Contents. Introduction. 1. PART ONE ○ PHILOSOPHY. 1 See your stuff for what it is. 9. 2 You are not what you own. 3 Less stuff = less stress. 4 Less stuff. Editorial Reviews. Review. "I loved the many words of wisdom in this book. The Joy of Less. Read Online The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify By Francine Jay PDF eBook #Mobi.
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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 hos For being a book about minimalist living, this book seemed to have a lot of redundancy.
For example, she suggests only having enough dinnerware for the number of people living in the home, which leaves no room for valuing hospitality. She also suggests taking a photo of a gift in use to send to the giver in order to make them feel good, and tossing the gift in the donate box right away.
I don't appreciate the deceitful approach at all. Why go through the trouble of being sneaky when a simple explanation to friends and family about living a simpler life could suffice? I would not recommend this book. Jul 12, Lorna rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 more time to spend seeing family, working on my painting and getting out in nature.
I was particularly blown away by Francine Jay's fi 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.
I was particularly blown away by Francine Jay's final thoughts on how the simple decluttering of one's possessions can free ourselves but also our fellow humans and the Earth's resources.
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View all 4 comments. Puiki knyga. Ir man taip buvo. Nov 11, Sara rated it liked it. I read this book at the suggestion of a friend whose opinion I value. We are both interested in adopting more of a minimalist life style as part of our general commitment to environmental values. Like him, I seek to live more 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 env I read this book at the suggestion of a friend whose opinion I value.
What it isn't is a guide to truly reducing one's footprint and learning how to minimize one's impact through truly environmentally sound principles.
Jay introduces her scheme for reducing the possessions each of us already has. The rules are pretty basic--I already knew enough to get rid of something when I bring a new one home, for example. I'm the first to admit that stuff has cloned itself in the basement and attic, and every room in my house should be gone through in search of items I no longer want, need or use. And I'll give Ms.
Jay credit--she has motivated me to do just that. I'm starting with the "fat" clothes and the books I know I'll never read.
And then she takes a turn into rigidity. OK, what's wrong with having a stack of books on the coffee table that are in the process of being read? What's wrong with leaving the mail on the counter to be sorted through and disposed of after the cats are fed? Jay is more than a tad obsessive about clutter, and not in a good way. I imagine her house is so picked up and neat that it doesn't even resemble a place where real people live. I debated about 2 or 3 stars. In the end, I opted for 3, simply because she has motivated me to cancel magazine subscriptions, get rid of old appliances, and clean out drawers where all manner of junk was hiding.
Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I'd probably give this read 2. 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.
Simple and key to remember ideas often get lost in explanations that go on much longer than necessary. I found it too superfluous in its communications. As the narrative went on, I honestly didn't like many of the suggestions the book gives to approach a minimalist lifestyle a. It's interesting that a key idea of this narrative communicated learning to control your stuff, not allowing your stuff to control you and what you want to do, but yet ideas like that give the opposite impression.
I would take this guide with a grain of salt, and it may be better just to use this for what is useful to the person reading it and to supplement other guides on organization and minimalist living.
The figuring out what to keep sections were good, but its overarching useful mantras are taken over by redundancy and counter-intuitive suggestions. Overall score: Dec 02, Carrie rated it it was ok. 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 more 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 mindset After that the rest was something This book would have been better if I had not done other reading on minimalism and decluttering prior to reading it.
After that the rest was something I felt burdened to get through. Mar 21, Linsey Nancarrow rated it it was ok. 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 download 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 a 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.
And advising you to have as many multipurpose items as possible, ignoring the fact that often things that do many jobs do all of them poorly compared with dedicated tools. The moment where this went way to far is when she actually suggests that you select your hobbies based on which ones require the least equipment - as though going for a run vs. This outraged me since the whole purpose of her book is to help you live a more joyful life, which means you should select hobbies that you enjoy the most.
I found so much of the advice in here to be misguided and overly rule-focused. If I followed all her advice I think I would spend the rest of my life obsessing over how to keep minimizing the house instead of getting it over with and enjoying the results.
I suspect that I would not have been nearly so critical of this book if I had not recently finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which is a treasure of a book that miraculously for me is so far living up to its title.
Do yourself a huge favor and read the Life Changing Magic instead of this book. Dec 30, Darla rated it liked it Shelves: Why do I hold on to so many? Answers will vary.
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Obviously, minimizing word usage is not on her list of to-dos. P just from the opening, I'm getting a whole lot of inspiration to start moving out "stuff" Perhaps as Mrs. Jay has been tossing books, she's been saving up words. I shall persevere and skim, skim, skim Bits of wisdom are to be found, but the preponderance of verbiage had me skimming more than reading.
