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Hi. I am Elizabeth. 

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Book Review: A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

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Hi friends! 

One of my goals this year, is to read one book a month (at least). In January, I picked up The Simplified Life by Emily Ley. I have followed Emily on social  media for awhile. I loved her book Grace Not Perfection, and I was excited to read The Simplified Life, especially since “simplify” is my word for 2018. 

Bryan and I decided to read this book together, and implement some of her strategies for simplifying out lives and home routines. This book is chock full of practical ideas to simplify your home and life. And even though it is geared toward women, Bryan got a lot out of it as well. 

I want to share my take aways with you and how they have been life changing in the Noel home. 

  • 1 load of laundry a day- I used to have a "laundry day" where I would try to get all the laundry, towels and sheets done from the week before. I felt like I was constantly behind. I now do one load of laundry- start to finish (wash, dry, fold, put away) each day. Now our hampers don't stay crammed full, and my laundry room doesn't look like a laundry bomb went off. Simplified laundry- check.
  • wash dishes and unload the dishwasher before bed- Dishes and laundry are my least favorite chores, so I was up for a new challenge to simplify that as well.  We now load the dishwasher throughout the day, and wash the dishes after dinner. We unload the dishes before we go to bed, and start fresh the next day. Again, I am not sure how this simple change is so life changing, but now I am only doing dishes once a day instead of what seemed to be a million times. Simplified dishes- check. 
  • set out everything for the next morning- We set out everything we will need for our morning routine the night before. We set out everyones clothes, pack most of Dex's lunch, set out the everything we need to make Dex's lunch, coffee and tea necessities, etc. It has made our mornings so much smoother, and we don't feel rushed at all. Simplified morning routine- check. 
  • have a drawer for all the lunchbox necessities- One thing that Emily discussed in the book is how putting like things together makes for more simplified routines. We made a "lunchbox drawer" that holds water bottles, sandwich bags, applesauce pouches, sunbutter, etc. We have everything there so that we don't have to go to three different drawers to make one lunch. It has been so helpful to rearrange our kitchen to function for us. Simplified kitchen- check.
  • clean out all drawers and closets- only keep your favorites- This was huge for me. I LOVE clothes and shoes and bags. I keep sentimental items, "I might need this one day" items, etc. But I went through everything and cleaned 5 bags out of my dresser and closet. I feel so free, and I am able to be a little more creative with what I do have! I also set a new rule- if I get something new, I get rid of something. Simplified Closet- check. 
  • journal next to the bed- This has also been life changing. I keep a journal next to the bed and every night before I go to bed, I write down everything in my brain. Like everything. Then I close it, and I can sleep without a million thoughts in my head. It has been glorious. I have such a hard time shutting my brain off to sleep- but not anymore! I take the journal and fill my calendar and to do list the next morning. Simplified sleep- check. 
  • trim down social media- I am still working on this one. I am really trimming down my facebook friends list and who I follow on instagram. The time I spend on social media, I want to be fruitful and encouraging, so I am being very conscious about what/who is on my social media feeds. 

I highly, highly recommend this book. It was great to read at the beginning of the year while I was working on goals for the year. Pick up a copy! 

If you have read it, I would love to know what you took away from it. 

I can’t wait to share what I have been reading in February with you! 

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