From About.com Reader's Choice Award-winning author Genevieve Parker Hill comes a fresh new minimalism guide for everyone. If your garage, attic, closets, and surfaces are filled with clutter, all that extra stuff can get in the way of a full experience of life as it was meant to be lived. Minimalist Living covers not only techniques for decluttering, but how to fill your new-found space with meaningful activities that add joy to your life and support your goals.
This guide to simplifying for health, joy, and creativity teaches:
©2013 Genevieve Parker (P)2014 Genevieve Parker
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"Great on deuttering"
The narration is kind of odd. It sounds sometimes like she's a robot and sometimes like there are two narrators. However, if you can get past this, there are definite jewels to be learned. I read the "life-changing magic of tidying up" and loved it, but it is long and for some, a little too goofy. (Let your socks rest, nicely folded at night). This is good for those of us who can't get enough reminders that stuff doesn't matter.
"New Way of Living"
This was an EXCELLENT book! I was looking for some steps on how to rid of things I've had for so long!! (setting aside my attachment to them)This book has opened my eyes to an not only helpful, but fun way to "rid" of those things and be happy doing it! I also like how they've Incorporated scriptures. I like the calmness in the narrators voice. I really enjoyed the whole book. I cleaned my kitchen WHILE listening to the book.. It was better than listening to music 😀..This book was an excellent choice! Thanks!!
"Perfect and to-the-point!"
This book is a must read/listen for the motivation and inspiration to declutter and simplify the space around you. Advice given by this author is honest, doable and memorable. This is a self-help classic that is also compatible with people on a spiritual path and different walks of faith.
"Great book! Inconsistent Audio Quality"
Would I listen again? No. Would I read it again? Definitely. In a different format.
I enjoyed the talking about gift giving seasons.
I also really enjoyed the brief story about the couple who had stacks of greeting cards that felt like "too much" to them, and their process for whittling it down to a manner that was more minimalist and worked FOR THEM.
There were awkward pauses. The sound quality would go in and out. Like, she would read a whole paragraph that I could hear just fine. Then a sentence or two would be at a completely different audio quality and I couldn't hear. Then it would go back to being just fine! It was completely distracting and I just couldn't hear chunks of the book.
I don't understand the strange ways she has for pausing. And it was so hard to hear, I truly struggled just to hear it. I had 2 other books I was going through from Audible.com this week also, and I had no troubles hearing those books at all. I finished all three books this week.
Whereas Marie Kondo's "KonMari" method is about getting down to what feels like 3 possessions (I'm exaggerating here of course), I feel like Minimalist Living says "do what feels right FOR YOU.I like how she acknowleges that we all have skills and talents and interests. I live in a place with all four seasons. I need hardy snow boots. I also need bathing suits and pool toys for my kids. We need tents and camping items, musical instruments, art supplies, and we do a bigger Halloween haunted house every year now that we have moved. Oh, and we need yard equipment. I like that she says something to the effect of: "maybe if you figure out which hobbies you really want, maybe you will purge less in those categories, but you don't need like 20 hobbies. ... just consider what is really the most important to you." I like this very reasonable approach.
I also love the idea of time with people is of much more value than time with our possessions. I am positive I have heard this before or in different ways, but somehow I actually grasped it this time from this book.
I hope that Audible.com will consider getting this book completely re-recorded. Perhaps read by the author. This subject matter is close to hear heart, and she will read it best, I am sure. Someone who is perhaps reading it cold is just not as "in to it" and doesn't have their heart or understanding in the matter. And they are so much more difficult to listen to because it doesn't feel genuine.
I will do my best never to get any future books read by this narrater.
I'm at a point in my life when simplifying is really attractive. I already had the idea, and this book was a great motivator as I began. I listened to it while I was actually cleaning a decluttering. It was a great first book to hear while beginning this journey!
"Shameless self promotion"
This was not a bad book, but the author chose not only to plug her website but also to request Amazon reviews under the guise of following through and going public with a minimalist lifestyle. What a sour note to end on!
"I wish I'd gotten the Kindle version."
The book was good. it includes some good action steps for getting rid of clutter. The narrator, however, was awful. Sometimes the voice was very robotic and weird. in the middle the volume changes constantly.
"Great content recording was choppy"
I absolutely loved this book. Great content and provided me lots of applicable things I can do to minimize my possessions immediately. I especially loved the "Minimalist Mission Statement" chapter.
My only knock on this audiobook is that the recording was very choppy. The narrator has a good voice but I could tell some of the recordings were done at different times as I consistently heard background noise and the tone in her voice abruptly changed mid sentence. I was willing to overlook it though as she had lots of great information and thought provoking challenges!
"Great book for beginners"
Great book for those just starting out. Great examples & tools for how to begin & continue your minimalist journey.
"Not what I was looking for"
I rarely write reviews, but this is a warning about this book. In short it is a mixture of spiritual advice, self help, general advice on living, and a little advice on pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. The advice is at times elemental- like how to have a garage sale on Saturday morning because that is when people go to garage sales. At times it is confused- like advising one to not pursue a commercial life by reducing furniture in your home, to make room for taking dance lessons. Is this not still a form of consumerism that the book is against? Much of the book asks one to self-evaluate the reasons one acquires so much stuff. If you link minimalism with a profound spiritual journey, perhaps this book is for you. But other than a few paragraphs, do not expect any creative or useful ideas about how to quickly sort through your belongings in an intentional manner.
To top it all off, this is the worst narration I have ever heard. The narrator varies her pitch, volume, and proximity to the microphone in a very annoying way. She has bizarre pauses in her speech for seemingly unclear reasons- think William Shatner in a pulpit preaching. I listened to the book between 1.5-2 x speed, just to get to a normal speed of speech. The narrator is so amateurish that half way through the book, there are audible bass hits because she was either hitting the mic, or something else was. Terribly unprofessional.
My advice - find another source for approaches to minimalism.
I have struggled with decluttering for years. Frustrated and stressed every time I attempted to do it. Listening to this audio book a couple of times I have a new perspective and enthusiasm to decluttering. I'm about three quarters through my belongings and am amazed with what I have achieved so far.
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