Jay's chapters, which target every room in the house, began to read like a shampoo bottle label: Later, rinse, repeat again, and again, and again. Read it, I would say, despite her inability to stop chattering.
But, when you're done with Mrs. Jay, move on to Joshua Becker. Her ebooks are cheaper; his are simpler, more streamlined, and work the extra couple of bucks. Sep 10, Anna rated it did not like it. 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.
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 more, 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 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 more, probably the influence of a culture with a long history of people always having less than they need.
Few will ever concede anything against their will. This "how to" book was written to concur and organize, rather than convince. S - Start over T - Trash, Treasure, or Transfer R - Reason for each item E - Everything in its place A - All surfaces clear M - Modules L - Limits I - If one comes in, one goes out N - Narrow it down E - Everyday maintenance One idea I especially appreciated was the way to figure out what was really necessary, by putting every 'maybe' in a box in the attic, with a date on it, six months or one year in the future.
If by that date, one didn't need to retrieve anything from the box, then those were clutter. The book is full of practical advice.
However, while the anecdotes are interesting, she repeats herself somewhat once she starts addressing each room in the house separately. There are still many specialized tips and no condescending 'willpower' advice.
Another point, I discriminate on writing style - especially in nonfiction. If you can make my life easier, that's up to two stars out of five - here, 1. Mas valeu a pena! I found those a bit repetitive. I really like that the author makes clear that minimalism means something different for everybody: Overall a nice and short motivational kick in the butt to start clearing out your stuff and create more space.
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. I liked the concepts underlying the "system. 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?
Everythi I really liked the opening chapters with the philosophy of minimalism. It felt like I reading a repeat. Sometimes I even felt like whole sentences had come over to reinsert themselves. It wasn't a good setup. Hilariously, it should have been more minimal to be effective.
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The concluding chapters on lifestyle and cutting out activities and expectations were a really good way to finish the book, leaving me feeling inspired and ready for action.
My last thought Less is more. 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. After a quick setup section on why clutter is probably a problem for you, she spends one full section breaking down the steps, 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.
After a quick setup section on why clutter is probably a problem for you, she spends one full section breaking down the steps, then another applying them, room by room. The final section on the minimalist "lifestyle", as another reviewer has noted, overreaches; for me, it also gets a bit preachy, which is probably my main fault with the book in general. The stiff, righteous tone that creeps in was a bit wearying. Were I facing my first major decluttering, it would likely turn me off of the idea.
There are also some redundancies, which I initially found kind of ironic in a book about decluttering, but I'll wager that plenty of people will skip around to read the chapters they're most interested in, so I'll give it a pass.
Overall, I'd say this is a great tactical book—heavy on the how-to, lighter on the hand-holding—and will appeal to the go-getter out there. Oct 09, Lisa rated it really liked it.
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 retained t The good thing about moving last year from a single family home to a one bedroom apartment was purging. I've retained this frugality it "helped" being broke and in debt but with lovely gifts here and there from family and friends and noticing clothes, shoes, accessories I've not worn all year, it's time for another purge.
It doesn't take much to clutter up square feet! I'm recommitted to the "one item in, one item out" action and a pile's forming already. A stack of not-yet-opened magazines I get two gift subscriptions was stressing me out--seriously--so today they went in a book bag to donate to my library friends' lunchroom reading material.
Crazy but the relief was palpable. Imagine stressing over not getting to my magazines. There will always be more. And as the author suggests, I've taken a hard look at where items are made. As much as I love walking through Target, so much is made in China or India. That chain has talented downloaders 'cause their decor items, etc. I know a lot about what she's saying, but reading the book gives me the "kick in the pants" to double my efforts to be happy with what I have, give to others what I don't want or need anymore, share, and think about an item's entire journey from manufacturing to your shopping cart.
She breaks down the purging process room by room and sections of each room with a "treasure, transfer, trash" method.
She's right--once you get started it's great to see that empty space. For me, uncluttered space equals an uncluttered mind. And that's just the beginning of the minimalist rewards. Jan 08, L rated it really liked it. 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 Some really great concepts on how to minimize and declutter in this book. I liked the room by room section and enjoyed the examples, but felt that she didn't need to spell everything out again and repeat from the first section.
I would have appreciated just examples for the room by room section. I also didn't like the tone of her writing in some places - I would have preferred a "this is what I learned, this is what worked for me" tone as opposed to her "this is what you should do. I cleared out a couple of boxes of books and clothes from my parents' house and a couple more bags of clothes in my apartment.
I think my greatest takeaway from the book is..There will always be more. How did I acquire this? What does this provide me? I don't know. The rest of the book covers how to go through your stuff by separating it into categories of trash, treasure and transfer. Mar 21, Linsey Nancarrow rated it it was ok.