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

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  20 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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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.
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“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 actuallyexist. Not yet. That’s why zero waste
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!
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 son fast 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!
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
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. ...more
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!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 ...more
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
AE Corral
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
There are some good ideas on how to de-clutter which I may follow. However, I also have Marie Kondo's book to work with as well. So, I'll probably do a combination of the two (because there is NO WAY I can choose just 30 books to keep!) since I will be needing to downsize soon.
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