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 by Cait Flanders

Stars: 3 of 5

In The Year of Less, Cait Flanders shares the things she learned when buying less and having less than she had before. In contrast to Flat Broke with Two Goats, Flanders isn’t forced into it by extenuating circumstances. She sees that she’s on that road and wants to stop well ahead of it.

In general, I appreciate all stories of people making changes and starting habits that improve their lives somehow. Not necessarily how-tos, but real people sharing the pitfalls along the way of actually doing whatever the thing is that they say should be done. Flanders shares that it will be difficult to make these kinds of changes and includes the surprises that can upend such an endeavor, but she persisted.

I love that the point is positive too. It’s the recognition and elimination of bad habits, exchanging them for sustainable good habits and not punishment for debt or shaming for having too much. I’ve taken some similar steps for similar reasons in the past, but I don’t think I could catalog my belongings. It get the benefit, but that’s some dedication to understanding what you own that I just never had. I happened into several of the rules that Flanders created for her year of less and I can attest too they have made good general guidelines to keep.

I appreciated that she shared the experimental year itself and even expounded in the epilogue about how some of those habits worked out long term.

Sometimes we need to make big changes to find the life we’re looking for and I would recommend this book to anyone who feels buried by the life they have. It may also be great for those people in their first few years away from home, figuring things out. A lot of the big habit changes that Flanders had to make could be undertaken from the start by any one willing to listen to her wisdom. Add The Year of Less to your Goodreads TBR here and check it out when you get a chance!

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