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"Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More" by Courtney Carver

When I purchased this book, I thought that it was going to give tips on how to simplify my life in general. I was looking for a book that was going to show me how to live with fewer things, less drama, less stress, and stuff like that. This book focused more on how to simplify my living space, not my mental state. This book was all about getting rid of clutter, unused clothes, ugly knickknacks, and stuff like that. Unfortunately for me, decluttering was the last thing I needed to learn about. I wouldn't call myself a minimalist, but I definitely don't need a lot of stuff. My favorite part was the author's backstory. I think she did a great job of explaining her past situation and how she got to where she is today. I also got a glimpse at her life and how she is living is MS. Even though this was a self-help book, I would have liked to learn more about her personal story. The tips and tricks throughout the book were beneficial if I was trying to declutter my apartment. Unfortunately, a lot of her advice was repetitive throughout the book. Overall, if you are looking for a self-help book to help you get organized, then this one is for you. The best part about this book is that it got me to binge-watch Hoarders on A&E (a lot of episodes are on YouTube). 3 stars


About the book:

"Courtney Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.


We are often on a quest for more--we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Stress was like gasoline on the fire of symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent.


In this book, she shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less--more space, more time, and even more love. Carver invites us to look at the big picture, discover what's most important to us, and reclaim lightness and ease by getting rid of all the excess things." (Goodreads)




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