Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Find Joy with Less, Win a Book

We’ve long been fans of Francine Jay, the writer behind Miss Minimalist and the “One Less Gift Certificate.” Jay just released a new book entitled “The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify” and we wanted to spread the good word. While applicable to all levels of minimalists, we found the book especially useful for those just getting started or perhaps looking to reach the next level of less-ness. In particular, she introduces reader to her “STREAMLINE” method of paring down. Streamline is an acronym:

  • S  Start over
  • T  Trash, Treasure, or Transfer
  • R  Reason for each item
  • E  Everything in its place
  • A  All surfaces clear
  • M Modules
  • L  Limits
  • I  If one comes in, one goes out N Narrow it down
  • E Everyday maintenance

In her clear prose, she expands on each of these topics and gives practical instructions on tackling big messes.

Many who start the process of decluttering are greeted by a pall of doom. Too often, their focus is on the hardship of getting rid of stuff: the emotional challenges of letting go of stuff we have strong emotional bonds with, the toil of purging. Jay does a good job of stressing the liberation one gets on the other side: the peace, ease and freedom of having fewer things to deal with. She even says that removing can get a bit addictive. She writes:

What I expected to be a tedious and rather onerous task turned out to be exhilarating. I was instantly addicted. I decluttered in the morning; I decluttered in the evening; I decluttered on the weekends; I decluttered in my dreams (really!). When I wasn’t actually decluttering, I was planning what I could declutter next. It’s as if I could feel the physical weight being lifted from my shoulders. After I’d been particularly productive, I’d twirl around in my newly empty space with a huge grin on my face.”

If you’d like to experience the joy of less firsthand, we are giving away a hardcopy of The Joy of Less. Leave a comment below if you’d like to be entered (you can also leave a comment without being entered by saying “do not enter”). We will draw a name at random (our commenting system takes your email address, so please do not leave your name or email). Drawing will close end of day Saturday April 30 2016.

  • MK

    Living in a 400 square foot apartment, I am always looking for ways to pare down my belongings and live a more minimal lifestyle. Would love to be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this book!

  • Chaplin

    Please enter me in the drawing. That sounds like an excellent book!

  • Judy

    I would love to read this book. Unfortunately my local library does not carry either of her books. If I win this book I will donate it to my local library after I’m done!

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  • Lex DeNovo

    My wife and I are currently reading Marie Kondo’s little gem on the subject–the same one that everyone else is reading. But really, my thoughts and actions toward this simplifying go back to a thesis on sustainability I wrote in grad school, the oppressiveness of having so much stuff tucked away in bins on shelves in a basement and garage, and words found in places like this blog and the above books. So I’m thankful for all that as I work toward a simpler physical and psychological life. With all the free intellectual and other space, the possibilities excite. No need to enter me in this, though thanks for the offer.

    Gm.

  • Alsymer

    Would love to be in the drawing for this book. Sounds like something I could desperately use, then give away to someone else in need … all in the spirit of decluttering and simplifying my life. 🙂

  • Juskala Lie

    I’m such a big fan of Simplicity.. the pull this word has on me is behind words. If you add Joy to it, you get a perfect match 😉

  • Andrew Anderson

    The last few years of my life have been a declutter/minimize transition, everything from the amount of clothes I have to the shoes I wear, and what I eat and size of living space needed/desired. The joys are real! This book will surely help me, and others, find the way!

  • Tim Domenico

    I’ve been living a minimal existence for eight years, two living in a van where I saved enough money to pay cash for a 850 square foot house. I spend 95% of my time in an office/bedroom/kitchenette that’s just 142 square feet.

  • pchristensen

    I’d be curious to see how this contrasts with The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

  • Holly

    Ditto pchristensen. I’m going to request from the library…

  • gisella

    please enter me in the book drawing. i love your website and am a long time minimalist.
    thank you

  • terri cable

    Please enter me in your book drawing. Looks like a great book! (and I love your website) Thanks 🙂

  • Annie Chen

    Please enter me in the book drawing! I borrowed the old version of this book many years ago from a friend and would love my own copy!

  • lori

    Oh Dear Lord YES, please enter me in the drawing for this book! My mom (a huge packrat) and I are stuffocating and need the incentive boost and ideas this book will give us to finally clear out and simplify our home and lives! I’ve been trying, with limited success. Hoping this will help in sooooo many ways.

