The Simple Living Handbook: Discover the Joy of a De-Cluttered Life

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Where did all this stuff come from? I don’t have time for a life. I need to get away! Ever feel this way? Society is quick to fill our minds and homes with all the latest gadgets, tools, obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all doesn’t fit? The Simple Living Handbook is a how-to memoir about creating a life that has space for what really matters to you.

Lippincott’s road to simplicity started in the fall of 2010 when she was on the verge of a breakdown. Her ...

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Overview

Where did all this stuff come from? I don’t have time for a life. I need to get away! Ever feel this way? Society is quick to fill our minds and homes with all the latest gadgets, tools, obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all doesn’t fit? The Simple Living Handbook is a how-to memoir about creating a life that has space for what really matters to you.

Lippincott’s road to simplicity started in the fall of 2010 when she was on the verge of a breakdown. Her life was basically “normal”—husband, two kids, comfortable home, three home businesses—but she felt like she was running a rat race. She was desperate for more time and space to focus on family, health, and her own interests. So she and her husband decided to cut back on clutter—drastically. Now the family of four lives in a one-bedroom apartment with only the possessions they actually need and use; they stick to a simple diet of only whole foods “that God would recognize”; and they have managed to become productive without feeling busy. They’ve never been happier or healthier.

Through personal stories, advice, and tips, Lippincott teaches how to make the hard decisions necessary to simplify your home and your schedule. Beyond that, she addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that threatens to keep our souls running in circles. Through her inspiring story, readers will learn to take a step back, reassess priorities, and commit to making space for those people and things that really matter.

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Publishers Weekly
Minimalist lifestyle blogger Lippincott (LovingSimpleLiving.com) extolls the virtues of an uncluttered existence—both literally and figuratively—in this handy tome. While readers might be expecting yet another book on how to simply clean and organize their material possessions, the author goes several steps further to apply the simplification process to all areas of life—from paring down time-wasting habits like watching too much TV to letting go of excess guilt from the past. While Lippincott does offer useful tips on managing actual possessions, she insists that the key to a happy, fulfilled life is to learn how to focus on what is most important, spiritually and mentally, and discard the rest. Along the way, she shares her own stories about the processes she’s used to live these principles, including trading in a house for a small apartment (which she shares with her husband and two small children) and finding a way to say “No” when she’s overbooked. This thought-provoking offering will have readers seeing their lives and possessions in a new light. (Apr.)
Library Journal
According to blogger Lippincott (lovingsimpleliving.com), decluttering is a lot like losing weight—getting started is the hardest part, but the results are worth the effort. More important than an organized space is a serene mind, says Lippincott, who covers the psychological and practical implications of resizing one's life. She includes the usual room-by-room sorting/tossing advice but then devotes chapters to simplifying one's schedule, escaping debt, and rising above judgmental thoughts. Lippincott writes from a Christian perspective, but atheists and adherents of any faith will find her suggestions sound. VERDICT Accessible and chock-full of useful advice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620876299
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/24/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 806,080
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorilee Lippincott is the author of the blog lovingsimpleliving.com. After playing in the business world for a few years, she left to take care of her kids and work with her husband on entrepreneurial projects. She is now working on the lifelong degree of finding her own life, firmly believing that life is too short to try and live up to other people’s or society’s expectations. She and her husband homeschool their two children and run construction, writing, and photography businesses out of their one-bedroom apartment.
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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    I wanted to share a few excerpts from the book that really hit h

    I wanted to share a few excerpts from the book that really hit home with me.

    1. "You are not your stuff and your stuff doesn't define you"!!!!! I LOVE that sentence!

    2. "Your stuff isn't your memories"!!!!

    3. "Your stuff doesn't dictate your economic value, yourself worth, or importance"!!!

    And she is so right!! Our stuff doesn't define us at all! If we lost all of our worldly possessions, would it matter? No, not really. As long as my family and our pets are safe, that is all that would matter. STUFF can be replaced. Our family and friends can't.

    Reading this book made me realize too that life is too short for drama and stress. We all know we aren't promised tomorrow, so we need to live each day to the fullest. Is it worth feeling stressed when you walk into your home? NO!

    I am planning to incorporate some of the suggestions the author discusses in the book. What is it worth having all of this "stuff" when there isn't time to even USE it? And it really is silly buying more storage products to keep STORING more stuff!!

    I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Folks, it's time to "simplify and de-stress"! I borrowed this book from our local library in order to do this review

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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