66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2008
Ok, I admit, I am a MESSIE... I throw stuff down wherever it lands, I "stuff and shove" in a hurry to make my home presentable, I loose things continuously, I have too much and I am overwhelmed by it all!
I really hate the clutter around me, but haven't known how to change and make it stick.
I've read other books and still hold to much of what I have learned there, but I NEEDED to learn more, more about myself- what makes me tick- and how I can work with my own unique personality (Ok, so not so unique after all!) to not just "clean the house"-- but to kick the messie habits and reform.
I am in the process of "recovery." Cleaning out places that haven't seen the sunlight in 10 years. I am learning (with Sandra's help)- to SIMPLIFY, SORT and STORE- sounds easy doesn't it? NOPE! but easier with her help and tutoring.
This book is part of my journey- not just to a presentable house today, but to a truly peaceful home and lifestyle. I recommend this book to anyone who has tried and failed and is ready to try again.
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2007
Sandra Felton is my hero! I was thrilled to see that I could order her books through amazon rather than having to go through paypal on the messies anonymous website. Although I receive her daily emails, this book goes into more detail about the personality of a messie and why we have a difficult time doing things that come so naturally to "cleanies". It also explains methods that make sense and help me to see how to get something accomplished without sacrificing the rest of my life. After reading several other books on organizing (which suggested Sandra's website in the first place), I feel this is finally the one that will help me truly reach my goal of an organized home. You will not regret making this purchase.
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2006
I love being organized - it makes my life so much simpler. But, I raised a "Messie." In fact, long before Sandra Felton wrote "The Messies Manual," I had dubbed my daughter "Messie Jessie."
So, why did I buy this book? I bought 3 copies for: my daughter, and my 2 stepsons - all of whom are in their early 20's. My daughter wasn't reading hers, so I asked to borrow it because I know I don't "know it all" and I am always happy to learn more, new & different, or better!
That's the bottom line - I learned more, new & different, and better ways of organizing! As a bonus, I learned how to help my ADHD husband while saving my own sanity in the meantime.
I want to read ALL of Sandra Felton's books! I love her easy style of writing, her humor, and her interjections of faith along the way.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2008
My sister came across this book last year and got it for me because she knew I wasn't happy with my "Messie" tendencies and needed outside help. It has been such a blessing for me--helping me accept and love the Messie side of me, with practical tips for how to make that part of my personal makeup work for me instead of against me. Now my work area and home space are vastly improved in appearance and function because I applied most of the advice presented in this book.
I have met another Messie who needs help, so I purchased this book for him. Although it is categorized under "Women" for bookstore displays, this book is applicable to both sexes. So far, he has mentioned that he often laughs out loud as he reads it, and is amazed at how she mentions several specific things Messies do that apply to him.
The book is entertaining, has many practical solutions to the dilemma of Messie thinking, and the reader comes away with the understanding that being a Messie is a good thing, and can be your ally rather than your foe.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
I've bought a dozen books on getting organized, tackling clutter, and good housekeeping, but this is the first one that actually worked for me. You see, I'm not an organized person looking to get more organized (the target audience for most organization books). I didn't even know there was a name for what I am, but apparently, I'm a "messie." It was good to know I wasn't alone or crazy, and it was even better to finally have a practical plan of attack for the overwhelming task of getting my home in order. My house is still a progress four months later, but it's much better and this book helped me develop a system for maintaining the good work I've done. I'm really proud of the progress I've made with this book.
If your house clutter feels truly out of control -- to the point where you are ashamed to have friends over and thinking about cleaning it saps all your energy, I'd say give this book I try. I'm glad I did.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2008
Funny and easy to read! This book is perfect -has real advice for real messies from someone who has really been there herself!
Has great, practical ideas that were useful both for me (I'm ok at organization), but also for my friend who has 18 inches of "stuff" over every surface of every floor, counter, couch, etc.
If you want more peace in your home through less clutter and are NOT naturally organized and DO NOT like to clean -- this is the book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2009
I have not yet completed this book because I am in the process of what Sandra calls the "Mount Vernon Method" and I want to follow through on this before I move on to her other suggestions for organizing the home. What I can tell you is that I am well over halfway through this book and well on my way to getting my home organized...FINALLY. I think what has helped me the most from this book is that it is helping me to understand myself. It has given me the tools I need to understand how my thinking has hindered the organizing of my home. My perfectionism led me to procrastination...if I couldn't do a job perfectly, I would wait until the perfect time, which often never came. There are other problems as well, which she addresses in the book...so if you know perfectionism is not your problem, don't worry...she explains other thought patterns that need to be overcome, as well. Now that I am able to understand what has been holding me back, I don't feel defeated like I used to. I spent so much time wondering why I couldn't get it together, even though I worked very hard. Now, I feel like I have the tools I need to overcome. I am very grateful to God for leading me to this book!!! I have read quite a few books on the subject of time management and organization and this is the first to make a real difference!
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2006
I just finished reading this book on a trip to Chicago. I liked that Sandra explains why we are messies. I couldn't wait to get home to utilize her strategies. I'm now on day 2 and I think I'll have my house orgainzed by day 9 or 10.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2009
Thanks, Sandra. Your book is the blble for those of us who are struggling with disorganization. You write with such humor and love that it makes us feel better even though our houses and work spaces aren't looking that much better. But the classifications & explanations, the quotes & easy suggestions, help us laugh and cry and get inspired and then get to work. That's what happened to me. It was a slow process to improvement. But your book and your website gave me hope and pointed me in the right direction. There are now, some people in my life who have no idea I'm a messie. Even after they've been to my house!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2010
For those of us who are REALLY messy, or "Messie", this book provides real help. This is not a book for further organizing your already pretty neatly-kept home. This book contains the "Mount Vernon Method", and when that's not enough, the "Mount Vesuvius Method", for those homes that, like mine, customarily look like a tornado ripped through them. Sandra Felton, the author, gives the example of a lady who was burglarized and when the police came, they thought her home had been vandalized. She didn't tell them that it always looked that way. That's what I mean. If your home looks like that, this is the book for you. This method DOES work. I considered myself a hopelessly "lousy" housekeeper who could never change, and, for some unaccountable reason, was abnormally lazy. I didn't WANT to think of myself that way, but couldn't think of any other reason why things should be the way they were. I went in three months from never having family over to having a complete stranger sleep on my couch. You can, too. THIS WORKS.