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A defining moment for me in the year 2011 was the day I purchased Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean.

And let’s be honest, if you know me, you know what I mean. You’ve probably heard me talk about her book and how it helped me turn our chaotic life and home into something much more peaceful and manageable. Granted, I just had a baby three months ago so I’m still working to regain some of that organization. But the point is, Tsh gave me the perspective and the tools I needed to get started on things such as:

  • Saving money on household items
  • Setting and sticking within a budget (especially our food budget)
  • Organizing the clutter OUT of our home
  • Choosing to only include useful or beautiful items in our home
  • Finding a place for everything
  • Setting a cleaning routine that works for me (and sticking with it)
  • Learning how to clean well
  • Writing a family purpose statement

Have you read anything by Tsh? Can I get an “Amen!”? The point of this little post is to tell you how excited I am that she’s released another book–this time as an ebook–and it’s available for only $5! The book is called One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler.

When I read that part of the title, Making Life Simpler, I thought yes please! I always need things to be simpler.

The book breaks down into 52 projects for you to tackle one week at a time. Her premise–the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time–is that by tackling these projects one at a time you’re able to form habits without becoming overwhelmed by the whole. Do you have New Years Resolutions? Do you get discouraged after two weeks of trying to make 10 changes at one time? This book might work for you like I can already tell it’s going to work for me.

In her book Tsh gives you the freedom to start with project one work steadily through to number 52, or pick and choose the projects in any order you prefer. Since I didn’t start on the first week of the year I chose to start three projects this week. Don’t worry–I won’t be overwhelmed because I’ve already had a little practice with these. It’s not so much a matter of creating totally new habits, but rather coming back to the habits I had before the baby was born.

This week I’m starting with:

  • Project 1: Eat your frog
  • Project 3: Establish a morning routine
  • Project 45: Make annual goals

I’ll keep you posted as to how it all goes. Tomorrow or the next day I’ll be sharing with you about my morning routine (that has been a struggle to nail down with babies, etc.). I’d also love to hear from you if you’re on the same path. Let’s encourage one another. (You can also follow Kari’s journey through 52 bites every Friday.)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful weekend and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. 🙂


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing, Friend! I recently purchased Organized Simplicity and have begun working through it. Do you think I should finish working through Organized Simplicity before beginning One Bite at a Time? Or would there be a benefit to working through them simultaneously? Since you’ve already worked through Organized Simplicity I was wondering what you would recommend.

  2. says

    Cassie, that’s a really good question! I think you could work through both books at a time and really benefit. One Bite at a Time can stand on it’s own, but you’ll get even more out of it if you read Organized Simplicity at the same time, or before. Starting One Bite at a Time might help you to organize and implement what you learn form Organized Simplicity. I’m so glad you’re going through these books–you’ll love them!