I’ve always felt like simplifying should be easy.
You just use less of everything, right? Who needs a book about it? And yet, every time I move or seasons change, I still seem to have way more stuff than I need.
Enter All You Need is Less.
Madeleine Somerville’s book is the eco version of a Swiss Army Knife. It has all the tools you need to get started living more simply, and it’s one I now keep on hand for dealing with everyday household issues.
It was great to sit and read cover-to-cover, but it’s not one that I’ll stick back in my bookcase; it’s one that’s staying in my kitchen cabinet to grab for quick tips on everything from making homemade salsa, to non-toxic deodorant, to how to live green without driving everyone you love crazy!
Also covered in Somerville’s book:
- Don’t buy laundry detergent—make it!
- Make your own all-purpose cleaner with ingredients you already have in your home
- Basic “green” hygiene boot camp
- Why “Beg, Barter, Borrow” should be the new Eat, Pray, Love
- Reduce waste in the grocery store
- How to cultivate your own pesticide-free garden
- Ways to circumvent cold and flu season with at-home remedies
- How to be eco-friendly with a new baby in the house
All You Need Is Less is going on my list of go-to gifts for new homeowners, or any friends trying to live a simpler, kinder life.
All You Need Is Less: The Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville is available in paperback through Viva Editions.
Listen to this Great Green Divas at Home segment with the author, Madeleine Somerville. She talks to Green Diva Meg about the less popular of the the ‘R’s—Reduce. We love all our cool green-living gadgets, but it’s important that we also learn to give up our obsession with stuff.