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Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living Hardcover-spiral – November 21, 2010
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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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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!
The book begins by examining our American fascination with stuff. I found this statement the most profound. "When we have more stuff, we usually have less time for relationships with other people" (p. 30). If that isn't motivating, I don't know what is! Organized Simplicity shows you how to organize all the areas in your life from clutter and paperwork to schedules and money matters.
One of the reasons I classify this a frugal book is because Tsh shows how the financial aspects affect your ability to live simply. "It is infinitely easier to practice simple living when you don't have any debt" (p. 70). How true! There are many practical suggestions included in this book to help you simplify your finances and get rid of debt.
My favorite part of Organized Simplicity were the templates and checklists included at the end of the book. There were daily dockets, all sorts of checklists and recipes for homemade cleaning supplies.
I also enjoyed the various famous quotes included throughout the book. I've always loved this quote by Elizabeth Elliot. "When you don't know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you." This quote, by William Morris, was particularly inspiring. "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
In the world of organizing books, this book is in a class of it's own. It's simple, approachable, inspiring and encouraging. I'd highly recommend Organized Simplicity. It's encouraged me and I think it will encourage you!
Remember, "Simple living requires work" (p. 108). This book is the first step to help you in the ongoing journey of Organized Simplicity.