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Simply Spaced is your step-by-step guide for clearing clutter and styling a beautiful home that aligns with your passion and purpose. Broken into projects by room, across a “year of clear,” the 3-step method inside will dispel the myth that you can’t learn to be organized. Simply Spaced will teach you to think like a professional organizer. Learn to Simplify like a pro by ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Rock Point
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Erika Sarutobi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

This was a really pleasant read! The book is really helpful and understanding especially on how to take the first steps into cleaning then fixing your room to the style you want with many amazing tips and recommendations! There's also 3 chapters on how to deal with the clutters of papers, photos and mementos. After the chapters for each of the rooms and the 3 chapters I mentioned above, the rest of the book (around 25%) is composed of the worksheets to help and guide you in
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RIVALS KONDO
Love, love, love this fab book that rivals any by Marie Kondo for organizing your home and life. Brilliant in the way it breaks down the decluttering process through a Year of Clear, with projects by room that include checklists, tear-out worksheets, and lovely photos showing handsome end results.

FROM FILM TO YOUR SET
Written by Monica Leed, owner of the L.A.-based Simply Spaced firm, who started in film and transitioned her organizational genius to private clients. Featu
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Jeanniehay64
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This stylish book is perfect for anyone who wants to declutter and organise their home and life. Most of us have too many possessions but find it hard to decide what to let go off. This book deals with decluttering in a step by step clear way. It breaks down tasks room by room so the overall task doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

The book is so beautifully photographed it will get you motivated and I loved looking at the pictures for storage inspiration. As a self confessed I might need this one day
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Sophie-Leigh Robbins
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Your home is an ever-evolving ecosystem." I couldn't agree more. Over the years, our house has completely transformed from a cluttered space into a tranquil home and as more time passes, our needs keep changing. This book gives an excellent overview of how to tackle the decluttering and organizing process, step-by-step and room by room. I found this book to be more practical than Marie Kondo and think lots of people will benefit from it. The systems and tips Simply Spaced gives you are easy to ...more
Melissa Borsey
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent organizational tool that helps you deal with all the clutter and has a wealth of helpful decorating tips as well. Highly recommend! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this great book.
Janet
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Simply Spaced is your step-by-step guide for clearing clutter and styling a beautif
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Samantha
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Now whilst I don't follow her on Instagram, I feel cheated as soon as I started reading this book as she says the pictures she shows on there are 'styled by a team over a couple of days. She states during the Introduction it is not fake but real though not real life. Surely what you show should be what you actually do yourself in real life, not have a team do it for you otherwise it's not obtainable and it is fake. I'm not naïve enough to think they weren't as most of Instagram is fake lives but ...more
Carolyn
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviewed, 2019
This beautiful, stylish book, will appeal to anyone keen to declutter their life while retaining, or regaining a stylish home.

It is broken into chapters covering kitchen, bedroom, closet, bath and beauty, living spaces, kids spaces, storage and utility spaces, office, paper, photos, and memorabilia, so you can start wherever you feel your need is most pressing. It includes many worksheets and checklists to assist in keeping you organised while you declutter.

I particularly
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Kaye
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A handy little guidebook on how to de clutter your space. I especially like the worksheets provided at the end, although I had to tweak them a bit to fit my space, that is fine. I also like the idea of having zones, and putting like with like. Easy enough to say, but hard to do. I tend to have similar stuff spread throughout the house. I also have the bad habit of holding on to things, since I know what I paid for them, or they have sentimental value. She gives tips and ideas about this too, and ...more
Cecilia
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing group for providing this ARC in return for an honest review.

Simply Spaced is a wonderful book about decluttering, storage, cleaning, and style. The photography is beautiful and makes me long for clean white spaces infused with light. Ms. Leed takes what feels like an overwhelming task and breaks it down into steps, even providing worksheets for each room to help us make sure everything is done the best we can. I'm so impressed with the organization and
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Kathy
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply Spaced: Clear the Clutter and Style Your Life is one of the most practical, well-written, beautifully illustrated books I've read on this topic.

I love everything about this book! It:
- has easy to follow, step by step instructions
- offers PRACTICAL advice
- makes allowances for personal style/personality types
- has one chapter per type room or category
- gives common categories of items in each type room and how to deal with them
- offers pro ti
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Lisa
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reading copy of “Simply Spaced” in exchange for an honest review. I believe the author has written a thorough breakdown of how to organize your home in a chapter by chapter format that covers each room/area individually. I especially appreciated the section on photos as I am of the age that still has boxes of printed photos from developing rolls of film in my youth. I liked her thoughts on displaying framed photos as well. Some may find this book overly repetitive on the d ...more
Kelly
Simply Spaced: Clear the Clutter and Style Your Life by Monica Leed

