3-2-1 Stop: Stop Running and Start Living + Giveaway! (closed)

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Ever since I started on my own journey towards simplicity 6 years ago, I have enjoyed reading the success stories of others on a similar journey.  That was the case when I recently read the e-book by Lorilee Lipincott, titled 3-2-1 Stop ~ Stop Running and Start Living.  As you know this is a topic near and dear to my heart and Lorilee’s journey is very similar to mine except of course for the parts where she downsized her family of four into a small apartment and is working on traveling the world :)


321 Stop – stop running and start living

I was so impressed with Lorilee’s book that I couldn’t wait to tell you about it.  Whether you are just starting to think about simplifying your life or well on your travels with it, this book is for you.  I love reading her passion come through loud and clear in the pages as she shares what made her want to get off the fast track and consider a way of life that is far from society’s standards.  It is possible and can be done.  I am proof of that and so is Lorilee.  I don’t have any doubt that you’ll be inspired and challenged all at the same time and ready to delve into making some lasting changes for you and your family that don’t involve chaos and clutter.  Doesn’t that sound awesome?

Lorilee’s book is 96 pages of sage advice, without preaching or judgement, centered around the topic of simplifying your stuff, space and self.  It is written from a Christian perspective but is still relevant and practical for those that aren’t Christians.

3-2-1 Stop is a how-to memoir of learning to love simple living. Lorilee uses personal stories, as well as tips learned along the way, showing how to create a life that makes space for what is most important. Embracing minimalism, she tackles and teaches how to make the hard decisions of simplify the home as well as the schedule. She understands that a full life, really doesn’t need to be that ‘full’ at all. Beyond that, Lorilee addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that keeps our souls running.

I love how Lorilee shares how her journey is not over yet.  Here is an excerpt from her book:

“Minimalizing stuff is a continual process. This surprised me. Last spring, we went through all our stuff in painful detail so we could move to our apartment. I thought that after we went through it once most of the work would be done. But I discovered, more and more stuff that I originally thought was necessary, I now wanted to get rid of. Several more times in the last few months, I’ve gone through our stuff and found more that we could trash, donate, and sell.”

You see, it doesn’t have to happen all at once.  It’s baby steps, one day at a time, one pile at a time!

Today Lorilee has kindly offered to giveaway THREE pdf copies of her e-book, 3-2-1 StopTo enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post, prior to Tuesday, May 8th at 4:00 pm PST telling me what area of your life you’d like to simplify the most.  Open to everyone and winners will be selected at random from the comments left.

Good luck everyone!

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142 Responses to 3-2-1 Stop: Stop Running and Start Living + Giveaway! (closed)

  1. 1
    Samantha Gettler says

    OH good lord!! My whole life is a mess right now! I’ve been unemployed and got sloppy! Its terrible!!! :-( I just can’t find the motivation to get moving for some changes to take place.

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    ter@waaoms says

    It’s hard to narrow it down, but I guess I would say “stress” , I would love to eliminate stress from my life, and I’ve been thinking that the best way to work towards that is to simplify things, or eliminate some of the things that stress me (which is another form of simplifying, I think). This book sounds good, I’d love to read it.

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    Jordi says

    I would like to read this book. Seems take it from the bottom of my brain. i love also minimalists spaces!.

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    Sylvia Morales says

    My whole life needs organization, starting with my home, then my Avon business. Please help, I tend to get overwhelmed and become frozen.

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    Jen says

    I really need to learn to live more simply, it would make things much easier. I’ve recently taken up running and with that is a lot to learn and a lot of things to buy, which only adds to my unorganized life. Everything is unorganized, my cubicle at work, my “office” area at home, my bedroom, my bathroom. I need to buckle down and get it together, HELP!!!

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    Esther D. says

    My work-related papers/materials, I have accumulated way too much for my taste!

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    Mags Sale says

    The death of my husband of 22 years back in 2010 put me into a ‘retail therapy’ phase to try to buy the love and happiness that I had lost. Now my home is so cluttered with UN-needful things it is stealing the happy memories I shared with him. I want to get this stuff out – but a part of me wont let it go (its like letting him go all over again).
    I know I need help – but where from? Could it be you?

