Hello! Tsh here, writer and founder of this online community.
Perhaps you stumbled upon The Art of Simple because you googled something on the Internet (popular: “indoor activities for kids” and “how to wash your hair without shampoo”) or clicked on a pin via Pinterest. Or maybe you saw something interesting on Facebook and wondered what it was all about—and now here you are.
Or you might have come here out of sheer work or parenting (or both) exhaustion, hoping to find a sliver of help from your insanity. If this is you, oh, how I wish I could reach through this screen and give you a drink of your choice, a non-awkward side hug (hey, we just met), and a tiny dose of what you might need. A word of encouragement that simple living is worth it? A laugh? Assurance that the in-laws won’t overdo the Christmas gifts this year? I can possibly help you with the first two.
The best way to start reading posts is straight on the home page—these are the most current things we’ve published. But if you’d like to research something specific, you can either use the search bar on the right-hand side, or you can toggle the main categories on the left. I’d also recommend reading our manifesto, to get an idea of our core beliefs around here.
If you’d like to learn more about my experience living overseas, what I learned from other cultures about slowing down and living with more intention, and how we apply what we learned here in the States, you can read my latest book, Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World.
If you’re feeling desperate to simplify your home but feel overwhelmed at the complexity of it (it’s ironic, isn’t it?), you might want to download one of my e-books. Based on this blog, the most popular one is 52 projects to help make your life simpler, one bite at a time. That’s why I called it that—One Bite at a Time. It’s only $5, and I hear good things about it, so hey, it might be just what you need.
If you’d like a ten-step hand-holding process of decluttering, cleaning, and organizing your home, you might like my first book, Organized Simplicity.
And if you’re curious, you can also start here with some of my favorite posts:
- What is simple living, anyway?
- 10 things I learned in 10 years of marriage
- An open letter to first-time mamas of newborns
- The beauty of living slowly
- How to not be obnoxious even though you’re passionate
- On taking a regular Screen Sabbath
- Stop saving your stickers
- 11 strategies for a morning routine
- On having kids later in life (or not at all)
- A single mom takes off the superhero cape
- Parenting a child with anxiety
- The decision and indecision of parenting teens
- The public school parent’s guide to learning at home
- 3 benefits of a mentor (and how to get one)
- 7 tips to help you read more (and love it)
- Poem: Resolution
If you’d like to know more about me and the other writers here, head here.
If you’d like to follow our family’s round-the-world journey, head to our travel site.
And if you haven’t yet, subscribe via email to never miss a post (it’s free!).