I think you can tell a lot about a person’s interests by what they keep on their bookshelf. If you look at my small book collection, it’s obvious that I’ve always been a library girl. I take notes as I read and then return the books, leaving plenty of open space on the shelf for the next stack of books.
On my bookshelf you’ll see the favorite paperback novels that I saved from my childhood.
You’ll notice that I favor practical books and that I’ve saved some personal-development books.
You’ll find gardening books, but a lack of cookbooks.
You’ll discover I have very talented friends who wrote some of the books that I proudly keep on my bookshelf.
Last year I read some books that are such good resources if you are wanting to simplify and organize more.
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
The first part of Organized Simplicity is like having a life coach to ask you thought-provoking questions. The second part is like having your really organized best friend come over to help you clean out your closet. Simple Mom readers will recognize her intentional style. You’ll start the book with a revived focus and finish the book with a good house makeover.
Desperate Households by Kathy Peel
First of all, I loved the encouraging tone of this book. It gives practical solutions for common family issues, but in a relatable way, not like a tip list you’ve already heard before. It covers topics such as getting family members to pitch in with less nagging from you, reducing stress in the morning, better marriage communication, time and priority management, and even keeping your house clean (but not so clean that all the fun vanishes from your family.) In one word, this book is: refreshing.
Simplify Your Time by Marcia Ramsland
I don’t think there is anything new that can be said about how to manage time, but still I read magazine articles and books to glean some reminders about what I should be doing. What I like about Simplify Your Time is the way it is organized into 30 short chapters, each one concentrating on a practical aspect of time management. This makes it easy for me to evaluate my own time management (making lists, using a calendar, saying “no” to irrelevant things…I’m doing well at those) and focus on what I need to improve (punctuality, taking downtime). It’s good for self evaluation with direction on the next steps to take.
The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year ebook by Rachel Jonat
Is buying a bunch of baby stuff supposed to make your life easier? That seems to be the common advice for new parents, but not in this guide. I contributed the Foreward for The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year, and here is part of what I wrote about it:
The must-have baby lists at the stores and in the catalogs are all written by marketing teams who want to sell you something you don’t really need. Rachel Jonat wants to give you something that every family needs…more time, more money, and more space. Her advice is a welcome relief from promises that the latest and greatest baby gear will keep your baby happy and give you more sleep.
In our consumer-driven society the word “minimalist” may sound extreme, but as Rachel describes it, honestly it means “conscious consumer.” There is a lot of freedom in that, as well as time and money.
Congratulations on becoming a new parent! It is the most awe-inspiring responsibility in the world with a wonderful mix of crazy and serene. A shopping list can’t fully prepare you for it, but the common-sense advice in this guide will definitely make it easier.
One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler ebook by Tsh Oxenreider
From the book: “Sometimes it feels like simplifying is actually adding one more thing to that list, making it, ironically, another thing to stress over.” Oh my word, yes. If you need to simplify your life, but you don’t know where to start, then start here. One Bite at a Time is a rich resource; it takes all those ideas you know you should do and you’ve brainstormed about, and it gives you a blueprint to actually make them part of your life.
If you blog in your spare time like me, this book will show you how to make the most effective use of your time so you can grow your blog but still find balance. It will help you avoid blogging burnout and let the meaning and purpose in your blog remain.