6.25.2012

On My Nightstand...

...you will find:

   
Many Conditions of Love by Farahad Zama
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint


{You might have picked up on the fact that I'm going through an overseas book phase}

What are YOU reading?

{In Review}


Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this book on a day when it was being offered as a free download for Kindle {happy dance}. I knew who Tsh was as I had sporadically read her Simple Mom blog, but being kid-free, there were times when I lost interest in her family-oriented posts. Not that they were bad, just that they didn't do much for this season of our lives. However, ever since I finished my (free) Kindle copy of her book, One Bite at a Time, I'd been interested in taking a crack at Organized Simplicity. When it came up as one of the Kindle Freebie Books (love those!), I downloaded it to my phone and read through the thing while I waited for pasta to cook and laundry to finish. It's a simple theory, really: the less stuff you have, the less time it takes to care for it. I started reading through the book just as I was really getting serious about finding out what "living simply" meant for me, for us, and for our future. While I'm not jumping on the "make-my-own-deodorant" bandwagon (though she has a recipe for that, if you want to), I appreciated the ideas that she shared and the overarching idea that one kind of "simple" does not fit all. It wasn't earth-shattering for me, but it was encouraging, and if you're looking for some tools to help you get started in the process of simplifying your life, then I would recommend this book be one of them.

Have you read either of Tsh's books or her blog?
Are there other books on organizing and simplifying that you recommend?

5 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie!! I did the same thing--downloaded it free on my phone! Though we are in a sans kids mode these days, the book had a strong appeal to me for several reasons. First, after 36 years of marriage there's a LOT of stuff to cull through. And, because we travel so much, when we are "home" I don't relish the idea of cleaning, or even looking at, all the extra schtuff I don't need. But the main reason is this; I'm not gifted at interior decorating, but my 5 sis'-in-law are. So, now and then, especially after I visit one of their lovely homes, I feel like I "need" to buy colourful pillows, pottery, or plates I can't eat off of, just to give my place more eye-appeal. This book, along with your blog and my own nightstand books (The Hole in our Gospel and Cross-Cultural Servanthood), remind me that I don't have to 'go' there. I have learned to be content...until I walk into someone else's home or Target LOL!! Thankfully, the sanity of this book, and the easy-schmeezy steps to organize, proved encouraging and helpful!! Thanks for introducing me to her website in the first place!!

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    1. Love this, Linda! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats in taking your first steps towards an attitude and lifestyle of contentment. Blessings!

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  2. You had me at, "the less stuff you have, the less time it takes to care for it"

    I'm in.

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    1. Sweet! You took one giant step toward that by downsizing to your awesome loft.

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  3. Love this, Linda! This looks so cute!

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