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?


  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!!

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

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

    I'm in.

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

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


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