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Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living Kindle Edition
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The cover attracted me to begin with, the picture illustrated the title perfectly, and I did wonder if this would be yet another waste of time and money, or really deliver. I took the risk, and I'm glad I did.
Tsh Oxenreider begins by discussing the issues surrounding WHY we end up with cluttered and chaotic homes and lives, and I came to a point of taking real responsibility for my problems without feeling beaten into submission. By the time I had finished part 1 of the book, I was raring to go.
The spiral spine of the book is attractive and useful as it allows you to pop the book down while working, without losing your page. The layout is sensible and well thought out, and there are useful pages at the back which you can copy or use as a template for your own documents to help you become more organised.
The kick start method is great; I felt it didn't demand too much of me, yet didn't allow me to become lazy either. Using this, I have been motivated and energised to continue working towards my dream of a continually adapting, flowing life of organised simplicity.
My house is clean and tidy, I no longer feel bogged down, and if I need inspiration to keep going, out comes the book.
Starts off going through why we have clutter and 'stuff', and the benefits of getting rid (mental, health, more time for people rather than things etc.)
Then goes into creating a Family Purpose Statement; there's a chapter on working out what your priorities are as a family and as individuals.
There's an interesting chapter about time usage, and an awesome exercise where you write down three lists, 1 is all the things you'd like to enjoy each month but aren't currently doing (things that are *possible*, not like 'get a massage every week' ;) ). The 2nd is all the basic tasks you *need* to do to live (eat, sleep, school and work, travel, cook, clean, pay bills, wash clothes and so on.) and the 3rd is a list of the things you *actually* do (fun things and mundane things). Even down to checking emails, playing on Pinterest, and so on. You then allot times to these activities and see how much time you're spending in each area. It surprised me how much internet time I had on my list, especially when you add up work, popping on to 'just check' the forums or Facebook, emails, etc.! And then she explains how to allocate time differently, a little at a time and create good habits.
It then goes even further into family time planning, including events that you do to make others happy, necessary ones, whether or not you have time, etc.Read more ›
I had to stop reading this in Chapter 5 when she tells everyone that they basically can't look towards the future if they have debt hanging over them. Well I am sorry that I got my BA and Master and have 'bad' debt from this (so this means I can't look towards the future for another 10 years). I think she is very unrealistic in some aspects and feels like she is the American that has seen it all and lived all over the world so now she can tell people how to live. For the record I am an American living abroad and it does open you to new ways of doing things and living, but I wouldn't write a book telling people how to live just because I have traveled which is what I feel she is doing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book offers nothing more than a common sense advice. Tips on how to clean your kitchen? No thank you, I can manage that myself. Waste of money and time reading this.Published 21 months ago by Lucia Rezna
I passed this book on without finishing it. It didn't feel relevant to this point in my life and had fewer practical suggestions than I was looking for. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2014 by EVA
A good read but for someone who really wants to change their lives there was not enough practical tips for me. Most of it was common sense and more for the USA market.Published on 27 July 2014 by porchie pie
Really spurred me onto clearing out wardrobes and cupboards, long overdue for spring clean, resulted in 12 bags of clothes, shoes, hats, belts, etc being donated to local Hospice... Read morePublished on 6 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great book, i would really recommend. Its a fantastic read and is well designed.
I would and have recommended this book to anyone with a home. Read more