(or, you can grab the audio version)
Much of this content “saw the light of day” for the first time here on the blog. Many of you made suggestions on what you’d like to see in the book, and I wrote additional content to address those areas.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, this will feel familiar. For those who are fairly new to the blog, this will be a helpful guide for the approach to simplicity that we recommend.
“This book is highly engaging. Mike has the unique ability to communicate important truths in an easy-to-understand, highly-inspirational way. This book will motivate you to simplify life and focus on what’s most important.” – Joshua Becker (blogger at becomingminimalist.com and bestselling author of Simpify and Living with Less)
I wanted to produce a “jump-start” guide to decluttering our lives. Obviously, I don’t cover everything. But I tried to touch on those things that most people tend to ask about when it comes to simplifying our lives.
The content is broken into two sections:
Part One: A Case for a Simpler Life
- 1- Are you too busy?
- 2- Minimalism Defined
- 3- What’s Most Important…To You?
- 4- The Other Side of Complexity
- 5- A Less Traveled Road
Part Two: Practical Tips for Decluttering
- 6- A Tool You Can’t Live Without
- 7- Declutter Your Mind
- 8- Declutter Your Schedule
- 9- Declutter Your Email Inbox
- 10- Declutter Your Bookshelf
- 11- Declutter Your Paperwork
- 12- Declutter Your Home & Workspaces
- 13- Declutter Your Relationships
- 14- Drastic Measures
CLICK HERE to purchase Simpler.
This book makes the case that it IS possible to live a clutter-free life with kids in the house. Well, at least “clutter-free…ish.” I say “ish” because it’s a constant effort. When you have kids in the house, the mess keeps coming. As a father of six children, I can relate! But you don’t have to surrender to the complexity! You really can gain control of the clutter that plagues you.
In preparation for my previously released eBook, (Simpler), I asked my friends and blog readers for suggestions on what to include. Several people recommended discussing the specific challenges of decluttering when you have kids. As I thought about what might be helpful, it became clear that the content required it’s own book. So, Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House was born.
This is all new content, written specifically for this book. I have used some of it for the blog (and will continue to do so), but it existed in the book first.
- 1- “Is Decluttering Really That Important?”
- 2- 6 Kids & Mostly Sane (A personal story)
- 3- Don’t Focus on the Clutter
- 4- Proper Expectations
- 5- Baby Steps=The Cure for the Time Dilemma
- 6- First, Stop the Inflow!
- 7- Practice the “One-In-One-Out” Rule
- 8- A Home for Everything
- 9- Process to Zero
- 10- Get Everyone Involved
- 11- Make it Fun! – 10 Decluttering Games for Kids & Their Parents
- 12- Let Your Priorities Drive Your Decisions
CLICK HERE to purchase Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House.
Join Brother and Sis on their journey of turning a very messy situation into Room to Play!
This book was written for preschool and elementary aged children. It presents both a REASON and a METHOD for decluttering their room.
It is playfully illustrated by two sisters (still kids themselves) in a sort of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” style. The writing is fun, and it helps kids learn about the process of sorting and decluttering. Our hope is that it will help parents teach these things to their kids and make it enjoyable.
Included in the ebook is a link for free printables that coincide with the book, including:
- Room to Play – Matching Game
- Room to Play – Word Scramble
- Room to Play – Crossword Puzzle
- Room to Play – 3 Labels for Sorting
- Room to Play – Word Search
- Room to Play – Spot the Differences
- Room to Play – Find the Pencils
- Room to Play – Decorate the Room
- Room to Play – Organize the Shelf
“I read this book to my son Asa who is 4 years old he loved it!!! Asked me to read it again. He especially loved the last page when it talked about the kids dreaming of no cleaning. As I was reading it to him he was very engaged in the book, he thought the pictures were funny and especially loved the mom dancing a jig. It has been a couple days since we read the book and he still remembers what it said and has been cleaning up a lot more than he ever did before. I would say that’s a win!!! Thank you Jen for using your talent and writing a phenomenal book ” -Angielange (Amazon Reviewer)
CLICK HERE to purchase Room to Play.