Simple Matters

Simple Matters

Living With Less and Ending up With More

Book - 2015
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Erin Boyle shares practical guidance and personal insights on small-space living and conscious consumption. At once pragmatic and philosophical, Simple Matters is a nod to the growing consensus that living simply and purposefully is more sustainable not only for the environment, but for our own happiness and well-being, too. Boyle embraces the notion that "living small" is beneficial and accessible to us all--whether we're renting a tiny apartment or purchasing a three-story house. Filled with personal essays, projects, and helpful advice on how to be inventive and resourceful in a tight space, Simple Matters shows that living simply is about making do with less and ending up with more: more free time, more time with loved ones, more savings, and more things of beauty.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Image,, 2015
ISBN: 9781419718632
Characteristics: 191 pages :,colour illustrations


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Dec 22, 2018

Great for someone wanting to get on the right track!

katbee Jun 24, 2017

She has good ideas that I want to work toward, such as : using less plastic, having natural cleaning supplies and simplifying baby gear. I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the later chapters I skipped around to what interested me.

Nov 02, 2016

It was more useful than some books in that the author shared many specific examples of making do with less stuff. Might be helpful to those just building their home and adult lives.

It is very similar to the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Mar 07, 2016

Let's start with the obvious. This book is beautiful to hold and read. The book design and photographs are lovely. The writing is also surprisingly lovely.

The whole effect is the romanticizing of rustic simplicity, akin to indulging in a confectionary pastry.

While there is some pragmatic advice, much of it is also quite romantic. Some of the advice, while ecological sound, does feel a bit more to do with aesthetics than sustainability.

This is a nice overview of one type of simplicity, but certainly not comprehensive, nor a deep-dive. Much of the content would not be new information to anyone with even the most cursory understanding of the subject or a modicum of common sense.

Lastly, like many simplicity-materialism books and materials, I think there are racial and classist biases at play here. The reality is that not all of us cannot access or afford the sum or parts of the lifestyle choices presented here.

Additionally, throwing out what you have, to replace it with a more "sustainable" alternative, does not seem inherently sustainable. Despite being about having less stuff, it's still about STUFF and still materialistic.

In total, an imperfect but fun distraction in a beautiful package.

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