Organized Simplicity Giveaway

Heather says:

Sometimes the world is a very small place; this can be especially true on the web where the physical barriers of geography have been stripped away. In January, I had the pleasure of meeting Tsh Oxenrider at a the BlissDom Conference in Nashville. I knew our books were published by the same publishing house, but I had no idea that we shared the same editor. I know many of you read her site, Simple Mom and if you don’t? You should.

In our culture -and here I make the assumption that most of you reading are part of Western culture- it takes conscious effort and planning to live simply. It sounds counter-intuitive, but for the most part popular media is funded by companies that live and breathe consume or die. This concept rubs off intentionally and unintentionally into popular culture, it’s so prevalent that most of us never bother to notice the race we’re running is a treadmill.

Tsh’s book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living is an invitation to stop, sit down, and change your perspective.

I know many of you have already opted out, you ride your bikes, you use a CSA, you’re simplifying and reducing the clutter in your life. Still, isn’t it nice to have a companion on that journey? Someone whose eyes aren’t going to go wide, who won’t shut down, when you mention your latest project working toward simplicity. Tsh is that confidant, that friend you want to emulate. You know, the one whose bathroom cabinets you want to peek in, to see if there’s a secret.  There’s no need to sneak, Organized Simplicity is a hard cover, spiral-bound manual for consciously reducing the unnecessary busyness of your life.

I believe  Tsh and I share many of the same ideals, she just strikes me as a more graceful, centered, and calm person.

You can’t wait to move into the “perfect” home to declutter and organize. You’ll be waiting a long time because the perfect home doesn’t really exist. You may eventually move into the perfect-for-you home, but don’t wait for that elusive day to create the home you truly want. Choose now to make your current living space work to the best of its ability.

I think my favorite part of the book is a ten day walk through your home, where you ask “What is this room’s purpose?” and then you begin working toward it.  Unfortunately buying the book will not make the organizer fairy visit your house. If it did, it would probably be a lot more than $10.45 on Amazon.

Tsh doesn’t only talk about decluttering your home, it’s also about decluttering your life, what are you doing that doesn’t contribute to your well being? How will you eliminate it?

Other things I love about the book? It has an index and a step-by-step illustration of the nearly impossible to explain how to fold a fitted sheet. There are checklists for organizing, there are sample pages for creating your own home management binder, and budget worksheets, too.

To put it simply /*insert rimshot*/ I’m a fan.

Giveaway details:

I have been given the opportunity to share 3 copies of Organized Simplicity with you. Entering is simple and each reader has up to three entries.

  1. Comment and tell me one area of your life that you’d like to simplify.
  2. Share the contest on Facebook or Twitter.  – Leave another comment with a link to the tweet or post. On both Twitter and Facebook you can get the link by right clicking on the time stamp of the post / tweet. (Usually the time stamp says something like one minute ago or the date).
  3. Mention the giveaway on your own blog or website. Again leave the link as another comment.

The comments will be closed at 9pm EDT on Sunday May 8, 2011.  This winner will be chosen at random and announced on Home-Ec 101’s Facebook Fan Page on Monday May 9, 2011 at 9am EDT. Winners will have 48 hours to submit their contact information or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!



107 Comments

  1. Sheila on May 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I would like to simplify our home so that keeping it clean would be like second nature.



  2. Thelma Van Wyk on May 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Ihttp://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=220419351318009&id=100000140116704 posted the giveaway on facebook…



  3. Busy Momma on May 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I would love to simplify my life…I have 2 boys, ages 2 and 10 months. My life is chaos…I used to have it all together…now I am just overwhelmed.



  4. Thelma Van Wyk on May 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I would like to simplify my wardrobe



  5. Maggie on May 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Well, there are a lot of things about my life I'd like to simplify, but juggling two jobs and my blog is my biggest problem. Though I suppose the book won't help with that! When it comes to my home, I'd love to simplify my closets. I can't seem to keep them from becoming a big mess!



  6. @shawnaleeirish on May 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm


  7. @shawnaleeirish on May 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I need to simplify in the are of my kids' stuff. They can't part with anything, be it a trinket from the goody bag at a birthday party or the frog they created from a toilet paper roll. I need HELP!!



  8. steph j on May 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I need to simplify my kid's toys and make a system for rotating them, as well as their old clothes, because I have three girls I need to have the hand-me-downs organized so that I can find them when I need them!



  9. Stewart C.Bailey on May 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

    We all need some simplification in our day to day musings.



  10. Angel B on May 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I want to simplify everything….one room at a time



  11. Debbie on May 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I posted the giveaway on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dmstinson/posts/161308860



  12. Debbie on May 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I really need to organize my paper clutter!!



  13. Lysa Marie Filcek on May 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I posted the giveaway on fb… https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid



  14. Lysa Marie Filcek on May 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I want to simplify my meals. more whole foods. less processed stuff.



