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Soulful Simplicity: An Interview with Courtney Carver

Soulful Simplicity

In a world that screams for more, is it possible to live with less?

Simplicity expert and author, Courtney Carver, not only believes it’s possible, she’s proof that you can.

A wake-up call from her doctor was all it took for Courtney to realize that there’s more to life than the pursuit of more.  With a new outlook on life, she learned how to let go of busyness and the obsession with material things and exchanged them for a lifestyle of simplicity, peace, and joy.

Now she wants to help you do the same.

In her new book, Soulful Simplicity, Courtney shows us how to pare down not only our closets but our mental and emotional spaces. Providing tips for living a life of practical minimalism, she outlines how to cut out the clutter, dig out of debt and make the space and time for ourselves and loved ones. Along the way, Courtney shares her personal story with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)—how the stress of working at a job that didn’t align with her heart impacted her health, and how she identified the source of her debt and rebuilt her financial future.

In this honest and thought-provoking interview, Courtney and I discuss:

  • the details of the wake-up call that started her on the journey to simplicity
  • the steps she took to bring simplicity to her heart, home and life
  • how our emotions keep us from a lifestyle of simplicity and how to overcome them
  • the importance of understanding your “why” before you get to the “how”
  • the choices we make and how they affect our ability to have a simpler lifestyle
  • her minimalist fashion challenge Project 333,
  • her Busy Boycott
  • and much more!

If you are overwhelmed, stressed out and exhausted from a life of too much, this interview (and book) is for you! 

About Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver changed her life by simplifying it after a devastating diagnosis in 2006. She’s the founder of and has been featured in countless articles, podcasts, and interviews on simplicity, and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, which was featured in O Magazine and Real Simple. In her new book Soulful Simplicity Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives. You can connect with Courtney on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Soulful SimplicityLeave a comment below with your thoughts about the interview, Courtney’s journey, or her challenge to us to live with less and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of her new book, Soulful Simplicity! The drawing ends January 5, 2018, and is only open to US residents.














Summer Reading: 8 Books to Help You Let Go of the Clutter

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to start making a list of all the books you want to read while you’re hanging out by the pool, relaxing on the beach, or waiting for your plane.

8 books to help you let go of the clutter

As an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for new books.  Whatever the genre, I love curling up with a good book and passing the time. As I was checking out some of the new releases in a magazine I picked up at the library, I came across a book on decluttering.  It looked intriguing so I wondered what other good books might be out there on the topic.

There were quite a few so I decided to round them up and share them with you just in time for your summer vacation. I haven’t read any of them, but I’m definitely adding them to my summer reading list!

8 Books to Help You Let Go of the Clutter

While these are not specific how-to decluttering guides, they do offer insights into the lives of others as they faced what to do with all the stuff they had accumulated and how they finally were able to let go.  Ranging from memoirs to motivational books, these 8 books can inspire you to let go of the clutter that’s weighing you down.

