Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition - featuring never-before-heard content - Jay brings her philosophy to more listeners who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works in any space - from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house. What's more, it can be called upon during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing. The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.
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A nice place to start for anyone wanting ideas to downsize their stuff. I'm following some of the advice given and already feel inspired to make more of my living space. The last few chapters were a little disappointing and felt slightly contradictory to the rest of the book, but overall very good and well narrated.
Plenty of justification on why to declutter and a simple strategy on how to declutter, however i felt somewhat disappointed , perhaps if I was a high consumption consumer or American it may of resonated with me more .
"Definitely worth a read!"
Great narrator. I really liked this book. Sometimes the writer got a bit preachy, and while I wholly agree with most of her points sometimes it got a bit redundant and I wished she would just move on and get off the soap box. I will firstly admit that it could be because I am far along in my minimalist/zero waste/zero impact journey, I have heard a lot of her points before, which could explain why I got more frustrated when she wouldn't move on than someone else might have been. To someone who is new to it all it is very informative and worth a read/listen. Very life changing and a new way to think about our lives today that is so meaningful.
"Good to listen to when you're decluttering or moving"
Lots of good thoughts and reminders about living with less. Makes a person really want to toss and donate things.
"Changed my mindset"
Changed my mindset. This book will motivate you to declutter, for all the right reasons.
"Some good ideas"
Although some technique and advice are impractical the essence of the book are both good and motivational. The most helpful chapters are in the last third of the book.
"Nothing and I mean NOTHING new"
I finished this book in the hopes there might be something that hasn't already been covered on HGTV and elsewhere, but no such luck. If you've never thought of or read about simplifying / getting-rid-of junk around your house, then this might be the book for you.
"Less is more"
Great inspiration! I re-read after moving to a new house, it is helping me set up a comfortable living space. Bonus of listening, my husband is getting excited about minimizing his space a well.
"My favorite minimalist book"
This is the fourth and best minimalist book I've listened to. Very engaging, inspiring and practical. The narration was also incredible and well suited to the material. Thank you!!!!!!
"Would not be my first choice"
I have read a lot of books on minimalism. I have been on this journey for several years. I found this book offensive in the first few chapters; there was some good info in the middle, though nothing new; and it got preachy at the end. Overall, this would not be my first recommendation.
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