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Less Stuff: Simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter-free life
by Lindsay Miles
Genre: non-fiction (zero waste, sustainability, decluttering)
Publication date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Hardie Grant
When we consider how we love to spend our time, we don’t tend to think about sorting, cleaning or tidying. The mess and clutter filling our spaces impacts on our productivity, stresses us out and keeps us stuck. Our stuff stands in the way of the lives we dream about. But what about when it comes to throwing away all that stuff? After all, there is no ‘away’. Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too.
Less Stuff is a guide for people who find it difficult to declutter and who don’t want to see things go to waste. Step by step, you’ll explore finding your ‘enough’, learn how to let go of your old possessions without sending them to landfill, and eventually break the cycle of stuff.
There is no shortage of decluttering & minimalism books these days, but so far I haven’t read many about what happens to your stuff after you get rid of it. That’s where this book comes in and changes the game! Less Stuff is a positive, non-judgemental guide to declutter your space while still being a responsible citizen of the Earth.
I love me some well-researched non-fiction that still manages to be accessible and easy to comprehend. In one of the first few chapters of the book, we learn about what ‘zero waste’ really means, how the movement got started, what the difference is between minimalism and zero waste, and how to pursue both lifestyles. All of this is explained in simple, to-the-point language using short paragraphs and bullet point lists.
The book makes you consider why you accumulated so many things in the first place, and then helps you build an action plan for your decluttering journey, with room-by-room guides on how to best sort through your stuff. There are also several pages with checklists and graphs to fill in for those of you who like planning! I have filled two entire pages in my bullet journal answering questions about the current state of my life and what my values are. Analyzing yourself like this makes it easier to get rid of things that belong to your “fantasy self”, or things that no longer suit your current way of life.
We learn about the various decluttering methods that exist and why they work, and in which situations different methods might work better than others. That way you can pick and choose however you want to declutter and see what works for you!
In the last portion of the book, the author covers everything you need to know about how to responsibly dispose of the items you’ve decided to get rid of: how to value things you own in order to sell them, all the different ways of selling items, tips on what to donate where, how to go about repairing your things (or getting them repaired), and how to recycle right.
Less Stuff is the perfect read for people who want to simplify their life without sending everything they declutter to landfill. It’s like having a tiny professional organizer on your shoulder, helping you every step of the way. Except this one is way cheaper and doesn’t fill your shelving units with plastic bins! Would recommend!
“The more you let go, the more you loosen your grip on your possessions — the more you learn to notice the resistance you’re feeling and let it pass. The more you get rid of, the more you realize that there are no terrible repercussions or nightmares, and it’s easier than you thought.”
“Think of each action as an opportunity to become more conscious about the choices you make, and to experiment with your ‘enough’. It’s an opportunity to learn, to discover your limits and to grow.”