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Save your life from your stuff with minimalist living. Declutter your home. Live simply. Save money.

Learn mental tricks to want what you already have, instead of always craving more.

Minimalism doesn't mean you live in a bare apartment and own three shirts. Minimalism means cutting out the things in your life that waste your time, energy and money, so you can spend time on the things you love and cherish most. It's true: Less is more.

Don't waste another day buried under things. Live a life of beauty, engagement, simplicity, and abundance with minimalism. Listen to this book today to learn how to declutter your home, save time, digitally detox and live a life of true meaning.

©2017 Walnut Publishing (P)2017 Walnut Publishing

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  • mandy
  • 18-04-18

Helpful!

I highly recommend this audio! This really helped me organize my life!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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  • TBun
  • 27-02-18

very helpful

I'm so grateful for this audio book! it helped me fine tune my life even more!!

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  • Kingsley
  • 26-02-18

Encouraging to be happy with what you have

Early on in the book Sanderson redefines minimalism from it's standard meaning of 'living with the minimum you need' to be 'being happy with what you have'. Rather than being about reducing what you have, she writes of stopping chasing the next thing or new things. Not using buying this to fulfill you. It's a good idea, but it's not exactly minimalism.

But if you can get past that redefinition, then the book has a lot of book information presented in a succinct manner.

There is instruction on reducing your possessions (in line with minimalism), and also learning to love what you have. It is simple advice, but useful.

Narration by Corinne Phillips is good. Well paced, clear and easy to listen to. No glaring issues or recording and production faults.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 20-02-18

Great Read

Minimalist Living: Devlutter Your Home, Schedule & Digital Life for Simple Living (and Discover Why Less is More) by Aston Sanderson was a great quick read. It is a good guide to purging some things and leading a minimalistic life.

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  • Beach Grandma
  • 19-02-18

Too short

A minimalist book on minimalism. Good points touched on but needs more depth. Still enjoyed the listen.

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  • Tatiana
  • 16-02-18

Useful even if you don't intend to downsize

There are a lot of books on minimalism out there at the moment, but this is easily one of the better (and less annoying) of those I have seen. First, it’s actually interesting. Although this is a non-fiction book, the author has a storyteller’s gift for engaging the reader and drawing you into the narrative she is creating. As I listened, I really wanted to know what came next. It was like listening to a friend recount a story or personal point of view to me.

Also, the information provided is useful and can actually be applied to everyone—including those of us who do not wish to throw away all of our possessions. I mean face it, in many cases, there is a reason we acquired some of these things to begin with, right? Well, these reasons are often scoffed at among the hard core minimalist crowd. For instance, I bought wood glue not because it “brings me joy” (as Marie Kondo would require), but because I sometimes need to glue wood. According to the tenets of some other minimalist gurus, I would be bound to immediately throw my useful glue away.

Not here. Sanderson acknowledges the necessity of some kinds of possessions in a modern world, while at the same time providing insight into the type of clutter we might do without. She discusses the psychology of consumerism in order to explain why humans fall prey to acquiring too many things in the first place. She makes the point that at times, some of buy things not because we need them, but to fill a void of some sort or to make us happy. Yet, studies have shown that people gain the largest dopamine rush from planning to purchase something rather than actually purchasing it, let alone owning it over the long term. Once we have something, it becomes just another possession we need to manage. After all, item we own was once something new.

I think that even if you don’t want or intend to downsize, you could still benefit from this book, if only to prevent the needless acquisition of more useless belongings. For the modest price and the hour or so of listening time, it is totally worth the investment.

The narration was superb. I wouldn't change a single thing about Ms. Phillips' performance.

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  • Ezra Cohen-Yashar
  • 14-02-18

minimal but important

there are so many ways to reduce material burdens and increase happiness and this book teach you how. i just made a trip to the recycling bin. thanks

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  • Brett
  • 11-02-18

A helpful philosophy and how to start

When I listened to "Minimalist Living", I felt as if I were hearing it from a friend who wanted to share life change that was positive for her and she hoped would be positive for me. The author's focus was on sharing what she had discovered in the philosophy of minimalism - making room for the things that matter most by clearing away baggage - and not on proselytizing, aggrandizing, or hyping and marketing, and she acknowledged and welcomed that we would all have different "flavors" of minimalism. I appreciated this tone in the book.

After describing how minimalism has been an improvement in her life, she gives several simple ideas and rules of thumb that can help readers and listeners to get started. It's especially helpful that she understands how monumental and difficult a task decluttering can be and builds some of her methodology for clean-up around that.

The reader was clear and did well making the book nice to listen to.

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  • Suzan
  • 10-02-18

Wow life changing

I had never read a book on minimalist living before. The main reason was because I thought I would be preached at to pair down everything I enjoy to achieve a life style I was not interested in. Well I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. I have to say WOW this book is wonderful and not at all what I thought it would be. Oh don't get me wrong the book does want you to think about what you have and remove what is not needed. But!!! they don't preach a holy than tho must do it this way idea. Instead the author shows you how to make the decisions of what is important to YOU and what is not. This book also shows how this can be used in many aspects of your life not just stuff. Corinne Phillips does a wonderful job of narrating this book really keeps you listening. I would love to have all my friends and family read this book.

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  • Rhonda
  • 08-02-18

Get rid of all that clutter!

This is a practical and realistic guide to decluttering your life. It not only tells you how to do it but it gives you some good information on why your life is so cluttered. I found myself shaking my head in agreement and thinking of all the things I need to give away or sell. I was already in the process of decluttering my life and some of the things I was going to hang on to are going out the door with the others. You don't realize how closed in you can become when surrounded by so much "stuff". Memories can still remain without all the material things. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.