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I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace [Kindle Edition]

Glynnis Whitwer
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Book Description

Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today s overwhelmed woman.

I Used to Be So Organized addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can't get a handle on their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized . . . ten or twenty years ago. But now, life seems to hand them one distraction and challenge after another, and ''helpful technology'' that just seem to add to the problem. Just when they think they have ''caught up,'' something else changes, and there is more to be done.

In this book, Glynnis Whitwer addresses the issue of organization based in this new reality of information overload, overwhelming choices, increased expectations and technology advances that won t slow down. This book contains twenty-three chapters, each short enough for a busy woman to read during a lunch break. Every aspect of life comes together in this one easy-to-read guide.

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''...Whitwer brings up many hurdles women might face that you might not normally think of. Best of all, Whitwer approaches each topic in her book from the perspective of putting God first and getting your priorities straight.''

--Reader of work@home

About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer is one of the online devotional writers for Encouragement for Today with over 375,000 daily readers. She is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the editor of the P31 Woman Magazine. She is the author of When Your Child is Hurting: Helping Your Kids Survive the Ups and Downs of Life (Harvest House, 2009), work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home (New Hope, 2007) and co-author of a Bible study series entitled Kingdom Living (Ampelon, 2007). She has been a guest on Living the Life, Moody Midday Connection, and other programs. Her writings have been featured in publications by Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Moody Publishing, P31 Woman, and others. Glynnis, her husband Tod, and their five children live in Glendale, Arizona.

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  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0891122885
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GE8EM4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource August 30, 2011
I Used to be So Organized has chapters on organizing your closets, your kitchen and your kid's toys. There's a great chapter on meal planning and quite a bit of time devoted to managing the technology that enhances our lives and distracts our minds. If you need detailed instructions to help you tackle your bulging pantry, there's no shame in that. And I Used to be So Organized will take you through it one shelf at a time.

I don't really need step-by-step directions on how to organize. It turns out, I'm what Glynnis calls "Situationally Disorganized." My "situation" (new baby, new house) has led to a state of disorder that is driving me crazy. As she puts it, "When I find myself in a place of situational disorganization, I'm usually frustrated. I'm not frustrated with anyone in particular, except myself for not being able to pull it together."

At this point, I was pretty sure she'd bugged my house.

She goes on. "That's when I need to apply God's grace to myself."

That line may be the best piece of advice in the whole book.

And that is what I loved about I Used to Be So Organized. While it's full of organization tips, good for both the situationally and the chronically disorganized, Glynnis Whitwer bases everything on a solid Biblical foundation.

My highlighter got a workout on the chapters about setting reasonable expectations and establishing priorities. There were many "a-ha" moments, but these words had the most impact on me at this time in my life.

"I wish someone had told me that God would not forget me, that I was right where he wanted me and that I should relax, accept my new normal, and see the opportunities he had placed in front of me.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if You're Already Organized... August 23, 2011
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I'm one of those women who seemed to have it all together. I'm a wife, mom, employee, life coach, fitness instructor and more. Prior to reading this book, I lived by my Blackberry and found joy in crossing items off of my to-do list. However, inside- there was a part of me that no one else saw-- I was overwhelmed and frazzled.

Through Glynnis Whitwer's transparency, I felt comfortable to let my guard down and just be real. Her approaches to time-management, organizing and living by our hearts' truest values took my life to a new level.

Although my responsibilities haven't changed, I've taken the wisdom from this book and created more of a system instead of a to-do list. I now approach my days like a project manager. The tips were so easy to apply to my life. I've saved time, sanity, money and energy. Now I'm able to be more patient with my family and to have true peace which allows me to hear the Holy Spirit's whispers throughout my day.

I highly recommend this book for the not-so-organized and the organized alike!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Used To Be So Organized--a review August 15, 2011
I am not one to pick up a book on organization. Frankly, they intimidate me. But, the cute cover of Glynnis Whitwer's book, I Used To Be So Organized, lured me in. With her real and raw writing, Glynnis shares her own struggles and how she found herself in an un- organized state of life...this made me feel like I'm not alone in my plight of stacked up piles of documents and a closet in disarray. I can't recommend this book enough as it is full of practical tips and Biblical guidance on getting your life back on track. A must read for any woman who is overwhelmed with life around her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Organizer For Your Life! August 15, 2012
First impressions of I Used To Be So Organized clearly were that of a clever cover and very valuable Foreword! The cover depicted two mismatched, and may I add - stylish shoes. The shoes were worn by one person and indicated just a bit of confusion. Karen Ehman of Proverbs 31 Ministries wrote the Foreword. I found her explanation of this book and its purpose for every woman endearing. She clearly was a fan of Glynnis Whitwer's and I found myself an instant fan of the author upon finishing the Foreword.

The subtitle was Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace. Interestingly, the timing for my review could not have been better. We just sold our house, but our purchase of a short sale on the other side was delayed. As I cracked open Chapter Two, I found myself gleaning from this author's helpful hints, but more so I found fellowship as I related to Glynnis's honest accounts of her life and struggle to organize life within limits. I smiled amidst packing boxes and literally no order but held out hope that in a few weeks Lord willing, what I had learned from I Used To Be So Organized would be put into practice.

I appreciated the encouragement I received from this book. I did have a few criticisms of which clearly only had to do with technology. I felt that this book would have been better off without the author sharing technology tips. She mentioned how fast technology becomes obsolete, but then went on to try and help the reader with technology, of which I felt was clearly out of date. For the beginner computer user or computer user looking for direction in organizing, this may not have been an issue, but for me, I found myself skimming quickly over the file cabinet purchase and the following pages. That's just me though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
I like to think I'm pretty organized, but this book had great ideas I've never thought of that are easily implemented. Very inspirational.
Published 11 days ago by Megadawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually really enjoyed this book
Actually really enjoyed this book! Addressed some of the core reasons why some of us have not been able to pull it together before! Quick, easy, enjoyable read!
Published 12 days ago by chris oxford
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
More religious than I expected.
Published 5 months ago by CKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend This!!
LOVE this book, and it's one that I've actually referred back to! I was part of a book study using this book. It was one of the best I've read, re: organization/motherhood.
Published 5 months ago by Helene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ideas for getting organized.
Published 6 months ago by Busy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by Shirley J. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book is a very practical guide that I'm sure I will refer back to in the months and years to come. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jen Horder
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This will be a useful book if I would just stop procrastinating and use it. I guess my procrastinating is what got me so disorganized in the first place.
Published 14 months ago by Sheryl B. Taggart
4.0 out of 5 stars a practical guide to organization from a Christian perspective
I appreciated her practical suggestions on how to organize your home, and time. She is coming from a Christian perspective when she speaks of prioritizing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by christina clardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for figuring out your organizational problems
A great book for figuring out why you're unorganized and how to fix it. I especially liked her comment about doing things for others as a service of love. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Studer
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More About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Senior Editor of the P31 Woman magazine. She is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 e-mail devotions, with over 500,000 daily readers. Her newest book, I Used to be So Organized, has just been released. Glynnis, her husband Tod, and their five children live in Glendale, Arizona. Visit or to learn more.


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