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What's a Disorganized Person to Do?

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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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Feb 19, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
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.
Jul 15, 2010 Tammy rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, skim
If only reading a book would solve my diorganization!
May 31, 2012 Dayna rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Feb 17, 2011 Heather C. rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: household
this book helped me to much with organizing my house. it is simple and organized...exactly what I needed.
Jul 31, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
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.
Carol Kinsey
Jul 12, 2016 Carol Kinsey rated it it was amazing
Stacey gives some great tips for home organization. She also gives packing, office, and car organization ideas. It's a practical reference book that gives great ideas and inspiration! My favorite part was the section on organizing the pantry! I've begun using Ball Canning jars to store my dried goods (beans, flour, sugar, etc.) and it not only keeps the food fresh, but it makes the pantry look nice. I've had so many complements on how organized and clean my pantry looks ever since I implemented ...more
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
Shelves: storage
I know what you're thinking. Though you may consider me an organized person, you'd change your mind if you saw the areas of my house that I never let anyone see (except Christy)!

I'm always on the lookout for tips that will help me feel more like I own my stuff rather than having my stuff own me. This book lists 267 organization tips. I now have a basket for gloves on the shelf in my coat closet. I suggested to my husband that he store extra wastebasket liners in the bottom of the wastebasket. Fo
Jun 22, 2014 josh rated it liked it
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
Nov 05, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2016 V. rated it it was ok
It was a fast read because many items are easy to skip over because they either don't apply or it was common sense. I as hoping for some new tips to help me on my quest for organization, but I didn't find anything I didn't already know. It was OK. I'd call it a refresher to all the other organization books I've read.
Ruthie Jones
Apr 10, 2012 Ruthie Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
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
Oct 20, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jun 21, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2015 Christopher Chelpka rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 07, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it
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.
Apr 09, 2014 Carrie rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 Elena Boteva rated it really liked it
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...
Jan 20, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it
Some new ideas, some old. All very usable. Evernoted.
Aug 09, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
Simple, easy to follow, with lots of great tips and ideas.
Jul 20, 2016 Annburnett rated it really liked it
The book gives great advice on decluttering your home and organizing it in the process.
Enjoyable book to read and to try and get yourself in order.
Sep 28, 2014 Mcvalens rated it liked it
Annette McIntyre
Jun 13, 2015 Annette McIntyre rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very helpful indeed with ideas for how to organize just about all areas of your life
Jan 16, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hobbies
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....
Nov 09, 2011 Nicola rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-info
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!
May 06, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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!
Aug 29, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing
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)!
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