Secrets of Simplicity

Secrets of Simplicity

Bulging in-boxes, out-of-control stress, and even climate change serve as reminders that when it comes to being happy and healthy, less is more. In this interactive journal, organization expert Mary Carlomagno leads readers on a journey toward release and discovery. Guided by the principle that the way you spend your time and money should reflect your true priorities, Secr...

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Title:Secrets of Simplicity
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Secrets of Simplicity Reviews

  • Aubrey

    The author reminds the reader what is really important in life, and how to go after your dreams with perseverance, goals, and fun thoughtful exercises. Lots of great, inspirational quotes on every page as well! Changed my attitude on the everyday, so it gets five stars.

  • Donna

    I had the joy of meeting Mary Carlomagno, with the idea I would garner great info on organizing my life...at home, in my classroom, and with my (Alzheimer's ailing) mom's life. Surprise! It is truly about organizing me "inside."

    Reading this in bits and pieces till now, I have addressed several areas within myself that needing emptying out, and the rest is falling into place. One day at a time....moment by moment. Amen. I am now reading from "cover-to-cover" to embrace her message.

  • Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen

    I liked that this organizing book not only looks at the stuff around us, it looks at the stuff within us. The reason we have clutter is more about our spiritual selves than it is about our physical selves. I liked the exercises she included that really got me thinking about what is important in my life and why. Happily, I have discovered a lot of what was included in this book already on my own, however, I like how she discusses how to actually use those discoveries and create lasting change. I

    I liked that this organizing book not only looks at the stuff around us, it looks at the stuff within us. The reason we have clutter is more about our spiritual selves than it is about our physical selves. I liked the exercises she included that really got me thinking about what is important in my life and why. Happily, I have discovered a lot of what was included in this book already on my own, however, I like how she discusses how to actually use those discoveries and create lasting change. I am toying around with the idea of purchasing the book for myself.

  • Cindy

    From the back of the book:

    "By picking up this journal, you've taken the first step toward transforming your life into one of ease and serenity. Guided by organization expert Mary Carlomagno's thoughtful advice, you'll learn to release unwanted clutter and take control of your time and money. The simple, practical steps she offers will help you achieve a newfound clarity and peace of mind, freeing you up to focus on your priorities and fulfill your true passions. Ample space is provided for

    From the back of the book:

    "By picking up this journal, you've taken the first step toward transforming your life into one of ease and serenity. Guided by organization expert Mary Carlomagno's thoughtful advice, you'll learn to release unwanted clutter and take control of your time and money. The simple, practical steps she offers will help you achieve a newfound clarity and peace of mind, freeing you up to focus on your priorities and fulfill your true passions. Ample space is provided for you to record your many discoveries and successes as you embark on this journey to a more satisfying life."

    This book was a quick read and very thought provoking. I could have spent a lot more time on it by filling out the questions that are included in each chapter. There are 7 chapters titled: 1. Release, 2. Simplify, 3. Treasure, 4. Focus, 5. Invest, 6. Discover, 7. Thrive, and at the end of each chapter there is a conclusion which recaps the points of the chapter and was very helpful.

    This book contained so many great quotes. There were quotes at the beginning of each chapter and interspersed throughout along with different stories which provided examples. Some quotes that I particularly liked:

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao-Tzu

    "He who must travel happily must travel light." -Antoine De Saint-Exupery

    "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." -Henry David Thoreau

    "As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it." -Mahatma Ghandhi

    "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it..." -George Moore

  • Lynn

    I think the flavour of this book suits me very nicely. I enjoyed the quotes which allowed me to reflect and think deeply for a few minutes.

    The layout and the engaging simplicity of the wording does compel me to do the worksheets. I haven't actually done them, albeit only in my mind. Maybe putting it to paper will do wonders.

    I gained new knowledge about references such as Thoreau's Walden pond which I have not heard before this. I also like Carlomagno's ideas about clearing clut

    I think the flavour of this book suits me very nicely. I enjoyed the quotes which allowed me to reflect and think deeply for a few minutes.

