering each room), Lifestyle (making room for what is important). I benefitted most from the first two sections and am motivated to look at what is in our home with fresh eyes as I evaluate why certain items remain. Jay never asks us to get rid of anything that we truly like or need; but rather encourages us to consider letting go of the mediocre that holds no real value and maybe we don't even like anymore but we hang onto it out of obligation whether because of emotional attachment, because it was a gift, or because it was expensive.



    I've read a lot of books on simplifying but this is one of the best for preparing oneself mentally and emotionally for the process of uncluttering all areas of life. Once one understands the joy of less and the joy of enough, getting rid of excess becomes an exciting journey.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    This is THE BOOK on freeing your life of clutter!

    I've always been striving to be a minimalist (but somehow can't get my wife and four year old to get with the program). In frustration I bought this book and tore through it. It gave me fresh motivation to take on ridding our house of 50% of our possessions.

    Ms. Jay's book is a great guide for getting you to your goal. Pay attention to the first few chapters about the philosophy of clutter. They are fantastic. Clutter makes you work harder by having to maintenance it. If the item is flat out gone from your life you are then free. I got a whole new perspective because of her thoughts on this subject.

    Download it today!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Absolutely Amazing!

    Miss Minimalist, Francine Jay, has done a phenomenal job emphasizing the many benefits of embracing a minimalist lifestyle. It has totally changed the way I clean, view the things that I own and shop. My mind is at peace when I use her STREAMLINE method. My goal is to use her method daily. I recommend reading her blog as well!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    A great self-help book

    I must admit - I seem to have become a hoarder in my own right over the last year or so. I have been finding it very hard to part with things and it is making it harder to find what I do have and enjoy it! This book is written in a clear and concise manner - with humor and insight into the reasons we become attached to different things. I have begun to implement some of the writer's ideas and feel better already. I am looking forward to a lifetime of STREAMLINING my life and enjoying the minimalist lifestyle!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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