Friday, May 24, 2013

The Simple Living Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott

When I saw this book at our library, I knew I had to read it! 

Have you ever gotten to where you are stressed as soon as you walk into your home, office, or into a specific room in your home?  I have!  I couldn't figure out what the problem was.

After reading Ms. Lippincott's book, I realized what was causing that stress.  We need to de-clutter!


How one family beat the rat race by stepping off the track, and how you can, too.

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.

My Review

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"!

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