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    Joyce M says

    Old school work, the kids’ school/art work

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    Laura Goold says

    I would like to de-clutter my whole house & plan meals, so that part of my life would be simpler.

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    Gina says

    I would really like to simplify all my stuff. I need to purge and let a lot of things go.
    Thank you.

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    Meyser says

    We moved eight months ago from an appartment to a lovely shed-like house in a little village. Moving from an appartment into a house would mean: enough space for all our stuff. But right now, there’s still a whole room of cardboard boxes, while the attic is already claimed by others. There is also quite a few things to do in this house to really make it ours, but we cannot seem to get started. I hope a book like that will put us on track. Have a nice day!!

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    Tess says

    I think I need to learn to step back, enjoy what I have and let my children be children.

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    Darlene says

    I’d like to simplify my daily routines. I want to be more effective and not so frantic.

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    Dallas says

    I’m currently in graduate school and trying very hard to find ways to balance my life, curtail my stress, and get organized! “3-2-1 Stop” sounds amazing and I would really love to read it!

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    Vikki says

    Please enter me! I feel like Im constantly decluttering and sorting in order to keep my home simple and beautiful, this week Im working on the kitchen … when did I get so many plastic containers?

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    Taryn says

    I am so desperately trying to simplify. I am married to a quasi-hoarder, and have an almost teen who hates to put things away, and a preschooler who develops a deep sentimental attachment to everything! I am a sentimentalist, too. It’s time to nip these habits in the bud! This sounds like a read for all those who can in my family!

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    Terri Dahmer says

    I would like to simplify day to day life with 5 kids.

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    Lisa says

    We just recently went through a first floor renovation, with that process I was able to really clean out and organize everything on the first floor. I need to move my attention to the basement and the 2nd floor, but, I’ve seemed to have lost my desire to do it, even though I know I will feel more cleansed when it is done. I truly just want more simplicity!!!

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    Nancy says

    OH how I would like to read her book. I began the downsizing and reorganizing journey a couple of years ago with the anticipation of moving into a condo. We’re still in a house and we still have too many ‘things’ that rob time and energy. Enjoy your blog, Organizing Junkie.. nancy

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    Kim @ Homesteader's Heart says

    I need to simplify my craft room. I save stuff with the anticipation of using it and never do. I need to either learn to make the time to do it or give the extra stuff away. It’s so aggravating to go in there and have it taunt you. You know what I mean?
    Sounds like a great book.
    HUGS
    Kim

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    nuri says

    right now we are starting the process of moving. I want to declutter everything that’s we’ve built up in the place we are now. And once we move, organize and simplify my husbands teaching material.

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    Laura's mom Cathy says

    We downsized from a big house to a small apartment 5 years ago. However I find I still have a lot of big items that I only use when the grandkids or company comes over (e.g. the corn pot, the soup pot, all the good dishes). For now I have the room – but really do I need a full china cabinet with all those dishes?

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    the domestic fringe says

    I would love to read this book. I’m totally into the “less is more” concept of living. I find myself hanging onto things for weird reasons that do not make any sense.

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    Katherine says

    It is for sure a work in progress, but we are working on having less stuff.

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    Becki Cullipher says

    I’m in the sandwich generation, helping take care of my 90 year old dad, and helping with my grandchildren when I can. So what gets neglected? My husband and my house. So I need help with “letting go” of stuff. Being a former elementary teacher, I tend to hang on to stuff cause I might can use it later. I want to be free of STUFF.

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    Chrissy says

    If I don’t simplify my life ASAP, I’m afraid I will explode!!!! Help!

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    Barbra Speer says

    Our family of five would LOVE to simplify!

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    Maureen says

    Not only do I have the need but the DESIRE to rid our house of clutter in order to make it an actual HOME. Right now it is a house, we live here and park our stuff here. I really want to make it a HOME that lives and breathes our authentic life and true goals.

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    Jennifer says

    I need to get a handle on our house (and our life) before my small children grow up thinking this way of life is “normal”. It is time to let go of things, although it’s hard since my husband tends to want to hold onto things and thus convinces me to keep things as well. A simpler life sounds amazing and hopeful and renewing!

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    Cathy says

    I really need to start simplifying with myself. My kids might have too many toys, but Mom has WAY too many clothes that she’s not wearing and scrapbook supplies. I think if I can set an example first, it’ll be easier to convince them to start moving to a more simple life!

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    Lisa says

    I’d like to let go of some of the boxes of stuff in my garage. We moved to this rental property three months ago and as we are only staying another 6 months I am reluctant to unpack all the boxes. Having said that I don’t want to move it all again. I’m starting to think if I haven’t used or needed it for 3 months maybe I don’t need it at all?

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    Sara Hendrickson says

    I am a mother of three in nursing school and my husband is working two jobs so that I can be in school. That means I am in charge of all home duties, baseball and softball games, as well as my own studies. I am in disparate need of a way to slow down and reorganize my life!!!

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    Teresa says

    I’m a single mom who “luckily” has been able to be home for most of my 11yo daughters life. I’ve worked sporadically through those years and will soon be returning to work. One would think my house would be spic n span due to having “time” to keep it that way. Nope, couldn’t be farther from the truth. So I would say that the condition of my house is my area, especially the paper portion of it. I can’t seem to whittle down my paper mountains.

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    Sheila says

    Definitely my home. :) My hubby’s naturally a minimalist and I’m naturally…not. But I love the minimalist lifestyle! Much less stress and so much more organized. Unfortunately, our home needs some serious simplifying to achieve this minimalist, organized, smooth flowing lifestyle. I can use all the help I can get!

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    Denise says

    I would love a copy of this book. I need all the I can get when it comes simplifying my life!

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    muriel says

    I would like to declutter our home.

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    Caroline says

    This looks like a good book to read to slow down my life, I would love to win!

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    Carolyn says

    I have been in this process for the last 4 months. Since my husband lost his job over 4 years ago and has been working with me, it has been amazing how much more we do with less; we have had more trips, fun and more respect for each other since he is no longer driven with work and money. In the past our hobbies were shopping and now our hobbies are relaxing and road trips when we can afford it. I am so over the stuff and how it affects my mind and feels like baggage of my past; I recently did a huge clear out but am now working on getting rid of more of the stuff I thought I needed from the first clear out…… my goal in all this is to grow my business, simplify my life and be financially independent so that we can enjoy life and breathe. So yes please I would love a copy of the book :)

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    Vickie says

    My filing system needs simplifying. I never know exactly what to get rid of. Also- my basement where we keep overflow. And I need to teach my husband not to keep bringing yard-sale items home that we don’t need!

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    Kyra says

    I want to simplify my house/declutter. It’s affecting my mind and health :(

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    Lissa says

    I’d really like to simplify all the STUFF we have! We are moving to Kuwait in August so we’re going to have to, but we’ve just accumulated so much in our 3.5 yrs of marriage!

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    Jody H. says

    I’d like to simplify the clutter. It seems like the paper piles multiply.

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    april v says

    I would love a copy!!

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    shelly foster says

    I would love to let go of “excessive memories I have been collecting since childhood. I was in the foster care system and so have “clung” to things all my life. I am 41 and now my 4 year old son is starting to do same. I worry that he will not be able to let go and think clutter is the normal….

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    Ellen Ross says

    I would realllllly love to let go of things that i have arund the house that i hvaent used in years and wont need in years!!

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    Fatema says

    I would like to rid myself of guilt for saying no to the constant social events organized by our family and friends.

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    Lisa says

    Ohhh how wonderfully EXCITING :-)
    Especially the downloadable format. Saves me the international postage from USA all the way over here to AUSTRALIA :-)
    I can print it off, get it cheaply bound at office works & highlight n make notes right alongside :-) I’m never brave enough to do that with a ‘proper book’.
    Cheers girls & keep up the AMAZING posts :-)
    Lisa :-)

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    Kathy Cervantes says

    I need to read this book ! I want to simplify every area of my life.

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    Tina says

    Wow! The thought of life without clutter would be so freeing! Can’t wait to see if I win..but will probably a copy if I don’t!

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    Barb says

    I seem to be always striving to un-clutter my house and my life. I have realized that family is the most important so making time for them is my priority.

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    Tracy C says

    I think I would really enjoy reading this book! Right now I need to organize all the paperwork and supplies that go with my new part time job.

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    Jody says

    Really need some help with this would love to read this

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    gretchen says

    I would like to organize hundreds of pictures that I have. Also need help on organizing, or decluttering sentimental items!!

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    Faith says

    I’m working on decluttering our home. We have way more than we need. It is a work in progress. Would love to read this book!

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    Patti says

    My life has been a chaotic mess for too many years. I have a disabled son and since he was born 20 years ago, I have just done pretty much what has to be done and let the rest slip. Now I’m overwhelmed and not sure where to start with the mess that’s been my life for too long.

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    Miranda says

    I would like to simplify my wardrobe – but I keep changing sizes with pregnancies!

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    Jessica C says

    I have been having yard sales trying to get rid of stuff my husband and I don’t need. It sounds like this book would help me be more successful in minamizing :)

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    Sandee says

    This book sounds like a great motivator! I would like to simplfy my home office and master bedroom, so that each are functional, peaceful and enjoyable at the same time. They are now so cluttered that I just shut the doors to those rooms!!

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    Sharon says

    I’d love to simplify my belongings!

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    Sheila Smith says

    Goodness gracious i need this book!

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    Laurie says

    This book sounds like it would help me and my family in distinguishing between needs and wants, therefore simplifying our lives by reducing clutter and improving our finances. I’m putting it on my “must read” list!

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    PJ Silver says

    My husband and I are almost to retirement age, and boy do we need help! We put our house on the market to sell a month ago, and sold it in record time………….we are downsizing to a condo that is half the size of the home we live in now. It’s looking like we need to get rid of EVERYTHING to accomplish this. We raised a family of four sons, who have all since moved out and have homes of their own. We have to move in 18 days! We are having a really hard decluttering and getting rid of a lot of things, not only our things, but also our sons.

    We certainly need the help of this book, not only for BEFORE we move, but AFTER as well! It’s an ongoing process, and we are getting pretty tired already!

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    Keri says

    I have been on a journey to live simply…..my goal would be to give my children a wonderful space in their room that is beautifully organized. I have boys with autism and their space is really special to them. Being able to have the tools to slow down, appreciate life for what it is and purge my home of all things unnessessary would be a gift to me and to my boys. I’m a single mom so time is definately something I dont take for granted. I need to get organized fast! :) Thank you

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    Stephanie says

    The time between dinner and sleep! My belongings and ‘stuff’ are super-organized, but my evening that should be spent on things like setting out tomorrow’s lunch or outfit, chores and laundry, I usually waste. It always speeds by and I don’t know where it went.

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    Linda G. says

    I want to simplify my family’s life, so my 1 yr old daughter doesn’t grow up having to deal with the same clutter issues my husband and I have. I want to start with our home which will flow over into all other areas of our lives (Home is the heart of the family). I know it is a huge war, but we have to start with winning one small battle. I can see the freedom a simplified life brings, and I look forward to reaching that place.

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    Veronica says

    We just moved to a temporary home (renting, waiting for another property to close escrow so we can purchase a new home with the proceeds), and moving ONCE was bad enough! Moving twice is giving me the shivers. The first time through we managed to cull out some stuff, until the deadline got too close. Once that happened we just had to pack it all! So now I have more stuff to weed through, and can use all the help I can get! Thanks for this giveaway!

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    Mimi says

    We will (hopefully) be moving soon. I am having the hardest time letting go of so many things.
    I need help simplifying so I don’t pay $$ to have stuff I don’t used moved. Vicious cycle. Would love to win this book :)

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    Lauri says

    I really need to simplify my house and I would love to show my kids how to do it in the process. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Tyna says

    This sounds so cool! I want it, I want it, I want it!!!

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    Christina V. says

    My husband and I were just talking about the simple matters that need attention – whether it’s once a year, once a season, once a month, once a week or once a day – our inattention creates clutter and chaos – we strive to be attentive but often fall short between work, family & community so, any and all suggestions are always welcome …

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    Jess B. says

    I agree with a lot of these other comments…I have so many areas in my life that need worked on. I suppose I would start with simplifying clutter, things in my house right now. it’s a start anyway! :-)

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    Nancy says

    There are so many areas where I need help! Sounds though like this is exactly the sort of philosophy I need to stop the insanity and start living!

