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Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter

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The more complex life becomes, the more people crave simplicity. Whether it's in your work, relationships, health, finances, or leisure time, North America's simplicity expert Elaine St. James can help you learn to unwind and improve the quality of your life. If you're feeling over-powered, overextended, and overwhelmed, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE is the antidote, providing one hundred proven, practical steps for ...

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Overview

More than 1,000,000 copies in print!

The more complex life becomes, the more people crave simplicity. Whether it's in your work, relationships, health, finances, or leisure time, North America's simplicity expert Elaine St. James can help you learn to unwind and improve the quality of your life. If you're feeling over-powered, overextended, and overwhelmed, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE is the antidote, providing one hundred proven, practical steps for creating a simple and satisfying way of life.

For everyone who is overwhelmed by the increasing demands in their lives, here is the ideal guide for slowing down and finding peace of mind. In separate chapters covering career, household, health, social, finance, and personal affairs, this thought-provoking book offers one hundred proven, practical steps for creating a simple but elegant lifestyle.

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"A guide for our time."—Vanity Fair
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786880003
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 152,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine St. James, former real estate businesswoman, is the author of the national bestsellers Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity. She lives a quiet, simple life in Santa Barbara, California.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    good advice

    This is the kind of book that can be read cover to cover in a single sitting or a light read before bed. I find almost all of the tips very helpful and "life changing." Being written in the early 90's there's quite a bit of out-of-date advice such as "Organize your Day-Runner". And I guess it was before EVERYONE had at least one computer because there's no advice on attacking digital clutter. But I still think it's a good read because it touches on topics I wouldn't have thought about, and in my own effort to simplify and scale-down I frequently refer back to this little manual for reminders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    2nd Time Around

    I really loved this book. I bought it years ago and put some of the ideas into practice. I lent it to someone and could not get it back. I was very happy to find it and add it to my collection again. I'm am also ready to put more of it into practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Simplifying Made Easy.

    This book will forever be on my nightstand. Elaine has made living a simplified life easy. When I started getting rid of the things that were cluttering my life, I also got rid of a lot of stress. I no longer make impulse purchases just because something is on sale. Since we have simplified our activities, we have more quality family time, including family meals together everynight. Thanks for this life-changing book Elaine! Jill Fleming, MS, RD Author of 'Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates: Simple Lifestyle Choices for Permanent Weight Loss'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    at the very least, it generates ideas...

    this little book (and it is little) discusses the idea of stripping down your life and gives you 100 ways by which to do so. it's true that some of the ideas are a bit hokey for my taste ('assign one towel and one washcloth per person per week' in order to cut down on laundry), some are a bit of a stretch ('replace your lawn with ground clover' in order to not have to worry about landscaping), and some seem unpractical and downright anti-social ('get rid of your car', 'get rid of your phone' (with a separate chapter on getting rid of your cellphone and one entitled, 'don't answer the doorbell, either'), avoid 'such activities as movies, plays, theatre, opera...' etc., in lieu of 'watching a sunset...taking a nap...sitting quietly in a favorie chair and doing nothing'. regardless, the book has some useful ideas. even the not-so-great suggestions will get any creative mind thinking of suitable adaptations. the sheer fact that you pick up the book is one of those 'baby steps' toward a more simplified life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    For retired people with money.

    Although there were a couple pieces of advice that made sense, the majority of the book is not geared towards anyone below the age of 50. Who has money to go out to dinner whenever they want to enjoy a friend's company? or hire movers to come and pack? obviously this book is for those of us who have money and time to spare. Also, planting a vegetable garden does not make one's life more simple. Planting a vegetable garden is time consuming and ends up costing more than going to a grocery store and buying the veggies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    The Simpler the Better

    This book is a must read for anyone seeking to reduce the stress in this life. I was practicing some of its suggestions long before it was written. I have a simple haircut and wardrobe, drive a simple car, hand out mathoms at Christmas time, only have only one mortgage, got rid of the clutter, and don't make my bed. I loved it.

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    Posted January 15, 2010

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