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Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff Paperback – October 7, 2011
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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.
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.
Discardia took me several months to complete because it was about a different way of life. It is a “practice as you go along” book. I was interested in simplification, but for Dinah Sanders that is only a part of the equation. She asks the reader not just to get rid of stuff but also to replace it with “awesomeness.” To simplify one’s life and add awesomeness to it, one needs to follow three core principles: Decide and do, choose quality over quantity, and perpetually upgrade your life. Sanders elaborates these three principles in three different sections with 41 specific suggestions.
DECIDE AND DO. This part of the book provides guidelines for getting rid of stuff in your life that doesn’t add value any more: emails, all things you saved from your past, kitchen stuff, closet stuff, “just in case” stuff, and mental junk such as anger, resentment and depression.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. This part discusses how, as we discard a huge quantity of unwanted stuff, we can replace it with quality stuff that we love and use. Sanders provides specific guidelines as to how to do this while overcoming mental barriers such as procrastination, hesitation and indecision. The suggestions range from replacing junk in your closet with quality items all the way to replacing mental junk with feelings and attitudes that make you awesome.
PERPETUAL UPGRADE.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From time to time I go on a decluttering bender and I was reading this around same time as the Kon Mari method books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Morgan
Probably deserves five stars, but with all the work I have ahead of me, just couldn't do it! (That's what happens when you "let things go" for too long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Muro
Don't be put off by the silly name or concept of a decluttering holiday. This is a most excellent and comprehensive guidebook to better living. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the "big picture" of this book & yet it is written in such detail also. Timeless ideas that are very helpful when it comes to uncluttering the unnecessary & filling your... Read morePublished 6 months ago
Just getting into this book, and it seems like it will be fun and useful. However, I recommend the author get an editor because there are so many grammatical errors that, for me,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leanne Gallison
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 16 months ago by Trisha Doran