  15. Kristy on May 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I want to simplify our girls' toys. They are 17 months and 3 years old, and so many of the toys work for both of them – but I'm having a hard time narrowing it down other than getting rid of the baby toys.



  16. Anne on May 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I would LOVE to simplify our entire house! I'm overwhelmed 🙁



  17. Tracy D. on May 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I would like to simplify my paperwork and organizing the toys.



  18. Lauren on May 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I shared on Facebook! 🙂
    My recent post A Story of a Special Friendship



  19. Lauren on May 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I'd like to simplify my four children's toys. 'Nuff said, right?
    My recent post A Story of a Special Friendship



  20. Amy on May 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I would like to simplify my pile of papers.



  21. Kathy on May 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I need a simple life period LOL. I'd love to win a book



  22. @MusingMom6 on May 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    http://m.facebook.com/?w2m&_rdr#!/profile.php

    Shared on FB

    musingmom6 at gmail dot com



  23. @MusingMom6 on May 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Family and business simplified



  24. Amy on May 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I'd like to simplify my office! It seems to be where the junk in the house accumulates, just to get it "out of the way".



  25. @Another_Mom on May 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    So many place to simplify… mostly my creative space at the moment. And my clothes…



  26. Cary on May 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I would love to simplify my sewing room/storage room. It has become overwhelming and now I can hardly even walk in it. I need to let go of 'things'.



  27. Kelley on May 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I would like some guidance in simplifying just about everything. I have my first child heading to Kindergarten this fall and I would like to be strong in all things at home before he starts!



  28. Kathy on May 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    To simplify by life, I need an office space. I have a little spot in my kitchen for my computer and phone, but it is the infamous spot everyone drops everything when they come in the door. I need a nice uncluttered space. I like the idea of thinking of the purpose of a room. Maybe there is a room here somewhere that's purpose could include a space for me.



  29. Nicole on May 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I'd like to simplify the removal and organization of all my clutter.



  30. Michaela on May 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Honestly I think I need to simplify everything, but if I had to choose one area I guess it would be the kids playroom. I just feel like it is taking over and their very generous grandparents don't help the situation any.
    My recent post RoseArt Color Blanks review



  31. lysa on May 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I want to simplify my diet. Way too many processed foods in there.



  32. Amy P on May 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I need to simplify paperwork/home management. I've been working on putting together a home management binder, but things are so crazy it's only about 3/4 done.



  33. Colleen on May 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I am a mess! I need to organize and simplify my entire house. My biggest problem and paperwork. I leave it all over the house!



  34. Sassy on May 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I want to simplify everything! I am completely burnt out.
    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com
    My recent post Have I Mentioned My Love



  35. Alison on May 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I need to simplify all the papers that come into this house!



  36. Lyndal on May 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I need to simplify the boxes in my garage – full of books that haven't been unpacked since we moved 6 months ago…



  37. littlebitofboondocklife on May 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    http://littlebitofboondocklife.wordpress.com/2011

    Home-Ec 101, you are the best!



  38. Janelle on May 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I'd love to simplify my paperwork especially, then streamlining everything has an appeal too: cutting clutter, stress and creating peace and space!



  39. Abby on May 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Kids toys!



  40. Alecia on May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My dining room seems to be the catchall for…well… everything. I would love to figure out how to organize it so that it isn't such a chore to clear things off for dinner every night.



  41. Hillarey on May 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I want to simplify to whole housekeeping thing so I can focus on the important things . . . like relationships.



  42. Rebecca on May 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I really want to simplify my office/desk space that we keep in our spare bedroom.



  43. Kim on May 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I would love to simplify the children's toys and craft supplies!



  44. Susan/SC on May 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I'd like to simplify my garage most of all but the household in general. We have too much stuff! (But the garage could qualify for a Hoarders episode.)



  45. Sandy on May 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I need to organize my sewing room.



  46. Shannan on May 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I need to get some serious organization! Too Much Clutter, too much paper!



  47. nicky hawley on May 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Having 9 kids I want to simplify my life to spend more time with them.



  48. Bobbi on May 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I would really love to organize and simplify my kitchen, and my home office/craft area. Oh heck, I have 4 areas that really need help in my house, it is hard to decide which I should do first.



  49. Leslie P on May 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    My pantry could use some help. Right now it is storage for more than just pantry items.



  50. Teresa C on May 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

    After reading your article, I would like to read the book and go through each room of my home and determine the purpose of the room and remove anything that does not match that purpose.



  51. April V on May 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I would love to simplify taking care of my home. Decluttering being the first thing!



