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What's a Disorganized Person to Do?

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  251 ratings  ·  62 reviews
An easy-to-read, idea-packed guide for anyone who wants to be more organized—and who doesn't?

Everyone has overflowing closets and desk drawers, countertops loaded with kitchen gadgets, and overstuffed computer desktops. We dream of getting organized—but what's a disorganized person to do? In this book, professional organizer Stacey Platt comes to the rescue with empowerin
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 2nd 2010 by Artisan (first published 2010)
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This book has numerous good ideas, but the problem with being organized is that no matter how many sorting boxes you put in your house, it wont matter unless you make a point to USE them.

I've begun to use a few of their ideas, and while sometimes I feel like I'm being all OCD about sorting, they're generally working. There were a few thoughts like magnetic strips on the kitchen wall that I feel look just too utilitarian and unwelcoming, and so you need to balance homey-ness with clutterlessness.
If only reading a book would solve my diorganization!
Imagine an avid Pinterest user's "Organize" board put into book form, and this is it. It's a collection of tips and techniques for organizing your home, room by room. As other reviewers have said, it's not all that original. If you're already a very organized person, or a collector of these types of books, you won't find it very helpful. But as a natural piler with disorganized tendencies, I found it to be very helpful. Although, it could be an advertisement for The Container Store. But I think ...more
Heather C.
I guess I can't give a book that is about organizing my pots and pans five stars when I have given five stars to books that have caused a great spiritual or emotional change in my life, now can I? BUT, this book totally changed how I organize my home, and that is massive. I don't know what it was about this little book that changed the way I look at everything in my household, but it worked. I liked her theory of the fork. Everybody knows where the forks are in their home. You don't have to sear ...more
There weren't too many ideas here you couldn't find on Pinterest, but this saves you the time of searching. It was a little bit out of date, but I suppose there are still some landline phones out there that need an organized message system.
this book helped me to much with organizing my house. it is simple and organized...exactly what I needed.
This book has a lot of great tips-- some of them were common knowledge and some were eye-opening.

Now all I have to do is actually implement what I learned... later.
Jun 22, 2014 josh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those with no clue how to organize
Recommended to josh by: Shelf @ store
Mostly common sense stuff with lots of pretty pictures of perfectly arrayed things. Although, Platt seems to assume a limitless budget for buying tons of storage organizers / folders / boxes / cubbies / shelves (think California Closets) and tons of space ~ not renting a room / living in a <500sq ft apartment ~ given how many references there are to "just organize it & store it in the basement or garage".

It'll be on the reference shelf, but the most useful thing was the information for op
Apr 14, 2011 Andrea added it
I ordered this book on Amazon and it arrived yesterday. At first glance I thought - this is more of a 'read a section here and there' book rather than a 'read cover to cover' type of book. But I nearly did just that yesterday! It was a bit overwhelming seeing as how being organized doesn't come naturally for me *at all*, but it was so much fun to read and has some fabulous organizational tips and ideas. I especially like her attitude about throwing things away, I'm more of a thrower-awayer type ...more
Book helped me organize my kitchen, my pantry, my closet.

Very simple to follow with some great ideas to improve the efficiency and organization of living within my home.

If you feel trapped sometimes by your habits and always wish things were more organized I recommend giving this book a try. A couple good ideas within it will make the peace of mind you get well worth the purchase.
I am a Professional Organizer and I am always looking for new ways to help others. I found 6 things that were useful to help others and myself. If you are disorganized this is a very good book to have. It's easy to read, has colored photo illustrations, and you can use it has a handy reference guide. But as with any one trying to get organized you have to manage it daily.
Ruthie Jones
This is definitely an eye-pleasing book (lots of pictures), but a lot of this information is common sense or stuff most people learn throughout their lives. Unfortunately, nothing just gets organized. Organization (and staying organized) takes work and diligence. All the containers and labels and whatnot won't help if you don't do it and keep it up! Platt's book covers pretty much all areas in our homes from closets to kitchens to food storage to home offices/guest rooms and everything in betwee ...more
This is a great little book with ideas for organizing any thing and any space in your home. A lot of it isn't new, but it definitely did have some good tips I'd never considered before. It's organized by rooms in the house and has photographs demonstrating almost each principle. The only thing it didn't take into consideration is homes that might not have as much storage space as this book assumes. When we moved in to our new house over 2 years ago, we unpacked all our boxes quickly just throwin ...more
Sensible organizing advice for all rooms of the house. I am going to work through the "one hour projects" to clean up fridge, medicine cabinet, etc.
Christopher Chelpka
As far as I can tell this book is perfect. It gives lots of good advice in a simple, manageable, and motivating way. Great pictures too.
This book has many helpful tips, yet I stopped reading halfway through. It reads too much like an article from Real Simple and not enough like a book.
Several good ideas, but a lot of things I couldn't use. Not as much about getting rid of clutter as organizing clutter.
Elena Boteva
This book is a great organizational tool. Though some tips were a bit redundant. It did however have a ton of helpful information and ideas, some of which I can act on right away and others would have to wait for their time to come.

May the spring cleaning season of 2014 commence...
Annette McIntyre
Very helpful indeed with ideas for how to organize just about all areas of your life
Oh! I LOVE this book! I'd love to be this organized! The pictures are awesome. I show my husband those pictures and just sigh. The utility, I'm drooling over it! Really though, the book is organized by rooms in your home and there are helpful tips for each. Even a way to organize a paper piler like me! I can read little bits at a time and dream away....
I loved this book! It is chalk-full of simple things to do to organize one's house. It really is for a dis-organized person, or one that seemingly (for some)obvious organizational ideas just haven't been thought of. Because... as I believe Eeyore the gloomy donkey from Winnie the Pooh has suggested "not all of us can and some of us don't" -- Luckily, there is this book!
There is information in here that you could get elsewhere, but this little book is organized so well that you really don't need to. There were a couple of things I really loved, and I surprised myself by reading it virtually cover to cover. Even if you would call yourself an organized person, you'll find something that speaks to you, like folding fitted sheets!
Fantastic book , well made with easy page turning corners, full of useful info, best book about organising your home I have ever read . Must read
I'm a very organized individual but always looking for tips/advice to increase my own efficiency and cut down wasted effort. Most of the things in this book I already do but there were a few items I learned that will help me at home. Plan on buying book as a present for a very disorganized person I know (evil grin)!
False Millennium
As a hyper organized person myself, I am always looking for that extra...something, and I never find it in these books. I see their value for people who have somewhat of an idea what to do. For hoarders? These books are useless. Now back to my Hemingway's letters book.
Jul 11, 2011 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: disorganized people like me
Shelves: nonfiction
Now if I only did what this book suggested..... Actually it's a pretty well organized book on how to get organized. I always marvel at the size of the closets and bathrooms in which stuff is being organized. They need to write an organization book for the small home.
Angel Graham
While it's a good book and I do recommend it, it doesn't come close to the caliber of some of the other books on organizing out there. There are however some great ideas, such as using an old Rolodex to put all your Utilities/business contacts into to find easily.
I was surprized when I got the book, that it is literally 1 to 317 listed ideas,tips, projects, and lists. Just like it said on the book cover,lol. I bought the book on the internet so I didn't see how organized it was.
The tips are extremely helpful.
Jan 15, 2014 Andrea added it
Offers a practical guide to organize everything. I love the simple 1 hour tasks to help get you started organizing. This book also answers those daunting questions like, "what do I need in my glove box, first aid kit, tax folder, closet."

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