While the idea of living “small” isn’t particularly new, Erin Boyle’s approach in “Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More” sheds a refreshing, approachable light on the seemingly daunting topic. In addition to being released to the public online and in-store tomorrow, the book will appropriately launch to a select crowd at the SoHo NYC outpost of French inspired minimalist Japanese fashion designer, Pas de Calais.
Erin’s blog, “Reading in My Tea Leaves” explores multiple facets of downsizing material possessions for more efficient living. Her series “Life in a Tiny Apartment” stresses the importance of organization, and holding onto the things that are truly find useful. Her personal approach is relatable, and doesn’t come across as too aspirational or idealist.
In a recent interview with Architectural Digest, Erin helps tear down perceived obstacles one might face in starting to downsize. “I think when people start on the path to simplicity there’s this idea that it requires an enormous amount of your personal resources of time and energy for researching. In many cases living simply is so much more obvious than we believe.”
From the Publisher:
For anyone looking to declutter, organize, and simplify, author 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.