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Simpler Living: Over 1,500 Ways to Simplify, Streamline, and Remake Your Life

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Life moves too quickly these days, as technology, work, and personal commitments make it almost impossible to relax and enjoy life. Finding yourself stressed over the clutter in your kitchen or the mass of paper in front of your computer? Relax. This book will help. Filled with tips on how to uncomplicate your daily routine, eliminate stress at home and work, and more, thi ...more
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published 2010)
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John O'Connor
Feb 24, 2011 John O'Connor rated it it was amazing
I just read a curious review. There is a reviewer who requests a book and
then says one of her first tests as it arrives in the mailbox is, "Just how
eager am I to read it?" The book, which is featured on Amazon and all other
book vending sites in the world, is listed as:
a) containing 456 pages,
b) 8.8 x 11.1 x 1.1 inches in landscape format,
c) weighing three pounds,
d) having this subtitle: "A Back-to-Basics Guide to Cleaning,
Furnishing, Storing, De-Cluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More
Jan 26, 2011 Tjbass rated it it was amazing
Whether you are just starting out in your career or with your family, or are a veteran of the working world and an empty nester, and whether you live in a small house or apartment or a mansion on the hill, you will find untold numbers of ideas for uncomplicating all aspects of your life. Simpler Living, at over 450 pages, with probably 1000 photographs or more, is a remarkable text that you can turn to again and again.

Whether you're flipping through it for fun, or on a specific mission, you'll
Rachael C.
Oct 21, 2010 Rachael C. rated it it was amazing
Picking up Jeff Davidson’s book Simpler Living was one of the best choices I’ve made in a while. It’s the kind of book you can take your time to read thru, flipping to specific sections that cover certain issues you're facing. It has a wealth of information about organizing your home, with lots of small tips that really make a huge difference. Not only that, but most of the tips can be carried out easily and inexpensively. I have only implemented advice from a few chapters of the book, based on ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what all the squabble is about, this book is well worth reading. I didn’t expect to get so many down-to-earth, practical tips that I can actually use and that won’t break the bank, but Simpler Living definitely offers this. It’s a great book to flip through whenever a certain area of your life or house is feeling cluttered, and I leave it out on my coffee table, so my guests have really enjoyed looking through it, too. I’d highly recommend this to anyone, the tips are surprisingly e ...more
Paige Davis
Jan 25, 2011 Paige Davis rated it it was amazing
Simpler living is designed to help you uncomplicate various aspects of your life and does so marvelously. Although no book can compete with the instant display of answers that the internet provides, simpler living is sufficiently large, far-reaching and thought-provoking to serve as an able source of new ideas and fresh perspectives, while also covering the basics. Overall this is a monumental work and graces the coffee tables of homes large and small.
Aug 31, 2010 Tami rated it really liked it
Simpler Living is a coffee table book filled with tips on how to make life a bit less hectic. As one would expect, the book contains hints about how to declutter. However, the author’s focus isn’t living in a bare house with absolutely no personality. Instead, the entries focus on functionality and being organized. This perspective is probably far more realistic for people with children.

The book includes a little bit of everything. There is a wide variety of advice from ways to make small space
Lacey White
Oct 20, 2010 Lacey White rated it it was amazing
Fun to read coffee-table book that makes it easy to start where you're weakest and move forward from there.
Steve Saunders
May 22, 2012 Steve Saunders rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this book for anyone, but especially homeowners/renters, families, and working professionals.. so basically the majority of folks out there. I didn't read through the book all in one sitting (or even a few sittings) because it's got so many sections on various aspects of organizing/simplifying/etc., but I've been reading it over the course of a few months as I come across different parts of my home that need organizing or revamping or just a little tidying up. I was worried that ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Yes, this book is a little hefty, but really, the book's title says it all: Over 1,500 ways... you shouldn't been surprised that this is not pamphlet sized. It's also not intended to be read cover to cover in one sitting, rather I viewed it as a reference tool, kind of like a dictionary of ways to simplify my life. I have referred to it whenever I needed a hint on how to proceed with simplifying.

A few reviewers have commented that they didn't see anything particularly new in this book as far as
May 23, 2013 Dani rated it it was amazing
Simpler Living is a keeper for many reasons. First among them may be the quality of the manufacturing. This book is very pleasing to the eye in all respects. The photos and artwork on the cover beckon you to open the book. Once inside, you are not disappointed. With almost 500 pages and what appears to be one, two, or three photos per page, you can go on and on with this book and never get tired of it. Every time you come back, you will explore something new, witty, or insightful. Hats off to au ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it
What a dud. Published in 2010, but feels like advice from the 1980s or 90s--the travel advice is at least 20 years out of date. The voluminous tips seem to have been collected over decades and include perhaps everything the author ( actually, the author's assistant) ever heard, read or thought about pretty much every aspect of living. Not enough furniture? Check discount stores! Going on a trip? Be sure to have your oil changed and tire pressure checked! If you'd like to read 10,000 similar hand ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Patty rated it liked it
Lots of good ideas on how to organize your life and environment for less worry and more freedom.
Sep 05, 2011 Norma rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
The good thing about this book is that I feel inspired to tackle the 'to-do' list again, BUT...... I'd already figured out most of the tips myself or read them elsewhere. The gist is: get rid of stuff, buy less stuff, and put away the stuff you have. That does make things simpler, but it doesn't address how to find the time to do these things. I know when I'm working vacuuming weekly is a dream that just doesn't happen. Even if I designate a no TV night (or 5 no TV nights), as the author recomme ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Zinta rated it it was ok
One of my first tests of a book is when the review copy arrives in my mail box: just how eager am I to read it? When I received my copy of Simpler Living (for the full title, see above, as it is far too long and complicated to repeat!), I winced. Hoo boy, some real heft here, with 456 pages and heavy hard covers and glossy pages filled with stock photos.

The book appears to address those of us who have busy lives and are forever on the run, trying to find a way to organize and simplify. Well, a
Feb 20, 2016 Martina rated it did not like it
I only paid a penny for this book (used), but regret even having spent that much. The book is a hodge-podge of platitudes, un-realistic and/or too obvious and/or impractical, thoughtless advice.
The irony of a book about simpler living being 500+ pages is not lost on me.
Jan 21, 2014 Ruthmgon rated it it was ok
This book is too big. And it is heavy- Like a coffee table book--not a great idea for book design for the topic. Looks ok-I will have to be in the mindset for this one--and I may not have time to work on this stuff like I had hoped. May have to read later or another time.

I think this is basically a reference type of book, some good things, but forgettable.
Mar 30, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok
400+ pages and I only got 1 idea out of it to apply to my life.
I found this book to be a waste of time to read, to be perfectly honest.. I don't think out of the entire book that I gleaned even one idea to implement. Would not recommend. There are better books out there.
Marjorie Elwood
Although this had a number of tips that I will use (for instance, what type of pillow is best for which type of sleeper), it was pretty repetitive and simplistic. I've read better organization books.
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