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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475077122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475077124
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,491,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorilee is a child of God, wife, mom, writer, minimalist, travel lover, and wanderer. She graduated with a 4-year degree in International Studies with an business emphasis.

After playing in the business world for a few years, she left to take care of her kids and work with her husband on entrepreneurial projects. She is now working on the life-long degree of finding her own life, firmly believing that life is too short to try and live up to other people's or society's expectations. Lorilee has been searching for what she values and considers success. Everyone's ideal life is different, but very few people dream of living in a cubical, climbing a ladder, making more money, and buying more stuff that just breaks and fades, in an attempt to impress people they don't even know or like.

In her book, 3 2 1 Stop -- stop running and start living, she talks about stripping away expectations and habits that reflect others instead of you. With a laid back, easy tone, she addresses material clutter, not as a way of cutting back or denying yourself, but as a way to free up your life and space for what you truly love. Going beyond material clutter, she also addresses over commitment, time, money, and other areas of clutter and stress that crowd out the life we want to live.

Far from having life figured out, Lorilee shares in her book what she has learned and invites you to join her in the journey. She would love to get to know you through her blog Loving Simple Living, Twitter, Facebook, and Google +.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Jacklin on 29 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are anything like me you have a vague sense of desperation about how cluttered and busy your life is and an equally vague idea that at some point you will go about simplifying it. The problem is knowing where to start. I have found myself wishing that someone would just take me by the hand and lead me through each room in my house in turn and help me to rationalise and minimise.

So, Lorilee Lippincott's book 3-2-1 Stop came along at just the right moment. In fact, Lori's approach goes a lot deeper than just de-cluttering the material environment, she takes the reader by the hand through the attitudes and aspirations behind our desire for simplicity, too. This is not simplicity for its own sake but simplicity with purpose that is rooted in our dreams. It is about making emotional as well as physical space in your life.

I think it is Lori's conversational style and her generous and candid revelations about her own journey that make this book such a pleasant trip. It is exciting, too, because right from the first page you catch her infectious expectation that things can and will change for you. Beginning with some ground rules about attitude, Lori tackles the problem of "stuff" in the first section of the book. She gets down to brass tacks within a few pages. It's not rocket science, it's not merely theory, it's common sense seasoned by experience and practice. Most of her practical recommendations are things I have half-heartedly attempted at some point in the past but I have benefitted from having someone saying, "do this" then "do that" - once again, small steps. She even makes you take a step back and think about furniture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E Edwards on 21 Mar. 2012
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You know how sometimes when you read something, it's like you have the author sat next to you with a hot cuppa tea, whispering her secrets into your ear? Well 3-2-1 Stop was like that for me. And then rather than racing through it from one chapter to the next, I was surprised to find myself stopping along the way to actually put stuff into action. A rare feat for a serial book worm like me! And this is probably the best testament I can give Lori ... reading this book will make stuff happen!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Realization! 21 Mar. 2012
By M.post - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just recently moved...to a bigger house, because we have too much stuff, we now have an extra living room, an extra bedroom, an extra dining space and two extra bathrooms. I thought the extra space would simplify my life, but instead it has made it just the opposite, chaotic. My mind was going in the direction of, I need another couch for the extra room, and I need another table for the eat-in kitchen and yes finally, no more fighting over the bathroom. But after living here, my house is a mess because my husband and I work full time and between the kids, supper, family worship and bed-time rituals we have no time to take care of the house, we have higher cost in utilities and all this equals stress. I didn't even get through the introduction when I realized that simplifying means removing not adding to. And then I got the urge to leave work and get rid of my extra stuff (and then some). But don't just read the intro, the book is too good to stop there. I never knew what minimalism was, but by minimizing your stuff and freeing up time and energy you can live life to the maximum. Lorilee has a simple and refreshing approach to minimalism and an easy to follow writing style. I was very privileged to get to read this book, it spoke to me and helped me realize that I minimalism is more than just about my belonging but also about ME.

I don't know who I am. I don't know who I am. It's a scary thought, but I am being honest. I never realized it. When I introduce myself to others, this is what I say: "I'm Mereta, mom and wife," sure that is a part of what defines me. But I have yet to discover who I AM and what my passion is. I would have never even realized this if I hadn't read 3-2-1 Stop by Lorilee (Lippincott). This book has helped me look outside the box that society has placed us in, in which the walls are made up of: wanting, needing, buying and having. And it helped me realize that I AM NOT the person my things and society make me out to be, I AM MORE, but I still have yet to figure out whom that is. This book is NOT a self-help book, it IS a self-realization book. I am on a new journey, my closet is almost my ideal closet, but I have a long way to go and in the mean time I will definitely need to keep praying the Serenity Prayer because I definitely need a lot of courage and God's strength to break out of the box and be ME.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Holistic approach to clearing out your baggage 22 May 2012
By Stefanowitsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Loirlee Lippincott makes a personal, passionate case for a simpler life. She adopts a holistic approach to clearing out all kinds of baggage, including intangibles. She mixes her personal and family perspective with key insights from the current minimalist literature to develop her easy, actionable method of 3-2-1-Stop. My takeaways were that love for traveling is a great motivator for simplicity, parenting adds complexity but is also a great opportunity to teach minimalism to kids and that many solutions are intangible such as time management, personal boundaries, memories, financial discipline and education. Well done.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 26 April 2012
By Always Tea Time - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm fairly new to this minimalist journey. I have read a few books that have helped me greatly in getting started and stayin motivated. To me this was the best balanced book I've read. I just finished it today. Lori's book is so easy to read and kept me motivated with each page I turned. Some things I already read in other books but needed to hear them again. Other things were new and fresh. This is a must read if you're already on this journey or just curious.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lorilee's passion and message for living a more simple lifestyle comes through in this book! 29 Aug. 2012
By Raynetta Cage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I appreciate that Lorilee covers every area of life - spirit, mind, body in regard to living a minimalist lifestyle. This is a guide to help you strip all unnecessary "stuff" from your life so you can focus on and have the creative space (mental, physical, spiritual) to pursue what is more important in your life. I like that she encourages & challenges you to define what simple & minimal mean for your life - she recognizes & respects that everyone's level of minimalism is different. Get your copy now it will change the way you think about your "stuff".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wish I'd had this book 15 years ago 12 May 2012
By Cathy_H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow. I love the challenge of this book to let go of all of our preconceived ideas of what we are "supposed" to do and design a life that is tailored to who we really are. I was so absorbed that I finished the book quickly, then immediately started shedding "stuff."
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