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The Year of Less by Cait Flanders (Book Insights)

Let me kick off this project with the book that influenced me to start this blog.

A quick refresher on this project:

I am not going to give a full summary of every book I read. I will just share some insights from the book I’ve read, bits and pieces that I found relevant. Or, at least worth sharing.

Having that said, here goes the first book of this project.

A few months back, I read Cait Flanders’ 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.

I initially thought it was just a casual read.

But, to my surprise, it was, in a way, life-changing.

Quick Summary:

Cait Flanders made a year-long self-imposed shopping ban. As she decided to live less, not only did her financial status improve, her life changed.

Book Insights

Here are some insights from the book that stuck with me.

Mindless Consumption is Dangerous

I was blown away by how Cait was able to get rid of over 70% of her belongings. In the process, she was also able to save over 50% of her income.

This sounds absolutely absurd. But, how Cait managed to achieve it makes sense.

It is just a matter of being mindful of what I buy and consume.

I love this.

It’s something I am looking forward to doing more of in the coming years.

Track Your Projects and Be Held Accountable for It

Cait laid out her shopping ban plan excellently.

She regularly tracks the percentage completion of the project.

She even adds a percentage of confidence every month as to how she thinks she could complete her project.

She documented all of these in her blog.

That meant she was also accountable to her followers and avid readers.

I think this was also key to how she was able to complete the project.

If you noticed, and like I mentioned, I have patterned my projects in this blog like how she did.

See The Black Shirt project as an example.

Learn How to Control That Voice in Your Mind

This was a great way to describe the temptation I get from “wanting” to buy something I may not need at the moment.

It is that voice in the mind that says, “you need to have it,” “you should look like this,” or “you don’t want to miss this out.”

I have to learn how to be aware of this.

More importantly, I need to control it and have authority over it.


I would give this a solid 5 out of 5 stars — just because of the life-changing effect it had on me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to save, organize, and declutter their life.

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