Thursday, January 15, 2015

Great Books for the New Year {On Getting Organized}

This week I'm sharing recommended reading to kick start your New Year. Each day will have a theme, and cover two excellent titles on the topic. Nothing like the turning of the calendar to motivate lifestyle changes, and nothing like a great book to inform and sustain changes. Happy reading!


Ah, organizing. It is never as if we will ever arrive, is it? I don't know anyone who is so perfectly organized that their entire life runs smoothly and never needs revamping. Just when we organize our schedule and obligations, we turn around to see that the closets we organized 6 months ago are in desperate need of a redo. Or the pantry. Or the fridge. Or our purse. Or the bookshelves are just too crammed and you find that you have a precarious stack of books on the floor and you really need to clear some shelf space {or is that just me?}. 

Especially with children, I am constantly shuffling clothing- getting rid of what we don't need, packing away too small items for future siblings, pulling out a new tub of the next size up, and acquiring more and more hand me downs from generous friends. I am so thankful for all of the free clothing our kids have been given, so very very thankful, but yikes- it certainly keeps me on my organizational toes! 


I first read Tsh Oxenreider's Organized Simplicity three years ago. It's one of the best home organization manuals I've ever read, and I think I might be due for a reread in 2015. It is very helpful for finding your purpose for your home, being intentional and thoughtful about what you keep in your home, and cutting back to live fuller. 

I also love Tsh's ebook One Bite at a Time. She covers one habit or life change to make for each week of the year. While all the changes might not be of interest to you, and you might only make one change a month, the content is informative, condensed, and solid. Super practical! 


Some of the topics include getting your finances in order, planning for weekly date nights with your spouse, switching to non-toxic cleaning supplies, switching to non-toxic toiletries, meal planning, and getting your photos organized. All stuff that we know we probably should do, but aren't sure how to go about doing them. The perfect read for a fresh, new year!

Want to know how I fund my book habit? One word for you: Swagbucks! Swagbucks is a rewards program that gives you points for searching the internet, watching videos, and shopping {among many other things!}. I like to cash my  Swagbucks in for Amazon gift cards, and then use them to buy books on my wish list. Right now Swagbucks is offering 70 bonus bucks to Purposeful Wife readers who sign up for the first time. The code is Purposeful1, and is good through January 16th. You can sign up by clicking here.                                                                                               

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