simple matters, out on shelves.

January 12, 2016

simple matters by erin boyle | reading my tea leavesI’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do today. Reread my book? Sleep late and eat bon-bons and luxuriate in the fact that today is the day that you get to read it? Call up all of my friends and harangue them about whether their copy has arrived? Ask them to do a slow drive-by of the neighborhood bookstore and see if they can catch a glimpse of Simple Matters there?

Sounds like a plan if ever there was one.

Simple Matters is on my shelf. Maybe it’s on yours too. Or hanging out on the shelves of a bookstore near you. Maybe it’s mid-flight, wrapped up and bouncing around in the back of a truck or the belly of a plane, crossing the sea to land on your doorstep. Soon, soon. It’s tremendous, really. The process of writing a book exists in an old-fashioned realm that’s more or less entirely without instant gratification. But the release of the book? The hashtags and emails and photos snapped on phones? Well, that’s some of the best kind of instant gratification there is. I’m so grateful for your enthusiasm. So tickled to have you reading. So relieved that the wait is over.simple matters by erin boyle | reading my tea leavesIf you have a copy in your hands already, I’d just about die of happiness to see it in your space. You can use the #simplemattersbook hashtag to share it on Instagram.simple matters by erin boyle | reading my tea leavesOnce you’ve dug in and if you enjoy what’s on the page, it would be incredible to have you lend your voice in an Amazon review.simple matters by erin boyle | reading my tea leavesAnd if you want to celebrate, I’ll be doing a book reading on Friday at Book Court in Brooklyn, and another in my hometown—Madison, Connecticut—on Saturday afternoon. There will be wine and hugs. Details here.

And from the bottom of my fluttering heart, thank you.

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  • Reply Rita Tocta January 12, 2016 at 9:59 am happy for you! Can’t wait to receive your book in the mail!

  • Reply natalie January 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

    So thrilled for you! What an accomplishment. It really is a beautiful book!

  • Reply Caitlyn Hampton January 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

    How exciting! I just bought a copy on Amazon so it should be here in a couple days! I only just recently found your blog and am so inspired by the simplicity and beauty within it. I’ve just started my own blog and take heavy inspiration from you and Un-Fancy.

    I want to simplify every aspect of my life from my closet to my home to my mindset… I love that I found your blog eons before I consider starting my own family and that I can prepare way ahead of time and grow along side your wisdom. Anyways, thanks, Erin.

    You have contributed immensely to the simplification and peace in my life.


  • Reply Allison January 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Can’t wait to read it! Mine is waiting for me in Connecticut 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am


  • Reply Jen James January 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Dear Erin,

    I got my copy yesterday! I don’t use Instagram, but if I did, you’d see your book on my nightstand in our home in Lincoln, MA. First if all, it’s beautiful– both the design and the photography. Secondly, I’ve picked it up to skim it a few times; this is going to be one of those books I will have present on my stack for a while so I can read carefully, reflect and repeat. Thank you for a lovely book and congratulations on getting your dreams onto paper and into the world.

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Reply Sarah Elizabeth || Sediva Abroad January 12, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Aaaah congratulations xxx That is so exciting and so wonderful x I have not gotten a copy yet, but I will definitely xx It looks beautiful x

  • Reply Elisabeth January 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

    My copy arrived last night from Amazon and I’m already half way through! I’ve really become your fan girl- I love your ideas and writing and way of seeing the world! I do have two thoughts for you that I would love to get your take on at some point-
    1. What do you do when your living partner (in my case, boyfriend) does not think this way and accumulates things wherever he goes? And does not get why we shouldn’t just keep 100 mugs in the cabinet?
    2. Please consider doing a reading in Washington, DC!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Eh, ditch ’em. (JUST KIDDING!) It can definitely be a challenge. I think I’ll work on tackling it in a post soon! Thanks so much for your kind words! xoxoxo!

    • Reply Bri January 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Ditto to the partner=100 mugs (and whyy do they all have dragons on them??!) ! Would love your input. It has been a long, slow, delicate journey changing his mindset. But I know it is possible!! My copy is supposed to arrive today. I’ve checked my mailbox 4 times already, ha! Looking forward to tonight when I can kick my feet up with your book and a big cup of coffee! Congrats!! You’ve got to be ridiculously excited today!

      • Reply Danielle January 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

        Ditto to the ditto – except for me, it isn’t just mugs, it’s EVERYTHING. 100 bars of soap (I’m not kidding), stockpiled because they’re the ones we like. 10 boxes of auctioned “contents unknown” stacked up in a closet (reason: unknown). Gift wrap, and buttons, and linens, and entire collections of cashmere sweaters (38 at last count).
        We compromised on dishes and switch out our six (yes, six) sets of dishes ‘seasonally’ – so we have Winter dishes, and Spring dishes, and Summer dishes, and Fall dishes, and Hallowe’en dishes, and Christmas dishes. This means the cupboards only ever contend with one set, but he feels like there’s always something new and fun.
        But oh, to just cut down a little bit…
        For now, I live vicariously through your blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

  • Reply GalyaB January 12, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Congratulations from Russia! You sure DO have things of value to say and share. Cheers!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Melanie January 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Yeah!!! Congratulations!!!! I’ve been a long time reader of your blog (4+ years) so I’m so excited to get your book!! Best wishes with the launch! =)

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Christine January 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Congratulations friend! So very exciting and well-deserved!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thanks so much, Christine!

