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Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection Paperback – October 26, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My two favorite chapters: "Learn To Just Say No" and "Take Charge of Your To-Do List". These two chapters alone are worth the price of the book. They offer a bunch of techniques to (politely) say no to requests that you don't have time for. This is huge. And their advice on to-do lists is thankfully simple. I have received way too much bad advice on to-do lists (and even time-tracking and project management software) that is way too complicated and unhelpful.

A very practical guide filled with real life examples.
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If you have read a few organizing books, stay away from this one; pretty much just reiterates what all the other books say. The stories are enjoyable, but they also don't really "relate" to normal people since they showcase executives in well paid jobs for the most part.
I do like the points they make about letting go of perfection. Getting it done is more important than getting it perfect, and those perfectionists struggling out there, you have permission to just get it done, and then do it again later to get it done better, but just start.
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I was already a fan of the Buttoned Up products but this book has to be my favorite. I feel like Alicia & Sarah really understand what life is like for those of us with busy lives who want to keep things organized and running smoothly in every part of our lives but just don't ever seem to have enough time. I bought copies for my organized friends to help them get to a new level and copies for my disorganized friends to show them that anything is possible! Thanks Buttoned Up.
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Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch define "org porn" as the glossy, airbrushed fantasy world where everything is pristine, serene, and perfectly in order. Is your home or work space magazine-ready? Well, Pretty Neat is designed to reduce org porn stress. The handbook insists that perfection is impossible. However, the book's goal is to provide real-life tips and wisdom to stay pretty neat. Goal accomplished!

Like most handbooks, Pretty Neat doesn't have to be read in order. (However I highly recommend you read the chapters in sequence if you really need help organizing.) Chapters such as "Delegate Like a Master," "Clear the Clutter At Home," and "Tame Your Inboxes" were most beneficial to me. I consider myself an organized person. My closet may be difficult to navigate through and I may have books strategically scattered around, but there is a method to my madness. Still, this book provided a few simple solutions that even I will use.

Color me a nerd, or maybe it's the copyeditor in me, but I pay attention to front and back matter. Like a great reference tool, this book also has a helpful Index and Additional Resources section.

Thanks to Notorious Spinks for the giveaway and to co-author Sarah Welch for the cute personalized note. Happy Organizing, bookhearts!

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The best thing about this book is all the good ideas from the people the authors interviewed. Sometimes I thought yes! That's an awesome idea! I should use that! Or it got the creative juices flowing and helped me to brainstorm my own solutions to problems. Very useful and interesting little book. It kept my attention while commuting, and not many non-fiction books can do that. Would recommend to people who need a little motivation and some new ideas.
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The book Pretty Neat: The buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection is a great step by step way of getting your life in order. This book helps us to cut the clutter, make and use to-do lists, wrangle family schedules, excavate in-boxes, eliminate excuses, delegate housework, temper toy tsunamis and master home cooked meals. I think this book is a must in anyone's collection library. It is very helpful if the tips and simple methods are applied everyday.

I have always tried to be organized. In my intentions of becoming more organized though I have been stressing over not being perfect. Being a mother and wife I know what it is like to not always have food on the table at the appropriate hour, having a clothing item like a sock or shoe disappear in the dark void to be found only when one is no longer trying to find it, or having the house cleaned up for guests or after your kids and being exhausted when you only have to clean it up again and again. In this never ending cycle of my being a woman and homemaker I have struggled over minimizing my stuff and to realize that everything doesn't have to be perfect. I have always felt that I have fallen short of my goals because I do not stay focused and in so doing feel somewhat insignificant sometimes especially when my husband expects the world of me.

As a blogger I need to apply the "just say no" chapter more often I think because my blogging lately has been taking over my life and I haven't been able to take control. Until recently I haven't been able to (politely) say no to requests that I don't have time for. After reading this book I have now been able to reevaluate my priorities and set my life onto a better path.

Who said you have to be superwoman to be super organized?
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