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Simple Ways to Be More with Less [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Carver
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99

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Book Description

If you have imagined a life with less, reading this book is a great way to get started. Most of us have lived our adult lives working more, to make more, to spend more, to have more. We haven’t done it maliciously, but out of habit.

Our parents wanted better for us and we want better for our children, but somewhere along the way we forgot what better was.

These 27 ideas will help you be more with less. They are simple for the most part, but sometimes the smallest change makes the biggest difference. As you go through this process, you will subtract things from your life, and add other things (which aren’t really “things”) back in.

Living with less sometimes means adding more in the way of healthy habits to your lifestyle. You don’t have to do everything in the order that they appear. You don’t have to do all of them or any of them. Pick and choose the suggestions that work for you. Implement these ideas to create your life on purpose.

Simple Ways Reviews:

"If you are looking for a way to jump-start change in your life and begin simplifying right now, Simple Ways to be More with Less is the perfect stepping stone. From simple food recipes and ways to reduce debt, to step-by-step action plans for reducing clutter, every page is full of helpful and inspiring material that will make you think, learn, and move into action." - Raam Dev

Simple Ways to be More with Less rocked my world. The book is loaded with practical tips, tools, and advice. Courtney is open, honest and shares a wealth of information. Pick it up today. You won't be sorry. - Tammy Strobel

"Whether you are seeking to embrace a minimalist lifestyle or want to find a more peaceful way of life, Project 333 founder Courtney Carver’s e-book Simple Ways to Be More with Less is an excellent resource. She outlines meaningful changes that are simple to make in the same warm, friendly, eternal-student tone that makes her blog such a delight to read. Interspersed with her thoughtful guidance are excellent essays from her mentors in simplicity, including Leo Babauta, Tammy Strobel, and Joshua Becker among others. I’ve already begun integrating several of Carver’s ideas, and I look forward to trying out more." - Beverly Army Williams

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  • File Size: 132 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056U9I52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with less- how and why October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The reasons to clear your mind and life plus how to do it. Clear, consise ways to to gain time and gain relationships in your life. Not only does the author share her ideas she has a who's who of guest writers sharing life's simple directions. If you are thinking about simplifying your life, read this book, better yet study this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Elegant October 26, 2011
By Katie
Format:Kindle Edition
Courtney Carver writes an amazing blog and has now written a beautiful book. Both are about her passion in life - living with purpose by living with less. She believes that less is as much about letting go as it is about adding more healthy habits to your life. Courtney has a unique way of looking at daily habits and routines - a way that lightens and lifts those habits so they become something much more. Great inspiration for anyone looking for simple, practical advice on living life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is More September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Minimalism seems to be a pretty hot topic these days. Films like Affluenza and The Story of Stuff have people thinking about all the stuff society encourages us to covet, leaving us feeling unfulfilled until we can afford that next gadget. As a result of this thinking, many people I know can't stop talking about tiny houses, barefoot running, or blogs like Zen Habits. Even the Harvard Business Review recently ran an article about minimalism applied to one's career!

About a year before I moved to Vancouver, BC, I started ruthlessly downsizing my possessions. In the process I started becoming more familiar with the community of minimalist bloggers and their work.

Today I'm in a far different place than I was three years ago, but I've still been continuing to read the literature. Unclutterer is my favorite practical guide to keeping my stuff under control (check out Unitasker Wednesdays for a laugh!), and Becoming Minimalist exemplifies how an average family of four can live simply without going to extremes.

Another blog I often enjoy is Courtney Carver's Be More With Less, focuses on cultivating intentionality in readers. One of my favorite posts is "Immediate Gratification is for Sissies," which encourages readers to keep their eye on the prize and not compare their progress to anyone but themselves.

This week I had the opportunity to read a copy of Carver's ebook Simple Ways to Be More With Less.

At the beginning of the book I started getting trepidatious. Most of the thoughts seemed extremely simple, and seemed to be addressing an audience that had just discovered minimalism last week. As I read though, I got engrossed. The chapters about dreams and dream-killing gave me much food for thought, and I remained engrossed through the end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blogger, now a great author! August 30, 2011
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
I've followed her blog for a long time now and was really excited to see that she had written a book! Her advice is sage and really is helpful in identifying the important things in life. I highly recommend this ebook!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Purposeful Living January 20, 2012
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This book is about reacting less to our culture, media, and technology. It's about basing our lifestyle choices and daily habits on purposeful choices. While I'm not a pure minimalist, I am on a search to be less directed by technology and the fast-paced culture. Living with less helps me have more time to myself and my loved ones.

