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The manual for living life in these hectic times...

  • Jun 21, 2010
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This is a great coffee table book because there is so much content to be absorbed. It is billed as a "back to basics guide" and I think it does a great job there. Who doesn't want their life to be simpler and less hectic. Who doesn't want to cut down on stress? I know I want all of these. And so far this book seems like it can help.

This book called out to me because I had been doing some "Spring cleaning" and decided I had too much stuff. Yes, I know, its already Summer and I am just starting to do Spring cleaning. I can't help it, I procrastinate. Luckily this book covers procrastination and I have already started following its advice there.

This book is broken up into a number of parts. A "World Gone Complex" covers some general principles and talks about anticipating complexity. Makes sense, why not look for complexity and avoid it or control it before it gets out of hand?

"Simplify Your Castle" touches on every room and area of your house. I am already making some plans to change a few things in my pantry because this book gave me some great ideas. There are also a few changes we are making in our kids rooms. We normally rotate their toys, storing some in the basement and then swapping them out every so often. it works great because when the toy gets rotated back into the line-up the kids are all over it like its a new toy, or because it holds some great memories. One of the changes we are making is to limit the number of toys and collections. Like DVDs for instance, we are putting a 25 DVD limit on the kids. They now have to choose which ones to keep, and which ones get donated to the library. They also have to figure out which toys they are going to donate to some of the local good-will charities. I think its a positive change for them because they will get into the habit of keeping and accumulating less, plus they will realize that they can help make someone elses life better by giving away items.

"Streamline Home Paperwork" is a topic that I really need. I am currently in the process of fixing my home office. Yes, I am a piler. I have piles of papers and mail all over my desk. I justified it by saying it was just my sorting system. But the book talks about how those piles create stress in my life, and they are absolutely right. Sure I feel good when I process a pile, but many times I look at a pile and think that I will handle it tomorrow. But it does not get done, it just continues to grow, and then it becomes overwhelming and I start to avoid it. Which only makes my stress levels rise because I know sooner or later I need to tackle it. The book talks about a few ways to deal with this. I will get this part of my life under control. Now.

"Simplify Your Professional Life" covers topics at work. Since I work out of my house and do not have an office to check into, I have not spent much time in that section of the book yet. But after skimming through it a few topics jumped out at me and I think there is a lot of good information there for me.

"The Personal Touch" covers relationships, nutrition, exercise, and leisure time. There is a lot of great information there too.

This book now sits on my coffee table and I pick it up and read from it every time I am in the room. I have also noticed my wife and kids reading it. Hopefully we will all start some new, good habits because of this book. I am sure we will because the book states there are 1,500 ideas inside. I know we won't use or need all of them, but I have always felt that even a few changes made now, continue out and have a positive affect on our lives for years to come. And who's life is so perfect they do not need a few changes?

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August 30, 2010
There are definitely a few areas in our home that would find this book helpful! While toys have not taken over our life yet because we try not to buy any, paperwork and general clutter is starting to get out of control. Thanks for the review Chris!
 
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The companion toBack to BasicsandHomesteading: simple, practical, proven advice to reduce the stress of modern living.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
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ISBN-10: 160239976X
ISBN-13: 978-1602399761
Author: Jeff Davidson
Genre: Home & Garden
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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