The Not So Big Life

The Not So Big Life

Making Room for What Really Matters

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
Have you ever found yourself asking, “Is this all there is to life?” Or wondering if this bigger life you have created is actually a better life? And do you wonder how it all got so out of control?

In her groundbreaking bestseller The Not So Big House, architect Sarah Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses by creating homes that were better–not bigger. Now, in The Not So Big Life, Susanka takes her revolutionary philosophy to another dimension by showing us a new way to inhabit our lives.

Most of us have lives that are as cluttered with unwanted obligations as our attics are cluttered with things. The bigger-is-better idea that triggered the explosion of McMansions has spilled over to give us McLives. For many of us, our ability to find the time to do what we want to do has come to a grinding halt. Now we barely have time to take a breath before making the next call on our cell phone, while at the same time messaging someone else on our Blackberry. Our schedules are chaotic and overcommitted, leaving us so stressed that we are numb, yet we wonder why we cannot fall asleep at night.

In The Not So Big Life, Susanka shows us that it is possible to take our finger off the fast-forward button, and to our surprise we find how effortless and rewarding this change can be. We do not have to lead a monastic life or give up the things we love. In fact, the real joy of leading a not so big life is discovering that the life we love has been there the entire time. Through simple exercises and inspiring stories, Susanka shows us that all we need to do is make small shifts in our day–subtle movements that open our minds as if we were finally opening the windows to let in fresh air.

The Not So Big Life reveals that form and function serve not only architectural aims but life goals as well. Just as we can tear down interior walls to reveal space, we can tear down our fears and assumptions to open up new possibilities. The result is that we quickly discover we have all the space and time we need for the things in our lives that really matter. But perhaps the greatest reward is the discovery that small changes can yield enormous results. In her elegant, clear style, Susanka convinces us that less truly is more–much more.

Baker & Taylor
The visionary author of The Not So Big House takes her architectural and cultural philosophy to the next level to offer an alternative to the bigger-is-better idea that marks modern-day life, offering a series of simple exercises and inspirational stories to help readers transform their lives to find out what really matters and that less is truly more. 175,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The author offers an alternative to the bigger-is-better idea that marks modern-day life, providing a series of simple exercises and inspirational stories to help readers transform their lives to find out what really matters and that less is truly more.
Have you ever found yourself asking, "Is this all there is to life?" Or wondering if this bigger life you have created is actually a better life? And how it all got so out of control? In her previous book, The Not So Big House, architect Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses. Now, she takes her philosophy to another dimension by showing us a new way to inhabit our lives. Most of us have lives that are as cluttered with unwanted obligations as our attics are cluttered with things. Our ability to find the time to do what we want to do has come to a grinding halt. Susanka shows us that it is possible to take our finger off the fast-forward button, and to our surprise we find how effortless and rewarding this change can be.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400065318
1400065313
Characteristics: xiii, 281 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Feb 11, 2012

This is a very interesting book about life through a fascinating perspective from an architect point of view. The author applies interesting architectural principles to life itself. The less is more. How do you de-clutter your life of unwanted obligation to create room for what matter? This book will take you step by step, with many examples and inspiration stories, in applying the architectural design principles to redesigning your life to create space, time, meaning, and liveliness in your life.

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DianeMitchell
Dec 06, 2009

Excellent booking comparing the principals in simplifying your home to simplifying your life. i.e. quality over quantity. Entertaining as well as enriching

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