  • Reply first milk January 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Hearty, hearty congrats, you brave and wonderful lady.

  • Reply susan / fleurishing January 12, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations, I can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply Audrey January 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    My copy is in the mail. Yay !
    Any book reading in Montréal you think ? 🙂

  • Reply Norma January 12, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Yay!!! Pacing the front of the house waiting for my copy to make its arrival☺

  • Reply Carmella January 12, 2016 at 11:21 am

    All the high-fives & hugs, Erin! So happy for you that this day has arrived; so happy for us that this day has arrived! I have to check Amazon this minute & see when mine is supposed to land in tiny town rural Wyoming. Can’t wait to dive in! So many congrats!

  • Reply Emilie January 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Congratulations, Erin! I have just had a chance to flip through the pages quickly, and it looks absolutely lovely. I can hardly wait until this afternoon when I can sit with a cup of tea and savor every word!

  • Reply Aja Lake January 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

    The big day! Yay, Erin!

  • Reply Raphaëlle January 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hi Erin,
    I’ve been reading your book for a few days now, and I have to say: my heart is full!
    Pictures are beautiful, thoughts are wonderful, and ideas delightful.
    Thank you a million times for sharing your story with us, this is simply the perfect gift to start a new year!
    Merci merci merci!!!

  • Reply Monique January 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I am anxiously awaiting for my copy to arrive in France (a few more weeks, I suppose it took a boat!)! I will be sure to do a review on Amazon when it comes around!

  • Reply Mechelle January 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

    It was completely out of stock when I went Friday to purchase… so happy for you. God bless.

  • Reply Kathleen January 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Congrats! Just got an email my copy will be arriving Friday. Can’t wait to read it this weekend in sunny (and lately rainy and snowy) Arizona. 🙂

  • Reply Mechelle January 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    …and oh my goodness.. don’t I know about those palmetto bugs! 🙂

  • Reply Alix January 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I just downloaded the Kindle version (which I preordered), but now seeing all your beautiful photos, I’m wondering if I should’ve ordered a hard copy of the book to properly savor… So excited to lay around and read this tonight!

  • Reply Julia January 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I am looking forward to purchasing and reading your book! How is the kindle book format? I prefer ebooks but a lot of times the formatting is all over the place and I wouldn’t want to experience this with yours especially since it seems like others are saying the photography and rest of the book is beautiful. Thank you!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Honestly: I haven’t seen it and I’m not an e-book reader so I can’t say that I could anticipate what it might look like! Will see if I can get any intel, but if you’re worried about it, I’d say maybe the hardcover is the way to go 😉

  • Reply Debbie D. January 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    can’t wait to check the mail when I get home!!! Congratulations! Yes…enjoy a bonbon or two!! 🙂

  • Reply Jessie January 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Congrats to you, Erin! I hope you are enjoying the day with some bon-bons and extra sleep. My copy is on its way and I cannot wait to crack it open!

  • Reply Kari January 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Can’t wait to receive my copy. Congratulations!

  • Reply Kristyn Helm January 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    What an awesome day today is! Congrats to you, Erin. Such an exciting thing 🙂 Proud you should be!

  • Reply Sophia January 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    So many congrats, Erin. I think I’m going to make it to your CT reading. As luck would have it, I’m driving from New York to Boston already that day. A detour to come to hear you read from your book is so exciting! Any recs for a place to grab a late lunch or a spot to head to on the coast for a walk?

  • Reply Mary Kate January 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Congratulations! As a fellow writer (but the aspiring kind) I can only dream of this day. I can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  • Reply Peggy January 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Book arrived today. Haven’t had a chance to read any of it yet, but it is lovely. You and your publisher did a beautiful job. Well done and congratulations!!

  • Reply Jo January 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Your book is out of stock on Amazon UK so even though I pre-ordered it six weeks ago I’ll still have to wait another two weeks for it to be re-stocked. Good news for you Erin but bad news for me!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Oh, sorry to hear that! Can’t wait for it to arrive to you!

  • Reply Sophie Bradley January 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I get to buy my Kindle copy next week and I can’t wait! Loving all the images of what I have to look forward to – thank you in advance for your beautiful book.

  • Reply Traci January 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Congratulations Erin! I am a grateful follower of your blog (brown sugar scrub shared with my women friends this Christmas) and bought the book today. There’s something about holding a book in my hands, and especially one like your book, so beautifully designed, photographed and written. Savor the moment. I know I’ll be savoring your book for many moments!!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Thank you for the kind words, Traci!

