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Organizing My Life to Start Living “Lightly”

Disclaimer: I was asked to share Lightly and interview its author, Francine Jay. The views I share are my own. 

Life. It can become overwhelming. We have so much on the go that we let certain things slip, or we pack things away to be dealt with at a later time. I am one of these people. I am guilty of placing items into a drawer or having a personal email box with hundreds of emails in it that are not necessary. Francine Jay, also known as Miss Minimalist, wants to help people organize their lives on our own terms. This fits in wth my goals of becoming a better me. She wrote Lightly to help people accomplish their organizing goals without any added pressure. I was introduced to this book to see how to get order to my home both physically and digitally when I am ready to tackle each task. I bought this book to learn how to make organizing my life easier.

Organizing My Life to Start Living "Lightly"
A copy of “Lightly” on a table.
What Lightly is all about

Lightly is all about lightening your life on your terms. There is not prescribed way of organizing your life. This book also does not give you any time lines you have to reach in order to achieve your goals. Lightly is more of a guide to help readers minimize their lives. Since there is no order to reading this book, readers can pop into it for advice when they need advice or inspiration.

This is what Miss Minimalist shares to inspire readers in Lightly:

  • The advantages of paring down
  • Ten simple steps to declutter your home (and how to keep it that way)
  • A guide around your home to create space and serenity
  • A program to get your children and partner to help declutter around your home
  • Seeing how living lightly can help improve our world.

One of my favourite methods Francine had where deluttering is concerned is the Clean Slate method. Most people would pick through a drawer to take out the things you no longer want. Francine suggests you dump all of the contents of the drawer (thus giving you a clean slate). Now you are starting with a free space and can start to add the things you want to keep.

Organizing My Life to Start Living "Lightly"
A cluttered drawer.

I love learning tips on how to live a little lighter in different aspects of my life. What would take it up a notch? Getting to pick the brain of the author for more insight into this way of organizing!

I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Miss Minimalist herself, Francine Jay! I had a few questions to ask her and we have a great time chatting about Francine’s book and our lives. Below are the questions I had for Francine about living “lightly.”

What inspired you to write Lightly?

 I was inspired by my daughter. I wanted to give her advice that she could easily remember, simple, and a touchstone to help her live her values throughout her life. This got me started on summarize on this philosophy of minimalizing her life in the easiest way possible. I realized that this could help others as well. There is a lot of great advice I come across, but I always forget about it when the situation occurs. I really wanted to make this mantra-based philosophy so that when you are in just about any situation. I want Lightlyto be a resource to fall back on to help readers make a choice based on how you really want to live.

What makes Lightly different from other ways of organizing being presented?

Lightly is a lot less rigid that these other ways of organizing philosophies. It is a lot more forgiving. There is no pressure with Lightly. There is no order or program that needs to be done all at once. These ways of organizing may come off as a bit intimidating. Lightly gives you the freedom to lighten up a little or a lot. I am really providing readers with a set of tools to use to help you learn how to organize your life.

People are at different stages of their lives. This book meets readers where they are at certain points in their lives. It does not need to be read in order. Lightly is like a recipe book so readers can open it up to the area that you need to tackle. Once you have applied the advice found in a certain section of the book, it gives you the confidence to branch out into other areas. I want readers to keep it on hand so that they are ready some other part of your life it is there for you.

What is digital clutter and how do we deal with it?

Document, photos, and bookmarks are some items we stock pile on our devices. This makes it harder for us to find items when we need them. It is important to curate this space. We need to delete documents that are no longer relevant to your life. I talk about having an Out Box in my book to place these items in. I also like to do a full-scale digital declutter one a year to get a fresh start. Keep folders to organize your computer to make finding things easier. 

We must also refine what we allow into our lives. Unsubscribe from the emailing lists that you are no longer your favourites to open. If you really need more of their information, you can always visit the website to get it again. Where social media accounts are concerned, choose just one or two that are relevant to what you do rather than trying to be on all of them. It is much more effective when we concentrate our efforts on one or two channels. When you spread yourself too thin, it doesn’t work.

