Book Review of the joy of less

Book Review: The Joy of Less by Francine Jay


Discover how to declutter your home room by room with this book about minimalism. Read the full review of The Joy of Less on




We moved into our house two years ago. At the time most of the rooms were empty. We thought it would take forever to fill the house… But guess what? Two years later, and the house is full of random stuff all over the place!


Busy House, Busy Mind

I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but when a room is not organized, I cannot focus on it. When I was in college, I had to clean my studio apartment before being able to concentrate on my homework and study for exams.

Luckily, I don’t have homework anymore but I run a photography business and a blog. Both require time to focus, especially when I am writing. So if the dishes are on the countertop or books are on the coffee table, I can’t work.

So it was time to change things.

The Joy of Less book review

The Joy of Less, Book Description

When I first picked up The Joy of Less, I loved the feeling of the soft hardcover with its engraved dandelions.

If you read my last book review about Calm, you know I’m not into non-fiction books so it’s important for me to get a good reading experience or I won’t finish the book.

I love the font they used in the Joy of Less: It’s big and spacious making it easy to read! Also, the yellow touches of the book made it colorful and an enjoyable reading experience, instead of just plain, boring, black and white.

The book is divided into four parts:

  1. Philosophy: explaining how minimalism can be good for you
  2. Streamline: explaining how to decide what to keep and what to get rid off
  3. Room by Room: guiding you through the process of every room in your house
  4. Lifestyle: sharing your minimalist habits with the family and the world

A guide to declutter your home

I loved reading the Joy of Less. It felt like Francine Jay was talking about me. And it made me realized that I wasn’t the only one hiding the mess from the living room into my bedroom 5 minutes before my friends arrive for dinner. If you do that too, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Francine Jay is good at making you realize that you don’t need to keep this and that just in case you will need it in 5 years! If you buy a new tv, don’t keep your old tv in the garage if the new one breaks down or for whatever reason. Just get rid of it!

If you need a step by step guide, or just motivation, or just someone to tell you it’s okay to give your old tv to goodwill to make another family happy, this book is for you!

Order it on Amazon today by clicking here!

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Here’s how you can get your free copy of The Joy of Less:

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  4. Then you will be able to listen to it online or on your phone!

Discover how to declutter your home with the step by step guide! Plus get the free audiobook on

Further Reading


Do you have any book recommendations? Share it in the comments below.


Julie was diagnosed with anxiety and depression during the summer of 2016 and have since been fighting mental health stigmas by bringing awareness on the subject and sharing tips to help people become happier. Read Julie’s inspiring story, “My Journey Into Acknowledging The Depression.” Feel free to send a message to Julie here.

  • Eileen Burns

    November 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Nice Helpful Blog, your talk of spaciousness is helped trigger more decluttering thank you

    • Julie

      November 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply

      You’re welcome Eileen! And thank YOU for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • Tejasvi

    November 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Looks like the book got my interest!
    Wonderful review..! Thanks..

    • Julie

      November 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Tejasvi! I’m happy you liked the review 🙂

  • Taran

    November 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Hey Julie! Just found you via Pinterest and saw that your into minimalism 🙂 Hannah (my other half) released a book earlier this year all about minimalism and becoming a calmer person, let us know if your interested in reviewing it 😀

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