Simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter-free life
The recent book Less Stuff: Simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter-free life, written by Lindsay Miles has got to be THE BEST decluttering book around. It approaches both how to reduce existing clutter and accumulate less stuff, with a zero waste, planet friendly mentality.
Given how affluent society is these days, it is no surprise that most of us have ended up with way more stuff than we need or want. We dream of the simplicity of less stress, less debt, less demands and less stuff.
Material possessions can seriously impact how much time we have, drain our energy, invade our spaces and create extra chores and chaos.
It’s high time we forget about what ‘sparks joy’ or getting that perfect home décor.
We want happy, meaningful lives, unburdened by junk, with more time for what (and who) we love.
Who wants to be organizing and rearranging possessions in trendy storage solutions when you can be out saving the planet, eating an ice-cream or taking a nap?
I can’t promise Less Stuff will provide a quick fix or a low effort journey. It will however, take you on a step by step journey, that is incredibly practical, realistic, and achievable (no special skills required).
Lindsay is a person who’s really doing the stuff she writes about on her website, and someone I find to be truly authentic and genuine, both in her writing and in person.
In her book, she freely shares her own stories, along with her tendency to hoard things ‘just in case’ and I can completely relate to this in my own life. I’ve been on the zero waste journey for a number of years now and it is so refreshing to hear a trash-less perspective on the topic of stuff.
The book delves into plenty of actionable steps, handy lists and resources, encouraging you to consider what is enough stuff for you, with no judgement on what that might be. She shows us real options for responsibly getting rid of clutter you don’t want and reminds us it’s totally OK to keep all the things you do want.
There’s a fantastic list on page 29 designed to guide your decision making process about whether to keep an item or not. I’ve referred to it countless times and now have it pinned to the fridge permanently.
Reuse, repair and re-purpose feature prominently and yes, when you do a clear out, some things will be destined for landfill. As Lindsay explains, this is a learning curve and helps to make better purchasing choices in the future as you mindfully de-stuff your life.
The past few years I have taken note of items that haven’t lasted, and tried to replace them with those that are durable, repairable or recyclable so that I can avoid landfill.
Some items, purchased before this became my mindset, have sat in the cupboard for years giving me the guilts every time I opened the door. I love Lindsay’s positive and down-to-earth outlook and delving into the pages gave me the motivation I needed to confront some of my past consumerism fails.
No one needs a shame cupboard of useless, broken items and it feels amazing to finally let that stuff go.
Whether you have a little clutter or a lot, this is a super positive way to approach it on your own terms and feel that Lindsay is cheering you on in the background every step of the way, reminding you there’s no need to rush it.
You’ll be able to define what you truly value, change your habits and perspective, and set up your own systems going forward.
I’ve been decluttering on and off for years now and I feel like all the things I previously learnt or read were completely missing the substance required to fit into a low waste, mindful life. Lindsey’s book easily connects those two and therefore is a valuable resource for the Zero Waste Decluttering Journey.
I think it is a must have addition to the home library and an item you can lend out or pass on to your friends when you’re done. It’s available in Australia, UK and USA and you can find out more and get a sneek peek on Lindsay’s page.