A review of A Simplified Life
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Right now, at the beginning of 2019, everyone is losing their minds over the Netflix show "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo". The timing of this show is perfect - it's January, when people are still fired up about their New Year Resolutions and eager to chuck out the "old".
While the intentions of cleaning up, chucking the unnecessary/unused items, and visually cleaning your space is awesome, it can be taken too far. Minimalism, the act of living with ONLY the essentials, is not sustainable for everyone. Especially those with tiny humans.
Enter in one of my favorite books, A Simplified Life by Emily Ley.
Emily encourages the reader to set intentions before simplifying anything. The very first place to start is your physical space. How do you want to feel when you walk in at the end of a long day? When you first open your eyes in the morning? How do you want others to feel in your home? Once you answer those questions, it becomes easier to tidy up. For me, the visual clutter adds to the mental clutter.
Once you get your physical space under control, then Emily walks you through the rest of your life. Each section - your closet, schedule, hospitality, finances, etc - has some probing questions and practical tips.
The purpose of this book isn't to have a house with only the bare essentials. The goal is to be intentional about all aspects of your life and craft it to fit YOU and YOUR family - not anyone else's.
Looking for a quick way to get started? Here is Emily's 2018 Simplicity Challenge. Don't wait for January 1 - get started today! :)
What is one area you want to simplify?