Organized Simplicity – A Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Winners will be announced on December 12th!

I‘m writing today because of a beautiful package that arrived on my doorstep recently. It’s Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by my friend Tsh Oxenreider.

I first heard the name Tsh Oxenreider when I had been writing over at my blog Steady Mom for a couple of months. Not having a single clue about how to grow my blog, I purchased audio transcripts from a blogging conference called Blissdom. Tsh was one of the speakers.

After listening, I spent some time exploring Tsh’s blog, Simple Mom. It seemed amazing to me, but I also thought it was similar to the blog I hoped to create. I remember telling my husband Steve, “Is there really a need for another blog about motherhood when she has one that is so huge?”

Steve–ever the wise, prophetic soul, said, “Don’t think of her as competition. Think of her as an ally.”

Now, because of the magic of the blogosphere, Tsh and I work together here at Simple Living Media. She is the real deal and I’m thankful to call her “boss.” (Well, I don’t really call her that, but you know what I mean!)

Organized Simplicity is beautiful, inspiring, and every page conveys Tsh’s heart for families to find the definition of simple living that works for them. (In other words, you don’t have to feel guilty if you have a washing machine!!)

I love it and think it belongs in your personal library. I know I’ll be referring to my copy again and again.

Organized Simplicity Giveaway

Today I have the privilege of giving away copies of Organized Simplicity to three Simple Homeschool readers!

Here’s how to enter:

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three.

1. Leave a comment on this post and answer this question: What is currently your biggest organizational challenge?

2. To get a second entry, follow @simpleschool and @simplemom on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. Be sure to come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve tweeted.

3. Subscribe to Simple Homeschool by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. My biggest organizational challenge at the moment is my homeschool stuff. The things for the kids are organized. But the articles I’ve printed for reading, the things I need to do planning, my manuals…..all are in a constant state of disarray. It’s frustrating!

  2. I already subscribe in my Google feed reader and enjoy every post.

  3. The clutter of kids’ papers, my magazines, and the mail.

  4. I’m already subscribed to your feed– and enjoy it. Thanks!

  5. I’m following you and simplemom and I retweeted your giveaway! :)

  6. I really struggle with space issues at our new house- it’s only 1000 square feet (which is a mansion in most of the world, I know…). Stuff piles up so fast! Especially by the door… I could use some help!
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  7. Art, craft, and sewing supplies overwhelm our very small home!

  8. My biggest organizational challenges are keeping motivated to keep up on everything and having a minimal but sufficient amount of stuff in our small home.
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  9. I subscribe to your blog in my reader!

  10. my biggest challenge is paperwork – bills, school stuff, things to file away – it sits in piles and just glares at me begging to be organized.

  11. Kimberly E says:

    My biggest challenge right now is my basement. It’s a bit of a nightmare right now. Would love this book!

  12. Kimberly E says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  13. i already subscribe via google reader.

  14. Right now, I’m trying to fit 2 kids in one tiny room. I keep giving things away, organizing, moving…and it’s still a huge mess! HELP!!!!

  15. I’m already subscribed to your feed.

  16. My biggest organizational challenge is paper clutter, both homeschool and otherwise. If I file something away I forget about it, if I don’t. . .well, the piles are a problem.
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  17. I am a happy subscriber via Google reader.
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  18. I thought I already followed you on Twitter, but it looks like not. Thanks for the reminder. I’m following both now!
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  19. Paper, paper, paper!

  20. My biggest challenge is managing the paperwork: homeschooling papers, financial paperwork, other activities and action items (all with paperwork!). It’s hard to know what to keep, what to file, and what to keep in sight so I don’t forget to do something with it! Help!

  21. Everything! We move to a different country on April and in to our new home on September. I still have boxes around, I still have to many things, and I’m so tired to see my house like this. I really wish I could found some balance.
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  22. The clutter, it goes from one place to another. Kitchen counter to the living room to the office …. same clutter!!

