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The Messies Manual: A Complete Guide to Bringing Order & Beauty to Your Home Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have no recollection of buying or reading this whatsoever. Umm?
Must've been good
I'm a messie and this really spoke to me. I found easy ways to improve.Published 17 months ago by Marjory Salhus
I give this book away so often that it's a perpetual item on my Wish Lists. Back, longer ago than I like to remember, this helped me get housework under control when there was no... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sandra
I did not find this book to be very helpful. She spends plenty of time explaining the different types of "messies," but her actual solutions are overcomplicated. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by StillWaters
I haven't read it all yet, but I just happened to open to Page 128, and saw this: "I couldn't find my clothes to get dressed without a search party. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Clutter Bug
This book is not good for those with serious clutter issues. Tips seem about organizing a slight mess, not serious decluttering. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Ann Elizz