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.

About the Author

Courtney Carver launched her blog "Be More with Less" in 2010 and is one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism. She has been featured in countless articles, podcasts, and interviews on simplicity, and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, which was featured in O Magazine and Real Simple.

About the Reviews

As a mother of three children who is emotionally attached to way too many things, this book helped me realize that my home has become a storage space. Not a living space. Soulful Simplicity has helped me better understand the emotional burden of my physical clutter, and how it has contributed to my mental clutter. The helpful action steps listed at the end of each section have helped me with the following:

  • understand how simplifying my life will benefit me;
  • create new measures of success;
  • let go of the guilt attached to items in my piles of clutter;
  • learn how to better protect my time for things/people that truly matter to me;
  • identify my biggest personal contributor to clutter (I can't get rid of this "just in case"...);
  • identify why I have such a hard time working on reducing my clutter (decision fatigue!); and
  • understand manageable strategies for how to simplify your life in a sustainable manner.

I highly recommend this book for those who recognize the need to simplify and simply need gentle nudges in the right direction.

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Purchased this book as a gift to myself after hearing about it on a blog. OMG, excellent book! Easy to read, very well written and sheesh, this woman is so spot on! Super scary how she GETS ME and KNOWS my feelings and thoughts (cuz she has had all of them too!). For all of you out there who over-extend yourselves at everything in your lives, who give too much (til it hurts!) you must buy this book and finally try and help yourself to realize that it is OK to take care of YOU! There really are EASY tools you can take, even just in baby steps, and succeed at being happier and healthier in EVERY part of your life. Im really TRYING to learn how to take care of ME, after spending all of my 55 years taking care of EVERYONE else FIRST and leaving myself to the very LAST. Which, as you may know, NEVER HAPPENS. No time left after spending it all on a demanding job (or two jobs! Or, three! That’s me!), on keeping a house/yards up, keeping a spouse fulfilled and happy, keeping a boss impressed by your work, keeping a child thriving and healthy, taking care of aging parents and friends who are “needy” with needing help in how to make sense of their lives. Anyway, this is an excellent book. This woman is fantastic in a VERY down to earth way. I’d LOVE to attend one of her speaking engagements. Fingers crossed that happens!

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This was a very interesting, thought-provoking, and challenging book. The author uses her own experience (a diagnosis of MS and the changes that required of her life) to explain the benefits of adopting a simpler life, less beholden to belongings and societal expectations of "success" and a "good life." She explains the way she simplified her life -- eliminating debt, downsizing her home, getting rid of many of her belongings, changing her approach to what was important -- and how this allowed her to experience life more deeply and more fully and to be a better mother, wife, and friend. What I particularly liked about the book was that the author was open about her struggles, acknowledging that some of the changes were particularly difficult and that it took her years to figure things out (and that this process was still ongoing). She explains the actions she took and makes suggestions for how readers can go about making certain changes in their lives, but she does not claim that her methods are the only way or the "right" way for everyone. I hope to implement many of her suggestions in my own life.

Product Info

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: TarcherPerigee (December 26, 2017)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 172 customer reviews

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