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The Joy of Less

A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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-heard content - Jay brings her philosophy to more listeners 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. The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.

©2010, 2016 Francine Jay (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. I've read lots about minimalism but this touch on topics that inspired me to stay the course. And although I'm not sure I'll ever be that minimal and I live with a hoarder.... Aaarrrggghhh.... the authors message really touched me and met my beliefs and how I would like to live.

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Great place to start your Minimalist journey

This was a great insight into minimalism, a good place to start, lots of tips, step by step and support for your mindset.
Will reread for sure.

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good buy

good narration, good book. I'm glad that francine jay touches on all aspects of decluttering and including what to do for people with families. i will be rereading this book regularly until everything sinks in.

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Very Inspirational

I really enjoyed this book. It has definitely inspired me to get my house and live sorted. Could read this again and again

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Great book. Very helpful if you are on the journey towards minimalism

I found this book helpful and motivating. With many practical ideas. I also found the narrators voice a joy to listen to. She has a calming tone.

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AWESOME

Perfect, I reckon. I'll listen to this again, if and when I fall off the wagon. She's just awesome.

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Minimalism in practice

very down to earth advice wich is applicable to day to day consumerism activities. Brilliant

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  • art student
  • 19-07-2016

Definitely worth a read!

Great narrator. I really liked this book. Sometimes the writer got a bit preachy, and while I wholly agree with most of her points sometimes it got a bit redundant and I wished she would just move on and get off the soap box. I will firstly admit that it could be because I am far along in my minimalist/zero waste/zero impact journey, I have heard a lot of her points before, which could explain why I got more frustrated when she wouldn't move on than someone else might have been. To someone who is new to it all it is very informative and worth a read/listen. Very life changing and a new way to think about our lives today that is so meaningful.

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  • Brenda Murray
  • 27-05-2018

Joy of Less: Yes, I'm judging you.

There are some good tips for reigning in the clutter in you life. However, if you're not a minimalist yet and you imagine them as judgy and self-important, this book will only confirm that. While I did take away some good tips on reducing what I own and consuming less, the author came across as both condescending and ridiculous at times. For example, if your hobby is woodworking, that requires a lot of stuff. So give up that hobby and write poetry instead, so you can get rid of your woodworking equipment. She also seems to think every woman is a label whore who runs to the mall every time a new shade of lipstick comes out. One thing I dislike about minimalist books and blogs is that they seem to push the idea that interiors must be white, modern, and stark to minimalistic. This book definitly adheres to that aesthetic. Also, I hate the word module now. In short, good tips yet vaguely annoying and judgy.

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  • Lefie
  • 05-05-2017

Top 3 Minimalism Books

I've read many many books on simplifying, minimalism, and conscious living. The Joy of Less is definitely one of the more impactful reads, as it supplies reasoning and logic to back up your decision-making when embarking on a less cluttered lifestyle. Whether your aim is to become an extreme minimalist, find ways to be more environmentally friendly, or simply pare down your possessions and organize, I highly recommend this book!

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  • K. Russell
  • 28-05-2016

Good to listen to when you're decluttering or moving

Lots of good thoughts and reminders about living with less. Makes a person really want to toss and donate things.

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  • Bigger Rock
  • 20-09-2016

Changed my mindset

Changed my mindset. This book will motivate you to declutter, for all the right reasons.

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  • Beach Grandma
  • 06-01-2017

Some good ideas

Although some technique and advice are impractical the essence of the book are both good and motivational. The most helpful chapters are in the last third of the book.

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  • Brenda
  • 04-06-2017

Rich content and soothing narration

Loads of content that goes beyond minimizing material belongings and into the underlying motivations of our lives. Yet it weaves it all seamlessly and doesn't feel overstuffed. Even better than Kondo's books, IMHO (which were also good a read), but the two can go well together. I have gone back to several chapters multiple times and taken what's most relevant for me at any given stage.

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  • Ramon Sanchez
  • 25-08-2017

A hardcore How to, Not a story

This is a How to book. It's pretty hardcore on how to minimize your possessions. It's flexible and shows you what an ideal minimalist life is like. The reader doesn't need to go to the extreme but should know what it looks like. there are a lot of great ideas and tips to get started. I was expecting a story but this was just as useful non the less.

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  • Rebecca Myer
  • 25-02-2017

Less is more

Great inspiration! I re-read after moving to a new house, it is helping me set up a comfortable living space. Bonus of listening, my husband is getting excited about minimizing his space a well.

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  • Atma Khalsa
  • 06-02-2017

My favorite minimalist book

This is the fourth and best minimalist book I've listened to. Very engaging, inspiring and practical. The narration was also incredible and well suited to the material. Thank you!!!!!!

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  • sparkles
  • 07-01-2017

There is a nice message here but ...

Plenty of justification on why to declutter and a simple strategy on how to declutter, however i felt somewhat disappointed , perhaps if I was a high consumption consumer or American it may of resonated with me more .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2016

Motivating and inspiring .

A nice place to start for anyone wanting ideas to downsize their stuff. I'm following some of the advice given and already feel inspired to make more of my living space. The last few chapters were a little disappointing and felt slightly contradictory to the rest of the book, but overall very good and well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-2018

An excellent read

Thin book contains a lot of information and tips for developing a minimalist lifestyle. Some of the ideas are very simple but for some reason don't occur to us without prompting. Give it a listen. Even if you're not planning to practice minimalism the ideas in here can at applied to simplify or organise your life.

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  • Milena
  • 23-11-2018

Good if first

It is not my first read about minimalism and decluttering and maybe this is one of the reasons I found it somehow boring. Even though stated at the beginning that it is different than other books - it is not. This is not area of millions of techniques, minimalism and declutter are very simple ways to live and the only problem is with our attachment to things. I found this book very repetitive. I headed to Miss Minimalist website to find something else but all I found were stories of other people, not related at all to what Miss Minimalist does herself. I recommend this book for people who are only starting and this is their first read on this subject.

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  • JR
  • 30-06-2018

Unexpectedly Challenging-In a good way

Good advice re decluttering and simplifying my life but good insight also re becoming a butterfly and not a bull to leave a positive environmental legacy for our children to enjoy.

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  • Cynthia Chukwu
  • 28-06-2018

Good .

This is a good book for an introduction to minimalism but is geared more towards people with families who haven't heard of minimalism.
If you have some introduction already, there might not be a lot of new information for you.
but good book overall.

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  • Mariam
  • 23-06-2018

Very inspiring

I’ve de-cluttered half of my flat while listening to this book. It’s a great philosophy.

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 16-06-2018

Inportant life concepts for everyone

A great book with important life lessons for everybody , some of which I have come to already. One small critique, written with a female reader in mind, with the odd nod to the guys. Men need to look closely at the issues raised by this book just as much as the ladies.
A great place to start to look at how consumerism is wreaking your life. and how to avoid some of the common mistakes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2017

Helpful and happy listening.

Straight forward good advice given with gentle humour. Once read, good to keep around for reference.

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  • Zdenek
  • 25-09-2017

Very practical, a lot of useful advices, thoughts

...to concider. I recomend this book to everybody who has doubts about their consumer life :)