Francine Jay
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
August 07, 2019 Comments.. 599
The Joy of Less A Minimalist Living Guide How to Declutter Organize and Simplify Your Life 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
  • Title: The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
  • Author: Francine Jay
  • ISBN: 9780984087310
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofHaving 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, streamlined, and serene life.
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    1. Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads says:

      4 StarsThis was a solid book on Minimalism, a lifestyle I am becoming and in line with The premise of only owning and keeping things that I need, use, or bring me joy seriously appeals to me I have always hated clutter That said, I am not striving to be a strict or pure minimalist by any means Rather, I see myself as merely what has been dubbed as a rational minimalist, meaning my goal is not to be a one pair of shoes owning, figurine less psychopath with only two glass mason jars and a capsul [...]

    2. Cayenne says:

      This was a great reminder of a lot of things I already knew, but it also helped me gain a new philosophy about owning things It renewed my motivation to organize and reduce, but it also helped me take it to a new level, such as helping me feel less guilty about getting rid of things I might need someday or increasing the value of empty space She mentioned several times the freedom one felt in college when possessions were few and focus was on doing rather than on owning Yet, she encourages us t [...]

    3. Todd N says:

      I really wanted to buy this book in physical form, despite the barbaric nature of not reading on a Kindle, because I figured it would be the kind of book that I would loan or give away to someone else But after several months of trying to find it, even braving the dread Self Help section, I gave up and downloaded it.This is a very good and practical book for anyone who wants to declutter or streamline their life And who doesn t Conveniently, the first letter of each step actually spells out the [...]

    4. Pequete says:

      Apesar de j ter lido uma s rie de livros sobre minimalismo e temas a ele normalmente associados como organiza o , gostei muito de ler este Menos Mais Peguei nele na altura certa, pois nos ltimos anos, os meus nimos minimalistas t m andado um pouco adormecidos, e isso tem se reflectido de forma negativa a v rios n veis Gostei da forma como o livro est organizado, com uma introdu o ao tema, seguida de dicas pr ticas aplic veis aos v rios espa os da casa, depois lidando com os diferentes tipos de o [...]

    5. Suzanne says:

      Full disclosure I m not an aspiring minimalist I read this to get inspired to reorganize some areas of our home.The basic strategies for reducing the amount of stuff you have are solid, but overall, I found the philosophy too aggressive and the author s tone annoying and overly chirpy So many exclamation points It s very self helpy, too Minimalism happiness Less stuff joy I know it feels great to rid yourself of clutter, but something about her presentation felt shallow to me, like the minimali [...]

    6. Kate says:

      For being a book about minimalist living, this book seemed to have a lot of redundancy The concept of simple living just lands a little flat when stripped of the connection to stewardship of God s world and resources Jay had some good ideas, but most of what she shared was common sense I also felt that many of her approaches were strictly selfish in nature For example, she suggests only having enough dinnerware for the number of people living in the home, which leaves no room for valuing hospita [...]

    7. Darek says:

      300 pages long, exhaustingly repetitive book on how to simplify things Oh, irony.

    8. Lorna says:

      After reading and enjoying Marie Kondo s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Tolstoy s writings on living simply and consciously, I was inspired to get rid of most of my possessions and only keep things I truly need This book has inspired me to continue on a minimalist path and I have seen an incredible change in my life particularly in having so much time to spend seeing family, working on my painting and getting out in nature.I was particularly blown away by Francine Jay s final thought [...]

    9. Sara says:

      I read this book at the suggestion of a friend whose opinion I value We are both interested in adopting of a minimalist life style as part of our general commitment to environmental values Like him, I seek to live lightly on the earth these days Unfortunately, this book has its ups and downs It certainly is a guide to decluttering and organizing, I ll give it that What it isn t is a guide to truly reducing one s footprint and learning how to minimize one s impact through truly environmentally [...]

    10. Rose says:

      Quick review for a somewhat quick read I d probably give this read 2.5 stars overall I read this over the course of a few days in audiobook form, and I ll admit that I didn t care for it despite having some practically useful ideas I decided to read this for exploring methods of minimalist living and retention, since that seems to be a pervading topic when it comes to productivity and organization The text itself has useful ideas if you haven t read very many delcuttering minimalism guides, but [...]

    11. Darla says:

      just from the opening, I m getting a whole lot of inspiration to start moving out stuff arting with gasp, dare I say it passels of books More is available in electronic form Why do I hold on to so many Answers will vary OK, I m about half way through I rather feel like I m stuck in the corner of a party listening to a chatter box rattle off everything she knows about minimizing without taking a breath Obviously, minimizing word usage is not on her list of to dos Perhaps as Mrs Jay has been toss [...]

    12. Carrie says:

      This book would have been better if I had not done other reading on minimalism and decluttering prior to reading it It contained a lot of common sense reminders and was very repetitive with the description of the streamline approach in every chapter I found that the farther I got into the book the I was just skimming it for any new ideas it might have contained The best part was the beginning of the book and the introduction to the minimalist mindsetAfter that the rest was something I felt burd [...]

    13. Claudia says:

      Trouxe pouca informa o nova Mas valeu a pena

    14. Mina Soare says:

      One could be blind and still unlikely to completely avoid all the marketing geared to make us think that it is wrong to not want , probably the influence of a culture with a long history of people always having less than they need.For those already of a pragmatic bent, this can be one of the pillars of their philosophy For those strongly attached to their stuff, it has the required arguments, but lacks persuasive power If you get this book, consider the fit Few will ever concede anything against [...]

