Tsh Oxenreider*, the founder of SimpleMom.net, takes a practical and realistic approach to the increasingly popular concept of simple living. Pointing out that what is simple for one family may add work or complexity for another, she begins with a basic but elastic definition of what “simple living” means, one which takes into account a family’s individual needs and circumstances. She goes on to discuss how and why you can simplify three major areas of your family’s lives: your possessions, your time, and your finances. The second half of the book is dedicated to a step-by-step, room-by-room plan to simplify and declutter your home. Appendices in the back of the book include recipes for homemade household cleaners and grooming products, for those whose interest in simple living (and health) extends to reducing their use of and exposure to chemicals.
Don’t expect instant results. Oxenreider’s approach requires an honest assessment of your family values and goals, as well as discipline and a certain amount of emotional work in letting go of thought patterns and possessions that are weighing you down. But if you are feeling overwhelmed by your life and your stuff, this book may be a good place to start.
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* No, that’s not a typo. Her name really is spelled Tsh. It’s pronounced “Tish”.