the joy of less

The Joy of Less – Book Review

by Jamie Sanford on August 19, 2013

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So, I might be a little bit of a hoarder. Just a little.

Actually, I heard Matt Paxton (of Hoarders fame) say on his podcast 5 Decisions Away, that most of us are a level 1-2 hoarder, so that made me feel a lot better. I also have watched many episodes of Clean House, which is like porn for anyone who wants their house to be free of all extraneous things. People who want surfaces that are just clear and ready for activities at a moment’s notice.

I definitely do not have emotional attachment to things like the people that you see on Hoarders (unless you count yin/yang jewelry from the 90s), and I’m also in no way walking through hallways made of trash – but I do have too many things in my closet, I probably have too many shoes that I never wear, etc. I started cruising around on Amazon for help, and I came across a book called The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life, by Francine Jay.

Am I ever going to be a minimalist? Not even a little. However, this book is an amazing boost to helping you start tackling projects. After reading this book, I did the first big project and tackled my own closet. I had a LOT of stuff in there that I didn’t need, but had purchased and not really worn and felt guilty about it. The Joy of Less REALLY helped me to see things for what they are, just things. I can’t get the money back, so I might as well as least free up the space. I took a ton of stuff to consignment about a year ago, all from that closet clean-out. I did try to do it again more recently, but with less luck.

Side note: My closet isn’t a walk-in and I have the worst shoe storage ever. It’s intensely frustrating, and I end up wearing the same shoes all the time because they aren’t available to be displayed in a way that would make it easy to wear them a lot. When I cleaned out the closet and went through shoes, I didn’t part with very much because I like those shoes, and they fit, but I don’t see them and then I don’t wear them. I will have a big fabulous set of shoe shelves one day.

For the most part, I am not following The Joy of Less as a set of hard-and-fast rules, but more a guideline and motivator for starting the process of decluttering my home. If you’re in need of a starting point, this is a good book to check out.

I would love to hear about your decluttering resources in the comments!

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Instagram Roundup #42

by Jamie Sanford on May 29, 2013

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Tiny Edward made an appearance during parking lot construction at the office.

My 14-year-old car hit 100,000 miles last week. That’s about 7,140 miles per year, but I think my per year driving average is higher, since I bought this car from my grandmother 5 years ago. She was not driving as much as I do.

I stopped at the park to check out the baby geese. So cute, even though the full-sized geese were not thrilled with my presence.

Still reading The Joy of Less, and running into the part where I start not believing it.  I am going to work on a post to talk about what I have actually removed from our home, but there’s a LONG way to go.

…because his behavior SO says that he is focused on the art of overproduced pop music.

Almost lost my mind over the cuteness of this baby prairie dog at the zoo.

We saw the elk and bison too.

Will and I at the zoo. I am really looking forward to our midwestern road trip coming up soon!

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Instagram Roundup #40

by Jamie Sanford on May 15, 2013

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I restarted a book I’d previously read, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life, by Francine Jay. This book helped me to clear out a lot of stuff I didn’t need about a year ago, and it’s time to try that again.

It was a rainy day, and luckily I managed to catch the periods between the rain to get to my car.

Throwback Thursday was this AMAZING shot of David and I at dinner before prom, in May 1998. Which was 15 years ago. We are at Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, which is incredible and you should go there immediately.

Mom sent me a box, with frog stickers on the back!

I have been totally sucked into playing Dragopolis on the iPhone. This is my character.

More from the book.

Another. This is the goal.

I Snoopified myself.

I asked Mom to bring me a new GB sticker to replace the one that I lost with my broken bumper cover. This one is triumphant!

Quick product review: I tried out a sample of this L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer. It is definitely very moisturizing, and my skin didn’t feel greasy after using it. But the scent is incredibly perfumed and overpowering. It’s just too much, so I won’t be purchasing it. If L’Oreal can make an unscented version, I’m in.

Have a good week!


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