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Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider

I must admit, I have a habit of reading how-to books, particularly the organizing and simplicity type. Sounded like a match made in heaven, right? Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in this one. While there was a fair amount of useful information, Oxenreider spent so much of the book explaining how she wasn’t talking down to you, that it just came across as condescending. Very much along the “me think thou doth protest too much” line.

All of the suggestions are doable (especially if, as the author does, you live outside the US and you can afford to live on one salary, thus freeing the other partner to do A LOT). She included a lot of appendices with handy worksheets, templates, and even recipes for homemade cleaning and beauty products. There’s also some thought experiments regarding life choices, such as: are you really making more money by having both partners work, or is that decision actually costing you money? I really enjoyed the chapter on “opportunity costs” and found that, perhaps the most beneficial part for me.

I begrudge no one their life choices, but I really could use my books soap-box-free.

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