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The best book in its class

  • Aug 7, 2010
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Each chapter in this book is full of practical suggestions for organizing and streamlining your life. Although it sounds like a boring topic, this well illustrated guide actually energized me to get up and get the clutter out of my life, just a few minutes after I started reading (well, maybe half an hour). This book changed my life for the better, and even though I am a bibliophile, I can't say that about most of my treasured books.

To demonstrate how much I needed this book, I left it on my coffee table for two months before cracking it open. I had every intention of reading it, but couldn't seem to find the time. This is a work that deals with much more than mere organization, although it spends a good amount of time there. Mr. Davidson is actually writing about simplicity, an old idea that is truly a missing element in our world. We live in a time and place where media, advertising and consumerism are overwhelming us on a daily and nightly basis. If you are like me, you often find yourself wishing for some down time, time without deadlines, to-do lists, phone calls or text messages, time to share with family and friends, or time for solitude and reflection. To get that time, I have to get my necessary tasks done, or better still, eliminated.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the pile of papers next to your computer, the pile of laundry by your stairs, or the pile of stuff in your garage, this is a good book for you. I treated it like an encyclopedia, picking those chapters that interested me, or those that referred to the biggest problems in my home. The writing is straightforward and compact, full of common sense ideas. None of the chapters take long to read- the author follows his own advice. This book is not for everyone. Some people are always organized and efficient, but most of us can use a little help,and Mr. Davidson delivers.

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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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