“I love this book! The author’s humor, wit, and efficiency are a perfect match for her fast and furious organizing ideas, and the before-and-after photographs give the reader a clear vision of how elegant and serene an organized space can be. Highly recommended!” - Kathy Waddill, author of The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life, TheUntangledWeb.com
About the Author
Susan C. Pinsky is the author of the best-selling Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder. She is a top professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), as well as NAPO New England. She lives in Acton, MA with her husband and three children. http://www.organizationallyours.com
This is one of the best books on home organization and uncluttering that I've read. I like the no-nonsense approach the author takes as she encourages the reader that efficiency is the goal, not perfection or fancy organization systems that look nice but may not be practical.
The five steps of organizing are plan, weed and sort, remove, name, and containerize. Pinsky also outlines the common pitfalls many people fall into when they embark on an organization project or the ones that may have caused possessions to get out of hand in the first place. Some of these include the need to make it perfect, the need to keep something because you might need it someday (even though you haven't used it in the last decade), the need to keep every gift, and the need to have a complete collection of something, to name a few.
This is a great book for the chronically unorgainized. those who feel overwhelmed by the task of getting rid of excess and organizing what is left, or those who simply need the motivation to start. There are lots of photos and every area of the home is included.
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This book helped me think about organizing in a simpler, more accessable way. I'm not good with lots of steps and things to memorize, and Mrs. Pinsky keeps it ruthlessly simple. Her methods rely on efficiency rather than some of the other less helpful values in our society - consumerism, over-preparedness, hyper-vigilance, looking good, perfectionism, etc. - so the process becomes very personal - what's efficient for me, what works for me. I finished the book, went into my very messy kitchen, started at the bottom and whipped it into shape! She says, the success is not in 'it never gets messy', but rather in 'when it does get messy, it takes mere minutes per room to neaten up' - and she's right. Thanks for keeping it simple.
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This book has completely changed our life. It is the last organizing book I will ever need.
My husband has Asperger's syndrome, and feels highly irritated in spaces that have a lot of clutter. They really agitate him, and cause him to feel extremely uncomfortable. I tend to be a clutterbug by nature, and once I learned more about Aspergers, and learned about what some of his triggers are, I tried buying dozens of organizing books. None of them truly inspired me and spoke to me. None of them spoke my language. I was adding to the clutter by buying more books that weren't working for us. Things were looking bleak. Then finally, somebody on apartmenttherapy.com suggested this book as their favorite organizing book of all time. Desperate, I bought this one too and gave it a go. Finally, everything clicked for me. While reading it, I had one "AHA!" moment after the other. The task of getting our home simplified and minimal no longer felt like a daunting task, but instead felt so much more doable and more simple than I had ever made it feel before. I was making things way too hard, by insisting that it either be done perfectly, or not at all. If I fell in love with an expensive storage system while perusing a store or the internet, and it cost an absolute fortune, but I was madly in love with it, I felt as if I couldn't get that closet or space organized until I could afford that organizing solution. If I wanted to pull our LPs out of their boxes and onto shelving, I felt like I couldn't do it until I could find the time to alphabetize every album. And I could never find the time. Especially with a toddler underfoot. So I just kept putting things off, making plans so big that I was forever waiting for the perfect moment, or the perfect income to be able to pull it all off.Read more ›
This is a different organizing book in that it shows you before and after photos. You get a good feel for what the goal of organizing really is. The book is organized into two main sections: Part I: the 5 step method - plan, weed and sort, remove, name to create boundaries, containerize and Part II: room-by-room guide in which she goes over her step methods. Lots of photos and fast and furious tips and other tips in blue. I understand the author created simplified solutions with those who have ADD in mind. But these solutions can be used for everyone. I'm helping my sister reorganize and the tips for her movie collection is "reject categories of "jazz" or "action movie"...a simple no-fuss solution is roughly file alphabetically so everyone can locate and file their choice...And my favorite tip, "paying more will help you own less." Simple, no-fuss suggestions for real families with photos.
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Less than 1 month ago I bought & read the Fast and Furious method. It has changed my life. I've always hated my clutter, but never knew the steps to conquer it. In less than a month- every room, every closet, every drawer in my house/garage is de-cluttered & organized! But this lifestyle change has impacted the rest of my life in ways that were unfathomable to me from "just" an organizing book.
My house is cleaner- less to dust.
I'm saving money- I no longer shop for recreation.
I'm proud of where I live- my rooms are beautiful enough to be shown in a home magazine.
I have more time to enjoy my family- house tidying only takes minutes a day,
I'm less stressed- filing/ bill paying is more efficient & on time. I have a relaxing & peaceful environment
Better environmental impact - only buying what I need.
All of the above items, in turn, lead me to be a better role model for my children!
This book gave me what other organizational books have not. This is not just a bunch of tips on how to be organized. It is a step by step chronological list of things to do to actually change your rooms (& your habits) to live clutter free. If I (a former clutter-junkie) a single working mom of 3, can change my whole household in under a month, ANYONE can!