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Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

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Clearing clutter is much more than cleaning out a closet crammed with things or getting rid of the contents of boxes piled in your basement, attic, or storage unit. Most of us have unfinished business that might make us feel like we walk around dragging a heavy ball with a chain connected to our ankle. When you declutter and possibly downsize, you can free yourself of weig ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by High Country Publications
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Charlene Alcorn
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It fit my situation

This book came along at a time when I am downsizing my house of my brothers poccessions. Previous to his passing this house contained many poccessions of my parents that I'm still clearing away (It was a multigenerational house). And I have to consider at the age of 65 what kind of mess I'm leaving behind for family to clean up. Sometimes it's overwhelming but I think this book is going to motivate me to get back to work.
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LiLu
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you.

I have read many books on decluttering. Those books did nothing to help me. In fact most of them pissed me off. This book, is different. I liked the digging deeper. It wasn’t just about tossing it out. It was also about, possibly why you can’t let go, acknowledging everybody is different, and so is every reason. There are parts of this book that opened my eyes, in a way that was not judgmental. I have a better understanding of what stuff needs to leave my house. I know what makes me ha
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Jen Zelinger
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has been so timely for my upcoming move. I think what struck a cord with me the most is the aspect about grief and mementos: so essentially, Lisa's deeper principles. It’s hard to let go, but clinging onto things that are gone only hurts us. Lisa presents a model for grieving as much as anything else, and that’s been invaluable to me.
I love how she interweaves the wisdom she's learned from so many authors who all come at this from different directions, and that she suggests making exception
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Lisa Cowley
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This gem of a book is so simple but so profound. Well written, easy to read and engaging. It is so timely to not only me personally but to everyone who is considering a more conscious way of living. I will now look at every item I presently own or am ready to purchase as I ask the questions included in this book, "Is it true to my intentions?" and "Do I use it?" I also enjoyed the concepts of emotional clutter that Lisa points out and remedies to release these emotional blocks.
I also totally a
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Gene Desrochers
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this very commonsensical, easy-to-read and digest book on decluttering that was far more spiritual than expected. The advice is non-judgmental and meets the reader where they live without commanding or demeaning. It leaves room for all levels of organization both in the home, the mind, and emotionally. The links at the end added concrete ways to immediately stop junk mail both physical and electronic which I immediately took advantage of. Here’s a quote I enjoyed: “Moreover, ...more
Esther
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary

I have read numerous books on this topic many mentioned in this book. I struggle with possessions and just recently sold 3 homes I owned .I never rented them so the homes and condo were used infrequently . All had furnishings and clothes. Needless to say I thought this was the way I needed to present myself. Now I struggle with letting go of stuff . I don't have a child I can leave the so called treasures to so I am donating items still in boxes clothes with tags kitchen appliances
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C Piescik
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Nice

This is a very good book for starting your journey. I would recommend reading this before any others if someone was just starting, because she is so honest about the reality that different things work for different people, and literally states that you should only follow her advice of it works for you, and to do the same with other books on decluttering.
I don't have the same spirituality, but her measured way of writing was really refreshing.
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Lisa Shultz
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author of this book, I am super excited to share Lighter Living with the world. I feel better and better when I let go of what feels heavy, whether that is physical stuff or baggage from the past, emotional or mental turmoil and so forth. The benefits of releasing burdensome things has inspired me to share my journey in an easy to read book. I hope you like it. Please let me know what parts you found most valuable! Cheers, Lisa
Summer Johnke
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lighter Living is an approachable, easy to read book that covers so many important topics related to minimalism. It provided the push that I needed to really tackle some of the projects that I had looming over my head. I can already feel the benefits of re-focusing on simplicity and what matters most to me in life. Very worthwhile read for anyone at any age and stage.
Arctic Flamingo
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this might be one of the best books I've read about minimalism and decluttering. The book includes a lot of solid, useful ideas for decluttering and downsizing. Not a huge amount of ridiculous scenarios or suggestions (I'm looking at you, Kondo.) This author also seems to have a grasp on the knowledge that every idea isn't going to blend with every lifestyle. I appreciate that. ...more
Sara
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
This is a pretty straightforward "why" + "how to" of de-cluttering one's home and living more simply. It's a quick, helpful read if you just need a little push to rethink your possessions and make some changes. Shultz won't have you talking to your socks like Marie Kondo, but her advice is useful if you're in the position to hear it.

Her own reflections on her experience of cleaning out three different family homes that were crammed full of superfluous "stuff" were refreshingly honest and challe
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More a memoir than a how to.
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Liberty Alice
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shultz’s book is informative, refreshing, and often very funny. I read it in a day and found it incredibly easy to digest given the rut I have felt in. I was refreshed by the open-minded yet unique foundation this book builds upon compared to (what to me has feel like) its rigid, boxed-in counterparts. I was overjoyed to see consideration for many different types of people, incomes, and geography.

The content is new, relavent, and personal, and also draws together the best of minimalism teaching
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Shubham Adke
Oct 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I doubt that it will be considered a good book among the people who have already implemented minimalism since it does not have anything new to add. Plus it doesn't convince one to start with minimalistic life either. Forgettable. ...more
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