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Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More Hardcover – June 30, 2010
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This book called out to me because I had been doing some "Spring cleaning" and decided I had too much stuff. Yes, I know, its already Summer and I am just starting to do Spring cleaning. I can't help it, I procrastinate. Luckily this book covers procrastination and I have already started following its advice there.
This book is broken up into a number of parts. A "World Gone Complex" covers some general principles and talks about anticipating complexity. Makes sense, why not look for complexity and avoid it or control it before it gets out of hand?
"Simplify Your Castle" touches on every room and area of your house. I am already making some plans to change a few things in my pantry because this book gave me some great ideas. There are also a few changes we are making in our kids rooms. We normally rotate their toys, storing some in the basement and then swapping them out every so often. it works great because when the toy gets rotated back into the line-up the kids are all over it like its a new toy, or because it holds some great memories. One of the changes we are making is to limit the number of toys and collections. Like DVDs for instance, we are putting a 25 DVD limit on the kids. They now have to choose which ones to keep, and which ones get donated to the library. They also have to figure out which toys they are going to donate to some of the local good-will charities.Read more ›
Jeff Davidson has given me the precious gift of time for those things I really enjoy doing and for living a healthier, less cluttered life. The author's writing style is very comfortable. He makes his points well with outstanding examples and a vigor that makes it difficult to put the book down.
Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and MoreSimpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More
Before writing this I asked my wife to use the book and guide to do some of this. It's amazing the clutter we have. I also like a lot of the interludes and tips that focus on healthy habits. I am not ready to make the kind of changes that all these infomercials promise and promote but I am excited about making a lot of little shifts, changes, and solve small issues within our house and our mind.
This book is a quietly nice influence on our household. It also makes you realize that a you have a lot more control over the overwhelming circumstances of today...step by step.
however, really make a difference in my life? I think that Simpler Living
can. It appears to have cut a wide swath through all of the typical areas of
domestic living where complexity arises.
Simpler Living takes a highly methodical approach, but you don't have to
read it from the first chapter to the last. I started with the kitchen,
because that's where my biggest mess is. You could start there, or at any
one of 23 other chapters, and you'll be just fine. If you don't feel like
reading that much, the pictures alone will sustain you. Overall, I don't
think you can go wrong.
Simpler Living spans a wide range of topics: "The Kid's Bedroom" to "Office Efficiency" to "Nutrition Know-how." There are 24 chapters -- amply peppered with beautiful full-color pictures -- covering all manners of life that have gotten more complicated lately.
There's very practical advice here (Use toothpaste to remove clothing stains, or hide scratches on your watch). But it also comes with a frighteningly knowledgeable and simultaneously encouraging guide who continually assures you, 'you can do this stuff; it's good for you.'
And that may be the secret here. Any book proclaiming to offer loads of information about how to combat information overload runs the risk of being sardonic, mean-spirited, or just plain incompetent. Davidson's work is none of these.
I recommend Jeff Davidson's helpful materials to many of my coaching clients. Simpler Living is a perfect example of why I do. It's colorful, practical, and most importantly, accessible and immediately useful. It's a book you can relax with, escape to, AND you will inevitably pick up something immediately applicable to improving your life. Sounds like the perfect anthem for our times. (And a great gift idea, too!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is quite simple an outdated way to organize your home plus a few extras. Nothing novel, no new ideas, and makes the endeavor far from simple. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vanessa
Am about half way thru this book and enjoying the suggestions.Published 14 months ago by Shirley Snead
Great ideas on how to simplify your life and get organized. Easy to read and use.Published 18 months ago by Teresa
I guess I didn't really know what I was expecting from this book, but I certainly hoped for more out of the box advice, not common sense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Melissa VanDerLinden
Simpler Living is the kind of book that you buy and keep for a lifetime. It has that much in it, that you’ll want to have it as part of your personal collection, pretty much... Read morePublished 22 months ago by John O'Connor
Don't waste your money, just go online and you can find the same generic advice. Plus a lot of the info is outdated because of new technology that has come out.Published 24 months ago by Tanna B. Bowen
I liked that the author suggests up front that the reader just navigate her own way through this book. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by True