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

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

by Lorilee Lippincott


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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620876299
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2013
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,257,447
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lorilee Lippincott is the author of the blog 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Your Story xviii


Stuff 3

Let's Start in the Closet 15

Now to the Kitchen 21

The Kids' Stuff 27

Hidden Out in the Open 37

Shelter 41

Continuing with Stuff Simplicity 45

Final Tip 49

Questions 51


Space 57

Time 59

Drawing the Circle in the Sand 65

Money 73

Electronics 81

Simplify Sound 85

On the Plate and Under the Skin 87

Questions 95


Self 101

The World as We Know It 103

Window to the World 107

Digging Deeper 111

The Past 111

The Present 114

The Future 119

Simple Abundance 127

Inspiration 131


Stop 137

Ending Thoughts 141

Resources 143

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The Simple Living Handbook: Discover the Joy of a de-Cluttered Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Momma_Frugal More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago