About Us

Hey there—I’m Tsh, founder of this community blog. Back in early 2007, my family and I moved to Turkey from Texas, essentially starting over from scratch. Not only did I not know the language, but I relearned how to do everything—from cooking to laundry to making friends. I felt like a toddler in a big, big world.

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Me and my son, circa mid-2008, about six months after I started this blog.

So? I started a blog about living simply, my new modus operandi. Turned out I actually really loved the lifestyle, because it taught me who I really was, what really mattered in life, and the counter-cultural, upstream journey it requires. Simple living is both simple and difficult, but I wouldn’t want to live any other way. It’s worth it.

Turns out there’s lots of other people who feel the same way.

Since early 2008, The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom) has published stories and practical tips from a collective of writers, all dedicated to simple living. We’re passionate about both the art and the science behind living a little simpler—and maybe living a bit unconventionally, too. Head here to discover the current writers.

The stuff we publish is a blend of useful tips, stories about the simple-living process, and the motivating kick in the pants you need to simplify.

We like to talk about the hard stuff, too, because simplifying isn’t just about getting rid of all your physical possessions. There’s a lot of heart involved—living simply is a lifestyle that involves our relationships, our time, our souls, and our priorities. Mostly, we like to tell stories.

We’re a snark-free, friendly community that loves the benefits of living with more intention—but that doesn’t mean we always have our act together. Love living clutter-free? Absolutely. Still step on LEGO and have a closet that needs decluttering? You betcha. We’re a work in progress, just like you.

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Oh, and head here to learn what we really mean when we say “simple living.”

tsh oxenreider


I’m Tsh Oxenreider, the founder of this place. Originally from Austin, Texas, I’m a mom to three kids, wife to a bearded Oregonian named Kyle, and a lover of black coffee and gorgeous typography. When we moved overseas and started a new home and life from the one we had, the famous quote from 19th century architect William Morris rang truer than ever before: “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” It felt true in my bones, not only for my home, but for my family’s entire lifestyle—the choices we made, the calendar we kept, the food we ate, the things we valued. How we lived mattered.

I’ve since written three books, and I host a podcast called The Art of Simple Podcast. I think a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe, and that a good beverage will get you through the end of any hard day.

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Managing Editor

Katie Fox serves as the Managing Editor of The Art of Simple, which means she makes this site function without unicorns and glitter, even when it looks like it. Katie is a writer, a teacher, a mezzo-soprano, and a lover of all things red. She has been a stay-at-home mom since 2007, and while she loves her family more than anything, she also loves to make time for pursuing the crafts of writing and choral music. Katie is a native Texas girl, happily married to her best friend, Shaun, and together they are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds. Find her online at katiefox.net.

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