Marcia's easy-going, motivational style of writing is just what I needed to make a BIG DIFFERENCE in my home. As a retiree, I have accumulated many things over the years. Since my home is small, each inch counts. I was encouraged to SIMPLIFY THE SPACE in each room, including the garage. I love the feeling of now having a home that reflects me (not my stuff), with space to relax and entertain. Sometimes it's hard to "declutter" because we're emotionally attached to items. Marcia's CALM technique helped me to "let go" while still appreciating their value. Her diagrams and stories of clients gave me freedom to choose styles of organizing that fit me and my space. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Thanks, Marcia!
I've read many organizing and decorating books and I loved Simplify Your Space by Marcia Ramsland. It walks you through decluttering and simplifying each area of your home in a way that gives you the biggest results in the least amount of time. You can't go wrong using Marcia's CALM method, and the decorating tips at the end of each chapter will have you living in style in no time. I also liked her stories about working with actual organizing clients. I give this book a definite thumbs up!
This book outlines a very straightforward, simple approach to organizing each room. I would definitely recommend this as a "jumping off" point to get started on the basic principles of organization of "stuff". This book does not address the underlying reasons why we get to the point of needing help digging out from under clutter. I would recommend "Shed your stuff" for a more indepth look at long term attitudes towards our "stuff" and why we keep it instead of freeing up our time and energy for other things. Both of these books together make for a great combination to get your attitude toward stuff straight and your home organized.
I actually own more than a handful of "organizational instruction" books, and I have to say that Simplify Your Space is one of my favorites. I keep it OUT of the bookshelf because I refer back to it so often.
I like how the book is divided by rooms, it makes it easy to go back and re-read the specific chapter whether I'm working on the laundry room, kitchen, or master bedroom. Really, the way this book is put together couldn't be simpler or smarter.
I will definitely be looking at more of Marcia Ramsland's books in the future.
Marsha Ramsland's Simplify Your Space has Simplified my life, my work, my home, my travel, and my family frustrations! Kudos to you Marsha for practical help on life's most frustrating topic: our stuff! I hope all your other readers find the help I did so they can have the CALM life your method provides! Thanks you!
Loved the seven elements of a great day. Another remarkable discussion was on kids and responsibility for tasks. This was just excellent and I haven't seen it addressed in such a clear manner anywhere else. For these two items the book is a find. She breaks down dismal tasks that deter us from taking action and makes it doable. It is a great read and good reference. I am glad I have it on my bookshelf.
I didn't think any book about organizing would help me. I always figured action is the only way and reading was a waste of time. But man this book is awesome. It helped you organize your thought and gives you a clear direction on how to tackle the mess. For people like me who can't always stay focused this book gives great direction on what needs to be done. And believe me I am lazy and unmotivated. But this book helped a lot. I love the idea of using a throw away box and a relocate box for every room you got to. This helped me. And the rule about the countertops gave me a clear cut view of what a nice kitchen looks like. I had also bought the `simplify the holiday' book by this author to be read online. I ended up having issues and wrote the author and the bookstore. The author actually wrote me back! She was very helpful about the issue I was having too. It turned out it was the bookstore issue. But that book is awesome too. I am a Christmas diehard and just loved the book.
The book is well written and has a great deal of apply-able information. It was well laid out, and could be implemented one section at a time. Any SHE (Side-tracked Home Executive) could benefit from this book.