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    Eileen says

    I need to get my entire house organized. We have too much junk, and it’s taking up so much room. Not to mention I can never find things I need. I just started this week with my bedroom. I still find it hard to let go of some items. But I tell myself, I’ll start small. Once I go through the whole house, I can come back and repeat the whole process again, and let go more of not needed items. Hopefully I will have a clutter free house by the end of the year! :-)

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    Michelle says

    I am also on the journey to simplicity. I would love to read Lorilee’s book for more insight and inspiration.

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    Lise says

    I’d love to organise all our arts and crafts supplies.

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    Ann Odle says

    Where to start, where to start. I think if I were to HAVE to start in one place, it would be my closets (and cupboards!). I know I’m becoming a borderline hoarder and need so much help when it comes to getting rid of stuff; it always seems to be “keep everything, until there’s no more room; and then toss it ALL away!”

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    Joene Merlo says

    Oh my what area to pick to simplify! I am trying to organize my papers and reduce the amount that comes in the house, but with 6 children it can be difficult. I am also trying to simplify my schedule of activities. I would love to read this book! I also get a lot of inspiration from your website, thank you for taking the time to write it!

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    Wanda says

    I would like to simplify everything! I’m busy trying to declitter but I feel like it won’t happen fast enough! I want a very organized and simple life!

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    Cheryl says

    I would like to simplify the after school schedule and simplify enough that my husband and I could work less hours and enjoy each other and the kids more.

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    Sarah L says

    I realy need to get organized NOW and start slimplfing, beause in a year, we plan to move across the US and already know that the houses, on average, are a good 8-900 square feet LESS than we have now. I’ve got a baby on the way, and a 4 year old with a ton of toys and clothes, I admit it, I’m an enabler, since I have a hard time saying NO at yard sales, (my one and only splurge!) and I am pretty good at getting deals, so have stockpiles, but, we just don’t have good storage, I’m always ired, and a bit unmodivated, plus, always busy, I just don’t quite know what to do some days…without listening to my husband and throwing it all out, LOL!

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    leah says

    Definately my home and all of the STUFF we have so we can actually enjoy and LIVE in the space we have.

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    Melinda T says

    Not sure what would/should be first, myself or my home, but no doubt about it, I can definitely use the help, perspective and motivation to make changes in my life and home. Thank you!

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    Sinea says

    Last year I wrote several posts that included the word “simple”. They got many more views than I had been accustomed to receiving and that really told me something–we are all getting weary of cluttered, chaotic lives. “SIMPLE” sounds soooo good. I love the topic of this ebook. Would love to win a copy! :)

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    Debbie says

    I definitely need to simplify my desk/office and the kids’ stuff!!

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    Amanda says

    I would love to simply my family’s STUFF so that I can love and be proud of our small home. We have made a start but it is a journey! I think the idea of living beyond/outside the world’s expectations is so important!

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    Lisa says

    My home office stresses me out every time that I step foot into it. Books, magazines, papers and everything else without a home ends up there. No matter how much I try, I can’t seem to get it organized or simplified.

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    Stacy says

    I feel like I am continually simplifying my stuff so I probably wouldn’t choose that (it’s ongoing!). I would love to simplify my schedule during the day with as little runing around as possible. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Linda S. says

    My office right now is a nightmare! There are papers regarding household stuff, taxes for family and children as well as paperwork for 2 businesses. I’d love to simplify and get this all under control.

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    KCoake says

    Looks very interesting and like a helpful good read.

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    Jane says

    I would love to simplify our home. We try, but it seems like the clutter just keeps coming back.

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    Jodi says

    I want a more stress free and simple life for me and my family. I want to teach my children that they don’t need more of everything to have a wonderful life. I struggle with this each day as I am the child of a hoarder. I constantly read blogs trying to find the key that will help me with this. I have made steps, but find I am still a long way from the end.

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    Carol Mc says

    I would like to simplify my everyday life so that I could slow down and enjoy it.

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    jano says

    Purge and let it go! I’m tired of being robbed of time and energy.

    Less stuff equals less organizing!

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    Cathey Eastman says

    Wow!!! Slow down??? Is it possible??? Help me, help me!!

