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. The piles of school stuff and paper clutter that manages to fill my counter space.

  2. oh my, Penny, I have the same issue. Thank goodness I’m not the only one!

  3. My biggest organization challenge is getting things to the point where strong organizational habits become instinctual. Perhaps I’m over thinking things and need a more simple system.

  4. My two beautiful, young, happy children turn our little house into their play theater and create little scenes that seem to involve removing the contents of our entire house from the shelves and cupboards and putting them on the tables, floors, chairs, everywhere really. My biggest organizational challenge is to find a way to come to peace with my children’s current form of creativity and still find a way to ‘reset’ the house every evening.

  5. I just subscribed to Simple Homeschool and I’d love to get a copy of the book! Thanks!

  6. all that paperwork that comes with homeschooling and keeping lists about everything – paper is slowly overflowing my house…

  7. craft supplies

  8. Well, I actually have the book – and love it. I’m planning to go through it (and my house!) in January. I’ll be in the second trimester with baby #3 and looking for my energy burst :)
    I’m entering the giveaway because a friend at church would LOVE to have a copy and her and I could go through it together next month.

    jennifer @
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  9. Of course, I subscribe to Simple Homeschool!
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  10. @beautifulcall follows both.
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  11. I have trouble with the change of seasons, getting all the old clothes cleaned and packed away, figuring out what sizes the kids are in to bring those ones out! Such a headache!
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  12. My biggest organization challenge is that when my husband went from storing all his work tools in a truck, to in our APARTMENT, they are just everywhere, his toolbox is taking up our bedroom closet and its just driving me crazy!

  13. i get the email
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  14. im following on twitter
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  15. My biggest organizing challenge is papers, papers, papers – organizing, getting rid of, and filing. They start to overtake space!
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  16. Brooke Phillips says:

    Leaving my first comment on blog…in my first year of homeschooling needing lots of help and prayer, maybe the new book can help :-/

    My biggest organizational challenge is the TOY issue…four children all under 9, just how do you manage that beast??

  17. I followed on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway:

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  18. Grading and school papers

  19. I subscribed to Simple Homeschool, too!

  20. Where to begin? Our office!

  21. I subscribe to Simple Homeschool

  22. my biggest challenge is, keeping my homeschool things organized. We have a very small space and I trouble keeping it all together and easily accessible without it just making clutter. :)
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  23. I’m subscibed to Simple Homeschool, too.
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  24. My biggest organizational challenge is finding a place to put all the STUFF we have with four kids and a smallish house. Or the time to get rid of it without being overwhelmed.

  25. I am now a subscriber-thanks!

  26. already subscribed to simple homeschool via email~ (:

  27. my biggest obstacle to getting organized is too much stuff around this place~

  28. The Toys!!!

    I really need to go through all of them before Christmas…

  29. I subscribe by RSS.

  30. It’s been Tweeted!

  31. Can I say homeschooling on the simple homeschool blog? Well, that and everything else. I think I need a week of nothing but organizing.

  32. my biggest organizing nightmare is my 4 year old son’s toys. i use bins to separaste types of toys, but he insists on mixing the sets all the time. should i just settle for being happy if the toys are in a bin, even if its not the “right” one?

  33. Biggest organization problem: School books and papers for 4 children! It’s everywhere!!

  34. I subscribed to your blog on Google Reader. I love it.

  35. time and priorities. i really feel like the comic strip frame where someone says, “I try to take it one day at a time but recently several days have attacked at once.”

  36. My biggest organizational challenge is finding space for all of our clothes (me and my 3 kids) and making them easy to access but still tidy.

  37. Lisa Yarbrough says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is finding a place for all of our toys and arts and crafts – my 6 children range in age from 5 to 16 and finding a place for their age appropriate things and everything in between is hard.

  38. Lisa Yarbrough says:

    I’ve subscribed to simple homeschool.

  39. jackets and shoes are my biggest challenge. They always end up right in front of the door!!

  40. it’s a tie between photographs and the daily art projects by my kiddos :)
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  41. also subscribed via email :)
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  42. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the give away

  43. I subscribed with google reader too! I would sure be nice to win this book!

  44. The biggest challenge is letting go of stuff. I am pretty awesome at creating “give-away” boxes and bags, but I let them pile up and occasionally open them and take stuff out.

    I joined freecycle, which forces me to hand it over to a real-life person who needs it, and that helps.
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  45. My biggest challenge would have to be PAPER!! I don’t know where it all comes from, to be honest, but it’s everywhere! And I’m one of those people that if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind. So I feel like I need to have a bunch of important papers laying around in plain sight. :(

  46. Random papers on top of the microwave! It seems that the more I clean it the more it accumulates:)

  47. My biggest organizational challenge is probably paperwork! You know those hot spots that just accumulate “stuff”? There are several hot spots in my house. Piles of mail, assignments, papers from who knows where just show up! Multiply that by the 6 people that live in our home–Help!

  48. I would love a copy of the book. My biggest challenge is children’s/educational books piling up in my home, almost entirely second hand ones, I might add. I homeschool and love kid’s books, and am now having a hard time finding shelf space, so I know it is time to pass them on to others, but it’s like parting with old friends! I did not start out being a collector, and could certainly use help with “simplifying” my living space.
    -Love the blog :)

  49. My biggest challenge is my dining room–we eat in here, do schoolwork, craft projects and just about everything else in here!

  50. I subscribed by email-thanks!