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Minimalism for Grandparents: Decluttering for Health, Happiness, and Connection in the Golden Years [Kindle Edition]

Genevieve Parker Hill
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The golden years should be a time of freedom, celebration, and new adventures. But if your garage, attic, closets, and surfaces are filled with clutter, all that extra stuff can get in the way of a full experience of life as it was meant to be lived. Minimalism for Grandparents covers not only techniques for decluttering, but how to fill your newfound space with meaningful, fulfilling activities that leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

This guide to simplifying for improved health, happiness, and relationships teaches:

• Why you should define your own sense of minimalism
• How to create your "Minimalist Mission Statement"
• How to find your decluttering "champion"
• How to use the techniques of "blazing" and "gazing" to declutter
• Why decluttering now can lead to a happier, healthier life
• How to deal with sentimental items without losing their meaning
• Why you should use your newfound space to leave a living legacy

And much more...


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I liked this book because it gives a philosophical basis for the decluttering process: that meaning does not reside in the items themselves. Re-jiggering one s attitude about things helps tremendously in the process of creating a beautiful, spacious, peaceful space for living. --Susan Adcox, About.com Grandparents Guide

About the Author

Genevieve Parker Hill was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and proceeded to grow up in Kentucky, Texas, Washington State, and North Carolina. MINIMALISM FOR GRANDPARENTS was inspired by her beloved Grammy to help her with the massive task of sorting through decades worth of treasures and clutter in her home. Genevieve Parker Hill has since gone on to write a second book called MINIMALIST LIVING. She writes about living simply with less stuff among other topics at her blog, Packing Lust. In addition to writing nonfiction books and travel blogging, she coaches clients in the areas of creativity and clutter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Insight Publishing (December 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AL1N8HU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I truly enjoyed this book and walked away with a very different, and new, view of decluttering. It honestly made me think of decluttering in a new light and inspired me to act sooner rather than later. And to act in a different way. And with new reasons to act sooner rather than later.

The book flipped my concept of decluttering upside down, which is a bit of a surprise and a nice relief for me. Instead of an effort to discard, decluttering should be an effort to discover the meaningful items in my life and to give them prominence in the sacred spaces I should create for them. I hadn't really thought much about pulling out the meaningful nuggets for legacy or about creating sacred space with the items that create the memories I want to hold on to. I tend to resist the stress of making the thousand decisions to discard, or not, in the decluttering process. I hadn't considered that decluttering could be a treasure hunt, like a squirrel thrashing through a pile to find the good seeds, tossing the rest aside without giving it a second thought. I like this approach and have already started.

The path to decluttering should lead to treasure, not trash; to meaning and legacy, not loss. That's the message I took away from "Minimalism for Grandparents".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful,practical and engaging December 11, 2012
By Calli
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I'm not a grandparent, I found this a useful and very much applicable in my own attempts to declutter and live a more minimalist lifestyle. Much of the content was universally helpful, but I can see how this would be especially useful for people facing the daunting task of downsizing, or sorting through the accumulated belongings of a lifetime.

With persuasive arguments, practical tips, amusing anecdotes, insightful commentary and interesting stories it is thoroughly readable and easily utilisable in a decluttering project or in your daily life. I would highly recommend this as an interesting read for anyone who is tired of being part of consumer-driven culture, and as a must-read for anyone looking for advice and support with implementing these kind of changes in their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Philosophical and Practical Approach February 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As one who has recently had to deal with the worldly belongings of my father and my in-laws, I can testify that those who are left behind will appreciate any decluttering that grandparents do before the fact. I liked this book because it gives a philosophical basis for the decluttering process: that meaning does not reside in the items themselves. Re-jiggering one's attitude about things helps tremendously in the process of creating a beautiful, spacious, peaceful space for living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad title, good book January 28, 2013
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The title is bad in that the book is not just for grandparents - the ideals, insights and suggestions are appropriate for people of all ages who want to make their life more meaningful to them. Easy reading, well written and edited, gave me some inspiration and concrete suggestions to stop procrastinating and start freeing myself from 'stuff'. BTW, I am a grandmother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actual guidance for people with big lives February 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book provides grandparents, college kids, singles and families practical ways to live a more fulfilling life through our homes. Parker Hill is very sensible and logical yet aware of all the emotions attached to our treasures, junk and heirlooms. She writes with the notion of, "I've been through this and I'll help you through too."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, gentle guidance January 19, 2013
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I so enjoyed this book. I am not a grandmother...yet. I have a house full of stuff, it is holding me back from enjoying my life at this stage. I saw this book, it seemed comforting and reassuring. Genevieve shows great love and compassion for all her grandparents.
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More About the Author

Genevieve Parker Hill was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and proceeded to grow up in Kentucky, Texas, Washington State, and North Carolina. Her first book, MINIMALISM FOR GRANDPARENTS, won an About.com Reader's Choice Award. That book was inspired by her beloved Grammy to help her with the massive task of sorting through decades worth of treasures and clutter in her home. Genevieve Parker Hill blogs on travel, creativity, and living simply at PackingLust.com, where readers can sign up for alerts on when her latest book, MINIMALIST LIVING, will be available for free.

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