- 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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Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection Paperback – October 26, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
A very practical guide filled with real life examples.
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.
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!
Literary Marie of Precision Revision
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is ok. The writing style is great, but the content just isn't up to par from what I expected. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by S. Bailey
Living in Australia the postage on books often is more than the cost of the book so Kindle is a wonderful answer to this problem & I would just love to see this book on Kindle too... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I'VE JUST STARTED TO READ THIS BOOK BUT SO FAR IT LOOKS GOOD TO ME, YES,YES, YES, YES, YES, YES.Published on April 8, 2013 by Kms69
These ladies have done an excellent job and providing some great tips on staying organized in the real world! It is not realistic for your home to look like a magazine! Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Sommer
I received an autographed copy of the book from author Sarah Welch and was tickled to find out she is also from Iowa. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Stacie Gorkow
Note- This review is adapted from my blog review, which included frightening pictures of my freakishly messy desk drawer. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Nikki
I love reading books on how to get organized. I love organizing my book on organizing. It is so much fun. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by SusieQTpie
Great book for someone who's never organized. My wife bought it for me - subtle hint, eh? Anyways, she's right, I'm rarely organized and even when I succeed in getting organized,... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Michael Manzo