The Joy of Simple Living is a joy to read. The whole way through, I felt as if the author knew exactly what I was up against and what I needed to do next. At times, it seems as if his writing was directed solely at me. It is spooky! The really great thing about this book is that once you have it you really don't need any other books on simplicity. This one will do it all for you. You can't try to read the whole thing at once it is too big. By focusing on one room of your house at a time or one aspect at a time, however, I think that you can make great strides. The author offers very practical advise in a very straightforward manner. There is so much here that I think this book will last me for years.