The Year of Less

The Year of Less

How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in A Store

eBook - 2018
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In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold againches When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy-only keeping her from meeting her goals-she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt. The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food-and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her. Blending Cait's compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you're holding on to in your own life-and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
Publisher: [United States] :, Hay House Publishing,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781401953522
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 12, 2018

The comment from multcolib_karene is incredibly rude and ageist. Who are you to declare who has an interesting life worth writing about based on their age? Who are you? And why read the book if you are so narrow minded on the age of author?

Jul 09, 2018

Quite autobiographical, and not so interesting or inspiring although I liked the comparison of clutter to debt, once they are out of control they are hard to reign in. Beyond being motivated by spending less and decluttering there is no greater discussion regarding the implications of consumerism and environmental impact of discarding belongings, which is disappointing. It is also too bad she wasn't motivated by not wasting time shopping. She spends ooodles of time buying the perfect sweatshirt because she can only buy one. Even window shopping can be a massive time waster.

SCL_Heather Jul 03, 2018

I did not expect to really relate to this book. I read it because the author is coming to speak at our library this fall (Oct. 2018). I was surprised to find that I found quite a bit of inspiration in Cait's story and plan to implement some of the changes in my life that she made in hers.

multcolib_karene Feb 11, 2018

The author describes her book as a "self-help memoir." I found it was not helpful in terms of "self-help" and it was not interesting as a memoir. I've read much better books in both of those categories.

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