Speaking about clutter...., May 2, 2010
This book spent a great deal of time talking about why she thinks people are messy (about 6-9 chapters, depending on whether you consider some of the chapters in part 3 useful - not really tips, a sort of pep talk). I say "she thinks" because I cannot find the psychology/scientific references for behaviors in the book. The editor should have make her keep to 1-2 chapters, and make most of the book about how to fix it. If a messy person picked up the book, which I suppose was her target audience, they may have put it down, because it takes too long to get to the help sections and to find the tips for organizing. However, it was free on Kindle, so what can I expect?
Clutter for your Kindle..., April 28, 2010
First get ready to spend a lot of time reading why some people are Messy. The first half of the book is devoted to explaining why some people are messy and come across as a sales pitch for her other book(s) and Messies Anonymous.
Here is the plan... get three boxes, one for items to keep, one for items to give away, and one for items to toss. Now pick a room and clean it. If you come across an item that doesn't belong where it is put it in the keep box (and when you get to the place it actually belongs put it away), if it is something you don't want but is of some value put it in the give away box, and if it is trash throw it away. Once you have finished that room, go to the next.
Then buy lots of supplies so you can organize your stuff so it doesn't get messy again.
Your husband and children are worthless and will do nothing but hinder your efforts, and you should go around throwing away their belongings that you don't think they need.
Also hiring someone to take care of it might be a good idea.
Once you have taken care of the clutter then you can actually clean stuff and buy all new furniture and decor because you will realize how everything in your house is ugly.
I just saved you however many hours it would have taken you to read this book.
what a mess, April 25, 2010
i was fascinated at first then i kept skipping through looking for the tools...im going to go through my clutter to find the book with the actual tools for organizing... organizing from the inside out. living organized was nearly a waste of my time but luckily it was free. clean out a drawer instead.
Your mileage may vary, April 25, 2010
Quite a range of reviews for this book; it seems to have different appeal to different types of people. I enjoyed the writing style and her approach very much and will probably re-read it. My only problem with the book is that the testimonial letters are written in a script font that is a little difficult to read on the Kindle.
There are many books full of organizing tips, and some great Kindle blogs as well. Get this if you want another way of thinking about the causes of messiness.