Title: Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More
Author: Erin Boyle
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Harry M. Abrams
Page Number: 192
For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that “living small” is beneficial and accessible to us all—whether we’re renting a tiny apartment or purchasing a three-story house.
Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty.
5 out of 5 stars
I loved reading this book and it REALLY inspired me to be more minimalistic with my home and wardrobe.
I think this was the perfect time for me to read this book. My mom read this and knew that I would love it, so she bullied me *lightly* into reading it. I’m just about to move into my first house away from home in August for my second year of college. I lived in the dorms the first year and there is only so much you can add to a dorm to make it your own… cohesively. Anyway, I think this is the most influential time for me to read this because it has so much to do with making your home your safe, happy, cozy place.
I have always had a mindset of minimalism, but haven’t really put that into action. I’m a collector of things, but recently I’ve become overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of items I own. I’ve purged and gotten rid of half my wardrobe, and still have an overflowing closet. I’ve vowed to not purchase any more books unless I know that they’re going to be favorites. I’m just ready to live more simply, and this book was so inspiring for that.
There were some pieces of advice throughout this book that really struck me.
Only keep a few items on surfaces around your space.
Use mason jars for dry goods that you can purchase from a bulk store.
Try and make some of your own beauty and cleaning products.
Move products from the original packaging *with labels* into glass containers.
I just loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who has felt overwhelmed by their things in their house. I’m ready to live a more simple and meaningful life with less.