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    gwyn hetzel says

    i need to declutter and organize my paper stuff better. combined with a small house, long work hours, a daughter, dogs, a cat…..it just goes on and on and on.

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    Jenni says

    To simplify has become my rally cry the last couple years, but I still am struggling with simplifying and decluttering our small home. We have too much stuff and it’s stressful because I really don’t know where or how to start. I would love the chance to get to read this book. Thanks!

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    Amy Carter says

    This sounds like something I am still trying to wrap my head around- the baby steps, minimalist attitude while still remaining positive and NOT overwhelmed! Thanks for sharing that excerpt to her book- I hope I get my hands on one of those! :-)

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    Lana says

    I love all our family heirlooms and have trouble with decluttering because of memories associated with things. Maybe this book could help.

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    Melinda S says

    I can’t even begin to mention just one area. I have ‘stuff’ everywhere. Some of it is valuable to other homeschoolers and I really need to get it sold since it constitutes a rather large investment, some of it is stuff from my mom and dad when they passed on, some of it is from my two children who are now 20 and 24 and still living with us (by common consensus) – all of it has emotional/financial ties and I’m in sensory overload mode and stuck! This sounds like it would be a great help!

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    Linda Kish says

    I am trying to simplify and could use some help. Maybe I will get lucky and you will choose me…or the powers of random.org anyway.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    Annab says

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I’d like to simplify my memory clutter – all those little ticket stubs & notes that have so much emotional meaning! It would be great to figure out a way to sort out what is most important but keep the things that I love.

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    J-Money says

    There are so many parts of my life that need to be simplified. I would like to start working on simple things like picking up after myself immediately. I always put stuff off and then it piles up before it actually gets done.

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    LuAnn Braley says

    We have too much stuff and not enough storage. I would really like to learn some creative multi-use storage options so that I can actually have people in to my living room. :/

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    Alicia says

    We are a military family and just moved to Europe, so I am enjoying trying to live more European and purging! Our attic is a mess right now, and I need some help trying to organize kids’ toys and “special items”!

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    Helen says

    There are so many areas I would like to simplity, but I think dealing with all the paper that comes into the house is at the top of my list!

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    Donna says

    I am a teacher and every year I promise myself that this will be the summer when I will declutter and simplify my life – yet every year rolls around without change…mainly because I really don’t know how to do this! I’m reaching a turning point in my life, whether I want it or not and I need to be able to come home to a place of peace – not chaos. Help…..please!
    Donna
    anotherbattlewon.blogspot.com

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    Carolyn Maves says

    I have been working on my house for several years now, see improvement, it is encouraging. But I am also seeing that it is a continual process, you have to continue to declutter, tweak systems, etc. My ‘nightmare’ area are my photographs. I must tackle that problem!!

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    Kerry says

    I would love to find some order in my life. Right now with three kids (one teen and two tweens) I feel like I am always 5 steps behind where I should be. I would love to simplify my household chores, get a grip on the basement storage room and get my back on track with my blogging.

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    Tracy Stone says

    The area I’d like to simplify most is meal-planning. It’s so stressful to me and my pantry is a mess!

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    Brenda S. says

    I would love to organize my “keepsakes & memories” and weed ouut what can be thrown away, etc.

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    katzien says

    Our house is small, a two bedroom one bath, with just two closets and 1300 square feet. I’m forced to live minimally and I’ve learned to like it that way. One area I’d like to simplify is my kitchen. I reach for the same items over and over, yet have a few cabinets worth of cookware, glassware and tableware that I rarely if ever use.

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    Verena says

    I would like to help in “not freezing” when I have a decisioon to make, regarding clutter.

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    teri says

    i would love to simplify my approach kid’s school work, art, projects keepsakes and paper management in general.

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    Vicki says

    Clearing out the clutter – too many papers, too many clothes.

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    Lynette says

    I’d love to simplify my routines to spend more time doing what we love.

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    Lisa says

    My time commitments.

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    Sherri says

    This book would be life changing. Moving in a couple of months and need to let go of the “attachments” I have with “things”…

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    Thelma M says

    My grandmother passed away Christmas day and boy what a challenge it is to decide what to do with all of her stuff . We can’t keep everything but we need some help to make things easier. This book sounds like what I need to read to help me.

