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Less by Rachel Aust
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Ever since I read Elaine St. James' SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE 24 years ago, I have been an avid follower of anything touting how to make life more simple. So far it has worked for me as we've been able to stay in our little house without ever feeling the need to upgrade to a larger residence, and no, we aren't paying for a storage unit filled with stuff.

So, of course, I had to take the newest entry on the topic for a spin and determined that Aust's LESS is worth reading. It doesn't hold a lot of new information but the format is nicely laid out with nifty and succinct lists of life's necessities, plus the author also includes suggestions for decluttering your mind, simplifying cooking, keeping the budget simple, and even includes recipes for ecologically friendly cleaning solutions.

If there are any shortcomings, it's that the illustrations of decor and display ideas aren't particularly appealing, but perhaps others may find the style attractive.

If a reader is determined to declutter and simplify, this is a good start, but also try Marie Kondo's sometimes silly THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, Jeff Yeager's Ultimate Cheapskate series, Levin's NOT BUYING IT, and the book that started it for me years ago, Elaine St. James' SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Also, a book that helped me tame my "digital" and paper clutter was Fay Wolf's NEW ORDER. For those who want to go to extreme minimalism, check out Sasaki's GOODBYE THINGS. Also, check the GoodReads lists for "Simple Living & Minimalism."

Thanks to the publisher for the early digital reading copy.
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July 3, 2018 – Finished Reading
July 14, 2018 – Shelved
July 14, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 14, 2018 – Shelved as: simplifying-life-porn

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