- File Size: 185 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006431ADS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have often said that the best memories of my life were when my kids were small and I was poor. We would drive to the beach, with our basket of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, koolaid & cut fruits, spend the day on a remote spot where there were no tourist attractions, just us and the beach. I made a lean to from an old tarp to create shade where my youngest would nap for hours. At the end of the day, we visited I a public bath house, showered off the sand & I dressed them in PJ' s for the hour drive home.
In the years since, I have bought all of the things, or been gifted everything I used to think I wanted, needed or thought I was supposed to have. But the strangest transformation began almost immediately after acquiring all the "stuff" I began to stay constantly stressed over where to put things, surprised that I really didn't love most of it and guilty to have been blessed yet ungrateful. I couldn't understand why, what was wrong with me? Well, your book, along with a few others, smacked me in the head with the understanding: I was perfectly NORMAL! THE CONSUMER IN ME WAS THE CRAZY ONE! Some books go to the extreme, but your book helped me define my own level of minimalism.Read more ›
This book is extremely concise (less than a 100 pages), which I value in any blog post, article, or book on simplicity. Quality over quantity.
Which brings me to the next point, this book is on PRINCIPLES (as indicated by the title of the book), meaning it will teach you how to fish instead of just handing out fish. If you want someone to hold your hand, buy the Simple Living Guide (500 pages!) and she will direct step by step, dump your drawers out, separate into three piles kind of stuff. There are many blogs on declutting, and Miss Minimalist and Zen Habits will walk you through. There is no point in Joshua reiterating what countless others have covered in regards to clutter. He is simply here to introduce to you the simple life, offering principles that you'll want to keep for a lifetime. The benefits are immense.
Book starts out with his story. I like the approach, makes you feel welcome. His stories are insightful and entertaining throughout the book. First story goes: some neighbor tells him about her minimalist daughter while he's spending time in the garage cleaning, yet another weekend gone.
He boils things down to the top reasons why you should simplify your life. He points you to his blog if you need more reasons. I was delighted to see the bullet point about simplifying so your kids don't have to rummage through all your stuff one day! Other minimalists don't touch on this important subject. All the junk piling up in my mother's house --- I wonder how I will counter that monumental task if my dad passes or if some tragic accident happens to both of them.Read more ›
Also, this is my very first ebook purchase and it's pretty great - reading on my Android.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like this book. The author explained how he and his wife simplifies their lives declutter his house and enjoy the familyPublished 13 days ago by Claudia Gutierrez
One of the best on the subject. I'll read his approach many times.Published 26 days ago by Anne Lucas
Encouraging, helped put "stuff" in perspective. Asking how much do we really needPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A really valuable book if you are wanting to simplify your life, de-own or own less.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Minimalist attitude, thoughts in simplifying, really helps with motivation to move forward. Worth the small price in adding to one's life.Published 1 month ago by Telco