  23. subscribe to your feed :)

  24. My biggest challenge is our bedroom- things get shoved away in there, to hide them from the kids, etc….and never taken care of!
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  25. My biggest challenge right now is keeping books and toys organized in a fashion that I like and that my kids will follow. Sigh.

  26. Everything. We’re putting in a new kitchen, so nothing is quite where it needs to be. After the kitchen is done, though, I know it’s going to be my crafting stuff: fabric, yarn, scraps of everything…

  27. I’m an RSS feed subscriber.

  28. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  29. My ebay stuff. It’s how I’m able to work from home but sometimes it takes over the home!! Help me!!

  30. subscriber

  31. My biggest challenge is my paper clutter, mainly bills, receipts, etc. I HATE to file!
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  32. I subscribe in Google Reader
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  33. My kitchen. Or my garage. Or my desk. Looks like I really need to win this book! :)

  34. My organizational challenge would be my bedroom. I need help to stop the clutter and organize what is left.
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  35. My biggest organizational challenge is storage and relieving clutter in a small studio that’s home to two busy people. One of us has a home business out of the garage (which spills over into the studio) in addition to two other part time jobs and the other has work that occasionally needs to be finished at home (usually involving painting and designing).

  36. I subscribe to SimpleHomeschool via GoogleReader.

  37. Paperwork in the office, pantry x homeschool supplies cupboard & laundry and the rest of the house!! It is a constant battle and I have a small home so I really need to declutter and simplify I know, but where to start???? I’ m ordering this book, as it’s unlikely I’ll win with only 1 entry and living in Australia, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!
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  38. Our Homeschool (papers, supplies, art work etc) is my biggest organizational challenge.

  39. I subscribe :)

  40. My biggest organizational challenge is the sheer volume of stuff that I’m trying to stuff into our small office area.
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  41. I subscribe in Google Reader
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  42. My whole house is my biggest organizing challenge. With 5 homeschooled kids, a husband, 8 pets, and my mom moving in with us, my house is a mess! I am in need of some serious organization!

  43. I think my biggest organization issues lie in my kitchen and my personal closet/bathroom. The kitchen gets crazy if I stop looking at it for more than two seconds… which means things don’t really have a home and thus clutter my counters. As for my closet and bathroom, everything that clutters the rest of the house eventually ends up there in an effort to alleviate looking at extra stuff in the main living areas.

  44. My biggest organizational challenges center around laundry! From getting it done in a timely manner, to putting it away neatly…the whole system is dysfunctional around here.

  45. My biggest organizational challenge is my kitchen counter! It seems to be a magnet for everyone in the house, including me, to drop things. I can clean it off and two days later it’s gone again. I really need less clutter and more oranization!

  46. Staying focused on the task at hand. For example.. I start to empty the dishwasher, I put up 3 glasses and then notice someone’s glove are on the counter. I go to put the gloves away and see that the glove drawer is spilling over. When trying to sort out the drawer, I see that someone put a t-shirt in the drawer…. so I take it to the laundry room and put a load of clothes in the washer and take a load out of the dryer to fold. I have a discussion with myself about whether it is more efficient to put those clothes away now or wait until all the laundry is done (hahahahaha). then I let the dog out, go get the mail, go to put the mail on the counter and realize that I never finished the dishwasher. I know this sounds like I have adult ADD (which I don’t)…. I just need a plan and fewer distractions… and a little help from this book might be just the thing :)

  47. long time subscriber

  48. clothes and paperwork!
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  49. Lindsay Sledge says:

    Currently it would be our hundred year old house. It’s tiny and there is only one very small closet for storage. It’s hard to be organized when I can’t anything away.

  50. We are undergoing the grand challenge of unpacking the last boxes of nonessentials from our move last year (3 months before our 4th was born) and dramaticly downsizing the obscene amount of toys. Finding time to tackle it bit by bit is crazy. Thank goodness for the 15 min. timer!