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Minimalist Living: Decluttering for Joy, Health, and Creativity Kindle Edition

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Genevieve Parker Hill was born in Virginia and grew up in Kentucky, Texas, Washington State, and North Carolina. Her first book on decluttering 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. Her next book, MINIMALIST LIVING, has been downloaded over 40,000 times by people all over the world. Simple living enthusiasts can sign up for the free 10-Day Decluttering Challenge and learn more at SimpleLivingToolkit.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Harold on December 19, 2013
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This book is great. It's not just another self-help book, it's also a cultural critique that poses basic questions of human life -- how do I want to live? What is the purpose of my labor and my time? Does my acquisition of more things and the way my living space is configured serve me and those around me? Or, is my acquisitiveness serving only to fuel the treadmill of depersonalizing consumerism? These questions are posed indirectly -- it will charm you, not hit you over the head.

It's not just a book of helpful tips to overcome our tendencies to consume and to hoard; it's a book for anybody who wants to reflect on how they can pursue happiness is a world where everything is conspiring to make us think happiness lies in our power as consumers to buy what we want.

I was given a free copy of a draft of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was initially skeptical, but it won me over with its honesty, its simple and penetrating insights, and its grace.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lew Larson on March 3, 2014
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It took 70 years for me to realize that all the money in the world just makes a mess in living. Minimize and breath free. Get rid of what is not needed and make room in the closet for what we wear every day.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Halvorsen on February 20, 2014
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Awesome advice for simple living. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned minimalist, it is worth the read.

Hmmm I must add this line because my review is too short... Maybe the review rule makers should read this book ;-)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Myfanwy Kuhn on December 19, 2013
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I found the book to be clearly written in a conversational manner. The style meant it was quick and easy to garner information and inspiration. Parker Hill takes you from the initial consideration of taking on a minimalist lifestyle, through to the natural questions and fears (both emotional and practical) such a step might arouse. Chapters include hands-on tips for achieving and ultimately maintaining this lifestyle. Even while reading the book for the first time, I was mentally taking note that I would want to read it a second and perhaps a third time. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out on their journey into minimalism. It will take you by the hand leading you gently, but firmly, in the direction that YOU decide to take. The power is in your hands, and it’s books like Genevieve Parker Hill’s that provide the inspiration and practical help for you to manifest your dreams.
(I was given a free copy of a draft of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Palace on December 14, 2013
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As one of the beta readers for this book, I did receive a free copy and what I thought was just a way to help out in the "pre-book" launch phase, turned into launching me into action to declutter my home and create a more joyful, beautiful place to live. This book is highly motivating and inspires one to be able to really clear out things that are not serving them well any longer. Genevieve gives excellent theories and philosophies as to why we need to make room in our life for better things by getting rid of the clutter. She also examines consumerism and makes the reader think twice about this important topic.

Not only is the book valuable in helping one achieve decluttering for joy, health and creativity, but it is an entertaining read with fun stories and anecdotes. A well-written, excellent book that I would highly recommend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L Miller VINE VOICE on March 12, 2014
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Every concept that comes along (and this one started in the 60's) has its fanatics. It's there way or you're a commie over-consumer pig. Some you can see or hear ranting on late night TV or from books in the self-help section of your book store. Parker-Hill is more 'everyone has their comfort level, and most of us are uncomfortable with the clutter we have.' She is too young, one would think to have written a book for grandparents on decluttering for the sake of their children who have to clean out the home when they're gone. But she learned to live with much less when her home burned down leaving only the family and dog and dispensing with all the stuff in the house.

That experience taught them all about the truly important things in life. The friends, neighbors and family who helped them immediately with life essentials, that pictures are wonderful, memories are better. Her book is sprinkled with stories not only from her own experiences, but from others who have apparently contributed to her blog--an aunt who changed her life and sold her yankee business wardrobe when she moved to sunny Florida, or the 30-something dot.com millionaire, who used his new-found wealth to do what most other newly wealthy do, buy a big house and fill it up with all the best gadgets and furnishings. He found he was spending too much time tending to the stuff, sold it or gave it up to pursue what he really wanted, travel and tend to personal relationships (sorry, he's married or hooked up already).

Parker-Hill is doing similarly, living all around the world and taking jobs or leaving them as suits her needs. She proposes some radical ideas, like decluttering not only your digs, but also your mind--not letting negative thoughts in, replacing them with thoughts and ideas which make you happy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary David Stratton on January 14, 2014
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You simply can't find a more practical and well-written guide to living a simpler lifestyle from someone who is actually doing it successfully and joyfully. Genevieve Parker Hill is a treasure!
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