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Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,048 ratings  ·  358 reviews
Courtney Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.

We are often on a quest for more--we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Scleros
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed a lot of the messages in this book...

Slowing things down....
Stop being busy for the sake of being busy and telling everyone how "busy" you always are like it's a badge of honor....
Putting less pressure on yourself to be perfect...
Touching base with yourself and body/mind wants and needs...

Saying NO more often instead of spreading yourself thin trying to be the perfect Instagram mom with a full time job, amazing kids in ALL the acti
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that I'm not quite sure what to focus on. It felt like it belonged in two separate categories. If this was just an autobiography, I could rate this 3.5 and I'd be okay rounding up to 4 stars. I liked her personal story and I could appreciate her navigation of MS, single parenting and a new marriage.

But then it was also a self-help kind of book about gaining simplicity in life. That part didn't really grab me. She was a shopoholic, accrued debt, kept up with
Megan Ericson
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: minimalism
The author sent me an advanced copy of this book before I interviewed her on my podcast. I can honestly say I loved it! The book is full of love, peace, and forgiveness. I've read many decluttering books and books about simplifying your life, but this one stands out not for the “how” of simplifying our lives, but for the “why.”

There are decluttering tips in the book, but it’s much more about the how to deal with the emotional side of letting go, which can often be the hardest part. C
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have shared with you before that like many people in this day and age, I'm on a journey to simplify. Simplify my house, simplify my life, simplify my schedule, simplify my mind. There's too much STUFF taking up too much SPACE that sucks away from LIFE. Anyone else feel this way? Soulful Simplicity is another book I've recently read on this journey. Like other books in this category, Soulful Simplicity draws from other sources as well as the authors own. People in this day and a
What a fantastic book by Courtney Carver! I listened to the audio book read by the author. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006, Courtney says the disease put her on the path to simplicity when she realized how much stress her lifestyle was creating. I could relate so much to being stressed by your lifestyle. Our materialistic culture supports our mad rush to have things and becomes the yardstick by which we not only measure ourselves but others. People will not see us as successful if we d ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publishing house. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Soulful Simplicity embraces the power in simplicity and it is done effectively through Carver’s own journey towards a simpler life.

If you aren’t familiar with Courtney, she is the creator of the Project 333, the capsule wardrobe project that I began embracing a few years ago. Her journey towards this simpler life began with her
Kathy Peterman
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that Courtney Carver takes a deep dive into her life before and after she discovered simplicity. She brings us along with her, allowing us to honor our own unique journey as we see ourselves in her story and the lessons along the way. It's a book about the why and how simplicity is not just decluttering our physical things. It's about decluttering our health, our schedules and commitments, relationships and old beliefs to make room for what's important to us. It's about the richness of li ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Good, though others who have read a lot of simplicity and mindfulness books might find this basic.
Laura Leaney
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this as part inspiration, part preparation, for my intended summer clean-a-thon. I didn't want to read Kondo's book about debating the joyfulness of every object, so I chose Carver's instead. I have to say, as these kinds of books go, it worked. Although I'm not quite prepared, I'm inspired.

I need to feel lighter. Sadly, I know part of the problem. Books. I love them, but keeping them is making me claustrophobic. I think I might have to say bon voyage to my little paper childr
Ginger Hudock
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Simplicity and most big changes are a matter of the heart.”

Soulful Simplicity is about listening to your own heart to learn what you need. I loved learning more about Courtney and her story in this book. I also resonated with her theme of “listening to your heart”. As many of my readers know, I have been dealing with a congenital heart condition over the past six months. As my atrial septal defect was repaired this month, I have had to listen to what my physical heart needs to fully
Deborah Martinez
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I continue to work on simplifying my life, I came across this author on Pinterest of all places. I really enjoyed the books and tips she shared. For her simplifying started because of being diagnosed with MS.

She shares her journey in this book, and not only gives good tips, but reminds to give yourself grace so you can live abundantly.

Some highlights for me:

Do less - instead of searching for more efficient ways to do it all, do less. Say no, and protect your time for what matters most to y
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcopy
This may be one of the few "how to simplify your life" books that is not all about cluttering and tidying up. In sharing her own journey to a simple lifestyle, Courtney Carver encourages the reader to consider the "why's" behind a desire for simplicity more than the "how's," and suggests that this journey will be and should different for everyone. She does gives tips and guidelines for pairing down, but not as checklists that, if rigorously followed, will lead to a perfectly organized home and s ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is about more than just getting rid of clutter. It's actually about simplifying your life in order to live the life you really want to live and be the person you want to be. It's about simplifying to in order to make space to live meaningfully (whatever that looks like for you) and with love. More than a how-to, it's about the why. Why declutter? Why stop filling up your calendar? Why think about doing more with less? Heartfelt, genuine and inspiring with lots of food for tho ...more
Wendy Phraner
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good stuff! Reading this cheers me on with my efforts to get rid of needless stuff (tangible or not) and focus on more important things.
Colona Public Library
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, april
This was a great read for someone who is looking to simplify their lives. Courtney Carver explains why she had to simply her life and how she did it. This book was published before the whole "Spark Joy" phenomenon, and pretty much follows the same premise. When you need to buy things to store your stuff, you have too much stuff. This books hits a lot of topics: Courtney personal story of how she went into debt, was diagnosed with MS, and decided to change her life. She stopped buying things she ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and practical tips. I was in the mood to read a simplify your life style book so this fit well.
John Crippen
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
My friend Jimmi and I heard Courtney Carver speak earlier this week. Her talk and her book were pleasing, and reminded me of the happiness found in living with less.
Jessi Payne
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I want to read it again and again.

