Why 78 ebooks & spring cleaning aren’t polar opposites

I‘ve loved the discussions we’ve had on Facebook the past few weeks about spring cleaning—how you’re dealing with it, what overwhelms you, your struggles, your victories. Since I’m neck-deep in decluttering as we prepare our nest for a year in storage, what with our Big Trip looming ever closer, I’m right there with you.

It’s not easy. I know. You go in with high hopes and inspiration, and before you know it, it’s three hours later, and you’re leafing through your highschool yearbook and stuck wondering what to do with your 12-year-old’s baby onesies.

This is why my biggest word of encouragement for you is this: remember that life (and spring cleaning) is a journey, not a destination. If you go in thinking you’ll nail the whole household decluttering thing with a week of thrift store runs, you’ll get discouraged before you even start. I get it. I’ve been there.

And because I’m such a believer in a fuller life with fewer things, you might initially find it out of left field that I’d endorse an ebook bundle, where you end up with 18,394 more ebooks that you then have to find brain space for. (Okay, so it’s more like 78. That’s still a ton, though… more than any normal human could read in a few months.)

Topics in the spring e-book bundle

But here’s why I think this particular spring e-book bundle might be good for some of you:

1. Some of the included e-books might be already on your wish list.

Let’s say you were already wanting to buy my homeschool planner (which is included in this bundle), Stephanie Langford’s Real Food on a Real Budget, Nina Nelson’s Simple Natural Health, Nicole Bennett’s new Sewing School 101, Haley Stewart’s Feast!, Jamie Martin’s Steady Days, and Kat Lee’s Blog Planning Kit.

Outside this bundle, those total just under 80 bucks because you’d buy them individually. For a little less than $30 (so, more than half that price), you’d get all those e-books, plus a bajillion more. So, now’s a great time to buy these e-books collectively, even if you’re only interested in a few.

2. You’re also on the fence about some of the other e-books.

If you think you might want to buy some of the e-books or courses included in the bundle, but aren’t really sure about paying full-price, well, now here’s your chance to buy them way cheaper.

And if you decide you don’t like some of the books, no major financial output, because you got the books you knew you’d enjoy.

3. You know of some people who’d love these as gifts.

With this bundle, you’re buying 78 e-books, 2 audiofiles, 2 e-courses, and 2 printable packs. Divvy that up, and it makes for some really affordable gift giving. (And by this, I mean printing an e-book on quality paper and having it nicely bound. Please be respectful of the authors’ copyrights, and only give one copy to one person on your gift list—you’re buying one copy of each e-book here.)


4. You’re itching to do some home planning this summer.

So you’re neck-deep in spring cleaning right now. Well, this e-book bundle is all about running a home well—cooking, decor, parenting, organizing, pregnancy and baby care, working from home, taking care of yourself, and more. You could print out the e-books you want, collect them in a binder, and use it as a tool to plan for the upcoming fall and school year, all summer long.

5. You like the idea of inspirational reading material, but don’t want to make more shelf space.

You’re doing awesome getting rid of clutter and making more space in your life for things that really matter. So if you’d like new content, you’re doing yourself a favor by making it digital. Keep that white space in your home.

6. You like supporting bloggers you read for free.

Most bloggers love what they do, and they often work very, very hard without a lot of pay. As a reader, I’m grateful for so many that offer their words to me, for free (I’ve never paid a dime to read a blog). I love saying “thank you” from time to time by buying some of my fellow blogger’s offerings. This is a fun chance to thank almost 100 bloggers at once.

So… what now?

If you choose to buy this bundle, don’t feel overwhelmed when the files land in your inbox. I like to organize the files in Dropbox, upload others to my Kindle, and print and bind a few others (including my homeschool planner). I’ll share details and photos about my organization sometime this weekend. (And yep… there’s a Kindle version! And if you get that one, you also get the PDF version, too.)

ebooks in dropbox

This bundle isn’t for everyone, but it might be helpful for some of you. You probably won’t love every single item in this bundle (and I can’t vouch for the content in all of them—I haven’t read them all), but don’t throw some potentially awesome baby out with the bathwater—I think there’s something for almost everyone in this collection.

And hey, you also get quite a few free products with all these e-books and courses. Head here to read about everything included in this bundle, here for the FAQs, and also here to read the fine print (translation: I can’t help you with download issues, but someone else can).

So keep at your spring cleaning, and don’t get discouraged, because projects like that take lots of tiny steps, day after day, again and again. And once you get to a stopping spot, treat yourself with some new inspiration for the next few months. Since this collection is only available this week, from today through Monday, April 28, go ahead and buy it now. Then you’ll have it tucked away for the future.

Note: Here’s info about my simple homeschool planner, which is included in this bundle. The current calendar is for the 2013-14 school year, but I’ve created an additional set of calendars that go from August 2014 through the end of 2016 (so, when we’re all wearing silver suits and driving hovercrafts). If you buy the bundle through the links on this site this week, OR if you’ve bought the planner in the past, I’d be happy to send you the new calendars for free! Forward your receipt to, include your first and last name so we can verify your purchase through our links, and change the subject of your email to “New homeschool planner calendars, and we’ll send ’em to you! Kindly give us through the end of April to reply to your email. Thanks.

When you buy through this link, you’ll help support this blog—so thank you!

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