While we’re inside this confession box, I’ll willingly admit it. The minute we brought a third child into the mix, here in the US, circumstances as they are, I got a little freaked out. Okay, more than a little. Perhaps not over-whelmed, but at least very-whelmed. I just wasn’t sure how I was going to manage a household, help with a business, wipe noses and bottoms and read stories and cook meals and clean floors and pay bills and design websites … you get the idea … and do it without feeling like I was going to fall apart.

I’m still not totally sure. But I have some hope, and heaven knows I’m thankful for a little extra wisdom.


The funny thing is, the answer was under my nose the whole time. It’s exactly the way life happens anyway: one day at a time.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. {Matt. 6:34}

I put Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider on my Christmas list, and started reading it a few days before the start of the New Year. The funny thing was, I thought it would probably be full of things I already knew, and I wasn’t sure it would help, but then I read the very first review on Amazon, and I thought “I could’ve written that review — I am so there!” (The before part, not the after part). Thankfully, I got over myself and admitted I needed help, which is apparently the first step anyway… right?

Since this fresh breath of hopeful inspiration entered the lungs of my soul, I’ve still been taking it one day at a time, but I’ve been planning my days with much more purpose. Up till now, I often stopped in the middle of the day, looked around the house completely overwhelmed and thought “Okay, I’ve got twenty minutes to do something with — but there are so many things to do, I don’t know what to choose.” I worked hard throughout the day, but then kind of felt like I had no idea what I had accomplished.

It was kind of like life was living me.

When Organized Simplicity made simple suggestions like planning your day and choosing which tasks are the most important ones to accomplish, it was like a little lightbulb went off. I was inspired to begin rethinking how I do a lot of things, and when I do a lot of things, and why I do (or don’t do) a lot of things.

Tomorrow I’d like to take you through a list of ten of the small changes I’ve made that are beginning to make a big difference in making it seem like managing a household (and doing a lot of other things) is not an insurmountable task. I wanted to start today by just shining a light on this book, since it is already changing my life in a very good way and I haven’t even finished it yet.

To make it easy for you — here’s a little affiliate link to Organized Simplicity on Amazon. I highly recommend putting this book on your list!

More tomorrow!