The Joy of Less

The Joy of Less

A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

Book - 2016
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Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before-seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than the "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works in any space—from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house. What's more, it can be called upon during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing. With an airy two-color interior design and lovely hardcover package, The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2016.
Edition: 1st Chronicle Books LLC ed.
ISBN: 9781452155180
1452155186
Call Number: HOME/DIY Projects
648.8 JAY
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Orderliness.
Storage in the home.
Housekeeping.
House cleaning.
Personal belongings.

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khood1011 Jul 18, 2017

I like stuff, and I have a lot of it. But I probably don't need all of it. Read this if your life feels like it should be on the TLC channel.


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jstaniec
Sep 08, 2020

Minimalism can often be quite classist in its approach and tends to extremism. This book is refreshing in that in generally shies away from both of those areas.

Her approach starts with the emotional and psychological side, then introduces the STREAMLINE approach to evaluate items in your space, then walks you through a room by room declutter.

The ending was the most interesting to me as it focuses on gifts / sentimental items, time (decluttering your schedule), and consumerism versus minsumerism (buy less, smile more).

I'd recommend it as a better option for some people than the Kondo method, or potentially in conjunction with it, particularly as it offers assistance with those extra areas.

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annamariabutler
Sep 02, 2020

Fantastic book! Very practical, an easy read. Excellent suggestions that are easy to implement.

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DazzlingMoonlight
Feb 06, 2020

A fantastic read! This is the best organization book I have read so far. It will inspire you to declutter and simplify your life.

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LindaLee31
Sep 23, 2019

I loved this book so much I bought my own copy!

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firefly5
Aug 30, 2018

Not enough time to read this.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

Lots of Great ideas & methods for simplifying & decluttering your space & your life. The graphics and layout of the book are excellent. You can skip around --- reading & implementing whatever chapter(s) you like at the moment.

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beacastellanos20
Jun 10, 2018

Loved it, once I started reading I couldnt stop. I feel ready to start decluttering :) . Very easy to read

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yuliasp
May 15, 2018

This is my very first book on minimalist living. Great book and easy to ready. I liked that the author applies her technique to all the rooms in the house in separate chapters, which is very helpful for memorizing the basic rules.

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ktandtdevine
Jan 06, 2018

Very easy read and packed full of information that inspired me to declutter and organize. I also read Marie Kondo's book and I would recommend The Joy of Less hands down.

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bisqit
Oct 11, 2017

Tiny and light printing makes this hard to read.

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Infolass Mar 31, 2017

"What I told you that having less stuff could make you a happier person?" (page 6)

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salsaladybug
Jul 20, 2013

"If you can't find it, you don't have it."

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salsaladybug
Jul 08, 2013

When we are content with "enough," life becomes infinitely easier, more pleasant, and less harried.

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