simplicity! {4/40}

Welcome to Day 4 of our 40 Days of Birthday Gifts!tsh

Today I am giving away SIMPLICITY! And you ALL WIN!!

Okay, I’m not really giving away simplicity. Wouldn’t that be something?

But I AM giving away one of my all-time favorite books, Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.

organizedAnd sweet, fabulous Tsh. I asked her for a free copy of her e-book, One Bite at a Time to give away, and I had every intention of buying Organized Simplicity myself to give away. (I know what it’s like to write a book and everyone wants it for free–it’s awesome.)

But Tsh happily agreed to the free e-book AND offered a copy of Organized Simplicity too. BLESS HER TO THE MOON AND BACK.

I’ve written about Organized Simplicity a ZILLION times. You can check out those posts here, here, here, here, and here. One of the posts is titled, “This Books Soothes Me and Moves Me.”

Yes. That’s what it does. May it do the same for you.

Here’s the short version of why I love it: You make a family purpose statement and then run all your junk/clutter/stuff/schedule, etc. through the filter of your family’s purpose. If it’s not helping you fulfill your purpose, say bye-bye.

And, if you live on your own, do not be put off by the word “family.” This book is amazing for ANYONE who is longing for a purpose in life & wants all her “stuff” to reflect that purpose.

Ooh, I’m getting warm fuzzies.

one biteTsh’s e-book, One Bite at a Time, breaks the simplification process into manageable chunks. “52 tasks. Practical. Do-able. Given to you in a one-at-a-time, take-a-breath format, for you to tackle at your own comfortable pace. You know what you should do, you just need a handbook.”

Read them both, and you will be UNSTOPPABLE.

Well, you’ll still have to put in the work, but I dare you to read them and NOT be motivated to simplify your life.

Tsh has another great book out: Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. Also a winner. (I’ve read it twice.) (Also, there’s a fun paragraph in the travel section about our fam.)

blue bikeAND she’s working on another book based on the 9 months she and her family (hubby, 3 kiddos) spent traveling around the world. (Be still my globe-trotting heart.) CANNOT WAIT to read it. You can get a taste of what they did & saw on her site, The Art of Simple Travel.

She also has a really great podcast called The Simple Show. I am NO GOOD at listening to things (I’d rather read), but lately I’ve been listening while I fold laundry & chop vegetables. I really like it.

I could talk about Tsh’s life and work for hours (and I have nooooo idea how she does all she does, because I am on day 4 of blogging/writing/linking, and I already need a vacation!), but I know you’re ready to win something.

To win a copy of Organized Simplicity AND One Bite at a Time, just leave a comment telling me either:

1.) One area of your home or life that needs simplified.


2.) One country you’d reeeeeally love to see someday.

That’s it! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for more give-aways! (tomorrow is something very beautiful made by women in Honduras!)


23 thoughts on “simplicity! {4/40}

  1. Kim

    ~Need to get my sewing/craft space organized!
    ~I would love to travel to Russia and Ukraine. I was there 35 years ago while in college.

  2. Jennifer

    I would love to get to Australia someday or always have the desire to be back in Africa.

    We are finally done having kids, so now I feel freedom to purge all the too small kid clothes, the baby items (though most have already been passed on now), the toys, and everything else that we’ve accumulated and just hung on to!! We had a garage sale this summer and that required some good organization, but there is still so much more!

  3. Kristin Perry

    I came back from my four months of traveling 1) astounded by how comfortably I had lived out of the contents of a single backpack, and 2) utterly convicted about how much stuff and clutter I’ve allowed myself to believe is essential. I would love to be armed with this book when I return to Chicago and open up that storage unit for the first time.

  4. Melissa

    I’d really love to see Russia!

    P.S. I listen to Tsh’s podcast allllll the time – I love it! Podcasts are my jam. I listen to them when I’m driving/doing laundry/doing dishes/etc to infinity.

  5. Amy

    I reaaally want to go back to Scotland. There is just too much to see.

    And paper clutter is a monster. It has to be reproducing when we’re not looking!

  6. Angela M

    My back room is always full of stuff put there to deal with “later ” which never comes. It desperately needs to be organized!

  7. Candice

    As I am officially 1 month or less than having baby #2 and nesting has kicked in I would love something to help direct my organizing and simplifying craziness. Having everything “settled” makes me breathe a little deeper and I am feeling a little unsettled still!

  8. Addie

    Ive been wanting this book for a while… 🙂

    1. the garage needs cleaning and we have committed to doing that tomorrow, and its probably going to take all day, but I know it will feel good once its done

    2. china and hong kong… where our adopted children are from… I know weve already been there, but I want to go back to experience it without the stress of the adoption process on top of it, to really be able to enjoy the countries, and also to visit them with all 4 of our children to see the countries through their eyes!

  9. Andrea

    I follow her blog and would love this book!

    1. My many, many to-do lists. Long term, short term, today, tomorrow, paper calendar, online calendar, online work calendar, etc. I’m always looking for a more streamlined process for these and home organization and because I haven’t determined a simple system, it ends up way too complex and then nothing really happens or gets put away in the right place. Feels like such a mess!
    2. Antarctica!

  10. Jen H.

    I loved Organized Simplicity and I LOVED Blue Bike (I’m so excited to read this upcoming book about their travels)! It woukd be great to have a hard copy of “Organized” to lend out to friends.

    1. I am always looking for inspiration to declutter… because our family is really bad at putting stuff away and purging the stuff seems to be one of the best solutions to that.

    2. I’d love to see New Zealand or Italy or Ireland (because – pretty!). I’d love to experience India (because – curry!)

  11. Katherine

    I’d love to visit Europe (yes, I know it’s not a country, but how can one choose between all those history-rich places?!). If hard-pressed, I guess I’d choose Italy. 🙂

  12. Rebekah Stupakewicz

    I would say our appointment schedule really needs simplified. (Our youngest has some special needs so we have appointments-all the time).
    And I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. I think I might have a childlike vision of what it will be like. Rolling green hills, fresh air, music…
    So part of me is scared to go….afraid of disappointment of what it really is.
    Ok that was a lot of writing to answer two simple questions. Sorry. 😉

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