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A Starters Guide to Value of Simple

Well, hello there. And welcome!

Joel ZaslofskyI’m Joel Zaslofsky, the guy behind Value of Simple, the Smart and Simple Matters show, Experience Curating, the Continuous Creation Challenge, and a whole lot more. That beautiful lady next to me is my wife Melinda (a.k.a. the reason this website exists).

If you’re new here, you’re probably wondering if this place could be valuable. It can be overwhelming exploring a new website to find out how and why you might be helped, right? Not here.

Consider this page your express pass to discover why this growing community could be right for you.

The Big Questions Answered

Maybe you’re like me when you get to a new website. You quickly think, “Who runs this, why am I here, and what’s unique about this that I couldn’t get somewhere else”?

The who and what are covered in the About page where you can learn more about what’s in it for you, my story, The Value of Simple Declaration, and why I help you simplify, organize, and be money wise.

This refuge of simplicity offers something rarely found in the era of niche websites: a holistic view of our struggles and specific steps to master the challenges life throws at you. From simplicity to organizing to personal finance to finding your big reason why you want to change, we cover a lot of ground. But the undercurrent always pulls us back to simplifying; your main tool to have more time, money, or respect … and less stress.

I’m Excited You’re Here!

My mission is to freely give away my best ideas, resources, and skills, which I do through a mix of blog posts, podcasts, pictures, and videos.

I’m confident you’ll dig all the current content here and all the grooviness that’s yet to come.

What to Do First

Here’s a carefully curated short list of the best and most influential stuff around here. Granted, the guy creating this list is a bit subjective. However, these resources have been confirmed by the community to be useful, actionable, and often charming or entertaining.

Most Popular

The Value of Simple DeclarationOur Philosophy and Principles

Personal and Revealing Stories



Personal Finance

Unconventional Wisdom

Entertaining, Quirky and Bold

Interested in More?

There’s more grooviness in other places like Twitter or Facebook. And if that’s not your thing, come and see me over on Google+, iTunes, or YouTube.

Perhaps the simplest way to keep track of stuff going on here is the RSS feed. But some of my best stuff is only shared with the Refuge of Simplicity community subscribed to my free newsletter. You can join the crew in seconds with just a first name and email address:


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What, you still want more? Check out my featured work on other websites like Lifehack, Becoming Minimalist. and The Huffington Post.

Then check out the FAQs or contact me if you don’t see something you need. And if reading all this has inspired you to share a story, please do.

I’ll leave you with pictures of the behind-the-scenes team that makes this community great. Meet Lucia the Samoyed and Emsky and Golden Retriever.

Samoyed Golden Retriever

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