  • Reply Michelle January 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I received an email today to let me know that my preordered copy has left the US and is making its way to Australia.
    Estimated date of arrival is 27 January. Just in time for our family beach holiday 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 6:41 am


  • Reply Stacia Allison January 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Mine came today. Hot tea, hot tub, good book.
    Thank you.

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 6:41 am


  • Reply Loribeth January 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    My husband opened the package with your book in it and said, “Finally! My new book is here!”

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 6:41 am


  • Reply Gloria January 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations! Looking forward to picking up a copy. 🙂 It’s been a joy to follow the writing process through your blog.

  • Reply Nancy January 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Congrats! Madison is about an hour from me here in Redding, so I’ll definitely try to make it! Looking forward to reading your book!

  • Reply Julie January 13, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations on the publication. I usually borrow books from the library. After following your lovely blog, I made a rare exception & pre-ordered yours. I do not do Instagram, but will gladly do a review on Amazon. Thanks for your work. Julie

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 8:32 am


  • Reply LITTERLESS January 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    congrats, erin! the book looks so beautiful. can’t wait to read more.

  • Reply Jess January 13, 2016 at 10:27 am

    YAY!!! Doing a little celebration dance for you!! Congrats and can’t wait to see you Saturday! <3

  • Reply Brielle January 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Congrats on the success of your new book! I purchased an ebook version of it yesterday. (I would have purchased a hard copy, but my studio apartment is limited on bookshelf space) I am already so inspired by it. Thank you for all the tips and ideas! My mason jar canning lids are now neatly tucked into a cloth drawstring bag 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Terrific! So, so glad to hear that!

  • Reply Ina Librarian January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Sweet Erin, I just bought your book at B&N in Long Beach, CA yesterday! So excited to read it and so happy for you!!! Congratulations again!

  • Reply Michelle, London January 13, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I’ve just ordered my copy and very excited for its arrival. Thank you Erin! x

  • Reply Sarah January 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Mine was in my mailbox when I got home and I was so excited to open it! I only got to read a few pages so far, but I love it already. Once I’m finished, I’ll make sure to head over to Amazon for a review.

    Thanks for writing it and I hope you are enjoying the finished product!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Emilie January 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Erin, I loved Simple Matters. Loved it. There is so much information about each part of the journey to living a simpler life. And there is also much to encourage/nudge people toward beginning to think differently about how to live life. A beautiful, beautiful book. I ordered a copy for my newlywed daughter and son-in-law, and I will be re-reading and referring to my copy for a long time to come. Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you!!! I’m so grateful for your support!

  • Reply Becky January 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

    My copy came yesterday and I’m taking my time savoring it. It’s my dream someday to be a professional organizer/counselor and help people simplify their lives. As a part of that I want a small library of books to lend out to clients to inspire them on their journey. I believe this book will be a great inspiration and if I ever do start my business I might need a second copy since I don’t want to part with my own.

  • Reply Carmella January 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    My copy will be here Saturday! So fun reading comments from my readers, saying that they’ve been enjoying your book, thanking me for pointing them your way! Love how this community works 🙂 Yay!!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Oh, so exciting! Thanks for all of your support, Carmella! Huge hugs to you.

  • Reply Caitlin | Our Natural Heritage January 14, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope you get to relax and enjoy and soak it all in 🙂 !

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you!!!

  • Reply Teebird January 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Finished your book today and loved it. The pictures were so evocative of peace. Who knew that a broom and dustpan could reflect peace and quiet?! Congratulations!

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you!!!

  • Reply Erin January 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    So excited to receive my copy — I think it arrives this weekend! You must be so thrilled, publishing a book is such an amazing accomplishment, and I think this one is going to be a favorite on my bookshelf.

  • Reply Rebecca January 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I pre ordered your book and received it yesterday, I read the whole thing in one sitting, absolutely loved it , there is so much information that I can relate to, very easy practical suggestions, and it really makes you step back and revaluate how you are living and the choices you make!, beautifully written, CONGRATS! …love your blog too

    • Reply Erin Boyle January 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      thank you so much! so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Susan February 18, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Erin,
    I just finished reading your book. First, congratulations! Also, I wanted to thank you for being so generous with your expertise, and writing a book that feels like a real and lasting resource. I’m a minimalist myself, but there are days when, as an artist- and self-employed person, it can almost feel like I’m in a self-deprivation mindset . Reading your book helped me to remember not just to pare it down, but to pare it down beautifully, with grace, spark and joy. To make discoveries. I am feeling so inspired to become more creative and more aesthetic in my minimalism, after reading your ideas. Thank you. : ) My Best, Susan

  • Reply Paula March 22, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I just finished your book. It is not only beautiful but original and very smart, and it is just what the world needs. Can’t wait to see what you put out next!

    • Reply Erin Boyle March 23, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Endless thanks for these kind words. Totally made my morning.

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