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Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by [Oxenreider, Tsh]
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About the Author

Tsh Oxenreider is a writer, a graphic designer, a wife, a mother, and a home manager. Her web site, www.simplemom.net, has approximately 100,000 unique visitors each month. Simplemom.net was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008 in the 2009 Bloggies and is a member of the exclusive 9 Rules network.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3029 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home; 1 edition (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM5IJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Organized Simplicity is a book I bought when on a decluttering kick, and it does have some very useful advice about chucking out, tidying up, keeping clean, etc, including a 10-quick-blitz start to getting your house in order. However, unexpectedly, it is much more about decluttering your mind, your intentions and your schedule - about working out what is important to you and your family, what your purpose is in life, and then living your life accordingly. The author is a Christian, which put me off at first, but we clearly have many purposes in common although our belief systems are very different. The appendices are very useful, and I have adopted ALL the recipes for washpowder, dishwasher powder, etc, which is not only saving me money but makes me feel like I am escaping the consumer culture in one more way. The small, ring-bound format is nice in the hand. Altogether, a useful and informative book.
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I have been on a mission, on and off for a few years to get truly decluttered and organised. As a mother of 2 little ones with several chronic health conditions my search for real help had been fruitless until I found this beauty!

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.
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This book is brilliant. It's not just "Hey you, start sorting stuff and all will be well!". Tsh Oxenreider very much helps you tackle the issues holistically, and openly admits that if done properly, slowly and purposefully, then it will take time but it will be worth it. It's certainly not an overnight 'cure' for junk.

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.
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Good read! Really loved the first chapters and her approach to simple and organized life based on purpose and values!!
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This is a great book which I have read from cover to cover a couple of times now and dip into whenever I need some inspiration and motivation. Easy to read and follow as well as to implement. I would highly recommend if you are considering a good spring clean but don't know where to begin or are struggling to begin.
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Really lovely book with a huge amount of useful information - I'm constantly dipping into this one. The spiral binding means that you can easily keep it open at a specific page whiich allows you to refer to something without holding the pages down.
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I went into this book thinking it would be very useful as I am trying to be more environmentally friendly and live my life clutter free and with purpose. Tsh comes off as a patronizing. First off, she says she is living abroad from the US, but never tells you where she is living or not at least in the first 5 chapters. I would say this book is written for an American audience and she isn't even living in America while writing this and trying to tell Americans how to have a less chaotic life! She is trying to give helpful advice but I don't think she is living or ever was living the crazy hectic family life that she is telling people to stop living.

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.
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