Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More by Erin Boyle
Erin Boyle, the voice behind the wildly popular blog on minimalism Reading My Tea Leaves, has written a book that explores the concept of living with less but enjoying more. As in her blog, Simple Matters focuses on the small moments, like the way light bounces off her kitchen table, a small box of toys and the hours of enjoyment it can provide, and a sparse bed for peaceful sleeping. We could all take a page from her book and learn to simplify and organize:
"How do you simplify in a world that's so complicated? Where kitchen gadgets blink and squawk? Where foods come with novel-length ingredient lists? Where our clothing circles the globe before landing in our drawers? How do we go about keeping things simple? Where do we begin? And if we do begin, does it make a difference? I think it would be helpful to return to the original simplicity seeker, Henry David Thoreau. In reaction to the rapid industrialization he saw around his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau decided to step away for a while. Here are his famous words:
'I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived . . . I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life . . . '"