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One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Unfortunately the book does not come with Dobby the House-Elf to actually perform all of these tasks, or at the very least kick me in the behind until I start doing them.
But my personal shortcomings aside, this is a wonderful reference for those enterprising slobs who can actually do more than daydream about being able to start each day without digging through the laundry mountain for clean underwear and coming across that earring they lost five months ago.
I recommend purchasing this volume and keeping it on your bedside table -- for the shaming factor, if for nothing else.
The author takes you on a step by step process of imagining and reflecting on why you are the way you are--why you are always late or why you impulse buy or why you can't seem to find your keys. Through reflection, you are able to organize yourself internally and then begin the challenging but completely doable process of clearing and organizing your living space.
It also has a helpful section about moving, which happens to be a timely project for me (my husband and I are moving cross-country in a few months).
I plan on giving this to all my friends!
Too much info about the author. We continually hear about her own experiences, her high-end clients, etc.
Too much focusing on the past in the journal exercises. The more you dwell on the past, the harder it is to make the future better.
She calls herself the Zen Organizer, but there is a lot of New Age content in the book also. Would rather have had more organizational tips.
She has an entire month dealing just with Thanksgiving. Really. If she'd combined it with Christmas and New Year's, as "holiday planning", it would have been plenty.
The chapter on moving was pretty good, but should have been written with lists instead of all the good information being buried in paragraphs (and this was also a problem in other chapters).
Overall, I would rate the book 2.5 stars. Good premise, and several good organizing tips, but it gets bogged down in places. Check it out from your library first--you might prefer her approach to that of FlyLady.
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I did like this book because it got to the emotional side of why people are disorganized. I could not always get through every journal assignment, but the tips do come in very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily donofrio
This book is more than I was expecting. It has me in a state of self-reflection and it's a useful book that is stepping me through the chaos of my cupboards and my life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Curious Cat
This has really helped me! I would like to get it in paper form so I can refer to pages more easily. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TJ
Girlfriend wanted to try this with me, so I got my own copy. Seems like a lot of unnecessary work, making dream boards and such.Published 5 months ago by David MCCOLLUM
I haven't gotten past the first chapter it just hasn't caught my eye. I hope to read it in the future.Published 7 months ago by graciesjourney