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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2008
If you were able to follow the dozens of random tips in this book, you would probably enjoy a more organized life. On the other hand, if you are able to follow the tips in this book, you probably already have a well-organized life. For example, the author suggests several solutions for dealing with children's artwork, including mailing special items to grandparents, "...What you've chosen ... should be sent on its way quickly. A personal note on the back or a signature makes it that much more special." The assumption here is that one has packing tape, mailing tubes, address labels and suitable note paper readily at hand and that one has a system for remembering to take packages to the post office when one is headed in that direction.

A more ludicrous suggestion involves the "paper exchange," which entails setting up a filing system on one's kitchen desk so that children can file their school announcements and permission slips each afternoon; a parent then reviews these papers in the evening, signs any necessary paperwork and returns the forms to the children's backpacks. I could expend several hundred words picking apart the unrealistic assumptions underlying this proposal; instead, Dear Reader, I leave it to your imagination to consider whether this program could be easily implemented in your household. If it could and you haven't thought of it yet, perhaps The Organized Life is for you.

To her credit, Ms Denton does include some suggestions that are useful to those of us whose dispositions make us susceptible to clutter. She devote several pages (p. 100, p. 150) to ideas for reducing clutter and analyzing whether an item really needs to be stored or could better be discarded. She warns of the perils of accumulating needless toiletries. She tells an inspiring anecdote about a man who maintains a clean basement by regularly removing anything he could replace for less than $5 because he recognizes that the benefits of a clean basement outweigh the risk that he might someday havie to spend a small sum on replacement items.

In short, Ms Denton's attractive little book with its brightly colored pages and easy-to-read typography makes a diverting browse for someone who enjoys domestic organizational tasks. It is unlikely to provide any transformative guidance to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free of their own wretched refuse and teeming to-do lists.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2007
I've read tons of these books, yet even I learned something from this one. I got it because it looks great and I thought it would be easy to read, and I was right. The book is laid out well and the writing is clear. I've been able to easily implement many of the ideas successfully. Definitely put this book on your list if you appreciate clarity and interesting thoughts.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2007
What a great treasure to find right before the new year! This book filled me with inspiration from the first page. I found the advice intuitive and easy to implement - and not rigid. The author makes a variety of tasks seem easy by breaking them down in manageable steps. She has obviously worked with all kinds of clients. For those of you out there who are more 'creative' (read: not so organized), this is the perfect tool.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2008
This is one of those small books I keep by my bedside to read a few pages of tips before I fall asleep. It's an easy book to read in bits and pieces, but if you are looking for a full-blown "how-to" on organizing, this one may not be for you.

The book sections are:

Clutter
Paper
Closets
Kitchen
Time
Storage
Home Office
Bed & Bath
Garage, Attic & Basement
Photos
Children
Holidays

I like the "look" of the book inside - colorful pages with easy-read-text, small charts and lists. Because of the type fonts, bolding and white spacing of the pages, it's really easy to get information from the pages by just a glance. (So you can read what you want and skip the rest).

The content is really a collection of tips and ideas, not a full-fledged plan of organizing everything top to bottom. Some of the information may be things the reader already knows (sometimes, though, I have to see it in print for the obvious to become useful). However, I did find a number of useful new ideas. This was probably the book that convinced me that keeping department store "bonus" makeup sets was more of a storage hassle than it was worth. I also started taking more notice of what was already in my closet and giving careful thought about new purchases to be sure I don't already have something very similar. I like the author's idea of using my Inbox only for items that have not been reviewed yet. Why look at something twice?

I enjoyed reading this book and although I didn't use every idea, I did pick up a few and got to thinking about how to better organize my life. However, if you are looking for a more thorough book, you may want to check out Donna Smallin's Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges or books like it.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2007
"The Organized Life" contains no new information that you're not reading in every woman's magazine or seeing on HGTV. Sometimes the advice is so basic, like - "make your bed every day," it's practically insulting. I didn't buy the book for common sense. I bought the book for new and helpful information, which I did not think I found here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2007
This book was so helpful... quick at-a-glance chapters on many topics. I am already an organized person and this still gave me great time-saving ideas. This is a great gift book as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2008
This is my favourite organisation book (and ive bought a bundle!). It is an attractive, compact book with modern graphic design & images that make it fun to read. The content is simple and 'straight to the point' and instructions/strategies/tips are in easy to follow point form.
Don't waste your time with the many wordy,text dense organisation books that you have to search thru to uncover just a couple of good ideas... buy this book instead!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2008
This is a delightful book. She gives us organizational tips in a simple, easy to read, easy to follow format. And I have to say the book is just a beautiful book. Nice to hold in your hand and very colorful. It makes you happy to think about organizing.
If I had to say something bad about it, I would say that it is a bit on the basic side. It doesn't go into great detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
Very cute little book. Each page has a new tip on how to be organized and they are dividede into catagories/chapters.

Books arrived promptly and in great shape.
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on March 12, 2011
This is great for my organizationally challenged husband but the information is not different from that in thousands of other organizing books or articles online. It does not address real organizational issues but offers some fairly common ideas and techniques. If you are somewhat familiar with organization literature this probably won't help you. However the book is organized very well and has excellent design - it's even color coded. It is a great quick reference or unintimidating starting point for organizational inspiration.
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