Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut the Crap – Book Review

These book reviews on”Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut The Crap” by Jake Melton are not paid endorsements and both reviewers did buy the book on Amazon.

Leonard’s take on “Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut The Crap

When most people think of minimalism, they think of a beanie-wearing hipster sitting in a studio apartment surrounded by blank walls who wears the same thing every day. In short, many people think of minimalism as isolation from the real world. Mr. Melton, however, uses the concept of minimalism the way it was supposed to be. Not as a trend, but as a process.

You don’t have to isolate yourself from society and dress like Steve Jobs in order to become successful and happy. However, you do need to make difficult choices.

In his book, the author discusses how, over their lifetimes, many people collect both things and just as importantly emotions, behaviors, and relationships which they don’t really need and thus become a burden. Their closet and storage units become so overwhelming and so over-packed that they can not really get to the things they need to move forward.

In his book, the author discusses how, over their lifetimes, many people collect both things and just as importantly emotions, behaviors, and relationships which they don’t really need and thus become a burden. Their closet and storage units become so overwhelming and so over-packed that they can not really get to the things they need to move forward.

Cut out what you don’t need so you can get to what you truly need.

In this book, you will learn why you need to get rid of things you no longer need or that are hindering your progress. You’ll also be given the thought process to be aware of what you no longer need. This applies not just to physical items but also to emotions, as well as your behavior patterns. If you wish to truly be happy you need to focus and what is most important to your journey and discard as much as you can. If you are still looking to finally achieve what you think is most important, this short book may be just the starting point you are looking for.

Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut the Crap

Mike’s thoughts on: Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness

I think the book makes a couple great points. It also tells a couple real world stories that anyone can relate to.

A lot of people tend to cling to things for no real reason. We all have done in it some way, shape or form. This book highlights the things we carry with us that we really don’t need.

I’m a big fan of learning new perspectives. I also like to learn a little bit about how people think, so this was an interesting read for me.

Jake does a great job of listing several things in the book that most of us can take action on.  This book will make you think about what you need and don’t in your life.

I really enjoy the thoughts on cutting ties with relationships that are one-way. Most of us tend to waste a lot of time on toxic relationships or people that only think of themselves. Learning that lesson early will let you maximize your happiness.

Any book that makes you think and you enjoy reading is a good book, so two thumbs up.

Jake Melton is an SPN member and was also our first SPN member of the week!

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There are a lot of cooks and grilling masters in SPN, so we made this list of kitchen & cooking gifts. These are great gift ideas for any kitchen & cooking lover. They’ll also look great in your kitchen.

If you know someone that is big into their kitchen & cooking general you need to share this page with them. Any serious cook would be out of their mind if they didn’t love this kitchen & cooking tool kit.

Kitchen &Cooking Gift Ideas

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The kitchen & cooking lovers in SPN put thought into this gift guide, so your kitchen will rock.  You will also help the URTFC by buying kitchen & cooking stuff through this SPN gift guide. The things listed above and below can help anyone in a kitchen & cooking job too!

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The Service Professionals Network actually has a lot of professional cooks in our groups, so join us. We love talking about all things kitchen & cooking related. There are a lot of members that also like to meet other grilling and cooking fanatics. The SPN project has cooks that use these great kitchen & cooking tools.

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How Important Is Air Duct Cleaning?

A lot of people wonder how important is air duct cleaning because it’s in the news constantly. There are also a lot of people selling local air duct cleaning services.

Some of these air duct cleaning companies are not doing things correctly, so I want to share some info.

Info On Air Duct Cleaning

The EPA provides great info on air duct cleaning and indoor air quality. However, I also understand their disclaimers about reading the articles all the way through too.

Air Duct Cleaning With HEPA Vac

We are going to make it easy because you should clean your air ducts if:

  1. There appears to be visible mold growth. Mold often grows in heating and cooling systems, so it’s a good idea to have a local HVAC company do an inspection once a year. You can also get a mold test done if you find a substance you suspect may be mold. Mold test can be fairly cheap.
  2. You have animals, insects, rodents, food or other organic material in your air ducts.
  3. Signs of water damage or build up.
  4. There are pets in the home.
  5. You’re moving in.
  6. People are developing breathing issues like allergies or asthma in the house.
  7. You have kids under 5 or elderly people in the home.

What Is Air Duct Cleaning?

I was cleaning air ducts back in the beginning of the century because I’m old. Now, people are starting to catch up on the whole indoor air quality thing. You can even buy a fancy air purifier with a HEPA filter in it online. However, most people are not aware of what air duct cleaning looks like.

Professional air duct cleaning companies use gigantic machines that attach to your heating and air system. Do not let the idiot with a large shop vac do work on your heating ducts.  The air duct cleaner that knows what he is doing will have a whip system. The industrial HEPA vacuum a professional air duct cleaner uses is awesome to watch. It attaches to your trunk lines.

Once the air duct cleaner has the HEPA vacuum system going they put a whip brush system down each vent and return. This brush system knocks all the dirt, debris, organic material or whatever else is in your system loose. Once the contaminants are no longer stuck to the side of your air system the vacuum does the rest. There is a night and day difference when you have your air duct cleaning done professionally.

Good Air Duct Cleaning Companies Near Me

I strongly suggest calling 2nd Chance Water Restoration for a free quote on air duct cleaning, if you’re in their service area. They’re the best air duct cleaning near me.  The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) can also help you find a good local air duct cleaning company.


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About the Author: I am, Mike O’Connor, a avid social networker that works as a content writer and SEO specialists.

I also know a lot of info on mold due to my mold remediation certification with the IICRC. Therefore, it’s no surprise that people ask me how important air duct cleaning really is to health. However, I insist that you do extra research on the subject. Don’t just take my word for it. 🙂

Thanks as always for reading and have a great day!

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