Finally, turn off notifications on your smartphone. This will help to take away the urge to always have to engage with others online. As well, take time to unplug from the online world to give yourself time to recharge and enjoy the JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out).

What is your best takeaway from Lightly?
Organizing My Life to Start Living "Lightly"
A page from “Lightly” with a quote.

The best takeaway would be that you can do things daily to live “lightly.” It does not have to be this one big event or one intimidating thing that has to be done all at once. I tried to lay this out throughout the book so that these sections can be read in about five minutes. There are so many little things readers can do to accomplish their goals. I want to make decluttering or “lightening up” a lifestyle it is a lot more effective than going through this process all at once.   

Living “lightly” one step at a time

It was really inspiring to begin organizing my life after reading and speaking with Francine Jay about Lightly. Learning how easy it can be to tackle each task on my terms got me to want less around my home and accomplish this goal. I also felt better after every task I set out for myself. Knowing that there is more space in my closet or on my laptop gives me a sigh of relief knowing what I no longer need is gone. There is more space to live. The fact that I did it on my terms makes me even happier. Being able to have it close by should I need tips for another area or organizing is an added bonus. I really enjoyed this book. It really took the pressure out of keeping what matters to me in my life.

Organizing My Life to Start Living "Lightly"
Organizing My Life to Start Living “Lightly”

What part of your life do you feel needs a bit of organizing?

Lightly Book Giveaway!

Organizing My Life to Start Living "Lightly"
A copy of “Lightly” on a table.

ZG Communications would like to gift one lucky Reese Speaks follower with a copy of Lightly!

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  1. robin rue says:

    That sounds like an amazing read. I have to get a copy of this book so I can read it and get to work.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Robin! Yes!!! Please do! Francine Jay lays out how to tackle decluttering issues in a simple way. I think you will love it, too!

  2. I think I need a copy of this book because – I NEED TO DECLUTTER – again! I totally did a massive clean out of my closet not too long ago, but it still looks like a post-tornado disaster!!!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Gigi Eats! This book is one you should pick up! Francine Jay shares advice on how to tackle clutter around your home. I love that you can start anywhere in the book to get the advice you need.

  3. joy says:

    I definitely need to declutter my home, all of it.
    I have too much stuff that I don’t need or use or want.
    I just don’t know how to get started !

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Joy! This book is amazing to help you start decluttering! Francine Jay’s approach is really simple and it is done on your terms. It is pretty fabulous!

  4. This sounds like an interesting book to check out! I’ll have to enter the giveaway for sure. My garage needs to be organized, big time. And my mind, probably.

  5. This sounds like a pretty amazing read. I would love to start organizing my office.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Tasheena! Francine Jay has so many tips to get you started on tackling your office. Her advice is simple and easy to remember. I think you would love reading this book!

  6. I have to admit I’ve not heard of Lightly before, but it sounds like something I need to get reading. I could definitely do with living life just a little lighter.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Sarah! For me, this book was really helpful for areas in my life that I struggled to start decluttering. I feel lighter for getting started on these tasks!

  7. Lia Mae says:

    Sounds like a great book, I need to learn how to be more organized for sure.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks Lia! This is an amazing book to have on hand to help you organize your home or devices. If you do read it, I hope you pick up some great tips to use!

  8. Kathy says:

    This is exactly what I need to do. I have been working on slowly decluttering. I know it’s going to take time, but I can’t wait to get ride of all the stuff I don’t even need. That book sounds great!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Kathy! The best part of this book is that Francine Jay wants readers to live lighter on your terms. You don’t have ot do all of your decluttering all at once. This book is pretty awesome!

  9. Sounds like a great book. I did a major decluttering of my home in the new year and it feels so much better!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Lori! I agree. Going through all of the areas around my home that has clutter gives me a sense of peace and extra space.

