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This book has changed our life.
on February 4, 2012
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.
Once reading this book, I quickly understood what all of my pitfalls were. I suddenly realized that ANY amount of organization was better than us living this way for a moment longer. The next thing I knew, I found myself at dollar stores, or IKEA, or even thrift stores, looking for really inexpensive but practical design solutions. I began organizing entire closets for $50 or less, labeling everything, and getting rid of a ton of our stuff. I began to move so quickly, almost from the start. "Fast and Furious", just like the book claims. We have only owned this book for 3 weeks, and our apartment is about 70% organized at this point. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is GLORIOUS.
My husband LOVES being home now. We hardly ever fight at all, especially here at home. He is so relaxed, and so happy, and is rarely agitated anymore. Our toddler seems to enjoy the extra space to play in, and he is learning how to put things away where they go. We are saving money by knowing where things are, so we don't buy duplicates anymore. I am so proud of our home, and I actually donated all 11 of the other organizing books we owned. They turned out to be nothing but clutter.
There were a few tidbits of advice in this book that didn't work at all with me. She says to forgo the label maker. This was a "no can do" for me, because I am something of a perfectionist. When I was trying to write out my own labels as she suggests, I wouldn't like the way I wrote something. It would be too crooked, or messy, etc. It would annoy me so much, I would write the label all over again until I got it just right. I decided that this tip was not for me, and went back to my label maker. Once I did, I started created labels at lightening speed, blasting them out left and right and slapping them onto everything. So you have to know yourself well enough to know what truly works for you and what doesn't. Take what advice you love best, and ignore what you don't. There were a few tips of hers I ignored because I didn't think they would work well for me, and we are still a massive success story over here.
Many thanks to the author for transforming our entire family. We will always be grateful!