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.
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.
- Comment and tell me one area of your life that you’d like to simplify.
- 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).
- 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.