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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!
Her approach is a basic three-fold: eliminate, categorize, organize (like things contained.) With this focus firmly in place, the projects are less over-whelming. But do take breaks!
There is a lot of New Age in the book. For example,(from memory) burning incense in a hotel room releases the spirits of previous occupants. Surrendering belongings from deceased relatives, releases their spirits. Huh? But if you can ignore that "clutter", the book is valuable. While Leeds seems to be a single, city-dweller, she is sensitive to the organizational needs of families, even large families. She does have the ability to guide the reader to plan and "zoom-out" in order to consider your space with fresh perspective.
I do not share her New Age views and found that content to be surprising, unnecessary clutter, and a bit offensive. I came to this book for organizational help, not spiritual indoctrination. Four stars for unnecessary, distracting New Age clutter in book. Otherwise I'd give it five stars for the help I've found.
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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 7 months 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 7 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 10 months ago by TJ