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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160239976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC, is founder and director of BreathingSpace.com, an organization devoted to helping people live and work at a more comfortable pace. He is the author of 56 books, including 60-Second Organizer, 60-Second Self-Starter, and 60-Second Innovator, and the iPhone App "Making Life Simpler." He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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This book if full of very practical and usable information.
T Grandy
Simpler Living by Jeff Davidson is the foremost book on uncomplicating your life for its times.
Danielle
This is a great coffee table book because there is so much content to be absorbed.
Chris Jaronsky

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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jaronsky TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great coffee table book because there is so much content to be absorbed. It is billed as a "back to basics guide" and I think it does a great job there. Who doesn't want their life to be simpler and less hectic. Who doesn't want to cut down on stress? I know I want all of these. And so far this book seems like it can help.

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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bookman on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is not that often that I am inspired to post a review about a book, but this one merits such treatment. Simpler Living explores territory books have tread. He takes the reader on a room-by-room visit in describing what one can do to truly simplify one's home and life Then he proceeds to other aspects of one's life such as getting to work in the morning, watching what you eat, staying fit, and having better leisure experiences.

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.

Bob Bookman

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
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DeChristo on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The promise of Simpler Living intrigued me from the get-go. Could one book,
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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Janet Lapp on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most comprehensive and certainly the best-looking resource on how to not just simplify your life but - of course, change it for the better. Jeff Davidson covers it all too, from home to paperwork, to the office to leisure time ... I picked only three random pages at the beginning and the suggestions in those alone could save a ton of money and even more time.

This is a really beautiful book with returns on the small cost of the book that are priceless. Love it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sima R. Dahl on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book in a display at the front of a bookstore and while I wasn't really in the market for anything like this, when I picked it up and started to look through it, I couldn't put it down. You could call it an impulse buy, but it was a smart impulse! There are tons of tips for de-cluttering your home and getting organized, something my home office badly needs! It's perfect for a few of my friends who have birthdays coming up and I think it'll make a great holiday gift too. I'm confident that anybody who reads this will find tips they can put into practice immediately to start living a more stress-free life. It's a rare gem of a book that is as practical and useful as this one - highly recommend.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phil Buckley on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The thing I liked best about this book is that it's all actionable. Ideas that you can implement at your own pace so you never get overwhelmed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. OConnor on February 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The devil is is the details and the opportunity to change your circumstances is in the details. To have a practical guide that allows you to go through every room, step by step, picture by picture, is really PRACTICAL.

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.
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