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

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,433 ratings  ·  595 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 Sclerosis
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Tarcherperigee
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
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 activities, and a CrossFit yoga body...all while b
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soulful Simplicity is all about as the book title points out - living a life of simplicity which is much beyond just the physical/materialistic, it goes much deeper to simplify the soul... A well written and useful book!
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 the Joneses
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. Clearing out
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
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 age are
Renegade ♥
4 stars
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 MS diagnosis and the need to scale down her life, home, and belongings in
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, self-help
Repetitive and boring, but it does make a few good points. It took me forever to read, though.
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.
Abigail Hogle
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
If you are looking for a practical book about living a life of minimalism this is not your book, but if you are looking about a sweet story of why less is truly more, this book will inspire you.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
This book was just what I needed at the perfect time. I would even go so far as to say that it is life-changing. It really made me think about my relationship to "stuff", the clutter of daily living, and after reading it, I think I will be more mindful about future purchases and will try to bring into my home only what I really love and/or need. I will also be even more diligent about de-cluttering and purging items that no longer serve me, fit me, or bring me joy. I've already done a lot of thi ...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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
When I started this book, I was really into it. Bite-size chapters? Yes please! But then they started just piling onto one another and it felt like a lot to slog through. Also this is kind of a summary of a lot of other minimalism books (she highlights ideas or pulls out quotes from other authors) which is fine but also you could just read those books. They’re distilled into her personal experience of soulful simplicity.
Aug 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one and will recommend to everyone! Great practical tips, and also more psychological based questions to ask yourself and guidance from her. Loved!
Barbara Nutting
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I am way too old to benefit from this book, but it caused me to take a quick look back at my life and how I handled some of the obstacles that I encountered. Harry Truman said “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” Not a bad idea, just move on!

I quit college in my sophomore year to move with my family to Northern California, I got a divorce after 24 years of marriage (2 wonderful children made it worthwhile), walked away from an 8 year relationship that had gone stale, and twice
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 children.

I don't
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 heal. I am
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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Audiobook read by author

Many helpful suggestions. Since she approaches her topic from a humanistic point of view, I took her ideas and placed them in the context of God.

I found her story interesting as the diagnosis of MS put her on a path of simplifying her life creating more time and energy to pursue the things that were meaningful to her.

I got a bit tired of hearing her refer to her heart as a “she.” And there was a lot of talk about listening to your heart and following it. (“Danger Will
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
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.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the beginning of this book but after a while it just turned into your regular everyday self help book with a lot of things I have read before or seen in other books like it
Katie McT
Jan 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of want to just immediately read this book again. Felt like a good, deep, conversation with a dear friend. Loved it.
Colona Public Library
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 3.5 stars but rounded it to 4 stars. The author touches on several topics like reducing debt, decluttering, and downsizing to a simpler life. The value of the book is more in its inspirational aspect for people dealing with health issues and other problems that appear insurmountable.
Candace H-H
Feb 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars Some great tips about gaining more awareness about the emotions behind clutter and impulse purchases.
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.
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Courtney Carver writes things. She wrote a book called Soulful Simplicity and the simplicity blog, She shares things that make her laugh and cry on Instagram (@bemorewithless). She doesn't know her Myers Briggs Type but she knows she's an introvert because she needs to be free from humans several times a day (cats and dogs are always welcome). Aside from her seasonal wardrobe, ...more

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