Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Review: Simpler Living

'Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Declutttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More'
Author: Jeff Davidson

Format: Hardback
Published: Skyhorse Publishing; June 2010
Pages: 456
Genre: Crafts, hobbies, and home
Grade: B
Source: Publisher

Synopsis: Life moves too quickly these days, as technology, work, and personal commitments make it almost impossible to relax and enjoy life. Finding yourself stressed over the clutter in your kitchen or the mass of paper in front of your computer? Relax. This book will help. Filled with tips on how to uncomplicate your daily routine, eliminate stress at home and work, and more, this book will help you free up your time so you can once again enjoy doing the things you love. Author Jeff Davidson has compiled more than 1,500 ways that you can simplify your life.

Divided into sections for easy reference, this book will show you ways you can eliminate stress in your home, your personal life, and in your professional life. You will learn the six questions you should ask yourself before buying something new, the most efficient way to clean your pots and pans, the pay-ahead technique to get yourself out of debt, ways to make your commute more comfortable, and advice on hassle-free vacation planning for you and your family. This book is the guide you’ve been looking for to lead the peaceful, productive life you’ve always wanted. 1,000 color photographs.

My Take: This book intrigued me because I would love to make things easier on myself in any way possible. We live in a teeny tiny home and can easily become consumed by stuff, so I am constantly getting rid of things! Also, we all know that it is all the rage to clean with more natural techniques and do anything that is kinder to the earth so if this book could give me some more helpful tips I would happily read it and give some of them a try.

Divided into five sections, this book is chock full of information. This isn't a book you will just flip through in an evening and write down a couple of helpful hints. Nope, this book has a ridiculous amount of info and depending on what it is you might seek you could really find a lot of helpful hints inside. It's kind of overwhelming. The first chapter talks about how overwhelming the modern world has become which honestly I could have done without, we all know that already, and I don't need a pat on the back for making it this far in my life. I actually like some of these modern conveniences thankyouverymuch. The next chapters were good though depending on what you are in the mood to learn: 'Simplify Your Castle', 'Streamline Home Paperwork', 'Simplify Your Professional Life', and 'The Personal Touch'.

Overall, I think this book would be handier for people who maybe have bigger homes or a couple of kids. As someone who has a one bedroom house and no kids my life is pretty streamlined as it is so besides a couple of cleaning tips, the book didn't offer up too much my bevy of magazine subscriptions have already told me (oh wait, should I be decluttering by getting rid of those?!). 

Cover Lust: It really is a fitting cover as these are all images that make me say 'Ahhhhh'!


  1. It sounds like a good concept - too bad it didn't pan out.

  2. I'm not sure. Doesn't sound incredibly useful.

  3. Did it have the recipe for making your own laundry detergent? Ah, everything I want to know, I can find on Pinterest. :D

  4. I do love the cover of that book. It's so soothing :)

  5. This looks like a very interesting book, thanks!

  6. I think this is one that would come in handy for me!

  7. This sounds like a good one for me to read. I've been working on simplifying and spring cleaning lately!


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