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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891122885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891122883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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 www.GlynnisWhitwer.com or www.HerOrganizedLife.com to learn more.


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Still reading this book, but I am loving it!!!
Amy
This book will help you find your way and get your life back on track and your home feeling a lot less chaotic.
Cassandra Delapp
Her tips and suggestions make organizing fun and meaningful.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By LHB on August 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By Know Well! on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Martin on August 15, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina G. Donato on August 15, 2012
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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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