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Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff [Kindle Edition]

Dinah Sanders
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Let go of everything that doesn’t make your life awesome!
With three key principles and numerous practical tips, Discardia—a new holiday—helps you solve specific issues, carve away the nonsense of physical objects, habits, or emotional baggage, and uncover what brings you joy.

Dinah Sanders, productivity and happiness coach, draws on many years of experience to provide a flexible, iterative method for cutting out distractions and focusing on more fulfilling activities. Join others around the world who use Discardia's inspirational—but not sappy—approach, and put your energy where it counts: toward living the less stressful life of your dreams!

"One of the best life hacking books I've come across." – Mark Frauenfelder, author of Made by Hand

"Full of great solutions and some very good universal truths." - Mary Carlomagno, author of Live More, Want Less: 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

I am a post-boomer/pre-digital native who spends as much time online as off. Currently self-employed as a writer and productivity and happiness coach, I have worked in jobs ranging from bookstore owner to senior software product manager. When my work hasn’t centered on organization and effective flow, it has been anchored around the reading life, whether on the printed page or a glowing computer screen. A constant theme throughout has been streamlining processes to help achieve goals better, faster, and with more enjoyment along the way; in other words, increasing awesomeness. I created the holiday Discardia in 2002 and have been writing about its principles ever since, intensively with a Discardian tip a day during 2006, currently with active Discardia communities in Facebook and Twitter and a revived Discardia.com. My book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, came out as an ebook in September and trade paperback in October 2011. Along with my keen interest in helping to define the next century of the movement born out of voluntary simplicity, uncluttering, and self-help, I write at varying lengths – from books to tweets – about technology, science, and classic cocktails and am currently working on my first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1347 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983998027
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sanders & Gratz; 1st (second printing) edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QFI60A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Declutter without guilt! November 26, 2011
By Kelli
Format:Paperback
Sometimes all you need is a swift kick in the ...

Discardia is the holiday that is set up to provide it to you. The book is divided into four sections with a series of small steps to get you moving in the right direction. Overwhelmed by all your stuff? Take a 45 minute walk around a room and put things away, or decide what to discard , or put things up in a "I'll decide later" box. Can't manage to get around to doing the really important stuff? Make a list and prioritize. For the most part, the suggestions are helpful in breaking tasks down to manageable segments. Also the author mostly manages to avoid preachy or self-righteous proclamations on how things should be done (the segment on weight loss and control could take metabolic rates into account instead of the rather simplistic discussion, but that is one step out of many). If one task seems too daunting, there are others that will help.

Perhaps my only complaint is that the book seems to assume that people exist in a vacuum: when deciding what to get rid of, I want to trash or give away my wedding gown because it takes up too much space, while my husband thinks we should hold on to it forever. A discussion on how to avoid conflict over stuff would be helpful for anyone who is married and/or has kids.

I would recommend this book with one warning: it is set up to help you simplify and streamline your life to allow for more productivity, time to complete what you really want in life, and as the author says, "awesomess" - so do not read the whole thing in one or two sittings. I read it before bed over a couple of weeks, and still felt rather overwhelmed at the end. If you buy it to improve your life (instead of getting it to review), take it slow and it will really help break down the large projects into manageable steps. Overall, I think it can be very helpful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, helpful, motivating! December 11, 2011
By lucky
Format:Paperback
This book is helpful, motivating, chummy, and wise.
Most Americans I know of could stand to read this book and put its concepts to work for themselves.
I found it smarter, more helpful, and less complicated than books like 'Getting Things Done.'

Everybody needs this kind of help, not just hoarders and the organization-handicapped. I'm pretty damn organized and efficient, but I found lots of helpful tips and motivators here.
We need to let go of some of our crap periodically to keep our baggage light.

Helpfully, the author knows when you need a kick in the butt and when you need a gentle pep talk, and she provides them for you. She understands how you can get mired in procrastination and indecision.

If you can't hire to author to whip your frazzled butt into shape, her book is the next best thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring me to make changes November 7, 2011
By Stringy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the Kindle version of this book after seeing the author's site and tweets online. Sanders has a friendly writing style, no lecturing or preaching, just good advice that's worked for her and other people with more ambition than time.

It's not just about cleaning the clutter from your spare room. She wants you to make the changes that are right for you, slowly but surely moving towards the life you want and away from the life that just happened while you weren't looking. With that goal in mind, she gives advice and examples that have worked for other people dealing with similar problems, some thoughts on how we end up with these problems and suggestions for how to maintain better habits in the future.

