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I agree with other reviewers that this book was only okay. The author's particular system is a useful one, with clear steps that really do outline the keys parts of organizing successfully, but the way she covers it in the book is repetitive and lacking in depth. Each chapter, which focuses on a particular room/project, walks through each of her steps, but really it's just the same thing over and over again.I do think that if you follow her system to organize your spaces, you'd be ultimately suc...
For future reference, and because it serves as a pretty accurate summary of the book as a whole, the ten steps to organizing your home are:1) Dedicate time2) Gather supplies3) Establish a staging area4) Sort5) Purge6) Group like items together7) Examine your space8) Shop! 9) Install products and put items into storage containers10) MaintainIt's not a bad book, but not a great one, in that it gets super-repetitive after the first few chapters.
This seemed . . . awfully common-sense to have a whole book written about it. And while I'm sure that her ten steps seemed like a framework for a book, I don't need to be told in each chapter that one needs to set aside time to organize. That's step one. I get it. I understand that it will be the first step of each project. You really don't need to tell me, and the write an explanatory paragraph each time. I'm on it.
okay. I liked other organizing books better. I think one reason it wasn't my favorite is because she gave specific examples and showed before and afters. I wasn't to thrilled with the afters. Of course she gave valuable info, just not my favorite.
Some interesting tips, but a lot of the solutions were way out of my price range. I liked the idea of using turntables inside the cupboards so you can see everything easily, not sure why I never thought of that before it seems so simple now :)
This book was ok. Nothing you really haven't heard before. And it did get kinda annoying that the author called everything "your treaures." But the before and afters were kinda cool. Unless you're completely clueless and don't know where to start, you don't need to read this book.
This is for RICH PEOPLE with HUGE HOUSES, i.e., not the most of us.
I love, love, love this book. I'm big into organizing, or at least, creating plans and this book sets up organizing your home in that way. As I began my venture to sell my "junk" in 30 days, I needed a little push here and there to keep me going and to help me identify things that I really didn't need. By tackling some of the big problem areas in my house - garage, office, kids rooms - I was able to focus my energy to eliminate a lot of the clutter that was also getting in the way of our family'...
The author provides a play-by-play of how she organizes homes. The book is rather dated (published in 2006), but the photos are really helpful. It will help get you motivated to declutter and organize. A quick read -- helpful for newbies who haven't read much on the subject.
Nothing earthshaking, but a good solid and straightforward breakdown of the inbetween steps of actually organizing and sorting your stuff out. Great for people like me who can't always line up the way from A to Z without the stuff in the middle.
Hands down the best downsizing and organizing book I've read.
The first bit was kind of helpful, but after that it was just repeat, repeat, repeat. The photos of before/after/in-progress were interesting, but as a whole the book is very dated.
Some good tips and questions to ask yourself, but skimmed much of it bc it was redundant and didn’t meet my needs.
Pages don't mean much in this, as author encourages me to start on the page most practical for my clean-up project/s. Very positive, including a good suggestion/directive to ALLOW ENOUGH TIME on the day that I clear clutter ... or redecorate ... or do a DIY project.
To me this book is above average because it leaves the realm of theory and moves on to demonstrate real situations. Specific people who owned particular rooms, what their goal was, how they approached the work, problems encountered, and photos before, during, and after. I'm not at all bothered that Laura Leist taps into the same general consciousness as other organizers. That shows that the generally held ideas are a consensus based on logic, common experience, and what has been shown to work. T...
I've read a few other books about organizing, but this one seems to be the simplest and most realistic. It's a fast read, and it includes full-color before and after photos of each project. Each chapter tackles a different area of the home, so you can skip around if you need to. I'm really hoping it will motivate me to organize our bedroom closet, and maybe even some of my craft supplies! Wish me luck!I guess I should explain that I didn't read all of the book (for example, I don't have a garage...
This books is so great! I've already cleaned out my storage room, my closet (YIKES!) my desk, and I have plans for the garage. The ideas in this book are simple, easy and they make so much sense!Go get it!
I have a goal to get organized, so I checked several books/magazines out from the library to get some ideas. I thought this book had some good ideas, but she definitely repeated herself a lot. Actually, any organization book I've read is quite repetative.
Putting the process into steps is a good start. I think she repeated herself because it is a book you can skip around to the room that applies to where you want to organize. This book has many helpful hints and is really helpful in getting you ready to begin. i.e there is hope!
For someone like me who has a very clutter home, this book had alot of great suggestions to help elimate extra stuff. Most of it is probably common sense but she has a 10 step process which makes sense to me and is actually helping.
Thought it would have helpful ideas - but it contains nothing new. If you've never read anything on organization, then this book would be ok.
I always need new ideas for organizing. If I'm reading an organizing book, I usually get a lot more done than when I'm reading, oh I don't know, the Harry Potter books.
This author's premise is that being organized is an on-going process, not a one-day event. This is an ok book, short, and has some good ideas. Nothing really new.
I found it very motivating. I actually cleaned out my closet, several junk drawers and stopped myself for purchasing several items. Progress! Now how do I get the rest of my family to read it?
A merging of ideas similar to Get Your Act Together by Pamela Young and Peggy Jones (more humor found here) and organizational tools from IKEA (a favorite store) surely there is hope with this plan!
I am in process with this one. I've a long way to go, but it feels good to have started.
Clear, concise and well presented. Great pictures of each step of organization.
Excellent advice for organizing.