A book review of A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
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I fell in love with the idea of a simpler life when I stopped working but it was always a struggle with Colin still working in retail management. When he switched jobs in August, we got intentional about slowing down and simplifying as much as possible. Slow Saturday morning breakfasts, leisurely strolls through the park (and Home Depot) with Declan, dinners at the table with the tv off, and time spent on projects around the house to make it feel more like home all felt like steps in the simple direction. I also made daily routines that helped me keep the house clean (for the most part) on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always spotless, but 99% of the time, if unexpected company dropped in, I wouldn’t want to hide out of embarrassment. I heard someone on a podcast say once that living a simple life is often misunderstood as you having a lot of free time but it’s actually just the act of living a focused life. Focusing on what is important and letting the rest go. For us, living in a tidy house is important and helps us both sleep well at night so it is a focus of mine. However, we still have a lot of extra things that we could do without so I was excited to read this book.
Last year, I watched Minimalism on Netflix and read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I like the idea of minimalism but in this season of life, it isn’t realistic. Maybe when the kids are older, but right now I would drive myself crazy if I tried to follow it strictly. Insert Emily Ley’s new book,A Simplified Life.
First up, I have to mention how pretty this book is. It is a sturdy, hardcover book with thick pages and beautiful pictures throughout. There are also many pages throughout where you can journal your progress or make checklists, a step I skipped because I plan to send this book to another Mama that I think would like it. It’s also an easy read, I breezed through it in less than 24 hours.
Emily talks about organization in all aspects of your life and how cutting out the chaos that physical objects can bring, will ultimately bring you to a simpler life. Her approach, for me, is much more realistic while living with a toddler and soon to be newborn. I also like that in the beginning of the book, she asks that all readers promise to not spend any money in the process of organizing your house because my Amazon loving heart was already envisioning clear canisters filling my pantry and closet organizational tools.
I will be updating on my organizational progress here on the blog but I definitely plan to implement some of the suggestions in the book. There is nothing revolutionary in this book but it was a great motivational kick in the pants to get back on track with intentionally simplifying our home and life. I highly recommend it if the idea of minimalism is appealing, yet a little overwhelming for your season of life. It is on sale here for just $12!