I found that the tips and suggestions seemed really appropriate for my life, unlike some other books and websites focused on ruthless decluttering and an endless routine of chores. Sanders' upbeat attitude was catching, and since finishing the book last week I've decluttered my wardrobe, reorganised the pantry to put frequently used things at waist level, and begun taking the stairs at work each day. None of this feels like a hassle, just like a smart choice I can make on the spur of the moment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discardia - a new way to live October 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I stumbled upon the Discardia blog several years ago, and loved the year of One Discardia Tip a Day. Here Dinah Sanders has put it all together in a book form and I couldn't be more pleased. Unlike some of the other unclutter books, Discardia really focuses on its purpose: more life, less stuff. The stuff isn't a problem in and of itself, but it gets in the way of living our lives in a more open, satisfying way. I love that this book puts it all together, and I intend to go back to implementing at least three tips a week. I know it will make a difference. Now I'm just waiting for the print version to give to some family and friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read, like a conversation with the author January 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I agree with all the reviews who describe the book as engaging, purposeful, motivating, and enjoyable! Reading it felt like I was having a cup of tea with the author. Interesting that it's defined in the self-help genre. I suppose it is, but it certainly doesn't feel like a softer version of Dr. Phil! Absolutely delightful, but more importantly, thought-provoking, and, did I mention, motivating? The book has inspired me in more ways than I have room to describe, from getting rid of clothes that are no longer my style, but too expensive to let them go (I did!!!), to completely remaking my home office by replacing the bedroom furniture I used to "make-do" with functional, attractive home office furniture (cost less than $150). I'm amazed at the increased productivity that has come from working in an office that fits my style of working, as well as my personality. I'm a well-organized person, but the memories associated with "stuff" made me hang onto it. Dinah helped me see that I could maintain the memories without needing to keep the accompanying items. For example, I had a thick file of Playbills and programs from concerts and artistic events. I wrote an email to my husband and kids, asking them to go down memory lane with me as I listed each of the events with dates and comments. Now that I have a one-page list in a file on my computer, I was able to throw away a 6-inch thick file folder of paper that had no importance beyond the memories it evoked. I don't mean to sound gushy, but this book has helped me see how the stuff I have accumulated was blocking my path to the life I want to live. Consequently, I've changed the name of my "to-do" list to my "to-be" list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with excellent ideas
I'm working on getting there. Excellent book with excellent ideas. Whole system that makes sense. Love it.
Published 21 hours ago by Bridget
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been great to have all the tips I've read over the ...
It's been great to have all the tips I've read over the years in one book. It's been a great help getting me to purge all the little things that are holding me back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carin Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Gives Permission
Sanders is great at giving permission as to how we can all live a less cluttered life. A lesson I needed to learn as someone who loves to collect books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neil Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Great advice, inspiring, flows well, easy to follow, thought provoking. I feel motivated and confident I can reach my goals
Published 8 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Took lots away from it
This book has the normal common sense things one might do to simplify one's life. However, the book goes above and beyond including behaviors and mind set to really simplify one's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dwayne Summerfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book on getting rid of stuff
I know you are thinking how hard can that be? Well look around your house, apartment, office, and hour life. A lot harder than you think. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John D. Busteed
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice and Sound Strategies
This book has some great advice for changing your relationship with the (overwhelming quantity of) stuff in your life, while maximizing efficiency and enjoyment. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the impossible task done while laughing
Useful, inspiring, and often funny. Dinah's writing makes it almost irresistible to set the book down and go clear out another pile of clutter before coming back for more.
Published 18 months ago by Jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read
I've read tens of thousands of books. This is easy to read and has so much useful information. I can not believe this book is not famous.
Published on May 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about decluttering.
There are so many mediocre (or worse) books out there on this or that that I'll admit, one of the reasons I picked this up was I figured "Only $2.99 for the Kindle edition? Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Currently self-employed as a writer, I hold degrees in History and Library Science. I put these skills to work on cocktail history and taxonomy in The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level and on the Bibulo.us blog. My first book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, explored letting go of what doesn't make life awesome.


Dinah's Projects

Bibulo.us
Bibulo.us brings my 'quality over quantity' philosophy to cocktails. The blog is co-authored with Joseph Gratz and covers recipes, ingredients, tools, resources, bars, people, and general essays on all matters relating to classic cocktails and fine service. You can follow Bibulous on Twitter. My second book, The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level, came out in hardcover and ebook formats in September 2013. It was nominated for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award, the Oscar of the cocktail world, and named one of the 30 best cocktail books of all time by the internationally esteemed Diffords Guide.

Discardia
Discardia, a holiday I founded in 2002, is celebrated by carving away all that nonsense which isn't making us happy, and uncovering what does. It's about letting go of what doesn't add value to our lives - whether physical object, habit, or emotional baggage - and replacing it with what makes our worlds more true to our essential selves. Discardia.com brings together my online Discardian writings and comments from members of the growing Discardian community. You can follow Discardia on Twitter. My first book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff came out in fall of 2011 and has sold over 4000 copies around the world.

Sanders & Gratz
Through my publishing partnership with Joseph Gratz, I am involved in every stage of creating my books and bringing them to market in their various formats.

MetaGrrrl
MetaGrrrl.com is my personal site, where I have been blogging since 1998. It is a portrait of my life and what is on my mind at various times in it. I am gradually extending it backwards in time to fill in my pre-Web history, as well as integrating past online activity which took place on other sites.

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