  • Terri

    thank you for your site and all I have learned from it! Would love to read this book!
    Terri

  • Samuel Haile

    Please enter me on the drawing, since I believe this book changes more life in good way forever. And I have been your follower since long time. My life is a bit minimalist from childhood and it gives me strength and ways to keep it up.

  • Rick Popowitz

    I’ve lived by the maxim, “less is more.” But I realize the maxim needs substance behind it. I believe this book will provide the substance and take me from mere words to a deeper understanding.

  • Mandy Davenport

    Hello! Please enter me in the drawing. I discovered minimalism last year and it has changed my life. Now, I’d love to help others and think this book could help!

  • I always get a fresh perspective from LifeEdited…and this book seems to be a way to jump start a lifestyle change!

  • Maryn

    Need inspiration and tips to pare down 3 generations of unidentified “very important” stuff”.

  • Eric Phillips

    please enter me in the drawing. sounds like a good read. thanks

  • Jonah Platt

    hope to win! sounds great!

  • Maria Veltman

    I’d love to win!

  • Kevin Ngo

    Definitely a fan. hope I can win!

  • RG

    Count me in, thanks!

  • jimbobv2

    If it’s longer than 5 pages, how minimalist can the book be?

  • Kiersten M

    Would love a book to read and share!

  • Jenni Komarovsky

    The acronym is cute.

  • stephenwong

    Would love a copy!

  • Polly Jones Ellis

    I love would to have a copy!

  • Sri dharmaiah

    Nice book, love to have one!!

  • Lynn Dubinsky

    If I win the book (and I hope that I do) I’ll be certain to get rid of another one I already have. 1 in, 1 out, right?

  • Leslie Johnston

    Love a copy!

  • DoingItAllWrong

    Books like this are great to gain new insights from those who have gone through what I hope to do myself.

  • Steve R

    I have been decluttering for a while now and realize that there is an emotional aspect that squelches action around the bigger and more “valuable” items. Hoping this book would offer insight that would allow me to move off the dime.

  • Courtney Pure

    This looks awesome, definitely would love to have a copy!

  • Rosemary

    I loved the first edition of the book and can’t wait to read the new updated version!

  • Melissa

    So ready for this now. Big health and life changes have me reexamining all the stuff.

  • TDHIll

    Huge fan of Miss Minimalist and so happy to see her book getting much-deserved attention! Her writing is as beautiful and concise as her suggestions. Here’s the new book link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Joy-Less-Minimalist-Declutter/dp/1452155186/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

  • Jay Web

    count me in! This would be something good to pass on to others after I’m done with it.

  • Heather H

    This sounds great – I’ve got spring cleaning fever but feel overwhelmed!

  • Jen

    The book sounds like a great step on my journey! fingers crossed.

  • Morten Kusk

    I’m in on that

  • Suzi

    I checked her first edition out from our local library at the start of my journey. Not wanting to add to the clutter, I was proud of myself for taking that road. Now that I’m further along in this journey I realize how useful her book can be for a boost of encouragement as this journey can be tough. I’d love to be able to add her new edition to my now, very tiny, but meaningful home library.

  • Maggie

    I know I shouldn’t but books are my nemesis, and books about decluttering and minimalism are my double-nemeses. 🙂

  • Carmel McMinn

    Feeling ready to do a major stuff purge. I would welcome any wisdom, help, advice.

  • I would love to have a copy of this new book. Thank you!

  • Cathy

    hi, would love to be entered in the draw – midway through a major declutter and could do with the help. 🙂

  • Melissa Mason

    De-cluttering & anti-hoarding are my life! PLZ ENTER ME in the drawing so I can use this book to help those in my life who need help so badly!
    Ty!
    Melissa M.

  • Vildy

    It’s true that every clear surface I manage to achieve is both calming as well as inspiring creativity.

  • Maggie Kits

    I long for the PEACE that being organised will give me.

  • Giuseppe Ginto

    Sounds like a terrific guide. Looking forward to reading it this summer.

  • Becky Jones

    I would love to get my hands on this book – for all 5 of our family members’ sakes & then pass it on to some extended family who have expressed a desire to simplify! Thanks so much!

