Organized Simplicity

Simple living is a journey, not a destination.

And there you have it; the beauty of Tsh Oxenreider’s book summed up succinctly. Organized Simplicity, The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living from the founder of the blog Art of Simple, is a lovely book about organization, simplicity, and nourishing and appreciating your home. It is about slowing down and enjoying life’s pleasures. Living simply is one of Oxenreider’s principles and her pages are filled with action plans, quotes, and little nuggets of wisdom that make this such a great read.

“What is simple living? Living holistically with your life’s purpose. Holistic living means that your spiritual, relational, emotional, intellectual, physical, and financial lives are working together. They’re not competing with one another. These parts exist to complement and strengthen one another”. -Tsh Oxenreider

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I love that she talks about time being a tool and that we’ve all got a limited amount and that we need to use our time wisely. She talks about how everyone always complains that they do not have enough time to do the things we want but we all have the same amount of hours in a day; we just need to choose how we use them, wisely.

“If you don’t put in the hours to transform your life into something meaningful and holistic with your life’s purpose, it will never happen. Simple living doesn’t happen automatically”. -Tsh Oxenreider

Minimalism is also a topic weaved beautifully throughout the book. Some gems that I found helpful:

  • When you own fewer things, those things retain a higher value for you.
  • When your home runs efficiently and when it is free of all but the essentials, you are more free to enjoy life.
  • May your life be filled with only the necessary and the beautiful.

She reminds us that seasons of life come and go and that we can’t accomplish it all. But with Oxenreider’s book, I feel like I can come pretty close 🙂

 

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