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The Simple Living Guide : A sourcebook for Less stressful, more joyful living

OMG mama's it's the best book i've read on the topic, has given me many many ideas for keeping my home clutter free, great/fun/interesting and frugal holiday gift giving ideas, amazing strategies for saving money, etc.

Geez you'd think i wrote the book or something with these reviews LOL but seriously go check it out of your library!! I'm so inspired!

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I really liked that book too. I reviewed it here.
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Loved this book too! I had it sitting on a shelf (unread, I must have picked up on a bargain table ) for at least 5 years and ran across it a few months ago when I was decluttering and purging my overstuffed bookcases. WOW- It really made me think and define how I wanted to live my life and shape my kids values as well. It was one of those instances while you're decluttering that you come across a treasure you didn't even know you had.

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I just got this book! I'm planning on reading it this coming week.

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Ive ordered it and I'm waiting for it to arrive.

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Thanks for the tip!! My next book to read.

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Sounds interesting. So it's not just how to declutter, more about how to change how you live? Does it have alot of religious overtones?
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It isn't religious at all, if I am remembering correctly. And it isn't so much about decluttering as it is making sure your life and how you spend your time/resources is really what you want.
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so, what were the ideas and tips you liked the best?

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I'm intrigued! Anybody want to sell me their used copy? I hate to buy new...especially on this topic.
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Awesome book. I got it from the library, then bought it, but really need to reread it and remotivate myself towards the lifestyle I really want.

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It isn't religious at all, if I am remembering correctly. And it isn't so much about decluttering as it is making sure your life and how you spend your time/resources is really what you want.
I got this book years ago and I still pull it out again and again.

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This book completely changed my life. Before I read it, dh and I would constantly try to keep up with the green "Jones'" and we would buy like there was no tomorrow - but I thought it was fine because we were buying environmentally friendly items. This book changed all of that. It has great advice on clutter but also on finances. If it wasn't for this book - we wouldn't be on our way to paying our 30 year mortgage off in 10 years or less. Highly, highly recommend the book - but read it front to back to get the full effect!
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I'm intrigued! Anybody want to sell me their used copy? I hate to buy new...especially on this topic.
abebooks.com --$1 + $3.95 shipping
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Our library has it, but I couldn't find it yesterday when I was there. Instead, I checked out Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce. So far, it's good. It's inspirational, about simplifying life in general so we can have a better quality of life.
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it's at amazon for $.05 + $3.99 s/h
Our Library doesn't have it, but $4. isn't bad

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I love this book too. I found it at a thrift store a number of years ago and I pull it out a couple of times a year to reread. I love how she touches on all different aspects of life and also shares other peoples' stories. It's a good book to own for inspiration.
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I love this book!
This thread reminds me to get it out again and put it on my bedside table for inspiration.
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I got this book years ago and I still pull it out again and again.

: Me, too. Looove it!
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it's at amazon for $.05 + $3.99 s/h
Our Library doesn't have it, but $4. isn't bad
Darn- that 5 cent book is gone. They are now $4. I'll have to keep looking or bite the bullet. I've read the amazon preview and it looks like a wonderful book!!

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I've got this book...and I just pulled it off my shelf to reread it...I could use a boost.

Thanks for the recommendation and reminding me about this book.

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Yeah!! found it at the abebooks website posted here and it was cheaper than amazon!! Score- now I just have to wait for it to arrive!

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Thanks for the tip!! My next book to read.
me too! on hold at the library!

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I just requested this from the library. Thanks!

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so glad to help Once you gals start reading or finish reading it let me know so we can discuss

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Me three!

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I just checked it out from the library, and would love to discuss! I'm totally not one for sitting down and reading actual books with chapters, so I did a lot of skimming through so far, reading all the highlighted quotes.
I'm feeling so guilty now, my dh has recently become a part-time professor at a couple schools and has two other side jobs, and it's proven to be way too much for him. It'd be very easy to adjust our income just by teaching one less class or something. I suppose I always thought the only solution would be to find another way to pick up some income, but what if we just seriously found a way to slash some of our spending, then a lower income wouldn't matter. But what to cut. Anyways, it's gotten me thinking on how I can try to make things better so he's happier and has actual free time to spend with us.
Also, as I'm sure many of the ladies here probly did too, I quickly jumped to the "clutter chapter". It was an eye-opener that it was just one tiny chapter, towards the end of the book. Sometimes I feel that simplifiying my life is about physically simplifying things. Maybe I feel like my brain cannot begin to process any other aspect of simplifying my life when the literal horizon is distracting with stuff.

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Great book recomendation - thank! I'm about half-way through.

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