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Living with Less and Ending Up with More
I appreciate good design. I enjoy keeping a beautiful home filled with beautiful things. Not lots of things. Nice things. – Erin Boyle
A balanced life, one in which need and desire exist in a state of perpetual harmony, has been the goal of cultures around the world for thousands of years. But balance can be tricky, especially in contemporary homes where things can literally pile up, seemingly, in the blink of an eye. But for those of us who are seeking a modern simplicity – the kind that doesn’t... require a degree in classical literature – a new book is offering new hope.
In, Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More, blogger Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves, eloquently suggests to readers that there is a difference between leading a full life and having a full storage unit – and that one may actually be getting in the way of the other. Full of tips, strategies, personal anecdotes and other enlightening gems of information, this book is a must read for those of us wanting a healthier, happier and simpler life in the year ahead.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Purpose is the theme that resonates throughout the book, demonstrating in the pages the sense coherence that the book encourages us to strive for in other parts of our lives. While the suggestion is not new, Boyle places the idea in a unique context by applying it specifically to how we buy. Despite the ceaseless stream of commercial-laden information that we are confronted with every day, Boyle suggests being more mindful in regards to what we buy. Time is the key to her approach: The time we... take marinating over a prospective purchase; the time we intend to keep what we buy – decades as opposed to a few trendy months – even the number of times that we’ll use the things that we buy is an important consideration. Understandably, those items that see daily use rank far above those that receive intermittent attention or none at all. Using personal experiences and helpful advice, Boyle insists that readers think before they spend, selecting items that merge both beauty and function to ensure a meaningful purchase.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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The direct benefit of a minimalist approach to buying is staunching the flow of clutter coming into your home. The next step is deciding what to do with what you already have. "Life isn't always simple," the author admits, "but the curtains can be." With a variety of tips on successful organization methods and storage solutions, Boyle helps readers avoid the anxiety and chaos of an overcrowded home. Paring down our closets, organizing our bathrooms and taming the raging sea... of junk mail and other assorted papers scattered throughout our homes are just a few of the tips that readers can look forward to in this book.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Better Safe Than Sorry
An advocate for healthy living in all forms, Boyle is delightfully expansive in her application of the concept. Far beyond personal considerations of wellness, she encourages readers to take into consideration the ethics involved in the manufacturing of the items that we bring into our homes every day and the methods by which they get there. From food choices, to furniture choices, wood vs. plastic, natural beauty remedies vs. the list of unpronounceable words on the back of every bottle of... chemically-infused lotion, Boyle takes us through it all. Enjoying a simpler life does not only mean getting rid of unnecessary material goods, it also means appreciating organic products that lead to a healthier life and leaving as minimal an amount of waste as possible.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The road to conscious consumption is not traversed in a day. It’s a process, and the benefits are seen over time. Boyle’s goal is to provide a starting point to anyone looking for a place to start and a helping hand to walk readers through the process. Along the way she shares insights on building a small circle of support, spotting keywords in product descriptions and mindful planning and decision-making. She also provides a series of encouraging quotes to inspire readers while they work... through the book, turning theories into new practices.