    The layout and the engaging simplicity of the wording does compel me to do the worksheets. I haven't actually done them, albeit only in my mind. Maybe putting it to paper will do wonders.

    I gained new knowledge about references such as Thoreau's Walden pond which I have not heard before this. I also like Carlomagno's ideas about clearing clutter.

  • Charmi

    I just love this book! It is straight-foward, thoughtful and insightful. To some, these ideas and suggestions might be obvious, but not for me. I always feel overloaded, overwhelmed and exhausted and don't know how to help myself. This book is helping me to let go, simplify and focus.

  • Nux

    Full of pretty illustrations and quotes from big men... oh! And lists that you have to do and fill up to help you contemplate things! which is exactly why this book isn't really working for me. Too 'high level', I guess. Feels like I am being nagged at by an auntie who wags her finger at me and telling me I'm doing things the wrong way and I should sit down, be a nice girl, make those lists, meditate and do yoga while I listen to her quoting sayings from Buddha and other enlightened masters of p

    Full of pretty illustrations and quotes from big men... oh! And lists that you have to do and fill up to help you contemplate things! which is exactly why this book isn't really working for me. Too 'high level', I guess. Feels like I am being nagged at by an auntie who wags her finger at me and telling me I'm doing things the wrong way and I should sit down, be a nice girl, make those lists, meditate and do yoga while I listen to her quoting sayings from Buddha and other enlightened masters of past. There are some good ideas and thought provoking things in this book; unfortunately for me I have to concentrate really hard to find these gems, shifting through all the fillers and pretty & sweet drawings and quotes.

  • Connie  Kuntz

    My kids have a book about buttons. One of the pages has a bunch of buttons lined up on it. Regarding the size of the buttons, the child-narrator says this: "When does little turn to big? I can never tell."

    This book sort of touches on that strange time when clutter (I'm talking about mental, physical, and spiritual clutter) accumulates. When does it happen? I can never tell.

    I'm actually okay with clutter, and I didn't particularly enjoy this book. Too many quotes, too much mindful th

    My kids have a book about buttons. One of the pages has a bunch of buttons lined up on it. Regarding the size of the buttons, the child-narrator says this: "When does little turn to big? I can never tell."

    This book sort of touches on that strange time when clutter (I'm talking about mental, physical, and spiritual clutter) accumulates. When does it happen? I can never tell.

    I'm actually okay with clutter, and I didn't particularly enjoy this book. Too many quotes, too much mindful this and mindful that. Too much "focus on your breathing." Too much everything. It's corny.

    This is a book that added clutter to my life.

    Signed,

    Mindful Farter

    P.S. Frrrrmp.

  • Grant Jackson

    This book isn't very long but I had a hard time reading it. There are lots of quotes, lots of blank lines to write notes on (pointless in a Kindle book), and no real continuity to any thoughts. Exercises are suggested but I don't really understand why I should do them or what results I should expect. For a book about simplicity, I found it quite busy.

  • Laura

    I'm on a self-help kick. If you look over my recent reading, it feels like I'm reading lots of self-help books. While I agreed with the message of the book, something just didn't work for me.

    The book is divided into 7 sections: Release, Simplify, Treasure, Focus Invest, Discover and Thrive.

    Each section has personal stories from the author, questions to help you explore these ideas, quotes from very illustrious historical thinkers, specifics on tackling the chapters main ideas, and what I'm goi

    I'm on a self-help kick. If you look over my recent reading, it feels like I'm reading lots of self-help books. While I agreed with the message of the book, something just didn't work for me.

    The book is divided into 7 sections: Release, Simplify, Treasure, Focus Invest, Discover and Thrive.

    Each section has personal stories from the author, questions to help you explore these ideas, quotes from very illustrious historical thinkers, specifics on tackling the chapters main ideas, and what I'm going to call a top 10 list.

    While breaking it out like that should have totally appealed to me, it didn't. Instead it feels forced and superficial never exploring anything too deeply.

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