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The Other Side of Organized Paperback – December 12, 2009
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If you are slightly organizationally challenged, or even frozen in time by the chaos around you, this book just might inspire and ease your pain. Written with empathy coupled with pure resourcefulness, this author looks at the art of organization from a whole different vantage point, and what the reader takes away are workable solutions to break free. There is something for everyone here, with simple, yet powerful insight in every chapter and genuine pearls to be found on nearly every page.
If you are looking to let go of, or just tidy up your stuff... take a look at what's offered here. You just might find an answer you've been looking for, and walk away with a plan and a sense of calmness you haven't felt in a long time. I did.
There are so many tips and tricks that help create a calmness around you, The Other Side of Organized just begs you to start fixing the little messes that surround you. Just this past weekend, I cleaned out a corner of my office, and even though it was just ONE little corner, it had caused so much angst in my every day. And that tiny bit of organizing led me to a larger project -- the garage! It snowballed and now my garage is immaculate! I just want to go out there and SIT and look at the beautiful place I created, and what's a garage?? A gross place for men!!
Linda's book offers helpful, easy ways to get back on track to organized so you can start focusing on the important aspects of life. Seriously, this is the organizational must-have book for everyone!
Sometimes just the thought of organization can be stressful. However, the book's layout and the easy-to-read graphics take the pinch out of the topic at hand. The whimsical cartoons inspired by the author's beloved Black Labrador Retriever, Norton, add a flavor of charm. The real allure comes from Linda's charisma that shines through on every page. The strategies and formulas that she cites will not clobber you on the head. Instead, the author weaves her own personal trials and tribulations into the book. Not only does she get her super doable organizational tips and approaches across, she brings them home with ease. By the time I was halfway through the book, I felt that Linda was a wise friend or motivational coach, who after each encounter, says, "Okay, now you're as perfect as your humanness will get...will you go out and play, laugh and live joy for a while."
That's the best thing about "The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection," it probes, instructs, motivates, but never forgets to give you breathing room.
Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher
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So when I saw The Other Side of Organized (the subtitle is Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection), I plunged into it with hope. What I didn't realize until I read Linda Samuels's book was that I was going at this organizing the wrong way. It's not just about putting things in their places: it's about freeing up your life for the things you really want to do. When that's your goal, cleaning up the extraneous stuff in your life becomes a lot easier. My perfectionist self tells me to get going, stop procrastinating, put all those papers and files and messy closets in neat little organized spaces. But then, I remember what Samuels tells us: "Organizing is just a means to an end. The objective is getting organized enough so that you can still have time for all the other things that are important to you. It's all about find your right balance."
I think maybe I'm ready to tackle that linen closet now.