I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Rock Point in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a well organized and beautifully illustrated book about how to declutter and simply life. Streamlining and decluttering is an overwhelming task for most people. Just thinking about it makes my heart beat fast and makes me sweat. I began to feel guilty and embarrassed about the surroundings in which I read th
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Alicja
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simply Spaced is a beautifully presented book on how to organize and declutter your home. I love how it breaks it down into sections and a Year of Clear. I like the worksheets and the room by room guide, so that it is not too overwhelming. Seeing the pictures of what it could look like motivated me to tackle my kitchen, office and photos as soon as possible. The style of the book is very user friendly and approachable. I loved the "things to let go of now" list as well as the pro tips (def getti ...more
Nicolet Groen
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-bookshelf
Simply Spaced is a practical book on decluttering every aspect of your house. It's well organized by room and also pinpoints things like a currated wardrobe, paper files, and photos. Even though it sometimes feels repetitive; every room, every subject need the same steps, and the author chose to mention those steps in each chapter, in this case, the repetition is functional.
I loved the layout, the bright and airy pictures of storage examples. The worksheets come in handy as well as the list of
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marvellousmarmite
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A year of clear

This book helped me to look at my home as a whole, not just about the clutter in it. What I need and want from my home environment. The worksheets at the end of the book, one for each area of the house, made me really think about what I want from each room my home, with some useful prompting questions to think on.

This really made me think about the purpose of decluttering, not just the (sometimes disheartening) process, which was really good. I liked the li
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Shazzad
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Monica Leed is a professional organiser and CEO of Simply Spaced in Los Angeles. The book provides inspiration and practical worksheets for each room in the house. She provides tips for tackling each room and some may recognise some of the tried and tested tips. The author suggests using post-its to mark those possessions to be donated, recycled or binned and as this is reiterated in each section it can feel a bit repetitious. Also includes a handy resource section though mainly useful to those ...more
Sharon Naylor Toris
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. So much more realistic and accessible than Kondo, masterfully paced so that you never feel overwhelmed. Pretty, smart solutions and great photos to inspire. The definition of your home as an 'ecosystem' stays with me, making the home a living, breathing entity that contributes to your well-being. I'm hanging onto this book, knowing that I'll want to pop back into its pages to gather fresh ideas, boost my confidence and just get excited for organizing.
SR
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book easy to read and very helpful as a guide to decluttering and organizing which I really needed. I appreciate the worksheets and checklists as easy practical ways to apply her ideas, 1 room at a time! I think this is going to help my stress level as well as improve the comfort and look of my home.
Rather.be.reading1
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely loving this book. The tips are great like "simplify, streamline and style". The information is very practical and something everyone can do to transform their space. I love when she says "let's get real". The meditate on this blurb was great and unexpected. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Lisa
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is different from most decluttering books, because the author gives advice on style as well as tidying up. It's very useful, and the worksheets are especially helpful, but I found it difficult to read as an ebook. I may have to actually buy it!



I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Misty
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Has some great ideas on how to declutter your house. I know from experience just organizing blankets helps a lot with closet space.
Eve Rodsky
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Monica is a world-class organizer and more important... her systems allow you to be too. She has thoughtful, practical advice for every room in your home.
🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕
As someone who has a big clutter problem at home, this book was like a pot of gold of valuable information. 5/5 stars for an amazing newfound resource.
Kristin
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book as it was structured in a nice way and easy to read and follow. I also liked the worksheets a lot.
Kirsten never has enough time
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference-design
Exactly what it says on the tin. A simple, well organised-guide on clearing the clutter and styling your life. It's got a lot of helpful advice and gives you some good ideas for organisation.
Linda Richardson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Monica Leed takes tidying up to a whole new level with her lists dedicated to specific rooms. Just go through each list, follow her easy step by step guidance and you’re on your way to a less cluttered home.
Gail Williamson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Organized (as you would expect from a professional!), wonderful photos and great detail. This book walks you through every space in your home, to help you not only de-clutter but also to beautify.
The friend-across-the-table style of the author was enjoyable and she shared some personal details that enhanced the feeling that you could trust this person.
Plenty of worksheets, although providing some repetition, would certainly be helpful for those of us who like to jump around in a book like
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GONZA
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
In this era of decluttering frenzy I have to admit that the worksheets at the end of this book are the best way I read so far to get rid of chaos at home as well as in the office. I just doubt that somebody who needs this worksheets because has problem with organisation, will be so organised to declutter following a worksheet ;)

In questa epoca di frenetico riordino, devo ammettere che le tabelle per organizzare ogni stanza della casa (e l'ufficio), sono alcune sulle cose migliori che
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MONICA LEED is an innovator, art director, CEO, and owner of the professional organizing company Simply Spaced, focused on organizing for the creative mind. She is a leading expert, speaker, and author. With an A-list celebrity client list and a roster that includes influencers, industry executives, and high-performing entrepreneurs, she has spent the past seven years developing her methodology to ...more