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  • The Joy of Less

  • A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify
  • Written by: Francine Jay
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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The Joy of Less

Written by: Francine Jay
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
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Publisher's Summary

"An inspiring read for anyone wanting to downsize, finally park the car in the garage, or just clear out a few closets." (Rachel Jonat, TheMinimalistMom.com)

Having less stuff is the key to happiness: Do you ever feel overwhelmed, instead of overjoyed, by all your possessions? Do you secretly wish a gale force wind would blow the clutter from your home? If so, it's time to simplify your life! The Joy of Less is a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living:

  • Part one provides an inspirational pep talk on the joys and rewards of paring down.   
  • Part two presents the Streamline method: 10 easy steps to rid your house of clutter.
  • Part three goes room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle each one.
  • Part four helps you get your family on board and live more lightly and gracefully on the Earth.

Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just listen to this book, and you'll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life. 

Francine has helped hundreds of thousands of people declutter their homes and simplify their lives with her best-selling book, The Joy of Less.

Her advice has been featured widely in the media, including on CNN, BBC, Today, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Le Parisien, ELLE Espana, House Beautiful, Woman's World, Dr. Oz, The Good Life, and others.

The Joy of Less, a beautiful minimalism book, makes an ideal gift for any loved one on a mission to simplify their life.

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

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Limited usefulness

I think if you were tasked with writing a book about de-cluttering your home, you could come up with 90% of the major points just by brainstorming on your own. There isn't anything mind blowing here, just go through your stuff and strip away the non-essentials.

On the other hand, it's sometimes nice to read (or listen to) ideas we already know. It can give reassurance and even a little motivation to start with action. So, even though there's nothing new in this book, you might still get some benefit from it.

The narrator is pretty boring on this one. It's like listening to a corporate training video.

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I was interested in the content but the narration is too monotone to get through the full duration.

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I've listened to this book 3 times!

I love this book. It's so helpful, in a step by step way to dive into the minimalist mindset, how to tackle decluttering, and then focuses on the specifics of each area of your home. Much better than "how to declutter and organize" because it teaches how to maintain a minimalist mindset and lifestyle. Rather than going on a clutter " diet," this book teaches you how to shed the clutter and keep it off!

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Everyone should read this!

Fantastic book. Well written and well read/performed. It's definitely one that I keep thinking about as I try to live a minimally. #Audible1

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Nothing new

I was hoping for a little motivation and a little feeling of joy imagining a minimal space. It didn't do either.
The narration was fast and monotonous, and it did not leave small breaks of breath to let the ideas sink in.
I regret that I spent money on this title.
It may be good for someone with no idea where to start or someone who hasn't seen typical minimalist YouTube videos.

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Great info on the why & how to start minimalizing

Loved this book and will listen to it again when I need motivation or to refresh the memory.
Lots of tips and it's best to see what chapter appeals to you to start. All over it has a lot of information and great advice on how to get other family members involved and when to start or how to do that. You can never start early enough with little children to explain the reason behind Minimalizing.
The narrator was good but a bit boring to listen to. That must have been the reason I have started it and put it away for a few weeks.

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if you feel overwhelmed an cluttered read this

how to live with less and have time for your family kids an more Important things than managing your possessions, its really intresting

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First Self Help Book I Finished!

loved it. may not go to the extreme but defiantly see a lot of the stuff I do that makes things worse... will have to listen to it again!! around the husband so he will soak some of the info in as well.

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Very informative

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very eye opening, I highly recommend it.

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I loved this book!

I have tried different methods of decluttering and organization and they didn't really work for me...this seems to fit much better with my personality and decluttering style!

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