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The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store Kindle Edition
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— Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less
“Cait Flanders is a brave woman. As I read, I cried. But my heart also brimmed with joy. For anyone who doesn’t think they can, Cait’s story shows that it doesn’t matter where you start, only where you go from there.”
— Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Til Debt Do Us Part and author of Debt-Free Forever
“Cait’s audacious goal—a yearlong shopping ban—has sparked a deeply personal book full of lessons for all of us on finding more fulfillment and meaning in our lives (without all the stuff!). A game-changing read for anyone searching for simplicity in our consumer-focused world.”
— Rachel Jonat, author of The Joy of Doing Nothing
“The Year of Less is beautiful, vulnerable, and real. Cait’s words inspired me to be braver in my writing and life, and I’m sure it will inspire you too.”
— Tammy Strobel, author of Everyday Adventures Journal and You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
“Minimizing belongings in my life cleared space for so much goodness to fill the space stuff once did. Cait’s The Year of Less is inspiring . . . a powerful example of how transformative downsizing possessions can be, and how you can take it to the next level.”
— Katie Dalebout, author of Let It Out
“Cait comforted herself with alcohol, binge eating, and compulsive shopping, then finally said, ‘Enough is enough.’ This isn’t another book about how to live with less, but instead a heartbreaking and then a heartwarming story that shows us if we are willing to let go of the things we think we need, we can have a life we really want.”
— Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity
“Creating meaningful change in your life takes significant time and effort, and in this book Cait shares a deeply intimate view into just how substantial that change can be. If you’re looking for inspiration and practical examples of how to take steps toward a better future for yourself and the people you love, The Year of Less will give you that and so much more.”
— Anthony Ongaro, founder of breakthetwitch.com
“This book is such a gift. A gift for anyone who’s ever wanted to change but has been afraid—afraid to fail, afraid of what we might discover about ourselves as we strip back the layers, and afraid of what will happen if we don’t. Cait writes beautifully and honestly about the work of creating a life with less, and gives you permission to step off the ever-revolving carousel of compulsive and mindless consumption and into the goodness that lies on the other side.”
— Brooke McAlary, host of The Slow Home Podcast author of Destination Simple
“An inspiring story of how one woman overcame the obstacles of addiction—to shopping, alcohol, and food—to create a purpose-driven life. You will walk away ready to change your life and with an understanding of why embracing less will set you free.”
— Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods
About the Author
- File size : 5795 KB
- Publication date : January 16, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Publisher : Hay House Inc. (January 16, 2018)
- ASIN : B0767XNB47
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,144 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The most minor flaws are editorial. In the introduction, the author suggests that what follows is the stuff and story from between the blog posts that tracked her "year of less" in live time. But as other reviewers have observed, the chronology is peculiarly hard to track—this in spite of the book's well-intentioned progressive monthly structure. There's also an odd tendency towards repetition across the duration of the book; single lines and entire anecdotes themselves appear over and over again, sometimes literally from one sentence to the next. At first I struggled to discern whether this was some misguided attempt at stylistic flair or an editorial lapse, then I struggled to care. By the end, I wasn’t even sure what I’d read: a memoir? A self-help book? A cautionary tale?
Despite the failed translation from blog-to-book and the lack of editorial seriousness, this piece could have conveyed a strong message and offered direction, and I wish it had—not only to spare me from my own buyer's remorse, but as a contribution to a topic that I think warrants examination in our Amazon-access age. (Social researchers: get in here! There is much to learn in a study about this aspect of consumerism.) Alas, “The Year of Less” lacked substance, clarity, maturity, depth and the specificity that elicits true interest. Ultimately, like the author herself at the outset of her mission, I now have to dispose of a book I bought impulsively and didn't enjoy. Joke’s on me. Two stars for that lesson learned.
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The author is not someone who just wrote about her decluttering activities. She is actually a writer by trade and this book is very well written. The story flows at a decent pace and it is easy to empathise with Cait Flanders and her character traits.
Flanders describes how she moved from being a binge drinker, binge eater and shopaholic with 30,000 Dollar's worth of debt, to someone who is free of debt, with money in the bank and a vastly simplified, but much happier life. If you have read Marie Kondo's The Art Of D*sc*rding you will recognise the decluttering process, although Flanders says she began decluttering before Kondo's book came out. I would recommend reading Kondo first then reading Flander as an example of that process in action.
The second part of the simplification process for Flanders was to implement a ban on shopping for only absolute and pre-defined necessities. In this way she gets rid of the clutter from her life and manages to develop a lifestyle where no more useless clutter is introduced. The key to this book is how she comes to understand what is truly useful in any life and if you are surrounded by junk that is just getting in the way of your ability to live lightly, then download this book and follow Flanders journey.
There is quite a lot about her parents divorce and the pain it caused her, but it’s her prerogative to include that and it serves to show how far she’d come by the time of her road trip. If you get really bored reading it, you can skip it, Cait sums everything up beautifully at the end. Personally, I read it all, out of sympathy and respect for author, who has shared so much of herself with us. Thank you Cait!
I am in my year of less! Probably I picked the book in a moment I was needing a deep change and has work wonders in my life! I am in ban of shopping but also of eating unhealthy food because I thought it comes from the same emotion for me...and the beginning was that book!! Thanks a lot, Cait!!!