Summary of How to Simplify Your Life

Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life

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How to Simplify Your Life book summary
Streamline your life: learn to remove clutter from your desk, schedule, finances, office, relationships and … soul.


9 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


Do you ever wish that you were born with an owner’s manual? Well, Tiki Kustenmacher, simplicity expert, and Dr. Lothar J. Seiwert, professional coach, offer a digestible life guide that reads like an operating primer for the human spirit. Livened up with Kustenmacher’s cute illustrations, each chapter tackles a different facet of life, such as managing clutter, taming finances and establishing goals. The practical tips from these bite-size chapters are easy to digest and implement. Their recipe for a simplified life includes valuable suggestions for handling difficult emotions (jealousy) and life events (marriage, death). Although the text is fun to read, the authors skip around and circle back to different subjects in each chapter. Tighter organization would have made the book’s counsel easier to track. And, each chapter begins with an unnecessary, somewhat annoying "dream of simplicity" visualization. Just skip those little appetizers and dive right into the main course. Also check out the excellent reading list at the back of the book. getAbstract recommends this manual to pack rats, workaholics and all those who would welcome simplicity as a relief from life’s chaos.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to streamline your possessions, organize your office and fine tune your fiscal accounts
  • What emotional burdens are hidden in clutter, debt and envy
  • How to manage your time, health, intimate relationships and even your funeral
  • How to prevent exhaustion and disenchantment
  • How to lead a happy life


Create a Meaningful Life
What is a simple life? Chances are you don't really understand the concept of simplicity because unnecessary complexities intrude upon your consciousness many ways. Complexity is everywhere — from the securities markets to the fine print in your computer manual...
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About the Authors

Tiki Kustenmacher is a free-lance cartoonist and a Lutheran minister. He and his wife, who live in Germany, are the editors-in-chief of a monthly newsletter called Simplify Your Life. Dr. Lothar J. Seiwert, also of Germany, is a professional coach and a bestselling author of books that have been translated into 20 languages.

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    Umar YAKHYAEV 2 years ago
    Hope this book is going to help me to find answers to some of my questions...
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    Ralph Green 2 years ago
    Found the summary very helpful! Ideas that should be self-evident but, somehow easily forgotten, are brought top of mind and reinforced.

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