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A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

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Clear the Clutter Once and for All

Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed?

Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands th
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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Michelle Cynthia
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I ordered this book after enjoying the author’s interview on Jen Hatmaker’s Podcast. She seemed more relatable in the Podcast than this book. I thought I might want to underline or write in it (there are pages to make lists), but nothing moved me enough to lift a pen. When the book was over, I said to myself, “That’s it?” The ideas are more article-worthy than book-worthy. The chapter on decluttering feels like a vague blurb compared to Marie Kondo’s book. The author’s kids are still quite young ...more
Ashley  Brooks
I really wanted to love this book, but it just fell flat for me. There wasn't anything new here. Rather than taking her own perspective on simplifying or going deeper into the conversation, Emily Ley rehashed what's already been written about hundreds of times in other books and blogs. This might be a good starting point for someone who has literally never entertained the thought of simplifying their life, or for someone who's never read a simplicity/minimalism blog before. Overall, it just felt ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily Ley is known for her creation, the Simplified Planner, and now has come out with this useful resource for simplifying your life to what matters. She shares practical strategies, systems, and tips for clearing clutter, organizing, and prioritizing what matters —mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The book is divided in ten key areas to implement her tactical tools for simplifying life, including: your home, style, meals, schedule, finances, hospitality, technology, self care ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but was so disappointed after reading it for a couple reasons:

1) It's basic. If my life was a disastrous mess and I was on the verge of being a hoarder, then yes, this has some ideals to shift my thinking. But as a working mom who has it mostly together, this was just a waste. The only "tip" I got and used was to put my kids' socks in a different spot (by their shoes). And I agree with other reviews - she never addresses how to deal with a traditional job. I ca
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m all about simplifying and organizing, so this book was one after my OCD heart. It’s full of tips about simplifying ten different areas of your life to help create time and space to focus on what matters most to you. Even though I’ve done a lot of decluttering this year, this book absolutely makes me want to walk my house with a handful of trash bags and just get rid of everything.

If you’re interested in reading more about Emily’s story, definitely pick up Grace, Not Perfection instead of thi
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I think I would have absolutely loved this in my 30s when raising two young children. This is nicely laid out in diary/workbook format. Ley looks at ordinary life habits that can be made more efficient and effective such as cooking, cleaning, wardrobe, number of commitments, finances, etc. It is good that she also includes self-care and faith. She does not go into much detail in really any of these areas; just offers them up as areas that could use some examination in order to prioritize and rel ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Emily Ley’s tips work if you’re a middle class white woman (or so it felt to me the entire time I was reading). The organization of the chapters is helpful: simplified faith, simplified meal planning, and simplified mothering, to name a few. The reflective questions in each paragraph are helpful, too.

However, as I was reading, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Some of these won’t work for many women.” Emily talks about investing in good high quality clothes and make-up or engaging in a weekl
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
There were parts of this book I really liked and I like its overall message of simplicity, but it fell a bit flat for me. I thought it would have more tactical tips like what Emily has shared on Instagram, so I was disappointed that it didn't. I also did not like all of the religious references. That was a big turnoff for me. As someone without kids, I couldn't relate to a lot of it. I wanted to like this book more, but it was just okay.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: homemaking
I heard so many good things about this book from bloggers and on podcast that I was expecting so much more. Really there was no new information in this book. I might even classify this book as an adulting book- how to. This book tries to give tips in so many areas that there is no depth to it. This might be a good book for learning how to simplify your life if it is overly chaotic and you didn't learn some of these skill in high school/college. But really you can find all this information on the ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick easy read that was full of practical info and helpful tips. There were so many specific small ideas to help promote change in your life and home. I recommend this to any person (probably more comfortably geared for women) that is wanting to feel less overwhelmed and more fulfilled.

I plan on easing myself into more intentional living using the advice given in this book!
Beth Lind
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good advice shared in a non-woo woo way. It actually inspired me to tackle some closets and cabinets and get rid of some clutter.
Laura Radniecki
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I LOVED this book. The writing style, the photos, the message, the motivation I gleaned from it and the decluttering and overall simplifying that happened in my heart and in my home after reading it. It's going to be a book I reread at least every 6 months to remind me of what really matters.
Melissa Shafer
Dec 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read a number of books on organizing my life. This one is certainly the most beautiful I've seen. The stunning photographs add a sense of warmth to what can be a very difficult process.