  • Casey

    Would love this book. I need to de-clutter so bad.

  • Alexandra

    I would love to have a copy!

  • bobo

    I would love a copy, but would prefer an ebook, if available. I am trying to minimize my library. You know, decluttering.

  • tonilea

    I would love to read this and then pass it on to a couple of friends who need it even though they don’t realize it!!!

  • Ris

    I would love to read this book and then pass it along to a friend!

  • Karen Grace

    Would love a copy of this book!

  • Dj

    I long to twirl around my own empty space and feel the weight lifted from my shoulders.
    I would greatly appreciate a copy of the book to help me achieve the joy of less.

  • LJ McDade

    I would love to read this book too! I moved recently and did a massive purge, but I think I can do better. And when I settle into a new place, I really really really (!!!) don’t want to settle back in old cluttering habits.

  • Ari_Baiense

    Looking forward to read this book and see it translated to portuguese! I’m in!

  • MoTLC

    Need to Start Over, starting with a guide 🙂

  • Kristine Charbonneau

    My belongings have been in storage since Oct 6, 2011. I’ve been paying for it ever since. I also moved it from Chicago to Marina del Rey, CA to Gardena, CA to Miami Lakes, FL. There are so many reasons why I need to stop holding onto so many things. Maybe this book would help filter out the stuff that doesn’t matter anymore. I just want to get back to basics. I head to Miami Lakes on May 3 or 4 to begin purging (again).

  • Amanda

    I love this! Looking for a next book to read and would love for it to be The Joy of Less!

  • Melissa

    Getting rid of the extra holiday decorations during my minimalist “cleansing” of my house has been a blessing! I kept only what I truly loved and enjoyed. This year, instead of dragging out several boxes of decorations like I usually did, I only had two boxes and I was amazed how much easier it was to set up for the holiday using only what I really enjoy…..it has been wonderful!

  • Mallory

    We are going through kitchen remodel and I was amazed at all the junk we had in the cabinets. Punch bowl anyone? Or how about aluminium jello bowls with JELL-O stamped on the bottom. I REALLY need this book.

  • Kevin Lavey

    Yes, I need this book. I’ve been slowly de-cluttering, but I need ideas on how to organize and on what to do about items with sentimental value. Thanks!

  • Ovidiu

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Abbe

    I’d love to read the updated version of Jay’s book! I’ve been reading her for years!

  • Sarah

    I am interesting in reading this!

  • Carolyn

    I would love to win this book. Thank you.

  • Marguerite

    I would love to own this book because it is a Keeper!! I try not to let many books into my home because they are hard to let go of.

  • eleanor

    I’d like to join the contest 🙂

  • I would read this! Similar to Judy, I would donate it to the library afterward.

  • Matheus

    Would like to win a copy

  • Carole

    I have been embarking on a discarding 80% of my stuff…..it’s going
    well, but I would love to read Francine Jay’s book as a motivator as I
    continue. And I’m a librarian, so I can tell everyone to read it! 🙂

  • Sharon

    Would love to win a copy. Borrowed the paperback from the library but this new edition is beautiful!

  • Denise Vitola Rodriguez

    I’ve been on a minimalism journey for the last few years and would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Maria

    I would love to read this book! Hopefully the giveaway is open internationally?
    I first started to make attempts on minimalism a couple years ago, when my possessions already seemed pretty scarce for some of my family. Still I feel I have a long way to go to feel satisfied and not be overwhelmed by all of the stuff.

  • Starlina616

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I keep trying to declutter, but never seem to make much progress. Hopefully this book will help. 🙂

    Sally

  • Natalie

    If I win this book, I’ll read it then pass it on to a friend or my local public library when I no longer find value in it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • EsMom

    My decluttering journey began two years ago when my husband cleaned out the garage on the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. What remained in the driveway was a huge pile of our kids’ outgrown yard toys, balls, bats, tike bikes, scooters, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, sun umbrellas, sand chairs, etc. A couple of items were broken and we tossed those in the trash, but the rest of the stuff, more than 30 items, were still in good condition and it seemed so wasteful to send it all to a landfill. I had heard about Freecycle, but had never tried it. Right then I resolved to find new homes for all the stuff. One by one I posted the things and within an hour I started receiving requests by email. By the end of the weekend, every single item had been happily picked up by its new owner. What was more amazing was how getting rid of all that stuff made me feel so happy and free.