  10. Ruth I says:

    I need this book! I’ve been wanting to do some organizing around the house but still at lost.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Ruth! You will really enjoy picking up tips from Francine Jay in this book. Whether it is junk drawers or your laptop that needs to be decluttered, this book is awesome! I hope you get it and enjoy it!

  11. I love the idea of lighter, simpler living. I’m all about less clutter and stuff to overwhelm our lives. Thanks for sharing, and this is a great giveaway!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      You are awesome Marysa! Francine Jay shares some amazing tips to help organize your home!

  12. This sounds like a wonderful book. My home clutter is greatly decreased, but I’m a victim to the digital clutter for sure. I know that many of her lessons will resonate with me based off of your review.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks Melanie! I am a horrible digital hoarder. Francine Jay shared some fabulous tips on how to tackle this area of clutter.

  13. Catalina says:

    These are wise advice that I need to follow! Thanks for sharing them!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Catalina! Francine Jay did an amazing job of sharing her advice in a way that is stress-free and simple.

  14. Oooo! Now I want to read this book! I am so excited about the content. Keep us up on your journey!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Terri! Thanks so much! I am excited about organizing my home.I hope you can enter the giveaway to win this book to begin your journey!

  15. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I have a lot of digital clutter so that’s an aspect I would like to use now.

  16. Soozle says:

    I like the paring down/clean slate idea – I need to declutter for sure!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Soozle! Lightly is a great guide to help you declutter all over your home! It is so nice that you can jump in anywhere and not feel as though there is a huge process to follow.

  17. Melinda says:

    I need to let items go in my home.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Melinda! This lesson is harder to do in some areas of my life than in others. Francine Jay’s book is helping me to let go of what I don’t need in those tough areas.

  18. Melinda says:

    I like that she wanted to be a role model for her daughter. I teach my children to focus on what is important in life.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Melinda! I love that this is the advice she would want to give to her. It is so personal, simple and easy!

  19. Soozle says:

    I have a lot of digital clutter on my computer and phone – I would like to try the steps to help with that

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Digital clutter is so difficult for me to let go of, Soozle! Francine Jay’s tips in this area are really helpful.

  20. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I would like to try the 10 simple steps to declutter my home tips – I could use the help!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Francine Jay’s 10 tips to declutter a home are pretty great! I hope they are useful for you!

  21. Monique L.S. says:

    I have been working on reducing the digital clutter. It takes a long time though.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Monique! For me, I think digital clutter is hard to get rid of because it can be personal and it is not in front of you to see. Francine Jay shares so many good tips on how to begin to organize it.

  22. Soozle says:

    I could definitely learn a little more about paring down from the book!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Soozle! Paring down is a skill that is not easy for everyone to do. Francine’s book is great to help to learn how to do this.

  23. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I could learn more about parring down!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Soozle! I needed to learn how to pair down where digital clutter is concerned. I hope Lightly helps you to start!

  24. Heidi C. says:

    I need to lighten up the stress in my life and decluttering would definitely help with this.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Heidi! I feel freer after decluttering around my home. This book will help you in so many different areas of organizing your home.

  25. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I could learn more about decluttering digital clutter!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Soozle! Digital clutter is tough for me to go through. There are so many tips Francine Jay shares in Lightly that can help organize this clutter.

  26. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I could very much learn about Digital Decluttering – I have SO much old email, files, etc that I don’t know where to start!

  27. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I could learn more about decluttering! It never seems to end

  28. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I would love to learn more about paring down! I often feel I have TOO much of everything!

  29. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    Decluttering would be very helpful for me to do and learn more about doing properly!

  30. Soozle (Suzie B) says:

    I would like to start with decluttering! Thank you for the chance to win a copy & the review!

  31. DARLENE E KOCINS says:

    Have always been a organized person but the older I get need a lot of reminders, lol, old age sucks, lol

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Darlene! It is more about getting into a rhythm an doing it when you are ready! You already know you are fabulous!

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