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    Karen says

    I have too many keepsakes so I need to go through them and organize the ones that are most important.

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    Alejandra says

    I need to simplify My life! That sounds great!

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    Christina in NO KY says

    As I sit here at 3:20am, at my daughters dance studio, with the safety light blinding me and keeping me awake, I desperately need to figure out this decluttering. My house is so messy we couldn’t have my daughters birthday party at home, so here I am. I long to have time to do the stuff I want to do, and not spend all my time moving stuff from here to there, and making up excuses for why the house is such a mess THIS week. Help!

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    Denise says

    We live over seas and often I must stockpile items when I can find them as they may not be available again for a long time. So the balance of how much to keep without hoarding is tricky. For example right now I have seasoning packages that are very outdated, but I don’t want to throw them as they may not be available again. Then multiply that by other foods, office supplies, clothes etc, things pile up.

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    hsmominmo says

    Simple is Good. I say this – out loud – to myself daily, sometimes hourly. Your blog helps me with that focus, thank you Laura!
    This book sounds like a great read.

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    MomOfFour says

    I have been trying to get a handle on all of the clothing and childrens things, but can’t seem to get organized. I would say the number one area that needs to get simplified is clothing. Number two is definitely runaway paperwork.

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    Jodi says

    My children’s toys but I also want to let go of the control and let them be kids. It is such a hard thing to balance for me! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Sue H. says

    I need to downsize the paper trail

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    desertrat says

    Where to begin – meal planning; finances; paper accumulation…the list is endless. Paper accumulation is once of my worst vices though.

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    V. Hepting says

    I need to simplify my entire home. Being able to make decisions about what to let go of.

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    Harel Austin says

    Definitely my daughter’s bedrooms is the place I wish to start. You look away for a second and the accumulation of ‘kid stuff’ is huge!! I just need a little motivation to begin the process.
    Thanks so much.

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    Ayisha says

    I am going through a major transition in my life. Right now because several areas of my life are transitioning at the same time, I often feel overwhelmed with everything. I need to find a way to balance all that I need to get done. I find right now, everything is neglected for the thing I am focusing on. And it’s not working……I want to be able to simplify the everyday have to’s, so that I can find time to work on other things, instead of working every week to get nowhere futher and the week before! Urrgghh!

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    Jessica says

    Just went back to work after 12 years of staying at home with my children. Now that I am back at work I am in need of being organized more at home to save time with my kids.

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    Dana says

    I really need to simplify and delete the amount of Stuff I have, its getting ridiculous.

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    Jeanne says

    Where do I start? De-clutter? I have a difficult time making choices … especially when there are too many to make.

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    Lisa J. says

    Getting rid of things don’t need

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    Robin W says

    I want to simplify how I interact daily with others and how I perceive my time. I feel like I am losing precious years with my kids because I am focused on the “stupid” stuff that really doesn’t mean anything. This bothers me constantly but I don’t know what to do.

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    Martienne says

    I’d like to simplify kids’ relationship with stuff. Unfortunately we have several family members/friends who see it as their duty to show affection through the buying of material objects though they’ve been asked not to.

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    Amber D. says

    I want to simplify my family’s interaction with all of the outside “stuff” that takes up so much time and keeps us from just being together!

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    Malissa Larson says

    I want to simplify anything and every location in my life that is meant to be cleaned and organized. Every closet, every cubbard and every storage bin is stuffed to the brim- ready to be organized and simplified!

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    Kait says

    I’d like to simplify my housekeeping methods. My husband and I both have long commutes, so when we get home we are exhausted and hardly have energy to cook, let alone do chores. If I had a simple housekeeping routine, I think I’d have a better chance of sticking to it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jewel@your-camping-guidebook.com says

    My whole life needs an overhaul…I have to pick one? LOL…My house is a wreck because I am always working…and I can’t seem to enjoy downtime..because I am always working. I am self-employed and always seem to be behind.

    I would like to learn how to get rid of the stuff…the emotional stuff and the stuff that is clogging my home as well. I have had my eye on Lorilee’s book since it recently came out…hope I win it :)

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    stephanie says

    I’m just starting on the journey and am enjoying reading about those who have gone before me.

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