“Organized Simplicity”… just that title sounds so refreshing to me. I don’t know about y’all, but reading organization books relaxes and motivates me. And I love for the books to be personable, possible, and is there a word that starts with P for inspiring? Prompting or propelling? Might as well aim for the alliteration. 😉
Anyway, this book has it all. Tsh Oxenreider (don’t ask me how to pronounce that) has such a fresh, personable style. She clearly states the difference between her idea of a simplified home and the stereotype minimalist–and often unrealistic–home. Although she doesn’t hide the fact that it takes a ton of hard work, she makes it feel worth it… and that it’s possible. (And there are my three P’s. ;P) Be prepared for a lot of quotes, because I took so much away from this book.
“When simplicity is married to reality, [simple living] is possible. Not only is it possible, it’s quite possibly the best way to live life. Each family ultimately has its own description of what “simple living” looks like, and each family should strive for a simple life in its own ways.”
Tsh has such an open approach to simplified living. She allows plenty of room for each family or person to customize her methods to their own lives. She outlines a 10-day plan for simplifying your entire home, but she also acknowledges that it might take some people longer. And it’s not a “one size fits all” type, if you get what I mean… like the mindset of “this is how it should be done and your house should look like mine.” She encourages you to make your home a place that is uniquely yours and your family’s.
“The lifestyle you want won’t happen passively. It takes effort and intention to create that lifestyle and to create a home that embodies it. Choose today to make your home a haven for your entire family, one that allows each member to live at peace.”
And to top it all off, the book design is sooo streamlined and simple. It’s honestly just inspiring to look at! The only thing I didn’t love about the book design is that my copy is hardback with spiral bound pages within the cover. It wasn’t so bad in the middle and end, but when I first started reading it, I noticed that the pages tended to bend and crease by the spine. But it is SO worth that little annoyance (and more)!
She also has some inspirational chapters to start off and finish the book, as well as the chapters dedicated to the ten days of simplifying your home.
As you can see, some of the rooms require two days (but if you can get it done in one, great!). There are also super helpful appendixes with pros and cons to different aspects of simple living, lists, and examples for how to use said lists.
And she just keeps it real.
“…don’t create some lofty, improbably objective of simple living that doesn’t really exist. Live life in the present, and accept that simple living is a process, a journey.”
I guess this isn’t exactly a “professional” book review, but I just wanted to share how much I enjoyed this book!
And one last quote that’s close to the end of the book. 😉
“In the end, you’re golden when you just start somewhere. It doesn’t really matter how far you still have to go toward simplifying your life, so long as you’re moving forward. Remember writer Elisabeth Elliot’s wise words, “When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.” If you feel stuck, just do something. Anything. Throw out the trash, clean out the fridge, or organize a bookshelf. See? You’re one step closer.”