  52. Teri in Austin on May 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I'd like to figure out a good system for organizing recipes and meal plans. I have a bunch of pages dog-eared in cookbooks, I have a couple of index boxes full of hand-written recipes from my mom and friends, and I have a notebook with recipes printed from websites. It all feels very scattered when I start thinking about what to cook for the week.



  53. Sarah Skelton on May 6, 2011 at 9:00 am


  54. Sarah Skelton on May 6, 2011 at 8:54 am


  55. Sarah Skelton on May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I'd love to simplify my bedroom!



  56. Amy peterson on May 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I love the concept of simplifying life, living with less. I am constantly encouraging my clients to live simply. I am constantly de-cluttering my home so that it is easy to clean. I need to simplify my activities…I am too busy to exercise & eat healthy….so I am working on living a simpler life by doing less!



  57. going365 on May 6, 2011 at 8:03 am


  58. Kandi on May 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

    My living room. It is the first room you see when you enter my house, so it is where everything brought in is put down, some of which never seems to leave the living room.



  59. going365 on May 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    We are majorly overhauling every room in our house right now. Planning my garage sale, and starting to get overwhelmed. All our STUFF takes so much maintenance that I am so tired all the time.



  60. Lindi on May 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My small apartment has become uninhabitable! It makes me wonder if I should be on one of those Hoarding shows. I want to do so much but am depressed by the clutter in my house!



  61. Lani C on May 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Toys and clothes!! Drowning in them!



  62. Caroline on May 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

    The closets and attic need some serious love. 🙂



  63. Lucy on May 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I'd like to help my kids reduce their clutter. Oh and paperwork!!



  64. Abigail Glasgow on May 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I'd like to simplify my kitchen cabinet and recipe folders! Along with just about every other room in the house!



  65. Katherine on May 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I have too much stuff, plain and simple. We just started the decluttering process, and then had our second child, so it's been a bit on the back burner (he's 6 weeks old). But I'd like to continue.



  66. Rain into Rainbows on May 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/rainintorainbow/status/663

    Thanks again for the opportunity!
    My recent post Bad Days and How I Don’t Handle Them



  67. Rain into Rainbows on May 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Wellllll…. my whole life, really! LOL I'm embarking upon what I think of as a "modified minimalist" phase. I don't want to get rid of EVERYTHING, but I do want to be able to discern what is and isn't important.

    But if I had to pick one area? Paperwork. Hands down.

    By the way, I already have your book and would love to have Tsh's as well!
    My recent post Bad Days and How I Don’t Handle Them



  68. Jean Marie Riquelme on May 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I'm simplfying my wardrobe by cutting down on colors. Black, brown, grey and white basics and shoes. Addng color by scarves, Etsy handmade corsages and resin bangles!



  69. erica on May 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Where do i start? I would love to organize and simplify my entire house! There are tons of unpacked boxes and things without homes…Drives me nuts. I am intimidated by the magnitude organization that needs to be accomplished.



  70. Sarah on May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I would just like to have a better routine, and not be so distractible.



  71. Laura on May 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Hello, I'd love to simplify my clothes! I have too many that I don't wear enough. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    Blessings, Laura
    Lauraleighanderson(at)hotmail.com
    My recent post He would have been 15



  72. Carrie on May 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    lol, folding fitted sheets is definitely something i could work on. right now i give it a try, get frustrated, and then shove it in the linen closet and close the door…
    My recent post What Are the Next Five Books You Want to Read



  73. Jen on May 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I want to simplify…everything. One thing specifically would be the stuff in our home. I have a young toddler and am expecting our second in about 7 weeks. I want to get us organized so life can be just a little easier.



  74. Tara on May 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm


  75. Tara on May 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I need to simplify my craft/sewing supplies. It's so overwhelming, I have stopped crafting rather than fixing the mess!



    • Lindi on May 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

      ME TOO!!!! what can we do???? I love sewing, minis and reborning and my house is such a wreck I don't do any of it now!!!!



  76. Jan on May 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I would like to simplify all the toys and preschool papers that seem to appear daily.



  77. fenella76 on May 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Cleaning up after my 3 small boys!



  78. Barb S. on May 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I think that the clothing around here is what most needs to be simplified. And it's my greatest challenge. "I might wear that someday" and all that.
    My recent post Speedy Skillet Dinner



  79. Anna on May 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm


  80. Anna on May 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Seasonal clothing is SUCH A BEAR for me. With four kids, and the mountains nearby, I can't just ship off the sweaters and pants, at least all of them. My current system is to throw it in a rubbermaid in my room (my poor husband!) and sort it "when I have time." I still haven't put away the summer stuff, and it's time to get it back out again.



