Doesn’t the phrase “organized simplicity” make you feel inspired to get your home and family on a better track? It does for me! In her book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living, Tsh Oxenrider lays out a vision for how small steps toward organization and simplicity can improve your life and your family dynamic.
If you’ve read the Simple Mom blog before, you’ll feel like the content in this book is familiar, but unlike some books based on blogs, this one doesn’t feel like a series of blog posts stuck together. I think it’s helpful to consider topics in different ways, so even though I’ve read many of these ideas in blog posts, reading them in a more structured narrative was helpful.
The author defines simple living as “living holistically with your life’s purpose.” She gives helpful pointers on how to identify a purpose statement for yourself and your family, and then how to structure your activities, commitments, and home around that purpose. I think this is a really profound point – all the organization and paring down in the world will be useless to you if the system you’re devising doesn’t line up with your particular and unique priorities and goals.
The first half of the book explores ideas related to simple living, identifying your purpose so you can live simply within it, and gives guidelines for how to take concrete but manageable steps toward a more workable and sustainable life.
The second half of the book focuses on how to make your home more organized and simplified. Once you’ve identified your purpose and goals, it’s much easier to figure out how to apply those to your space. The book walks through each section of an average home and makes suggestions for how you might get it under better control. Reading this section made me feel like I could actually do this and that it would be effective, rather than seeming overwhelming or of questionable utility.
Overall I found Organized Simplicity to be a helpful and inspiring little book and I’d recommend it.
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