About five years ago I read a book called Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. The book is about clearing your home and life of clutter and distractions so that you can focus on what matters most to you and your family. It’s an invitation to live with greater intention, and ultimately with greater peace and joy, and having the space and freedom to enjoy it.
Towards the back of the book Tsh offers a 10 Day Plan for doing the initial declutter and clean of your home. She claims the plan is not intended to be the only purge and organize your home will ever need, but instead is a start, a step in the right direction to get to a place of real change quickly.
The first time I did the 10 Day Plan was really hard. We had so much junk to get rid of. I analyzed every room and made big and hard decisions about what to keep and what to toss. At the end of those two weeks, I felt like I had a new home. Without the clutter in my living room, I was never more than 10 minutes or so away from being company ready. Without the piles of wrong-size clothes in my closet it felt like I had so many more choices with what to wear.
Six months later, I did the 10 Day Plan again. It was summertime, right before our school year started, and it felt so great to reset a bit more and clean all the different rooms in my home.
Six months later, in early January, I decided to do it a third time, and that time I asked a few friends if they’d like to do it with me so we could hold each other accountable. Almost all of them said yes. That winter we had a few dozen ladies join us. The following summer we had over a hundred. And every six months since then, a sisterhood has grown of women from all walks of life, from all over the country, who have done Tsh Oxenreider’s Organized Simplicity challenge with me. It’s become such a blessing of friendship, camaraderie, hard work, lots of laughs, and a beautiful clean home as the cherry on top.
I’ll be leading my next Organized Simplicity Challenge from January 7-18th, and if you’d like to jump in we’d love to have you. You can follow along through my Instagram account (@stephanieweinert) where I’ll do videos of the daily tasks and my own family’s progress. Or you can join in on Facebook (search Groups for “Organized Simplicity Challenge”).
Even if January isn’t a great time for you to take on a declutter project, I highly recommend adding Tsh’s book to your 2019 reading stack. It’s a good one!