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. Our office is a huge mess right now…due to a laundry room renovation. It is almost done, but I am finding the task of restoring and organizing rather daunting.
    Mandy’s latest post: Under Construction

  2. We’ve moved 3 times in 4 years so our storage area is CRAZY. I’m pretty sure there’s boxes in there that haven’t been unpacked since 2006.

  3. I’m a Simple Homeschool subscriber.

  4. I would love a copy of Tsh’s book! My biggest organizational challenge is definitely organizing my time. My lack of time management has always been a struggle, but even more so this year as I am homeschooling for the first time.

  5. I am a Simple Homeschool subscriber!
    andi’s latest post: sneak peek – amy jonathan sweet little Clara

  6. Finding the time and space to organise all the baby clothes still to grow into, and those already grown out of.

  7. I’m also an RSS subscriber.

  8. My biggest organizational struggle is living in a small house.
    Kelly’s latest post: December Days

  9. I dont know where to begin. Getting everything done in time to have a consistent bedtime. Juggling work and home. Keeping the cupboards stocked – finding time for shopping. I could go on. Sometimes I am a walking disaster!

  10. My sewing stuff. It’s piled up, hard to find anything.
    Allie Brannon’s latest post: Thanksgiving 10- Etc

  11. I’m subscribed, as well. :)
    Allie Brannon’s latest post: Thanksgiving 10- Etc

  12. Jacqueline says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is time management. I struggle to make every minute count!

  13. Homeschooling: the source of all organizational issues. Oh, what I could get accomplished if they were in school all day…
    Sarah B.B.’s latest post: Project Food Blog

  14. Its so hard to pick the biggest organizational challenge! um, the whole house :) Okay, really its got to be paperwork. All kinds, kids projects, bills, paystubs, mail, my projects. I’m currently sitting in the middle of 3 bins to be sorted, a pile behind the computer that we use all the time, hanging wall files overstuffed with papers. Its all organized, I swear it 😉

  15. I just signed up for email updates, I could really use the book :)

  16. Ugh, the paper trail! :(

  17. I am currently obsessed with the need to declutter and simplify my life but am feeling a little overwhelmed. This looks like the perfect solution! Great giveaway.
    Emmalina’s latest post: Night Lights

  18. All my homeschool stuff… I have homeschooled for a few years and have small stacks all over!

  19. And I’m an RSS subscriber! Thanks!
    Kelly’s latest post: December Days

  20. My biggest challenge is reducing clutter, especially with 3 kids – 2 of whom are avid artists!

  21. I subscribe via google reader

  22. We just have too much stuff and my husband won’t throw anything away. Including the Halloween pumpkin that is slowly being nibbled away by some sort of critter.

  23. I’m still sifting and sorting all the stuff I inherited when my mother died. My mom was a serious accumulater of pretty and interesting things and a packrat who saved everything imaginable. Sifting the treasures from the trash is taking some time.

  24. I’m subscribed via RSS.

  25. Our biggest organizational challenge is TOO MUCH STUFF! The soundtrack from my childhood has this recurring phrase, “If you get rid of it today, you’ll find a use for it tomorrow,” the voice continues “…even if you’ve had it for fifteen years and never used it, it’s true!” You see why I tend to keep stuff!?!

    I’d love to check out this book!

  26. I subscribed to your blog, too!

  27. My biggest challenge is keeping the kid stuff straight. Or keeping it organized in a way that THEY can keep it straight.

    books, legos, cars, trains, little darts…ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE.

  28. My biggest challenge is paper. We live in a small place and it seems the paper monster is always about to overtake me–mail, art projects, and I don’t know what is the two huge piles spilling on my desk and onto the floor.

  29. I subscribe.

  30. Angela Herrera says:

    My child is a write/create-aholic. The overabundance of papers and crafts is always an issue for us. How much should we rotate hanging up? What to throw v. what to keep?

  31. Angela Herrera says:

    I’m a subscriber and I really do check in daily. I’ve taken away so many lovely ideas and inspirations. Thank you!

  32. I have two drawing fanatics and lots of papers floating about….what to do with them all?? Keep vs. throw, scrapbook vs. once a year clean out….etc.
    Thanks for the giveaway~ this book has been on my to be read list since it came out :)
    Tanya’s latest post: In a rush daybookWednesday

  33. I subscribe via feedburner….love being able to check in daily :)

  34. Meranda Huffman says:

    My biggest challenge is my children’s homeschool stuff. It’s everywhere!!!

  35. Meranda Huffman says:

    I subscribe.

  36. foxbrooken says:

    I’m subscribed.

  37. foxbrooken says:

    I, myself, am my biggest organizational challenge. I wasn’t ‘born organized’, and dh & I come from a long line of pack-rats.:)

  38. We’ve moved 5 times in the last 5 years that DH and I have been married. Neither of us thought to get rid of any of our stuff before we got married and now we have 2 kids to add and everything of theirs to add to the mix. We have never been completely unpacked in any of our homes and I have a difficult time keeping a schedule to boot. I would love some help!!!

  39. I feel like my whole house is a clutter factory right now except it’s not my house. We are temporarily living in someone else’s house and so I feel stuck since it’s not my stuff.

  40. It’s a toss up between the kitchen and our bedroom. I’d like to set up the kitchen to make it easier for my kids to do more things for themselves (like get their own water or help set the table). Our bedroom has become the dumping ground for anything in the house that we don’t know where to put when we are cleaning/organizing the rest of the house!

  41. my biggest organizational challenge is the kids’ room. my three share a room, which is also their toy/play space (it is a very large room). I can’t even go up there anymore without having heart palpitations!

  42. My biggest challenge is clothing. I know i have too much, but i can’t just throw it out! My mom would be so angry.

  43. I subscribed by email!

  44. My biggest organizational challenge is… me. Sigh. I keep trying but the habits fall off when I get busy. Definitely improved, but still a work in progress.

  45. I subscribe via Google reader.

  46. Anything PAPER seems to always be my biggest challenge. Whether it’s mail, arts & crafts, pictures, etc. I can never seem to get a handle on it.

  47. I’m following both =)

  48. My biggest organizational challenge at this time is paper!!! I get so bogged down with it!!! Ugh!!!

  49. I’m subscribed

  50. My biggest organizational challenge is managing the 3 or 4 (or 10) pieces of artwork/paper my children give me everyday…. Tied with that is teaching my children how to develop organizational habits.