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

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

by Elaine St. James

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ISBN-13: 9780786880003
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/01/1994
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 524,505
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was written in the 90s, just make sure you know this before purchasing.
mlw279 More than 1 year ago
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 Being written in the early 90's there's quite a bit of out-of-date advice such as "Organize your Day-Runner".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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.