I'm pretty good with managing/minimizing physical clutter, but I feel like I struggle with "mental and spiritual clutter." I flipped through this andI'm pretty good with managing/minimizing physical clutter, but I feel like I struggle with "mental and spiritual clutter." I flipped through this and it intrigues me. ...more
I only flipped through this, but I think I was hoping for more. I often look for homekeeping tips since I think I can use them, largely due to the disI only flipped through this, but I think I was hoping for more. I often look for homekeeping tips since I think I can use them, largely due to the distraction of all things digital. So I thought this might be the perfect book for me. To that end, I appreciated the apps and gadgets mentioned, especially the food-related ones on p. 78. The rest seemed comparable to other decor and crafting books out there. I'm going to check out https://www.brit.co/ to see the original format. ...more
I loved this book! I've been enjoying decluttering books for a while (the less you buy, the more money you have, the less you have to clean, maintain,I loved this book! I've been enjoying decluttering books for a while (the less you buy, the more money you have, the less you have to clean, maintain, store, etc.), but this takes a more psychological than numerical or storage approach. A lot of reviewers seem to make fun of the author for her spiritual style and beliefs that objects are alive, but I kind of think along these lines anyway, so it worked for me for the most part. At the very least, I think it encourages reverent thinking about what you interact with, which is important in creating a respected, frugal, nondisposable world.
“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” (p. 41)
“Every object has a different role to play. Not all clothes have come to you to be worn threadbare. It is the same with people. Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you DO like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more. When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure.” (p. 60-61)
“You may have wanted to read it when you bought it, but if you haven’t read it by now, the book’s purpose was to teach you that you didn’t need it.” (p. 91)
“When they explain why they hang onto them, their answers are all about what they intend to do “someday.”...If you haven’t done what you intended to do yet, donate or recycle that book. Only by discarding it will you be able to test how passionate you are about that subject.” (p. 92)
“It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” (118)
“Don’t underestimate the “noise” of written information (labels, ads, etc)” (166)
“Although we can get to know ourselves better by sitting down and analyzing our characteristics or by listening to others’ perspectives on us, I believe that tidying is the best way. After all, our possessions very accurately relate the history of the decisions we have made in life. Tidying is a way of taking stock that shows us what we really like.” (176-177)
“One of the magical effects of tidying is confidence in your decision-making capacity.” (178)
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. Attachment to the past and fears concerning the future not only govern the way you select the things you own but also represent the criteria by which you make choices in every aspect of your life, including your relationships with people and your job.” (182)...more
Refreshingly simple for a craft book: crafts that normal adults could do. Nice basic sewing projects here. Ideas for sewing 101 library programs, perhRefreshingly simple for a craft book: crafts that normal adults could do. Nice basic sewing projects here. Ideas for sewing 101 library programs, perhaps? Nicely photographed, with templates. Supply list is mostly UK suppliers, but we have the internet....more
How wonderfully and simply this book illustrates the concept of too much stuff! It's a measurement book of a different kind and would be good for "amoHow wonderfully and simply this book illustrates the concept of too much stuff! It's a measurement book of a different kind and would be good for "amounts" vocabulary (more, few, several, plenty, much). The magpie's facial expressions are priceless and the detail is such that you could also use this as a seek-and-find/I Spy type of book. Caldecott buzz...???
"I.C. Springman is a small-house person in a McMansion-loving world."...more
I love reading about money (which is really like reading about psychology or philosophy).
Thanks to Evan for pointing me to this simple little book! AI love reading about money (which is really like reading about psychology or philosophy).
Thanks to Evan for pointing me to this simple little book! Although the parts about investing were lost on me, the rest was full of helpful tips that always bear repeating, especially:
#6 The four most powerful words in any negotiation: "Can you do better?"
#7 "More money" won't always make you "more happy." ...Money only buys happiness to a point. Beyond that, more money makes no difference in how happy you feel. [reminds me of the old saying, "enough is as good as a feast"]
#8 The more time you spend looking, the less happy you'll be with what you find. [after a point, nothing can measure up to what you imagine exists out there / paralysis by analysis]
#11 If you can't see it and you can't touch it, you won't spend it. [True. An internet savings account with no ATM card has worked very well for me.]
#14 Financial plans don't fail people. People fail to plan. The only way to find financial security is to draw yourself a map. Folks who have specific financial plans that detail what they want save more than people who don't...Why? Because human beings are easily distracted (especially by shiny things). So unless you have a road map that tells you where you're going, it is very, very hard to get there. It's not that the map will never change...Revising your specific plans for the future is far better than not having any plans at all.
#16 The best way to be comfortable is to be slightly uncomfortable. Putting that aforementioned money aside for emergencies will be easier if you're not feeling too satisfied with your lot in life. Researchers asked a group of people to rate their happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is misery and 10 is bliss. Know what? The 8s have it over the rest. That's because 8s, while happy, are not so blissed-out that they believe everything in the future will be beautiful and rosy. They believe that emergencies to happen and as a result they plan for them. ["keep yourself low, but not too low"]
#33 The Joneses are in debt...Make your lifestyle and purchasing decisions based on what you can afford, not what your peers are buying, and instead of coveting thy neighbor's car, try to feel smug about your fat retirement account, your zero credit card balances, and the car you own free and clear.
#40 If it's good for the planet, it's usually good for your wallet. Think: small cars, programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, a garden, refilling your water bottle...the list goes on.
#72 The secret to successful investing isn't talent or timing. It's temperament...It's sad but true: Human psychology works against the behaviors that have historically led to good long-term returns.
#81 The harder the sell, the faster you should run. ...the greater the chances that you don't need it. At all.
#85 Six words to close any deal: "Can I get that in writing?"
The Last Word: Finally, try to remember that in most cases, money doesn't cause your problems. You may have a work problem, an idea problem, a motivation problem, an organization problem, or a relationship problem. You don't have a money problem. But lack of money is the result. Focus on understanding and then unwinding the underlying issue -- even if you didn't do anything wrong to cause it.
Just flipped through it. I love the title idea: that one shouldn't spend all one's life cleaning the house. But to me that means you should have lessJust flipped through it. I love the title idea: that one shouldn't spend all one's life cleaning the house. But to me that means you should have less stuff around to get messy, and you work hard at keeping on top of it in small pieces so it's never an overwhelming job (ha! easier said than done). The photos in this book are too cluttered for me, as my tastes are seeming to grow more minimal the older I get. I agree with living life, but also not living it with everything piled up in rooms with me. ...more
Anthropologie posted about this one, so, like a big nerd, I reserved it at the library. It's got some great photos (on the inside -- not sure why theAnthropologie posted about this one, so, like a big nerd, I reserved it at the library. It's got some great photos (on the inside -- not sure why the cover photo is kinda lame) and quotes. I only flipped through because it's got a lot of other reserves. Liked: the bright colors; mirrors; flowers; mood boards/inspiration boards; the outdoor canopy on p. 113; mix & matched bedding. Disliked: wallpaper on the ceiling; any giant wallpaper patterns.
"Allow yourself the patience to know it will all come together in time, and enjoy the process! For me home decor is not a goal, but a continually evolving and kinetic art project." -Amy Butler
"Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof." -Nate Berkus...more