  81. MamaFeelgood on May 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I would love to simplify my bedroom



  82. Trezlen on May 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I would like to simplify my paperwork. In theory I am organized: I have two portable containers of files. But, I don’t remember the last time I went through them and purged old information. And, my dining table (and other flat surfaces in my apartment) are covered with stacks of mail, fliers, and brochures that I acquire but never get around to getting rid of later.



  83. Alice on May 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I need to simplify my desk. I'm a single mom and a college student and I have two part time jobs… everything creates one giant pile on my desk (and in other places) and it's driving me insane but I don't know how to fix it.



  84. aprilbabies on May 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm


  85. aprilbabies on May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I think I need to mentally simplify. I always have so many thoughts and ideas running through my mind and distracting me from the things that are truly important–my family and my faith. Then I might be clear-headed enough to take on simplifying my home!



  86. Mouse on May 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    My sewing room seems to be a collect all. I've been working at it but I need some motivation.



  87. CJ McD on May 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Funny that you should be writing about this!

    I am currently going through the rooms in my home, both cleaning and organizing. Much of what I am using to organize is with items already found in my home- baskets, organizing containers, small cupboard shelves, etc. Many items have been moved to more efficient spaces, especially in the kitchen. Clothes that are no longer worn are being dropped off at the local charity center. I've gathered things I don't use and have a couple of boxes packed for the beginings of a rummage sale. Counter tops have been cleared, furniture repositioned, bins for orgainizng closets have been put to use.

    I already feel more peaceful and comfortable in my home and am inspired to keep going. Yesterday I bought some paint and am converting a very small bedroom with no closet into a sewing and storage room.
    p.s. Love your blog. So helpful.



  88. eRin on May 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I just shared the giveaway on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/erinsenge/posts/18734207



  89. SarahB on May 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I'd love to simplify my closet. I have far too little space and wayyy too many clothes.



  90. Linda S. on May 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I'm looking to simplify my closet as well as the closet of my kids. There is riding (horseback) clothing, sports gear/clothing, school clothes…. Where to put it all AND organize it so getting ready is SIMPLE?!



  91. eRin on May 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This sounds like a great tool, exactly the kind of thing we need as we start really thinking about how to make our small home perfect for our small family right now. I would love to have this book to help guide us thoughtfully through the process!



  92. Christy on May 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Love to simplify my monthly cleaning tasks!
    My recent post Playing Outside!



  93. lifewithmartians on May 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I would like to simplify our office space.



  94. Danyelle on May 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I need to simplify and organize our paperwork.
    My recent post God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers



  95. homelyliving on May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I'm in the process of simplifiing everything and it's a real joy to see more stuff leave my house than come in. It's been easy getting rid of my things, projects I'll never finish and household objects that aren't really convienient but I'm having a harder time with my children's things. If I was to pick one area is would be the kid stuff: I don't want to spend hours organizing crayons in one box, Bakugan's in one box…but it needs some order and some pruning.
    I'm new to blogging and I've just started a Home Ec podcast with my very funny nieghbor Norman: http://homelyliving.wordpress.com/
    I'll also "like" you on Facebook because I really do like your blog and you're right: I am too old to be out of clean underwea. As soon as I figure out twitter I'll do that too!



  96. Sonya on May 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I need to simplify Everything. Want more time to spend with my family and quit looking at all that is holding me back spiritually,physically, & mentally.



  97. Kim M on May 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I need to simplify my stuff! We are expecting our fourth child this winter and kid and mommy stuff has all but taken over our house!



  98. anne on May 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=
    I shared this with my friends on facebook.



  99. Anne on May 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I'd like to organize my kids' bedrooms in a way that is easy for them to keep organized. I "organize" it with them, only to find it "disorganized" a day later.



  100. Carol Shive Mirek on May 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Excellent book! And I have it in ebook format! One less bit of clutter around the house. I love reading the book, it really puts a lot of things into perspective and gives you a kick in the butt when you are picking up the same thing for the 50 th time, because it doesn't have a home, and it really isn't something you value. After I take my 10 day challenge, I am going to have to break out my home-ec book to help me clean those spaces that I haven't seen in awhile. HO-HUM!!



  101. Milehimama on May 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    ONE area I'd like to simplify? Heavens, I can think of a hundred!
    My recent post Food Stamp Soda Ban



  102. rebecca on May 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I want to simplify all of my kid's toys. And in general, all of the stuff in our house.



  103. robin on May 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I would like to simplify my schedule. I'm constantly worried I'm forgetting to pick someone up, drop someone off, pay a bill, do some work…
    My recent post Backyard Wildlife- Pileated Woodpecker



  104. Carrie on May 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I'd like to simplify my home office – what a mess!