Cait Flanders radically simplified her life in the space of 12 months and recounts the process in her recently released memoir, The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered that Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.
By living on an average of 51% of her income, Flanders saved $17,000 and used another $10,000 for personal travel during the year. She also purged 70% of her belongings. Impressive, don’t you think?
But The Year of Less is about so much more than simple living. It’s about facing yourself and your demons, and in so doing finding the courage to create a healthier and happier life.
During her self-imposed shopping ban, which allowed her to buy consumables and replacements only, Flanders came face-to-face with her addictions, especially during periods when her life suddenly turned upside down.