Saturday, January 8, 2011

Organized Simplicity: A Book Review

One of my goals for 2011 is to learn to live more simply, and part of that goal is to be more organized. One of my favorite blogs to read for inspiration about living simply is Simple Mom.

 I have been reading this blog for over a year now, and have gotten some wonderful ideas about home organization, homeschooling, parenting and everything to do with life in general. Recently, Tsh Oxenreider, the creator of Simple Mom, wrote a book called Organized Simplicity and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

About The Book:

Organized Simplicity’s aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live. Be it with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the “stuff” you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply. The first half of the book delves into the why behind realistic simple living, giving the reader a nail to then hang the how of living simply discussed in the second half. And by redefining the too often-used phrase “simple living,” a busy home manager living in the real world can then make practical changes that work for the whole family. There are chapters for cleaning and organizing the home room-by-room, and future project ideas will inspire readers to turn their house in a haven they love

About The Author:

Tsh Oxenreider writes about simplifying life at home atSimple Mom, and in early 2010 she founded the network Simple Living Media, home to five blogs about simple living.
Her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, and more.
Tsh is a wife to Kyle and a mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and she and her family are currently “in between” countries, having just moved back from the Middle East before heading off to their next adventure. Her 5-year-old has been on 49 airplanes and counting.
She also loves coffee, and she hates wearing socks.
You can find Organized Simplicity on Facebook, as well as Simple Mom
My Review:
Wow, Tsh Oxenreider has truly written a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to live a more simple life. Organized Simplicity is full of wonderful tips and ideas to get you thinking about the importance of living simply. I loved Tsh and her blog, Simple Mom, before reading this book, and love her even more, after reading it.
The book is divided into two parts. The first gives ideas of how to "live simply in the real world", with Oxenreider discussing topics such as money, time management, household notebooks, developing a family purpose statement, and more. Part two takes the reader on a 10 journey to a more organized, simple home.  It was part two that I spent the most time devouring.
It was from Simple Mom that I got the idea of doing a Household Management Notebook, and  from pages 82-95 Oxenreider takes you through the details needed in one. Very detailed and yet the idea is to make your notebook your own, and make it to work for your family. I honestly don't know what my life would be without my Household Management Notebook and Dayplanner. Thank you Tsh for the inspiration.
Throughout Organized Simplicity, Oxenreider stresses the idea that live needs to be more simple. I love what it says on the back of the book, "when you remove the things that don't matter to you, you are free to focus on only the things that are meaningful to you". Wow, this is definite food for thought as i head into a new year with my theme as discipline and looking for ways to live more simply in this often chaotic world around me.
I also love that she has included an appendix with recipes for household cleaners, household inventory templates and household management notebook templates. Perfect for adapting for your needs.
If you are looking for a book that will help you understand the importance of living simply, and give you some great tools in the process, you MUST, no you NEED to read Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider! You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't.
BUY IT: You can purchase Organized Simplicity online at the following online retailers.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of FSB Media, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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