Sometimes, it seems like making life simpler is awfully hard. Why is that?
I think it’s weird that we all make “simple living” so darn complicated. I’m guilty—even though I write a blog about making life easier, simplifying sometimes feels like one more thing on my to-do list, making it, ironically, one more thing for me to stress over.
• Menu plan.
• Keep a monthly written budget.
• Get more sleep.
• Organize the photo collection.
One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler is a simple living handbook. I took my favorite ideas that I already wrote on The Art of Simple, then rewrote and reorganized them into manageable chunks. I turned my blog into my own personal checklist, because I need a steady dose of inspiration, too.
And then I thought others could probably use this, too.
So I added more ideas, sprinkled in lots of links for reference, and added space for doodling notes, and it became this book. A book you can instantly download.
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Broken down into manageable chunks, One Bite at a Time provides you with steps, tips, links, and motivation to slow down and simplify.
Here’s the thing: I bet most of you know what to do to simplify. You’ve heard most of the little tips and tricks to slow down life and make tasks less frustrating. It’s just overwhelming to know how to start.
With this book, I’m giving you permission to focus on just one thing at a time, until you’ve got that task down—and then you can move on to the next one.
52 tasks. Practical. Do-able. Given to you in a one-at-a-time, take-a-breath format, for you to tackle at your own comfortable pace. You know what you should do, you just need a handbook. That is the gift this book is giving you.
Welcome to sanity.
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The 52 projects
Curious which 52 projects are in the e-book? Click on the pages from the e-book below to see them larger in a new window:
Project category descriptions
All 52 projects fall in one or more of the following categories:
Eco-friendliness is about being good stewards of creation. When you’re mindful of the environment, you’re more conscious about living simpler—these projects will help you live a bit simpler and greener.
When it all boils down, a simpler life is a more enjoyable life. These projects will help you get more out of life, with an outpouring of gratitude for the abundance you’ve been given.
The goal with financial stewardship isn’t necessarily wealth, it’s doing well with the money you’ve been given. These projects will help you simplify your finances, hopefully saving you a bit of money in the process.
Organizing Your Mind
When you’re disorganized, you can’t think straight. These projects will help you think more clearly, so that you’re not jumping from one unfinished task to another. Life is simpler when you can concentrate.
Organizing Your Space
A better organized living space frees you to live simply, because you’re living only among the truly beautiful or useful. These projects will help you stay organized.
All too often, the people we love most are the ones we neglect first. These projects will help you polish one of the jewels of a simple life: nurturing your most important relationships.
Taking Care of Yourself
When you’re healthy, you’re free to live simply and do what you were made to do. These projects will help you live more healthy as you take better care of your body.
Our culture worships productivity and efficiency, but it’s also really easy to waste time. These projects will help you make better use of the 24 hours you’re given each day, making each hour a bit simpler.
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What others are saying
“For any of us who have uttered, “How in the world does Tsh do it all?”, she’s laid it all out here in 52 easy-to-swallow steps. She authors books, she writes a popular blog, she presides over a kingdom of other blogs, she moves across the country, homeschools, dates her husband, and has pretty hair without shampoo. One Bite at a Time is a compilation of secrets, tips, and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moments, peppered with uncommon sense that will jump start your move toward the intentional simplicity we all long for.”
–Myquillyn Smith, author of The Nesting Place
“This book just effectively organized my brain. It’s like someone just handed all your cluttered thoughts a map—and everything just settled into it’s perfect place. It’s quite remarkable. The simplified life is a matter of focus—and Tsh just reaches over here and shows you exactly how to adjust your life lens.”
– Ann Voskamp, New York Times Bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
“Once again, Tsh Oxenreider has created a masterpiece of simplicity. One Bite at a Time is visually beautiful and full of helpful resources. If you’re like me and wish Tsh would come to my house and hold my hand while I get organized, you’ll love this book!”
– Alli Worthington, principal of Allison Worthington Media
“The only thing better than the organizational mojo of this book would be getting Tsh to come and implement it in person for me!”
– Lisa Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood
“Tsh Oxenreider delivers yet another wonderful combination of creativity, practicality, and purposeful living. She knows how to make your life not just simpler but better and more beautiful.”
– Holley Gerth, founder of (in)courage and author of You’re Going to Be Okay
“Busy parents desperately need and want the freedom and peace of mind that simplifying brings, but actually arriving at that destination isn’t always easy. This e-book eliminates the need to figure it all out on your own—Tsh serves as both a life coach and a cheerleader.”
– Jamie Martin, editor or Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
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Approximately 50 percent of the content in this book is already published, for free, on The Art of Simple. I want to fully disclose this so that you don’t think I’m trying to bamboozle you: technically, you could find half of this book for free, online. The beauty of this book is that it brings together, for you, the best and most basic steps for simplifying your life, while presenting those steps in an easy-to-digest and at-your-fingertips format. Forget sifting through years of blog archives creating task lists; what you need to do is right here, in your hands. It’s your blueprint for eating the elephant.