Today's post is part of our ongoing March series on Whitespace: Restoring Rest. Let's explore and swap stories.
“Time is a tool — Use it wisely; enjoy it thoroughly.”
~ Tsh Oxeneider in Organized Simplicity
Creativity, community and adventure are critical components to soul rest.
But as the mom of two cherub faced boys under six who defy gravity, I wake up every day to a mountain of To Do’s that fall into a category I dread: domestic.
Before having kids, I never considered my lack of domestic diva-ship as a liability. As an “explorer” of ideas, I get energized by engaging people and brainstorming adventures to go and do. To recharge, I turn to my introvert lover standbys: reading, journaling, music, and the outdoors.
Keeping a tidy closet and floors clear has never been a high priority for me.
My life now as mom sings a different tune. I juggle my days filled with household duties: laundry, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping and Lego sorting. In other words: clutter management.
To have soul rest, I need soul sanity.
The Logical Need For Less
The rate of clutter emerging from our young family was driving the three elements of soul rest to an all time low.
I figured the only logical way to maximize the time on soul-resting gifts was this: minimize the number of stuff mommy has to clean up.
For advice, I turned to my high school best friend whose closets stay color coordinated, even after having three kids.
“So, how do you do it? I get tired just thinking about cleaning.” I wondered what she’d say.
“I always feel better when everything’s put away… Don’t you?”
I felt so guilty for not enjoying cleaning up as much as I thought I should.
One book is surprisingly changing my perspective on organizing simplicity: Organized Simplicity: The Clutter Free Appraoch To Intentional Living
I am a connoisseur of words, so when I read the subtitle of Simple Mom’s new book — “clutter free approach” — I was curious. Creating a clutter-free home as a goal didn’t interest me. A clutter-free approach did.
Simple Mom was founded by Tsh Oxenreider as a site to provide “life hacks for household managers”. When I turned to the first page of her book Organized Simplicity, I was expecting her to start rallying the troops by telling me “Household Managers shalt be clutter-free.”
Instead, Tsh had me at hello –
“Simple living is not easy, ironically. It’s hard to know where to start, what steps to take and what it really looks like.
Most simple living books are inundated with theories, step-by-step plans and experts who can tell you exactly what your simple life should look like. This is not one of those books…
I want to help you find what simple living looks like for you.“
A welcome surprise was how Tsh organized her book. The first half is focused on exploring the factors that influence our experience of simplicity: how we spend our time, money, and the priorities we find meaningful.
I found room to reflect on how I wanted to spend my limited resources. I got excited about investing them on community, creativity and adventures for me and my family.
My big ah-ha moment about de-cluttering hit me here –
“It’s important to use time to really recharge and not just kill time.”
Everyone has unique motivators to simplify. I learned time is mine. I want to spend it on rest-filled activities and people who I am passionate and refreshed by. Not moving stuff around the house.
An Overhaul of Clutter
I was still very nervous about the actual work of de-cluttering. The second half of the book provides — Ten Days To A More Simpler, More Organized Home.
“One of the best ebenezers for your decision to live a simpler life is a purposeful, family-wide overhaul of the home.”
Overhaul would have turned me off earlier in life. Right now, an overhaul is just the thing I want.
Although I will probably complete it in twenty days, I’m eager to walk through the practical steps outlined in bite-size chunks.
The book is written in a reflective, organized, and realistic voice. It is the perfect find.
I read it to my husband the day I got it. It was a fun conversation to have together.
Now, I see my overhaul approach to de-clutter as a fun adventure as a family.
Because there is purpose behind this organization, it’s not just about putting stuff in boxes (yawn). It’s about making time for the life I want, the one God has designed for me and my family to enjoy and live.
How do you make time for rest?
What motivates you to de-clutter and simplify?
** Organized Simplicity BOOK GIVEAWAY **
Thanks to author Tsh Oxenreider, (3) three winners will be randomly selected to receive a copy of Organized Simplicity.
You can also join Tsh on SimpleMom.net this week at Project: Simplify: Hot Spots Revealed.
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Congratulations to to our winners, who were randomly selected:
Tina (#148), Fiona (#189), Shelli (#50)
Thanks again to Tsh for this special giveaway!