Simplify Your Life – Book 5

Can you believe it?

We have already arrived at the last Friday of the month!

Where is this year going?!?!?

Since it is the last Friday of the month…that means it’s time for my book review! πŸ™‚

I finished this book last Friday actually – while my little girl was taking a nice, long nap and I was soaking my pregnant feet. Well, not like my feet are pregnant, but – you get the picture.

It was one of the ones on my 2011 Book List. It’s entitled Simplify Your Life and is written by Marcia Ramsland.


You can take a peek inside the book or order it (currently selling for $10.19 at amazon).

And now, here is my honest opinion of the book:

First, Ramsland covers broad and specific topics in this book. I mean, she’s trying to simplify your life, so that’s a pretty broad topic! Chapters include:

  • Simplify Your Daily Schedule
  • Maximize Mealtimes
  • Conquer Cleaning and Clutter
  • Simplify Your Worklife
  • Simplify Your Parenting
  • Simplify Your Holidays

See what I mean by broad and specific? One thing I love about Ramsland’s books (I also read herΒ Simplify Your Space last year) is that she is very specific and practical about what needs to be done in order to simplify and gain order. She constantly gives practical tips she has used either in her own life or in a client’s life.

In her chapter on laundry and clutter, Ramsland shares one of her “laundry principles.” She says the best way to get on top of the never-ending laundry pile is to make a schedule of when to do your loads & then, when you do them, do it all in one day. That means, wash, dry, fold, and put away all on Saturday (or whatever day) instead of wash Monday,

forget about the last load in the washer,

wash it again on Wednesday because it stink-eth,


place on couch.

Hope husband folds them.

Watch child have a great time throwing them on the floor.

Realize company is coming in 1/2 an hour.

Furiously fold clothes and stuff them in drawers.

Now, I’m not giving that as an example because it’s happened to me…only because I think it’s happened to you.

πŸ˜‰ hehehe okay, well, mayyyybe. but just once.

Anyway, I’ve been adopting this laundry habit of “in the wash & the drawers” on the same day and you would not believe the order it creates in my home. Seriously. It’s amazing.

My fave chapter in the book is the one entitled “Simplify Your Holidays.”

I especially love how she went into detail about simplifying the Christmas season. Filled with practical suggestions and charts, this chapter is definitely going to be my friend come October.

Wait, did I say October? Yes, in fact, I did. That’s because Halloween is 8 weeks before Christmas day. That is when I’m going to begin planning my Christmas season this year. Gifts, decor, family/guests, cards, baking, crafting…yessirreebob, I will be organized. I love to make holidays special by doing special family things, but the only way that will happen is if I’m organized enough to find and plan for those outings.

On page 155, Ramsland advises keeping a holiday notebook every year in which to record everything about your Christmas. That way, you will see – on paper – what works and what doesn’t from year to year.

Personally, I love Christmas time. What I don’t like is the stress that seems to pervade everyone’s lives and homes. At a time when we should be spending more time worshiping Jesus and celebrating His coming to earth, it’s easy to overlook it all in favor of a few new cookie recipes or trimming the tree.

So, what do you do to make your holiday season more Christ-centered?


  1. Christina says:

    do you buy all your books off Amazon? if not, where?

    thinking of buying 1-2 to take on vacation in a few weeks since that is pretty much the only time I get to read right now! πŸ™‚

    Thinking this one might be one I might buy (although I have other get organized/simplify books) but they haven’t done the trick yet. Probably because they sit misplaced and not even on the bookshelf – LOL! πŸ™‚

  2. Christa says:

    I do buy most of my books from amazon – sometimes new or used, depending on the price and how many swagbucks I have available. πŸ™‚

    It depends on your organizational goal, but if you mainly want to organize your home, I would recommend her Simplify Your Space book over Simplify Your Life. She also has a Simplify Your Time – I bought that but haven’t read it yet. So I would get as specific as you can with your organizational goal, then buy a book to help you reach it. My hubby was very thankful for the effect “Simplify Your Space” had on me. πŸ™‚

    let me know what you decide and if you like it!

  3. Sayrah says:

    Yea for finishing another book! That sounds like a great one.

    As far as what helps my Christmas stay Christ-centered and not have the meaning lost jumbled in with wrapping paper, organization really does help. Sometimes I’ve had goals of things to do to make the true meaning of Christmas more meaningful and I have even gotten stressed with that. So sometimes for me it means just cutting things – even good things – out.

  4. Christina says:

    I didn’t get an email that you had replied to this?? just happened to come back and see it.

    thanks! think I am going to go with “Organized Simplicity – The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living”. I know how to organize my stuff but need the time to do it and the challenge to live simply instead of “collect” pretty things that then take time to keep organized.! πŸ™‚

    I sort of want an overview of everything, not just how to organize room by room as I can do that myself.

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