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Less Stuff: Simple Zero-Waste Steps To A Joyful And Clutter-Free Life

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When we consider how we love to spend our time, we don't tend to think about sorting, cleaning or tidying. The mess and clutter filling our spaces impacts on our productivity, stresses us out and keeps us stuck. Our stuff stands in the way of the lives we dream about. But what about when it comes to throwing away all that stuff? After all, there is no 'away'. Decluttering ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Hardie Grant
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm by no means well-versed in minimalism, zero waste, or anything of the sort, but as a frequent self help audiobook listener, this is definitely one of my favorites. While some familiar ideas were stated, I certainly learned a lot by listening. The author doesn't come across as judge-y which can't be said for all self help books, and she provides relatable, real-life examples and actionable suggestions. I'll definitely be referring to this one again!
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lindsay has wrote an excellent book that really tackles WHY we find it so difficult to let go of our stuff. She offers practical advice on how to let go of guilt, and how to move forward with less stuff. A must read for anyone wanting to simplify their belongings and lessen their impact on the planet.
M - The long hot spell
“If we look at how things work in nature, there is no waste. Nature cycles and recycles everything: air, water, nutrients. Humans are the only species known to create waste.”

Foremost, the book is about having less stuff. Paring down to what you love, and what is necessary. But second, Lindsay is all about zero-waste. Technically, there is no such thing as no waste at all. Lindsay Miles explains “…it is true that zero-waste in its purest form doesn’t actually exist. Not yet. That’s why zero waste
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A practical book on delcluttering and perfect timing as my sons are moving out in two weeks. I've only gone through one kitchen cupboard and 4 drawers so far and I've been able to give them a 12 person cutlery set, a dining set, wine glasses, mugs, cooking utensils and knives. Imagine what I can give them once I've gone through all the cupboards! And I will have less stuff with nothing going to landfill!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I listened to the e-audio book narrated by Rachael Tidd. I am a big fan of Lindsay's blog, "Treading my own path", which I've been reading since 2017.
"Less Stuff" is great for those starting out with decluttering, and it fills the gap left by books like "Spark Joy" (Marie Kondo), which do not address what to do with the stuff you have decided to let go. Lindsay has provided lots of resources for recycling and donating items you don't want. The introductory chapters are helpful at preparing menta
Deanna Tuckwell
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindsay has created an easy to read manual for all those wanting to simplify their lives and surround themselves with less stuff. Attractive presentation and well organised, this book immediately motivated me to clear out my bedside draw and sign up to my local buy nothing Facebook page in order to give away some of the stuff we no longer need. This guide book through decluttering is useful for those just starting out on their journey, and also for those who have begun but would like to know the ...more
Sarah Nosworthy
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve long read Lindsay’s blog, and many others. It’s physically delightful in paper stock and in design; no showing photographs that’d date. Admittedly I read this in support rather than feeling I needed to follow the advice; having, like the author, been on the journey a long while! Nonetheless the times I read it at my friends house, not mine, I was itching to be home and check if there was lingering clutter in some lesser used spaces!!
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The irony of buying a book about getting rid of stuff wasn't lost on the lady at the checkout at Costco when I pointed it out to her. And it's not the first book I've bought on the subject either. 😊 If I can figure out a way to get rid of this book in an eco-friendly way, then I'd say it was a suceess.
Sal G
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It inspired me to think about how society is and how to improve the way I live by decluttering things we have in our homes that we think we need because society says so. Now in my home I only have things that I love and are useful. It also ensures things we no longer need go to the right place instead of just landfill. Thanks for writing an amazing book!
Helena Magalhaes
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gleaned a few more tidbits of information about how to declutter that I hadn’t learned yet from other minimalism/zero waste books!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: discard-studies
Good general ideas, but felt a little non-specific. Pretty layout, but even that gave it a vague kind of feel. Other reviewers have mentioned “manual” and “psychology” but I found it to be neither.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
While many of the tips in this book will be familiar to frequent decluttering book readers, its focus on disposing of unwanted items through various routes BEFORE turning to the recycling or trash bin makes the book unusual. The resources for alternate disposal routes are particularly useful for people who are new to zero-waste practices or who don’t realize there are alternatives to donating to charity shops or trashing/recycling items. The author also helpfully focuses on keeping new stuff fro ...more
Giovanna Walker
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
For decluttering beginners, this is perfect. A good place to start, easy to read. Author is open with her struggle, which is refreshing. A variation on Marie Kondo's 'how to', she's a bit more relaxed (flexible) in how you go about things. And she's honest that it takes time. There are a few cliches in the writing 'the journey is just as important as the destination', but it's fine for a beginner. She touches on the clutter tendencies in everyone, and has some interesting resources - nice to see ...more
Irene Suarez
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very relatable book. It is a good resources book with plenty of ideas, but also nice to read from cover to cover. I also enjoy the editing/set-up
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an enjoyable and practical guide to decluttering. It is reminiscent of Marie Kondo's method, but less strict-seeming. It makes you look at why you may be accumulating too many things, and to examine why you are holding onto the things that you no longer need. There are room-by-room guides to sorting out your stuff, and then practical guides for disposal, including: selling, donating, repairing and recycling. The book also looks at the bigger picture, and how the accumulation, and disposa ...more
Beth Chadwick
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the easy to digest way in which it was written, but feel that, while it was very through and engaging it lacked clarity on some aspects of the topic. While I know that the techniques written may help with sentimental items such as photos or trinkets, there's very little guide beyond how does it make you feel? I could have 6 of my grandmother's porcelain dolls, each one would make me feel the same. How do I choose between them? While I know that this is a common issue in regards to decl ...more
Sarah Gray
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different from other decluttering books, in a good way! Easy to read and empowering. Decluttering IS hard especially when you don’t want anything thrown away but Lindsay offers practical solutions to de clutter and avoid bringing clutter back. No ‘storage solutions’ here, just real advise about finding your enough and declutterinf without sending stuff to landfill or heaps of bags to the charity shop
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Like a knock off Marie Kondo. Good if you're into the practicalities of it, but honestly I don't need a step by step walk through of where to click to sell some stuff on Craigslist. I skipped through a lot of it. I did like the section on mindfulness, though. I don't know how successful someone would be if they followed this method...I feel like it's too grey, not cut and dry enough to really afford a successful decluttering.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book opened my eyes to so many things. First, how much I value materials , and how im sizing myself depending on how much clothes or shoes ( materials) i have.
It reminded me of the fact the the only important thing is what’s inside of us not how much stuff or money we have and that’s what will make people really love and respect us.

