By: Sarah Koontz
Sometimes it is the simple things that complicate our lives more than anything else. It is simple to fall in love, but complicated to build a life with the person you love. It is simple to say YES to a puppy, but complicated to train that puppy not to eat your couch. The idea that something is going to be simple can cause us to say YES when in reality we should be saying NO.
I am a firm believer in the value of simplicity! There are many things in this life that are complicated and there is just nothing we can do about it. But for everything else, it is well worth the effort to pursue simplicity.
I encourage you to start by simplifying your living space. De-cluttering is the easiest way to de-stress your life! But where do you start? How do you know what to get rid of and what to keep?
I was thrilled when Elsie from Richly Rooted sent me a copy of her new Simple Home Handbook to review. As a person who has health problems, simplicity is a must for me! I love how Elsie breaks it down for her readers!
She takes you by the hand and shares practical advice on what can be done to simplify your home. I only wish she had written it years ago, as it would have been so helpful to me when I was just beginning my journey towards a more simple lifestyle.
If you want to be intentional about how you steward your possessions and how you design your living space, this book is for you. In a clean, easy-to-read format, Your Simple Home Handbook will walk you through practical steps to simplify and de-clutter 30 different areas of your home.
Sometimes we get stuck feeling disorganized and cluttered, but have no idea where to start, so we just stay stuck.
In her Simple Home Handbook, Elsie lays out a simple 4-step process for simplifying each are of your home:
She gives clear definitions of each step, includes a “how to” for each area of your home, and takes it to the next level by sharing ideas on how to beautify and maintain your space. My favorite of her 30 projects is the one where she details how to simplify your purse (seems simple enough, right?).
In Elsie’s words, “An overstuffed purse isn’t classy. Your purse should be two things: a fashion accessory that compliments your wardrobe, and a practical item to keep your essentials on hand. You don’t need your purse to contain everything you could possibly need away from home!“
Elsie’s blog is all about living a rich life, rooted in the abundance of blessings that come from a good God. It is full of so many encouraging articles including The Best Time to Simplify and 7 Simple Ways to Live More Abundantly, Right Now!
I had the privilege of writing a guest post for her recently (as she was enjoying maternity leave with her precious baby boy). It is an article aimed at new moms, and I had so much fun putting it together for Elsie and her readers at Richly Rooted!
CLICK HERE to read my “Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World: 10 Tips for New Moms” guest post at RichlyRooted.com.
If you are looking for more ways to simplify your living space, I encourage you to purchase your own copy of The Simple Home Handbook today! Elsie was kind enough to give us a copy to review and we truly enjoyed the inspiring content!