One bite at a time together

When I first read about Tsh’s new ebook, I immediately purchased it. What a fabulous idea, right? And oh so clever. The elephant analogy? Love it.

I realize there are thousands of “Simplify Your Life” books out there, but what I love about One Bite at a Time is that it’s broken down into simple, manageable chunks that I can actually incorporate into my day. Oftentimes, the Simplify books just end of up overwhelming me with yet more things for me to deal with…and all kinds of things I need to go out and buy.

You can’t be organized unless you buy 24 of these $10 containers.

You can’t simplify until you stock up on 16 of these racks and gadgets.

These $12 jars will make your life complete! You just need 35 of them.

Buy, buy, buy.

Yuck.


Granted, sometimes buying into a system that helps you stay organized is a must, but too often I find that Simplify books just end up being a long list of to-dos and to-buys.

Which is anything but simple, and the last thing I need. I had three kids in two years. I have enough on my plate thankyouverymuch.

But, if you’re anything like me, you skimmed, jumped, and flew through Tsh’s ebook in a flash. Great stuff, all of it. Yes, so simple! What a great idea! Hey, I’m doing that one already! Awesome!

And then I set the book back down and walked away. Thinking I’ll just magically incorporate the lessons into my life. Because that’s how things happen, right?

Right.

The brilliance of breaking up the overwhelming and ever ethereal task of Simplifying is that it makes it manageable… But to really get the full effect, you have to intentionally and systematically implement it.

You know, the way Tsh says you should do it right in the Introduction. Fancy that.

I decided that there had to be other people out there like me. You know, the ones with good intentions and all the tools at their fingertips, but not quite the system in place to stay on track?

So I started blogging my progress through the projects. One at a time. In order. Bite after Bite. I report back how I did that week, if I had challenges, and if I think I’ll realistically keep it up. I’m calling it One Bite at a Time: Together.

Encourage one another, share advice, what worked, what didn’t… Laugh at our failures. Celebrate when we find a project that worked for us. Shrug our shoulders when a project wasn’t what we had hoped it would be.

I started out blogging my progress weekly…but I think I’m going to switch it up and start doing it monthly. That way, if I have an especially harried week, and didn’t get to really doing what I was supposed to because kids were sick, camping trips were to be had, or trips to the Emergency Room were made, I can give myself some grace and make up for it the following week. (For the record, all three of those things happened in the last 7 days.)

After all, this is life. You know, the one I’m trying to simplify. It’s not always pretty.

Would you like to play along? We’re only through Week 3 so you can jump right in without being too far behind. I’d love to hear your thoughts as we move through the proverbial elephant!

If you haven’t already, buy One Bite at a Time and get started! I’m excited to meet you!

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17 Comments

  1. Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm

    Hm, I did exactly what you did. I skimmed the ebook, thought “this is great!” and haven’t looked at it since. Maybe some accountability is just what I need!

  2. Emily

    I am still working through reading “Organized Simplicity,” it’s been a few months and I’m ALMOST to part 2. I’ve finally enlisted my husbands help to finish reading it and to apply it. Blogging about it is a really good idea! I’ll definitely consider following along, but maybe I should finish the first book first 🙂

  3. Kathy M

    This is a great idea! I’ve been meaning to buy One Bite at a Time, but haven’t yet. I’m going to buy it and join in the fun. I will be much more motivated to change when I am doing it with a group. Thanks!

  4. CSS

    Coincidences.
    Today I bought your e-book, but by recomendation of another blog.
    Has I type, is being printed.

  5. Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)

    Good idea! We all have good intentions yet sometimes encouragement and accountability from others can be just what we need to follow through with our own projects. Excited to read more about your experiences.

  6. Seriously Sassy Mama

    I would love to simply. Actually, I would just love to get organized again, the way I was before life happened.

  7. Mary

    It sounds like a great project. I hate to organize so it goes better with fun, like-minded people!

  8. Ledys

    I’d love to join! I’ve been “working” on getting my girl’s toys downsized since I got the book. I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting started!

  9. Jon

    I take pride in the fact that I am naturally organised and a bit tight too. I still have some plates and bowls that I took to Uni with me (in 1992!) and some clothes are as old too. Sounds crazy, but really there is not so much need to buy new things all the time – lots of things last decades, given the chance.

    • Siobhan Landis

      What’s wrong with still having dishes and clothes from university (1984, for me)? I brought some dishes to university that my parents had bought when they got married. Good sturdy dishes that have stood the test of time. I still have them now, which probably makes them about 50 years old. The style goes well with the ones we bought when WE got married, 15 years ago. My son will probably take them to university himself, in about 4 years.

  10. StephanieB

    I love that we can all recognize that simplifying life should not be stressful! That would be counterintuitive. I learned this great concept in “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that has transformed my thought process when it comes to life and goals. UNDERACHIEVE! Often setting so many goals and having the bar so high leaves us feeling worse, so I find it helpful to set the bar low and when I achieve that I feel great and end up moving to higher goals quicker.

  11. Messy Wife

    I am onto a little get-out-of-clutter project of my own, so, I originally thought maybe I should get the One Bite at A Time book later. But your post made me rethink about it.

    I just skimmed through the sample pages, perhaps, those are the exact steps that could help me with my own projects!

    I like working with others!

  12. Rosalia

    ‘One bite at a time’ is a very simplified guide to live a simple life. Even I have been trying to simplify my life by using less number of things. Of course, there are a number of books available for it, but to simplify things I have purchased only one. Lol.

  13. Megan Zimmer

    I’ll be joining this challenge! Just finished processing my payment on the eBook! I look forward to this and am thinking of challenging a few of my mommy friends too!!

  14. Siobhan Landis

    Thanks for doing this – accountability is definitely a great way to make sure that something happens, instead of just PLANNING for it to happen, someday…

    I’ll be participating!

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