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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home; Spi edition (November 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440302634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440302633
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tsh Oxenreider is the writer and editor of the popular blog SimpleMom.net, and is the founder of SimpleLivingMedia.com. She spends her days with her husband and young children -- exploring the world, reading and learning, and being inspired by whatever surroundings their travels take them.   Simple Mom is a member of the exclusive 9 Rules network, and was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008 in the 2009 Bloggies. All five blogs in her company, Simple Living Media, are geared towards simple living and receive almost one million page views monthly.

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Tsh Oxenreider is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Art of Simple, a blog about the art and science of living simply. She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler, and Organized Simplicity. Tsh is also the main host of The Art of Simple Podcast.

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.

Find Tsh:

* Blog: theArtofSimple.net
* Twitter: @Tsh
* Facebook: theArtofSimple
* Pinterest: TshOxenreider
* Instagram: TshOxenreider

Customer Reviews

The book is well written and easy to follow.
dianka
This book really is great for those like me that have started to get a little too overwhelmed with the clutter and just "stuff" taking up space in our homes.
Amazon Customer
Over the years I have read many, many books on the subject and some are great while others - not so much.
Holly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

319 of 323 people found the following review helpful By Angie on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I never write reviews, good or bad. However, I am so compelled to share with everyone in the world how this book has changed my life, and the lives of my family as well. Prior to reading and following the plan in Tsh's book, we were clutter bugs. Our home was in a constant state of disarray, and my heart was in a constant state of panic over the unsightly home that I lived in. I felt trapped in a home too small and too cluttered to breathe in. I was convinced that I could never love such a small home and would only be happy someday when I could move my husband and son into a larger home.

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!
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Diane F on November 19, 2010
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I devoured it in 2 days and am now re-reading much of it slowly, trying to completely digest all the great tips. The practical checklists that are included are very user friendly and easily personalized. And the step by step guide to decluttering is detailed without being overwhelming. 5 years ago everything my family owned fit in a Toyota Camry (all else was a victim of hurricane Katrina) and now I'm realizing just how much STUFF we've accumulated since then. It only took 5 years to completely fill a 1400 sq ft house plus an attic! I'm using this book as a jumping off point for fresh start, not keeping anything that isn't either beautiful or useful, just as the author advises. I'm so thankful for the inspiration, especially as the Christmas (aka most clutter-filled) season begins!
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234 of 251 people found the following review helpful By jharriskunkel on January 13, 2011
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first off i must say i loved this book. it has inspired me in so many ways to simplify my family's busy life! it packed with practical tips to make your house run smoothly. i sincerely appreciate the time the author took to write this book. it is very well thought out and flows wonderfully. the only reason i did not give this book 5 stars was on several occasions she refers you to appendix a for additional information (chart diagrams, cleaning solution recipes and more) since i ordered this book for my kindle that appendix is not available. a few of the charts she mentions are available on her website for free download, but no where can the cleaning solution recipes be found.i do not know who to place the blame on for this mess up. whether it was the publisher, amazon or who knows - it is disappointing.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Holley Gerth on February 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I found myself recently staring at my to-do list wondering...

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.
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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Burgundy Damsel VINE VOICE on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
The photos were lovely and the information timely, valid and useful. That said, they're nothing you won't find simple variations of in a dozen other organizing/ simple living books. If you really don't know how to organize yourself, maintain your home or where to start decluttering your life this would be a decent place to start.

It is worth noting that there's a big chunk of mental/psychological discussion at the beginning - writing a family mission statement, determining how you want to live and use your home, etc. Depending on where you are, this may or may not really be helpful to you. That said, I recommend checking out the author's website and surveying the home organization shelf at your local library before buying. There are tons of resources on this subject, and since you really only need one of them it's worth making sure you pick the one that's the best fit for you.
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