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More About the Author
Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home. Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.
The Art of Simple was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. Tsh was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents magazine, Real Simple magazine, and more. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, is a regular contributor at (in)courage, and is an A-List Expert with Real Simple magazine.
Her passion is to help people see that the grass is greener where you water it, and to live simply so that others may simply live. She also loves coffee and hates wearing socks. Her ultimate dinner party guests are JK Rowling, CS Lewis, Paul the Apostle, Jane Austen, Sir Ken Robinson, and Tina Fey.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book changed that. I now have a kitchen that has space for everything to fit into, in fact we have several empty cupboards. My son, husband, and I each have a space just for ourselves in this home. In the evenings I am now accustomed to doing some work before I settle in to relax. Now I can say that I truly do relax, because I enjoy my surroundings again. My soul is at peace.
Strongly recommend! Especially if any of you are the kind of person that fears having people stop by or fears hosting a social gathering. You will have a home that is guest friendly that you can be proud of. Guaranteed!
Why am I doing all of this anyway?
What if life really could be simpler?
In the midst of those questions, I discover this book. I set it on the kitchen table--right in the middle of stacks of paper, lists, and to-do's that have been left undone. I realize the irony every time I see the title: Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider.
I pick up the book and begin reading. Tsh tells of how modern life has gotten complicated and makes a case for living differently. It seems she's right there at my kitchen table talking to me at the start of chapter three...
"I hate to break it to you, but you can't do it all. I can't either. We're all given a finite amount of time, resources, and talents, which makes it rather impossible to achieve that noble, yet impossible ambition of doing everything well that you want to do....No one in the history of the world has been able to accomplish it all."
Those are comforting words, especially coming from Tsh--the creator of the highly popular site SimpleMom, brilliant businesswoman, as well as wife and mama making a difference in the world.
Tsh goes on to say it's important to create a Family Purpose Statement that guides what you do. So I take the book with me to my weekly breakfast date with my husband the following Saturday and together we answer the questions she offers to help you create your statement. For example, "What are the top four priorities we want our family to value?"
It makes for a lively discussion over bagels and coffee. And when I come home to the same stacks and to-do lists I had before, I'm more motivated to do something about them.Read more ›
Her tips are easy to follow, with great, down-to-earth tips about how to simplify things day-to-day, from finding your keys to managing your budget, but without being preachy about it. I have been working on decluttering my house, and each time I complete one room, I immediately feel a sense of peace. What a relief! It's cut down on my housework, and eased my budget, which leaves me with more time for my kids and husband and more money in my pocket.
I especially loved creating a family purpose statement, which really gave my husband and I some perspective with our decision-making.
I highly recommend it for any family that feels short on money, time and purpose. This book will help you get all three, and more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep referring back to this book over and over. Even planning on purchasing hard copy.Published 4 months ago by alison
I love this book of Tsh's also. I love that the chapters break it down by chapters and areas of the house to focus on. I love attacking a project and this book just helps a ton!Published 5 months ago by Leigh
I enjoyed reading this book and have since added a few recommended aspects to my daily life. Very well thought of in terms of layout and organization. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Dale
BEST BOOK! So many reasons. Organized and Simple are the top two! Haha. ;)
Tsh has a way of writing clearly and getting you to think about things you're familiar with in... Read more