  1.  Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh.  Decluttering guru, Peter Walsh, shares his experience of downsizing his childhood home and parent’s possessions.  Using illustrations from his own journey,  Walsh helps readers turn decluttering and downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with practical takeaways and useful tips.
  2. Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. This is not the story of an organizing expert, but rather the tale of an ordinary guy who was so stressed out by his excess he decided to say goodbye to the things he didn’t absolutely need.  In return, he found freedom, focus and a sense of gratitude for everything around him.  While sharing of his journey towards a minimalist lifestyle, Sasaki offers specific tips to minimize the excess around you.
  3. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. Following the success of her Happiness Project, Rubin decided to turn the experiment towards her own home to see if she could create a calming and energizing place.  Giving herself one school year, Rubin dedicated herself to making her home an environment of simplicity, comfort, and love. Following her example, you can find more happiness and contentment in your own home and life.
  4. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.  Simple Living pioneer, Francine Jay,  revises her popular book, The Joy of Less, with a newly redesigned edition.  Within this new update, Jay shares her steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success.
  5. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup.  New York Times Bestselling Author, Ruth Soukup, shares personal stories and practical action plans to help you take back your life from all the stuff that’s weighing you down. She will inspire and empower you to finally declutter not only your home but your mind and soul as well.
  6. The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi. Fans of Marie Kondo will enjoy this book, the original inspiration for her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. With practical and inspiring insights, Tatsumi offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to get rid of your clutter and find the joy that’s been eluding you.
  7. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. In an attempt to minimalize his own life, Becker discovered that living with less and letting go of what you own you can, in fact, maximize your life.  With practical suggestions and encouragement, Becker will help you see how taking possessions out of your life actually gives it back to you.
  8. Everything That Remains, A Memoir by The Minimalists. What do you do when your mom dies and your marriage falls apart in the same month? You start looking for answers.  That’s exactly what Joshua Fields Millburn, one-half of the team known as The Minimalists, did.  In the process, he gave up a six-figure career and embraced a lifestyle of simplicity.  Everything That Remains is the touching and personal story of one man’s quest to let go of everything and start living more deliberately.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to dig into some of these books! Not only am I interested in how to live with less clutter, I’m curious about the personal journeys the authors went through to bring them to the point where they are now.  That’s because I know that getting organized isn’t just a process.  It’s a journey that can transform us in ways we’ve never imagined.

I hope you’ll check out some of these books this summer, as well as my other organizing book recommendations.  They are plenty of summer afternoons to get them all read!

Have you heard or read any of these books about letting go?

Do you have any other books you’d suggest adding to the list?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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The 20 Best Books for Organizing Your Home, Your Kids & Your Time :: 31 Days to Get Things In Order (Day 26)

20 best books for organizing

I am an avid reader.  I don’t care if it’s fiction or non-fiction, a magazine article or a blog post, I am always reading something.

When I was a young girl one of my favorite things to do was visit the library.  I remember asking my parents to drop me off at the main public library on a Saturday morning and then staying there for hours.  I would walk up and down every aisle browsing the hundreds of book titles available, and reading all the book flaps looking for a story that would tell me about someone’s life or take me to another part of the world for a little while.

I’m still that way today!  I love visiting the library or the bookstore and just perusing all the amazing options there are for me to loose myself for a few hours. Reading truly is one of my favorite pastimes.

Because of my strong passion for reading, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share my favorite organizing books that can help you organize your home, your kids and your time. The information contained in these books can make all the difference in your efforts to get organized.  Knowledge is power and the best way I know to gain knowledge is by reading.

20 Best Books for Organizing

So here are what I consider to be the 20 best books for organizing your home, kids and time, divided up into 4 different categories:

For kids


About kids/students


Home Organization


Time Managementeat that frog

Confucius said, “You cannot open a book without learning something.” Taking some time to read through these books can increase your learning, help you become more organized, and transform your life.  It’s a great way to set you on the path to get things in order, why not pick up one and start reading today?

Which of these books have you read before? How did it help you get organized?

Which of these books are new to you that you might want to read?

Have any other favorite organizing books you want to share?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

31 days blog graphicThis post is part of a 31 day challenge to help you get things in order in your life and in your home.  To read all the posts in this series, click here.



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5 Must-read Books for Helping your Child Get Organized

As parents, we all want our children to do well in school. But have you ever thought that your child’s success in school depends, in some part, in their ability to be organized?

Good organizational skills can help a child turn work in on time, get better grades, manage long-term projects better, and reduce the stress and frustration in the child-parent relationship. In short, being organized is a win-win for everyone.

But what if you’ve tried to help your child get organized and he isn’t getting it?  Today I want to share with you 5 Must-Read Books that can help you help your child get organized.  They are 5 of the best books out there, offering sound advice, practical ideas, and a few things that you may have never even thought about!

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5 Must- Read Books:

So grab your coffee, find a comfy seat, and dig in.  I can promise you, there is great treasure in these books!  What you do with the treasure, is up to you.