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

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

by Francine Jay

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BN ID: 2940012405210
Publisher: Anja Press
Publication date: 06/25/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 109,715
File size: 292 KB

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The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
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.
deanthereader More than 1 year ago
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!
Tamika Francois More than 1 year ago
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!
shoeshopper More than 1 year ago
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!
littlebones on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I started becoming more interested in the idea of minimalism when I literally stumbled across Francine Jay¿s blog, Miss Minimalist. When I became aware of the book, I had been hoping for more minimalist philosophy along the lines of many of her blog posts. Really, though, it¿s more of a guide on how to streamline and declutter your life, written perfectly for the audience who should (and likely will) read it most - people deeply ingrained in, and sick of, the seemingly neverending race to acquire more stuff.The lion¿s share of The Joy of Less is a room-by-room pseudo-guide on how to effectively declutter your home. For those with so much stuff they wouldn¿t even know where to start, this book will be a godsend. Seeing as I was looking for more minimalist ideas, which Jay touches on in the beginning, I mostly skimmed over the room portions. However, the schedule-decluttering tips at the end were quite helpful.What makes this book genuinely entertaining, as well as an excellent introduction into this ¿unusual¿ lifestyle, is Jay¿s barely-contained enthusiasm about the whole thing. I enjoy listening to or reading the thoughts of people who are passionate about a topic. This is something more than your average self-help book. Hopefully, The Joy of Less will start bringing minimalism into the mainstream, and more people will embrace the concept of living lightly and freely, not chained down by the endless cycle of consumerism.
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