It was every bit as good the second time. I got even more out of this book. One of my all-time favorite works.
Jeana Berryman
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick and easy read, but nothing super compelling. The only idea that stuck out to me as truly original was “Project 333,” and that’s just not something I’m interested in trying.
Shannon Minninger
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book - great lists throughout on how to live a more thoughtful life in terms of valuing relationships and experiences more than material possessions, jet setting lifestyles, and collections of objects. I found the lists to be very practical and easy to implement. And while obviously very strong in her opinions, the author didn’t seem judgmental or insistent that her way was the ONLY way. I really appreciated that. However, the book seemed a little d ...more
Danielle Katz
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book for getting started on the path you want to walk down. I love her very moderate, you choose what works for you, style. So often Minimalists have an extremist view of how to handle stuff. But C. Carver is much more realistic.
I took lots of notes:
Pg 38
"How are things going in my life?
How do I feel physically? Emotionally?
What do I love about my life?
Whom do I envy?
What do I lie about?
What changes do I want to make?
What chang
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I love that the author first talked about her life and what lead her on a path to simplicity. I think that is a big part of simplifying your life. Understand it. Understand the things that are taking too much of your time and energy, and then work on them. I really identified with the part of the book that spoke to listening to your heart---that it knows before you do. I believe this to be true. There were many times in my life that my heart didn't want to do something, but ...more
jay walker
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know when you pick up the perfect book at the perfect time? That was this. Clearly articulated many of my goals and the issues with why they’re so hard to achieve. But now I’m inspired and have some practical guidelines to help better prioritize my time. Right off the bat: “no phone zones”, walk outside instead of shopping if you’re bored, and a home is a living space not a storage space. Also, things are not memories.
I have not put my hand on my heart or made a kale smoothie yet, but there
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great Whitman’s Sampler of organizational/minimalist strategies. It took a few chapters to get into the good stuff, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to start a journey to life simplification. While it doesn’t state it in the description, Carver is the originator of the Project 333 fashion challenge, where you only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months. Seems like every author in the recent decluttering movement is also mentioned, so it also served as a bit of a reminder for ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More with Less, so when I learned she was releasing a book called Soulful Simplicity, it sounded like something I wanted to listen to. (This review is for the audio book.)

Soulful Simplicity goes into detail about Courtney being diagnosed with MS. How facing that sort of diagnosis with al of the stress that she had going on in her life, forced her to rethink what is important to her. What she discovered was that by getting rid of things that weren’t important, s
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate the author sharing her journey to manage her MS and that she activity sought ways to manage it. She took charge of her health and her life and navigated through several challenges to obtain her goals. The simplicity aspect of her story seemed basic. I didn't learn any new ways to simplify life, but she successfully shared with us that simplicity can have a positive effect in many area of our lives.
I really enjoyed this grounded, practical, feasible approach to streamlining one’s life and adopting a minimalism-for-you approach to life. I took notes on it as I dipped in and out of the book throughout the year. It’s one I’ll return to when I need to re-tweak my perennial quest for simplifying and minimizing stuff and noise in my life.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
The beginning was more about the why of simplifying,in later chapters she had tips and ideas on how to simplify. Some parts were too spiritualistic, and she talked a lot about listening to your heart and your intuition.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-manuals
I lingered over this book-ha, I bet the author would like that! It was a good read and I took to heart a lot of what she said. Great way to jump start your journey of simplicity. Will be a book I refer to again and again.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it and would read it again in a couple years for inspiration and a reminder. I’m inspired by her ideas and feel like I’m motivated to act without having been given a list that is stringent with numbered tasks. Lots of encouragement for introspective work to find out what would bring you joy.
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Courtney Carver changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006.

She’s the founder of and minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. Her new book Soulful Simplicity ( was published by Penguin Random House.

Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationshi
“Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are.” 8 likes
“Start to think about what really matters to you. If you aren’t sure at first, don’t worry. Sometimes you have to get rid of the things that don’t matter to let the things that do rise to the surface.” 3 likes
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