  • Valerie

    An excellent book to keep me in step in keeping a ‘cap’ on my collecting! Many thanks! 🙂

  • pamela kellow

    Would love to read this book!! I would pass it around to all my friends and then give to my local library. Thanks for the opportunity to own this lovely book!

  • I’d love to check out this book and know a few people who might also be interested in it.

  • tonia burley

    Would love to read this book- decluttering, for me, does not include my books!

  • Diana Morgan

    I would love to have this book for my quest of a streamlined home. How neat to see the new pictures to help me keep organized! I will pass to friends to enjoy the life of less!

  • MakikiSunshine

    I would love this book

  • rarspace01

    it would be nice to read the book.

  • Louise

    I NEED this book. And when I’m finished with it, it’s going directly to my best friend who also needs it.

  • aurora

    i’ll love to participate 🙂

  • Yveatte

    It would be great for me to read this book.

  • Jonathan

    I love how this works with my thoughts My moto of less but better and solviture ambulando or the idea the one can solve by walking. It is okay if not good to leave a locked negotiation rather than to waste energy and effort for a lesser solution. Also the basis for the Harvard therory of managing by walking around.

  • Janell Glouser

    I’ve never read anything by Francine but it sounds like her lighthearted words would be a joy. We started our minimalist journey about a year ago selling our 1800sqft 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath double garage house for a 700sqft one bedroom apartment. It’s been a fabulous year and we don’t miss anything – especially not the yard work, pool upkeep, and home repair and improvement projects.

  • Karen Elder

    Sounds fabulous!

  • Pat

    I would love a copy.

  • Ani

    OK- hope I win a copy for my son!

  • Laura Harvell

    I am definitely interested. I have started streamlining, and looking forward to more ideas as I am moving early June.

  • Colleen Simpson

    Generally a minimalist now (reformed extreme consumer) and finding a bit of a struggle to keep it up with a small child. Would love this book as encouragement!

  • Valerie

    I would love to win!

  • Sarah Prystupa

    Looks like a fabulous and inspiring read!! And hope to get my hands on her other books as well! Trying to shift my life in this direction and could use all the helpful advice possible.

  • Sarah Hamann

    Yes please

  • T Sonju

    I would love this book!

  • Samantha Richards-Hall

    Looks a fab book, would love to win this, if you’re happy to ship to England ❤️❤️

  • MJ

    Been following Francine for years. I’d love to try the book!

  • Ranie

    Our family relocated from a house to a smaller apartment due to wanting to minimize our commute time to our son’s school. As we get older, we need less things. I would love this book to share with family members to show that we are on the right track.

  • Ham Green

    Sounds like just what I need

  • linda

    would love for my family

  • Jessica

    I would like to be entered to receive this book. I do try to clean out and purge stuff but could definitely use some extra pointers.

  • Sarah L.

    I’ll participate! I live in a very tight-knit community and I think we could all benefit from reading this!

  • Raymond Yip

    I would love to read this book, I have a lot of stuff to get rid of

  • Tony Bennett

    We enjoyed the self published version of the ‘Joy of Less’ and it helped us with our goals to simplify, and encouraged us to further streamline, not only our home but also our lives.

  • Dirk Postma

    Greetings from The Netherlands. I’m currently thinking about buying a new house for me and five children. My current house is fine, big enough, but for me it is much cheaper to move because it’s the only (free) method of getting rid of a mortgage of 5.25%. If I sell my house, I only pay 2,55% on the new mortgage.

    I saw a nice house I can afford easily, good location, not too far from railway station while being able to park car in front of house, but… It has only 3 bedrooms. No go. I thought…

    Just now I saw the TED talk of Graham Hill “Less stuff, more happiness”. Why not put two beds in each bedroom? For at least coming ten years that’s fine! And later, I might divide the rooms. Small yes, but all it needs is a bed and a table.

    Thanks Graham, less might be more!

  • Cindy in Mnl

    Sorry, I no longer buy hardcopy books. 🙁 If you had an online version, I’d be very interested.

  • Maggie

    Congrats to the winner (whoever you are). Read it for all of us! 🙂