I’m thrilled to be part of the launch team for Lorilee Lippincott’s new book, Simple Living – 30 Days To Less Stuff And More Life. You can get it on Amazon right now for 99 cents (not an affiliate link – just spreading the word about a really good book!). The price will be going up next week to $2.99 (still a bargain) so grab a copy soon. If you don’t want to buy the book through Amazon, you can buy the PDF version on the Simple30 site.
Simple Living is written as a series of actions that you can take over the course of 30 days to simplify your life. I read it in just a few nights so that I could review it on here, but the material and challenges in the book are perfect for spreading out over the course of a month. Some of the daily actions are harder than others (filing cabinet, I’m looking at you…) but some are nice and easy. And Lorilee does an excellent job of mixing in philosophical tasks with practical ones (ie, one day you’re creating a list of what’s important to you and where you want to focus your time and energy, while another day you’re cleaning magnets and clutter off of the fridge). She keeps it perfectly balanced so that you don’t get overwhelmed with physical tasks to do, but you also don’t get so bogged down in the planned and dreaming stage that you never get to the nitty gritty clutter-busting stage.
I’ve been simplifying our life for quite a while now, and I found myself nodding in agreement with nearly everything in Lorilee’s book. She includes lots of great ideas, practical advice, and a good amount of what my dad would call “sense of proportion”. Sometimes, people get so gung-ho about a new idea that they burn themselves out rather quickly, and that doesn’t really accomplish anything in the long run. Lorilee advocates a more simple, gentle approach, and will teach you how to make small changes and then build on your success.
Our own simple living day involved a lot of harvesting, since it’s that time of year. Our son and I spent a lot of the afternoon in the garden, and this is what our counter looks like right now:
Tomorrow will involve lots of freezing and canning. Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s truly work that we enjoy. There’s something about growing things that is just awesome. It’s such a good feeling to harvest the veggies and fruits after all the work that goes into growing them. And I loved watching our boys in the tomato beds today, eating almost as many cherry tomatoes as they were putting into the bowls.
We also have lots of flowers in our garden, thanks to the multiply-like-rabbits nature of marigolds. We planted some a few years ago because we read that they were good for keeping bugs away. And then their seeds took over the garden. We pulled out about 3 million baby marigold plants this past spring, but we still ended up with plenty of them in our garden. But that’s ok, because this makes a very nice centerpiece on our dining room table:
Hope you all had a beautiful autumn (or spring, for those of you in the south!) weekend.