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Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff [Kindle Edition]

Dinah Sanders
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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


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1677 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sanders & Gratz; 1st (second printing) edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QFI60A
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 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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12 of 12 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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11 of 11 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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9 of 9 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about decluttering. April 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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? What the heck." But now I'm seriously considering ordering the paperback as well. This is a fabulous little (and enjoyably written) book. Not just about decluttering, but about managing life in general.

The part that was most helpful to me was the introduction to the idea that substantial progress didn't depend on needing big, long-term goals. "Leaning the boat in the direction you want to go" by asking "what do I want more of in my life?" and "what do I want less of in my life?" -- making small changes in those directions, letting them guide small decisions, and re-evaluating the questions periodically -- can accumulate into transformational change over time. As someone who's always had difficulty figuring out where I'm trying to get to in my life, this was phenomenally helpful. (I know now that plenty of others have covered this idea, but this book was my introduction to it).

I was looking for a book on decluttering my stuff, and I received something far more helpful. (It has lots of good information and suggestions that have helped with my decluttering efforts, as well.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for the clutter-prone.
This book is fantastic and I will be utilizing it for a long time. The author helps you learn why you are clutter-bound and how to have a more awesome life by uncluttering it.
Published 3 months ago by Trish Doran
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should take the time to read this book
I wish this book was available twenty years ago. Definitely worth a read. I've learned lots of what's in this book the hard way, but believe there is lots more that will be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Many books on simplification are good, but Discardia is awesome!
When I first came upon this book, I was ambivalent about its title. Neither its format nor the author’s writing style appealed to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Chuck Chakrapani
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 7 months 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 9 months 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 11 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 16 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 19 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 19 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 19 months ago by Elizabeth Collier
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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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