“A woman with organizing skills can run a construction company without ever picking up a hammer and a nail.” Warren Farrell.
I love this quote from Jane Stoller’s Organizing For Your Lifestyle. I have seen women be successful because of their organizational skills (and the fact we can multi task like machines).
I was sent a copy of Jane’s book to review, I am constantly looking for ways to be more organized and get more structure in our lives. A few years ago my word for the year was Create Order and I spent the year de-cluttering and am proud to say that I have managed to keep the clutter to a minimum but I do need to improve the organization of the stuff we do now have.
This book starts with a little quiz to discover how organized you are. I was not surprised by my results, it said “You are close to being organized, but often still fall into certain disorganized behaviour. I am organised in a disorganized way and it does work for me (most of the time but I really REALLY want to get rid of that drawer in the kitchen that is full of crap, no matter how many times I clean it out.)
Back to book! This is a real hands on book with practical tips and ideas on how to organize your home and ultimately your life. Jane covers each room in the house, travel and the science behind organization and stress. I found the latter chapter really interesting and actually when you think about it, it makes sense. If our home is organized, our lives are organized which means we are less stressed. You may remember we went through a patch where we were losing my car keys daily. It was a disaster, Cameron missed swimming, we were late for events, we spent money unnecessarily – all because we were very disorganized about where we put my car keys. So organizing your home really can have such positive effects on your entire life.
The book has some really great practical tips but a few of the ones that I liked were that she says to get rid of those horrible wire coat hangers. I completely agree with that. I hate those hangers, they are ugly and don’t allow your clothes to hang right and they are just ugly!!!! Give them to your kids school to make Christmas mobiles with or something.
She also discusses how she had lighting added to her closet. I have the pokiest cupboard ever and it is so dark, I can never see what is going on even when everything is hung up neatly or folded correctly. Lighting would make it so much easier to see what is going on.
There is also an interesting chapter on planning to be skinny. Simple things like having only a fruit bowl on your kitchen counter (this may reduce the 5 loaves of bread we eat a week in our house) and keeping your fridge free of random stuff and rather making things like mayo and salad dressing as and when you need them. This really appealed to me as my kids are currently over dosing on sauces.
This book isn’t just about how to organize every cupboard and shelf but is more of an overall look at how to declutter your life in general which I enjoyed.
If you are looking to organize your life or have a friend who you know would enjoy this book, then I would really recommend it as a Christmas gift.
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