I related most to Courtney and Tammy's practical tips for simplicity. I enjoyed the simple yet elegant format with useful links sprinkled in as needed. I'm excited to try new recipes and ways of de-cluttering. I found there was something in this book for almost everyone. You can pick what resonates most with you or you can try it all.

I have picked a few things to focus on: more veggies, less email, less social media, less snooze. Instead of complaining that I don't have enough time to get to what is important, I'm finding ways to clear the distractions that prevent me from meaningful contact.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple December 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Courtney Carver's book, Be More With Less, is a beautifully simple book with a beautifully simple message: Discard what doesn't serve you, and bring in more of whatever brings you peace. She asks the reader to be mindful of healthy and not-so-healthy habits. In doing so, she encourages the reader to essentially take an inventory of what should stay and what should go. A little more of this; a little less of that. Simple. Beautifully simple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 8, 2012
By Ann
Format:Kindle Edition
This book made what initially seemed to me to be an overwhelming change simple. After reading and then applying the easy concepts laid out in each chapter, my life is becoming quieter, more restful and easier to manage. I highly recommend this book as an excellent place to start on a very satisfying journey towards being "More with Less."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Expected September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been following Courtney's blog for more than a year. I often find wonderful tips, practical information, uplifting story lines, and useful takeaways based on her real life experiences. Her book "Simple Ways To Be More With Less" delivers more of the same. Courtney does a wonderful job offering all you need to know whether you are simply trying add more meaningful time to your life or even if you are trying to do more of a radical downsizing. I love the fact that she has included several chapters from some of my other favorite A-list bloggers like: Tammy, Joshua, Leo, Everett and more. Towards the end of the book she ties it up masterfully with a chapter entitled (-) Less Wishful Thinking because at the end of the day it doesn't matter how many books you read on this subject. Nothing will change unless you take action. Courtney has been brave enough to take action, change her life, and follow her dreams. We are the benefactors in this by her having the time to write inspiring, useful material such as "Simple Ways To Be More With Less".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice reminders and simple inspiration
Quick and inspiring read, great tips and resources to help you quiet the chatter and clear the clutter so you live your life with clarity of purpose. Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by J. Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
This was a quick and easy read with a lot of great ideas as well as links to reading more.
Published 1 month ago by Maryann Petraitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I like reading about how to live more simply. I have been trying to downsize in the new year and this book had ideas that it's OKAY to live with less and how to be more with less.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Blashock
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, less then I expected
It was same as many others, only a few sentences made me think. Though low cost to purchase, would not have spent that.
Published 3 months ago by Kuppy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Easy Read
Easy to read .... one of those books you can pick up and choose anywhere to start reading. A lot of rehash of what has already been said but still a good reminder, if you need... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Reading Raconteur
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Useful!
I read it in under an hour and took away a few key points.

The book is simple and a great help to start from wherever you are. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sailaja
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
This is a great book if you are just getting started in "simplifying" your life. It has several great ideas that will help you get started. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jill
3.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
This ebook is quickly read, and is a good starting point for anyone interested in simplifying your life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Betsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I enjoyed reading this book. Very helpful and informative especially if you're thinking about simplifying your life and don't know where to start.
Published 14 months ago by Eyaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this ebook
I enjoyed reading this ebook. It gives very good ideas about what true happiness is. A lot of times we get so into our busy lives that we forget to stop and enjoy the true meaning... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kim File
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More About the Author

Courtney Carver is the writer and founder of the blog Be More with Less.

The 44 year old wife and mother launched her blog in May 2010 to share a message of hope in simplicity. She left a 15 year career in sales and marketing in September 2011 to focus on writing, develop new ways to teach others to live more simply, and live a simpler life herself.

In addition to she writes at to encourage business owners and entrepreneurs to focus on the essential instead of getting lost in busy work.

Courtney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006 and attributes her healthy lifestyle to simplifying every part of her life, from diet to debt. She moved from New England in 2004 to Salt Lake City.

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