Hi Hart Beat! Happy Sunday! Pedro and I have been playing it low key this weekend so I’ve been spending lots of time going through books that I’ve got piled up all over the apartment. One book that I read in February that I keep finding myself being drawn back to has been on my mind in need of a post for months. Have you read Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle yet?
I was drawn to the book after this blog post by Erin on Cup of Jo. After reading Erin’s 14 tips for living in a small space, I started reading Erin’s blog Reading My Tea Leaves daily. Lucky for me right around this time Erin’s book Simple Matters came out and I was able to purchase it immediately. The book, like Erin’s blog, is all about finding simple and elegant ways of living with less in this heavy materialistic world. The inspiration for Erin’s book (and blog from what I’m understanding) is the teeny, tiny spaces that she and her husband, and now baby, have lived over the years. Currently Erin, her husband and their daughter live in a 500 square foot apartment in Brooklyn. Pedro and I live in an apartment bigger than that! I would be lying if, more than the famous Marie Kondo book, Simple Matters has changed the way that I live my life.
Simple Matters is broken into nine sections: decluttering, simplifying, organizing, decorating, bath & beauty, getting dressed, cooking & entertaining, cleaning, and thriving. In these sections, Erin writes about how instead of filling our lives with lots of cheap things that we don’t really like, we should surround ourselves with well made, long lasting objects. And, more importantly, only the objects that we really need.
Far from lacking sentimentality over the things in my house, I actually feel a kind of reverence for them. They’ve been carefully chosen and considered. When I think about adding a new thing to my home, I think first of its beauty, second of its utility, and finally of its staying power. Objects that have a timeless appeal are my favorite things: a set of linen napkins, white plates, wooden spoons.
The book is full of tips like this and so many of them have changed the way I think about my apartment and my things. This post about not buying any beauty products until all of the ones I already own are finished was directly inspired from Simple Matters.
So if you find yourself looking for a little spring cleaning kick, you hated Marie Kondo’s book and found it completely overwhelming, or you just want something pretty to look at while drinking your morning coffee, I highly recommend Simple Matters.