Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
Simplicity isn't about what you give up. It's about what you gain. When you remove the things that don't matter to you, you are free to focus on only the things that are meaningful to you. Imagine your home, your time, your finances, and your belongings all filling you with positive energy and helping you achieve your dreams. It can happen, an...more
All of the suggestions are doable (especially if, as th ...more
For every hundred suggestions, maybe five of them were useful. The rest were either common sense or unworkable for my situation. The ten-day plan is fundamentally ableist in that it requires more physical exertion in a day than many even mildly disabled people can accomplish in two weeks running. Also annoying is the use of the rhetorical "we" in the beginning of the book, in which she preaches a sermon on what all is wrong with the world today. I found myself wondering what plane ...more
Much of the first half of this book is devoted to explaining why we should buy into simplified/intentional living, and while there are some good points, this section as a whole feels a little ju ...more
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There were a few good pages in the, "Money is a Tool" chapter, but that was all. I def ...more
Part 2 takes you through the house to declutter, clean, and organize. There's not a lot of new thinking here, a ...more
Some reviewers have griped about how it doesn't give any ideas about how to organize what they already have. I submit that they missed the point ...more
Quarter finished review: I was flying through this book until I realized ...more
Organized Simplicity is definitely written for families with lots of children and lots of stuff. We aren't really "stuff" people, and while I know we have some items that are worth donating or tossing most of her book was beyond anything we have. I did pick up a few good tips and tricks for storage and organization. Her tips on simplifying commi ...more
The second section takes one through each room in the house putting the principles into practice. I skimmed through this part--mostly because we've moved twice in the past year, and I feel quite happy about what we currently do and don't have in our house.
Toward the end of the book the author pre ...more
Her approach has people take ten days to declutter, reorganize and clean their homes. I would love to do this - but Bryan would have to take the kids away for 10 days for it to happen!
I thought the section of each area of the home got a little repetitive and she didn't give any id ...more
Anyway, she explains reasons why one should simplify and then gives tips and guidelines on how to simplify our lives. I like that she said "we should calculate every item's value by asking:... 1. Is this thing useful to me (us)? and 2. Is this thing beautiful to me (us)?.
I have been inspired and am going ...more
I was most interested in her philosophy for decluttering and living simply. It reminded me of the reasons I would like a cleaner home with less stuff. I took a lot of notes in the margins! : ...more
This book is less about organizing and more about simplifying. However, it is a very organized approach to simplifying :)
I found it inspiring amd helpful, on both a soul level and a household level. I guess I had more brain clutter than I thought.
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A somewhat useful book on organizing your stuff. It's geared more towards families so it was less useful for me, as a singleton, but it was the push I needed to declutter and organize my home. I liked that it broke down each room and reminded you to be mindful of its purpose. Overall, if you're looking to make changes, this is a good one to pick up.
The payoffs are astronomical - better health, good stewardship of our environment, and setting a good example for our children are just a few of the benefits. It also fosters an appreciation of the ebbs and flows of seasons because you'll be using fresh ingredients that are more readily available (and of higher quality) when they are in season. If you feel too busy to cook from scratch, then I argue that you're too busy, period. Reevaluate your priorities and commitments. If you want to live a healthy, long life and to pass the same luxury on to your children, then you MUST take the time to cook real food”