Ley helps us simplify ten areas of life. In each area, she has us take an inventory, set up accountability and gives resources, and helps us create successful routines. The goal is for all of these to work together to create the life we truly desire. Part of the process is discovering our gifts and creating
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"A Simplified Life" by Emily Ley is a gorgeous, practical tool to help you give your home peace, life and tranquility. This lovely hardcover is a coffee style book with the exception that you can write in it as you go along. It a planner where you are able to schedule and simplify areas of your life.

Emily walks the reader through 10 areas in simplifying: Self-care, Faith, Motherhood, finances, hospitality, technology, schedules, meal planning, personal style and space at home. In every single a
Sarah Curry
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you are new to the concept of simplification, this would be a good start. The book briefly glosses over 10 areas in which you can be more intentional and therefore make life less crazy. There were a few questions that were posed at the beginning and at the end that really made me think: "What do I wish my home communicated to my family?" and "What virtues do you wish to instill in your children?" There were also a couple personal examples she gave in regards to parenting that were insightful, ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simplify. I LOVE everything about this book!! I have read many books that claim to have all the answers and fall very short. This book on the other hand is very well written, has useful and practical guidelines and covers a variety of topics. Many of the things explained in the book I already do, I am very good about dealing with clutter and keeping organized. BUT even to those people like me who are already organized, Emily has some great advice. My favorite chapters are the ones about style, h ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book is perfect for simplifying your life and getting a handle on the new year. From the polished cover, font, and photos throughout the book down to the content of the actual narrative. This is the perfect read for someone ready to simplify their life to more fully enjoy what you've been given. I am taking her words and tools to heart and am excited to be finally purging my life (especially my closet) of all the items that will not assist me in living "intentionally." It i ...more
Hunter Mallone
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the book I needed. I told myself I would read through it once then do what she suggested. Nope, I wanted the freedom that she talked about. I found myself deleting apps that I thought I would someday use and realizing that if I do need them in the future I can download them, but they do not have to be using up my storage or screen. My computer runs smoother now! My makeup... Well I can finally see my vanity. The rest I will go back and do, but the tech guidelines were amazing! I have bo ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick little read about organizing everything about your life, from your schedule to your closet. It ALMOST inspired me to buy a day planner (even though I've never been able to use one!!), but it DID inspire me to crack open my closet and pare down my shelves and clothes. Why keep it unless you love it, right? Live and let go. Tons of beautiful pictures of the author and her family, her creative space, and her environment. It's nice to read such a beautifully put together book. Now, to return i ...more
Sarah Lee
Overall a good book with some ideas and tips to simplify your life. If you are not a mother and not religious skip the book though, that's why I marked it down one star. I really enjoyed reading it and it kept my attention. However there are many mentions to religion and god in the book, easy enough to skip over but still there. Also I'm a mom of teens so a lot of the kids stuff is no longer applicable to me. And I'm single, so anything about marriage and partnership was lost on me.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Beautiful pictures. But essentially, what it boils down to is: get rid of nearly all of your stuff. Have only furniture in white or grey. Have huge rooms in your house with hardly any furniture. Dress cute and carry a cup of tea for your "self-care". Plan your meals. Get rid of more stuff. Have a budget. Have only a few clothes that you love. Not anything new here--but her format is beautiful...and does make you want to get rid of EVERYTHING!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There was so much to enjoy in this book - simple, straightforward writing, anecdotes, some humor, and practicality. I may buy a copy for myself as there are multiple pages of reflection to fill out. The only thing I didn’t appreciate was the author writing that it’s not about perfection when all her photos show a perfect home. In general though, thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to putting her words into action.
Kelli Doherty
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author is so sweet and kind, but I think there’s a double standard in the book. She often says “don’t buy anything” and “it doesn’t have to ‘look’ perfect” but all the photographs are depicting nothing but perfection.
There were a few good tips I was able to grab, but for the most part, I’m already doing a lot of these things because they’re just common sense.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is like a good cup of coffee for the soul. Reminders that it’s okay to scale down to enjoy more of what you already have. I read this on vacation which really set me up mentally to come back to the busyness of the real world I live in. Very practical and interactive. I can’t decide if I liked this or Grace Not Perfection more.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot give this book enough stars. There are so many books, blogs, videos, etc about simplifying - it's overwhelming and certainly not simplified. But this book... this book makes it simple and has really spoken to my frazzled, working-mama heart. This one will stay in my special collection always.
Christina DeVane
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved so many things about this book and it was perfect for the start of the new year!! My favorite sections were on simplified space and simplified calendar. Not everything in the book was for me, but looking forward to implementing the nuggets I took away from it.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Erin Mosier
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very practical ideas and steps to help create less clutter and stuff in your heart and home.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really helpful and practical book - I really enjoyed all the tips and suggestions for simplifying my life.
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