It seems that everyone wants to help you on your quest to simplify your life. There are at least three books available today called Simplify Your Life, and there are many others with that phrase in the title.
Then, there’s a whole world of other books about the subject of simple living that may not have that exact phrase associated with them.
Let’s simplify our discussion of these books, however, by focusing on three of these useful and interesting books. Here’s a little about each one.
Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter
By Elaine St. James
This version of Simplify Your Life is for people — perhaps like you — who are starting to feel overwhelmed by everything life requires. This book’s aim is to help you find greater peace of mind by slowing down and considering how your lifestyle impacts your happiness.
Chapters cover finances, personal relationships, careers, household issues and health, among other things.
You don’t have to be cheap or give away your stuff to understand and benefit from the 100 simple tips in this book. You will, however, have to think about how you live now and how you can live better if you make some changes.
Simplify Your Life: How to de-Clutter & de-Stress Your Way to Happiness
By Sam Davidson
Sam Davidson knows something about lists of things you don’t need in your life. In fact, he wrote a book called 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need — available from Amazon. In his version of Simplify Your Life, however, he tells personal stories and offers practical advice designed to help you decide what matters most to you.
He points out tried-and-true, step-by-step methods for making your life simpler day by day. For Davidson, it’s all about balance. Decluttering and prioritizing are tops on his list.
Davidson is a cool guy who co-founded Cool People Care, a company that raises money for charity with its merchandise lines. He’s written several other books too.
3. Simplify Your Life: Get Organized And Stay That Way
By Marcia Ramsland
Intended specifically for women, Marcia Ramsland’s version of Simplify Your Life is about reducing stress and mess. Pulling from the Women of Faith ideology — a Christian women’s group — she creates a grace-based approach to putting your life and home in order.
She calls her approach the PuSH philosophy. Focused on doing projects, creating user-friendly systems and establishing habits, her book is an “order of worship”, so to speak, for getting organized.
Some of her ideas have been seen before — like the two-minute pickup and her steps to cleaning a room — but there’s plenty of new, faith-based advice and instruction too.
And Many More
There are lots of other resources that include something about simplifying your life.
Among them is The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay. Published in 2010, this is an up-to-date guide that anyone would find useful.
You might also find value in How To Simplify Your Life: Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life by Werner Kustenmacher.
The Christian women’s devotional leader Joyce Meyer also has a book called 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. If you like Ramsland’s ideas above, you’ll enjoy Meyer’s book too.
All of these titles and many others are available on Amazon — and your favorite bookstore too.
Simplifying your life can be as easy as making a few small changes every day aimed at diminishing your dependence on material possessions and increasing your dependence on your own ability to make complex situations simpler and easier to manage.
Soon, you’ll be showing others the ways you’re simplifying your life.
You might even write a book of your own. But may I suggest you find a different title? There are plenty of great books already using this one.