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The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life: The How-To Book of Doing More with Less and Focusing on the Things That Matter

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While decluttering can help us feel organized, sometimes what really needs to be decluttered our minds, social circles and even gift giving.

“For me, decluttering is about removing the unnecessary internal and external stressors in my life in order to live the life I want.”


Decluttering is all the rage right now between Marie Kondo’s The Magical Art of Tidying Up and Gretchen Rubin’s Outer Order, Inner Calm. It seems most people crave a place to live where everything is of use, has a place or is aesthetically pleasing. While decluttering the things in a living space can help a person feel organized, sometimes what really needs to be decluttered is our lives. 


The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life: The How-To Book of Doing More with Less and Focusing on the Things That Matter by Gary Collins is not a book about how to organize your kitchen or closet, but a book about living a decluttered life. Collins addresses how people can live more simply in these areas of their lives: health, finances, social circles, mind, house, technology, holiday and even politics. 


Collins starts off by telling his story of how he worked at a 9-to-5 job and lived in a big house with just a dog. He didn’t feel at peace with his life, so he looked to live off-grid, but started by downsizing where he lived and what he owned so he could save the money to buy land. He now lives off-grid and spends a lot of time in his RV traveling the country. He has written other books about living simply – RV living, health and living off the grid.


By focusing on all areas of life and not just physical clutter, Collins hones in on a holistic approach that will make a person feel better. Looking at health, Collins talks about eating good foods and getting exercise. For finances, getting out of debt is addressed and there are tips on how to track finances and start making a dent in debt. He recommends being careful about who you include in your social circle, which makes interactions more meaningful. He does address decluttering a house by moving into a smaller space, which forces a person to choose what will fit in a smaller home. While he does use technology, he advises to use it less and have only certain hours when technology is used. Collins has simplified the holidays by taking his family out to dinner instead of getting or giving gifts. He recommends giving gifts that are small and meaningful (or handmade) rather than spending a lot of money. He also gives advice about the politics of today and recommends getting news in small doses.


While Collins is candid about how he thinks the best ways for people to declutter are, he also admits his viewpoint comes from being a single male with a dog. While he says the ideas will work for families, his anecdotes are not from a family perspective. A chapter on how families live using the suggestions he gives would be helpful for many readers. How do you limit technology use when your child needs to use GoogleDocs for a homework assignment? However, the overall theme is that if you want to live a more simplified life, you can. It make take some work, sacrifice and time, but paring down is an option for everyone.


People who are looking to live more fully in the present, enjoy life and have the freedom to seek out their dreams will enjoy reading Collin’s tips. Don’t just declutter your house – declutter your life!

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My Story: How I Decluttered, Minimized and Simplified My Life

About the author

Gary Collins has a very interesting and unique background that includes military intelligence, Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. view profile

Published on April 08, 2019

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Genre: Self-Help & Self-Improvement

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