I’ve barely read about minimalism or zero-waste before and this book was the best teacher for me in this area.
It was so convincing for me.
Carol McLeod-Thorpe
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for those wanting to begin their journey to a waste free and clutter-free life. Lindsay shows step by step how to achieve this and by explaining why it is often so hard to let go of possessions. If you have been putting it off, this is the book to get you motivated.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hpl
An updated version of an organizing book. I did like how she took the person through each room. She also was trying to help the reader really change their habits and was realistic about how not fast it would be.
I liked the author's approach of chunking into different rooms or parts of the house or your life and how to de-clutter that space. Easy steps to follow to get your home and life sorted out. Lots of great resources!
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The content of this book resonated with me - I’m ready to part with things, but don’t want to send too much to the landfill, so I end up hanging on to stuff for too long while I try to find a new home solution.
Nicole Cunha
This is a beginner’s guide to minimalism/low waste. It’s not intended for those of us who already know a bit about these areas.

The resources section was most helpful for me, though it was geared mainly toward Australia, the author’s home country.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book! Different take on both zero waste and decluttering. I read alot of books on these topics and still found some new ideas in this book.
Aditi Sawarkar
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sharon Robertson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is inspirational encouranging people to take stock of what they have and have not. Worth a read
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the zero waste approach to decluttering, and very practical approach
May 12, 2020 added it
I have decided not to rate this kind of books. I have no idea how to. I liked this book. A great book for beginners! I would recommend it!
Gabrielle Matthews
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was basically the repetitive, watered down version of Marie Kondo's first book. Nothing groundbreaking, however some good resources towards the end.
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Lindsay Miles is an educator, speaker, author and passionate zero waste/plastic-free living advocate helping others live more meaningful lives with less waste and less stuff. She has been sharing ideas, tips, tricks and strategies on her website Treading My Own Path since 2013. Her first book, Less Stuff, was published in 2019 and her second, The Less Waste No Fuss Kitchen was published in June. O ...more

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