    15. Lia says:

      I really liked the opening chapters with the philosophy of minimalism They gave a good foundation and got me ready to move into the book and get something new, I hoped The STREAMLINE acronym chapters were good I liked the concepts underlying the system Here s what STREAMLINE stands for Start Over empty the drawer, cupboard, room, and start from scratch Trash, Treasure, or Transfer separate the items, and determine what you truly treasure Reason for Each Item why do you have it Everything in its [...]

    16. Colleen Wainwright says:

      While I have a soft spot for Brooks Palmer s approach to clutterbusting and a preference for the confident, easy good humor of Peter Walsh s writing, I was bowled over by the sheer quantity of useful information in this book The author has come up with a 10 step method for handling the knotty problem of reducing stressful clutter, with the clever acronym STREAMLINE After a quick setup section on why clutter is probably a problem for you, she spends one full section breaking down the steps, then [...]

    17. Skaistė says:

      Puiki knyga Manau, kiekvienas tur t j perskaityti Atradau i knyg d l to, kad prad jau dom tis minimalizmu nuo tada, kai atsitiktinai pa i r jau dokumentin film ia tema, po to prad jau klausyti internetin radijo laid A neb iau a , jei neie ko iau prieinamos knygos apie tai, kuo susidomiu O prad jus ie koti literat ros lietuvi kalba aptikau ir i knyg I ties ie kojau kitos, bet i pavyko gauti grei iau i bibliotekos Ir d iaugiuosi, kad radau ir perskai iau Autor teisingai vardina knygos prad ioje, k [...]

    18. Elizabeth says:

      Decluttering is great, and I like listening to these things while I m decluttering or cleaning but this lady is just a little too pie in the sky and woo woo for me.

    19. Lisa says:

      The good thing about moving last year from a single family home to a one bedroom apartment was purging I rid myself of much of my belongings, things still taped up in boxes from the last move six years ago A family member helped with purging and another with finding a company to pick up everything and give as much of it to charitable organizations or recycling centers I ve never been frivolous with money well, maybe as kid teen and I was amazed by how much unused stuff I had.I ve retained this f [...]

    20. L says:

      Some really great concepts on how to minimize and declutter in this book I really liked it and I m going to apply a lot of her tips and suggestions in my life.The writing was not stellar Francine Jay is way too verbose and repetitive It seems like she is a minimalist with everything but words She starts off with some general principles and explanation of her perspective, and then goes room by room to further explain the concepts I liked the room by room section and enjoyed the examples, but felt [...]

    21. Anna says:

      i needed a bit of a motivation to start cleaning again so in a way this book served its purpose but other than that why was it so obviously directed at straight women in relationships why was it so filled with gender stereotypes why was it written as if the readers needed every little thing explained honestly, we ve all cleaned before, we re not that ignorant.

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    23. Linsey Nancarrow says:

      I found this book far too prescriptive, with the author assuming that her own path toward minimalism is the only way to do it and assuming that her readers would share her priorities for deciding what to keep and what to let go of For instance, telling you to only buy or keep simple classic clothes, assuming that you have no particular interest in fashion and disregarding the joy people may find in those impractical items that just make you smile when you wear them And advising you to have as ma [...]

    24. Dipanshu Rawal says:

      When I already get familiar with the concept of Minimalism speakingsmiles minimalism , I had an urge to read practical tips about it If you don t know what minimalism is, please follow this link Minimalism speakingsmiles minimalism After searching a lot, I found this book The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify By Francine Jay Having less stuff is the key to happiness This one line is the core ideology of minimalism.The book is divided into four parts 1 Philosoph [...]

    25. Maya says:

      I m ready to start clearing out our house after reading this book It s not like those organizational books that tell you to go buy fancy containers and reorganize your stuff, instead Jay tells you how to decrease the amount of stuff you own and how simplifying can make you less stressed and in less debt She says that each thing we own should make a positive contribution to your household Jay first dives into the idea of stuff and how we accumulate it She divides our things into useful stuff, bea [...]

    26. Melly0919 says:

      One of the best books on minimalism I have read Very straight forward suggestions on how to declutter, what to do with sentimental items, how to hopefully get your family on board, how to maintain a simplistic home Also, no silly talk about bowing to your house looking at you, Marie Kondo.

    27. Leah P says:

      3.5 stars.I loved the beginning of this book but the latter half was really redundant and repetitive.

    28. Stacey says:

      This book contains some excellent ideas and strategies for paring down the amount of clutter in your life The decluttering principles really aren t very different from other organizing books I have read, but the philosophy is pronounced here live simpler and better with fewer things to care for.As other reviews have noted, parts of the book were repetitive, especially the word choice I m pretty sure I ve never read the word tchotchkes so many times in my life Judicious application of a thesauru [...]

    29. Jennifer Garoutte says:

      I love this book and have read it twice since purchasing it a few months ago The author gives very persuasive reasons and guidance in simplifying life without preaching or being pushy about what one should and should not do So many times she seemed to be inside my head as my mind raced with buts and whatifs and swiftly countered those abstract fears with calm reassurance and logic Whenever I find myself falling back into the rut of old excuses, habits, and thought patterns, I hop on the internet [...]

    30. Heather says:

      Lots of great information that seems like it will be pretty easy to implement I like that she laid out everything very simply and didn t go into information detail overkill This is the first book I ve read on simplifying, and it really helped to get my mindset where it needs to be to let the decluttering and freeing begin Can t wait to put her tips and ideas into practice

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