Resources for Maintaining a Simple & Organized Home

In conclusion to our little series on organization and simplifying our lives, I wanted to share some great resources that I have found helpful in the process of organization. These books have been both inspiring and practical! I have also included a list of previous posts on the topic of simplifying in every room of your home, which includes practical ideas especially for those with limited space. I pray as you go forth, may God continue to equip you for the task of maintaining your home for the glory of God!

The Home Experience by Devi Titus – This beautiful table top book is a wonderful resource for learning to prepare your home as an orderly welcoming oasis. It has a practical study guide to each section discussing home order, organization, cleaning, hospitality, etiquette, decor, cooking, and so much more. It is a wonderful gift for any woman desiring to make her home beautiful for the King.

From Clutter to Clarity: Simplifying Life from the Inside Out by Nancy Twigg is my top favorite when it comes to the idea of simplifying because she starts with your heart. I was so blessed by the way this book challenged me to root out all the emotional and spiritual clutter in my life. She addresses how to reduce clutter in your home as well, but most importantly starting with your heart! Read my full review here.

The Intentional Planner by Sheri Graham – Sheri provides an excellent foundation for a home planning notebook with these planning pages focused on being intentional, organized, and focused with your time for the homemaking woman. This planner will provide you with colorful to-do lists, monthly calendars, goal charts, homeschooling pages (if you are a homeschooling mom, but even if not, the remainder of the planner is extremely useful), journal pages, and a wealth of other resources.

Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider is a simple practical guide to decluttering your home with intentionality room by room. This book is especially for the individual who does not know where to start, and Tsh offers practical advice, tool guides, and a game plan for tackling every area of your home. It is also in a spiral bound format making it easy to keep open and refer to while you are attacking your space.

Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule and Live your Life Fulfilled by Amy Lynn Andrews is a helpful guide on how to make a time budget and list out your priorities, scheduling and such. Very simple and useful step by step approach.

Shopping for Time: How to Do it All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney – I cannot provide a list of resources on organizing and such without including this all-time favorite book by Carolyn that provides such grace and beauty to the role of womanhood and managing our homes and lives. If you are feeling overwhelmed, then this certainly is the book for you to help you get back on track! It is one I have read on numerous occasions when I have lost sight of my priorities and Carolyn graciously has directed me back on course with fresh encouragement and inspiration. Read my full review here.

From the Archives

Get a Chef, A Maid, and a Nanny by Creating Effective Routines

Tips for Maintaining a Simple Home

Simple Steps to Declutter Your Home

Building a Home Planning Notebook

Establishing a Morning Routine – Maximize Your Mornings

Developing a Bedtime Routine

Taking A Weekly Planning Retreat

Simplifying in Every Room Series:

Simplifying in the Bedroom
Simplifying Menu Planning
Simplifying in the Bathroom
Simplifying in the Kitchen
Simplifying Your Wardrobe
Simplifying Your Purchases
Simplifying the Toy Collection
Simplifying Your Home Office

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

11 Responses to Resources for Maintaining a Simple & Organized Home

  1. kelly newsom February 24, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Thank you so much for the time you put in to this web site. I don’t know if you’ll ever realize the impact you have made in my (our) life.

    Thank you.

  2. Rachel February 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! I am just a regular sahm trying to get organized. Thanks for the tips!
    http://day2dayjoys.blogspot.com And I am NEW to blogging!

  3. Lori H February 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I ADORE Nancy Twigg’s book “Clutter to Clarity”! I’ve read it twice and the second time took extensive notes, which I refer back to whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or lost. A beautiful book.

  4. Susan February 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I have read “The Home Experience” and have been involved in a ministry in the Seattle area helping mentor moms in the principles presented in this book. A wonderful resource!!

  5. Jessica February 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Wow what a great resource this post is. I am going to bookmark it so I can refer back to it as I continue to apply order in my home. Thank you for your time and hard work.

  6. Jessica February 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    The best book I’ve read on this is Simplify Your Life by marcia ramsland. Reading it now. It’s fabulous!

  7. Sallie Kate February 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I’m reading Devi Titus’ The Table Experience right now….such great encouragement and emphasis on family meals having great spiritual significance.

  8. Kristen February 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    If any of you are interested at buying “Shopping for Time,” it is on sale at the Sovereign Grace Ministires website below. In fact, all their books and music are on sale for great prices. Take advantage!

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  9. WAPharmGirl February 2, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Definitely will have to check out the books. I have been trying to make my home more welcoming and inviting. Not only to my guests, but my family as well. I want to create that safe cozy retreat where feet can prop up anywhere, and there is ice for tea in the freezer.

  10. Kristen February 2, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Love your blog and love this post. Thanks for encouraging us women out there who are trying to grow in your area of expertise!

    Blessings!

  11. Rachel Parker February 2, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Most of these are new to me, but I’ve heard great things about Tsh’s book, Organized Simplicity, from several people on the internet. Thanks for the list — I’ll have to check some of these out from the local library (hopefully)!