Are You Organized? Does any of the following describe you?
Stressed, low on cash, low on time, hectic schedule, late for appointments, forget important items, forget important tasks, always looking for lost items, your kids lack responsibility, you live in a cluttered home.
Disorganization can be stressful, time consuming, messy and expensive but there is help.
“Yes, YOU can be organized too! Learn the best kept secrets of becoming organized and staying that way. Learn how to be efficient, save time and money, reduce stress and clutter, get the help and cooperation you need from family members and prove to yourself that it can be done.
In this book you will find a vast collection of:
1. Incredibly easy to follow organizing tips. 2. Short articles. 3. Examples to help get you started. 4. Budgeting and financial information. 5. Ideas to organize using new or recycled products. 6. Organizing challenges with references to help you accomplish each one. 7. Information to help you organize absolutely everything!
No more long, drawn-out explanations, just the help you need now! Get organized today! The results will simply amaze you!
The opening aria I wanted to yodel when I read the title was this old brain-draining song of yesterday. You know, that kind of song that gets stuck in your head for weeks and drives you up the trees with your front teeth!
Being kind of rebellious against any form of syncronized, brainwashed, Big Bother is watching you, now get in line or...! - kind of social engineering, does not make me the ultimate choice candidate to review a book like this. I have never done it before, it is not really my scene.
So a few selected lines from this Malvina Reynolds song kept popping up while opening the book:
"Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same, There's a pink one and a green one And a blue one and a yellow one And they're all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same.
And the people in the houses All went to the university And they all play on the golf course And drink their martinis dry And they all have pretty children And the children go to school, And the children go to summer camp And then to the university And the boys go into business And marry and raise a family Where they are put in boxes And they come out all the same."
With that in mind, I was not keen to spend many hours on ideas to get even more organized! My personal experience in life dictates that relatively normal clutter in a home spells love and warmth and relaxation. Pristine lives are restricted, insecure nests of inhospitality!
However, the book starts with this question: "Does any of this describe you?": 1. Stressed. 2. Low on cash. 3. Hectic schedule. 4. Low on time. 5. Low on energy. 6. Late for appointments. 7. Forget to bring essential items with you. 8. Forget to do important tasks. 9. Always looking for a lost item such as your car keys or cell phone. 10. Your house has piles of clutter you just don’t have time to deal with. 11. You are running out of space in your home. 12. Your kids are constantly forgetting their homework and are not acting responsibly.
Gotcha! Nice sales pitch, right? Nevertheless, it worked. This book is for you!
For parents who are living in the fast lane and do not have time to teach your children everything they need to live a much happier life, buy them this book for Christmas as an extension of yourself and your good intentions with your parenting vices. It will save you a lot of talk the kids do not want to hear from you, but will absorb from an outsider who do not wish to control them! ;-)
I for one is going to buy it for my three kids - all young people starting out with their own lives. My own copy will join a specially selected few books in the john. Well, yes, I have books for every single occasion and location in life. You never know where you might need a few words of wisdom to ponder!
The main benefit of this book is not only the numerous tips and tricks provided to lessen stress in your life, but also the challenge it provides to make it an adventure in itself to become organized. There are more things I agree with than I care to admit - me, the ultimate free spirit! Life has proven that it works. Another result, also proven, is that you won't need such an expensive chemical intervention in your life to sort out the emotional, financial, physical and family clutter. The money you save will pay for a dream holiday on your Bucket List!
I give this book five stars for the valuable service it can render to young people, especially, as well as older people who need a new challenge in their lives. I am one of them!
It is not a sit-down and finish book in one-go. Nope, that is why I need to add it to the Throne room where it can be picked up and enjoy at least once a day. In fact, if you are the athletic type, or harbors an adventurous spirit, take one tip a day and apply it in your life. Have you walked through your home/ garden / project after finishing and felt immense pride in your accomplishment? You will feel the same after adopting one of the tips in the book per day as a new challenge.
If you wonder about the other books in our hall of fame, here they are: "The Ultimate Loo Book" by Jeremy Clarkson, "The History of the World in Six Glasses" by Tom Standage, The Devil's Cup" by Stewart Lee Allen, a few Mary Roach books, and a few National Geographic magazines.
It is not the kind of book that you want to leave forgotten in a book shelf or piled into obscurity somewhere on a coffee table. It is a relaxing, informative way of getting happy without even thinking about it!
What the book actually teaches us is that real freedom lies in being organized. It is amazing how many people do not know this secret. If your mother or grandmother did not teach you these secrets, this book will stand in for them and make your life a much better place to enjoy! For young people there is even more beauty to behold: You will never hear the words I told you so! again after this book changed your life. You might even smile right around your head when you see those little ticky tacky boxes painted yellow and green and you suddenly have the time to enjoy the things you really love! ;-)
Many of these tips already worked splendidly in my own life. That is why I have so much time to read, to start with.
I scanned this book for the most part bc it was basic and nothing new. I think this book is for a person that has absolutely no idea, not even a hint on how to organize. I don't want to be mean but I feel this was just a waste of a book. The book was 202 pages but really it could have been condensed into Oh I don't know 50-75 pages. I did find some of the lists half useful.
I almost gave this 3 stars, but couldn't quite get there... It would probably be 2 1/2 stars for me.
As a mother of 5 (almost 6) kids, I am always looking for ideas to be more organized. This book has promise, and might be great for someone who is completely new to organization. If you're just heading off to college or have no idea how to plan meals or manage free time, this might be just the book for you.
However, I found that there were a ton of vague ideas crammed into a little space, which left me looking for more specifics. It is so hard to take a vague idea and turn it into something concrete, at least for me. I kept reading a short paragraph, thinking "that's a great idea," and looking for something concrete or specific to help me understand how I could implement something like that, but then being disappointed as the author moved on to the next idea. I think specific examples would have been so helpful.
As it is, I read this and then looked around for more, feeling as though I had wasted my time reading something I'd heard a million times before that had little meaning for me.
If you want to be more organized, read this book! Personally for me, this book contributes a lot to my life. I am an organized kinda person, and I thought I knew everything about organizing things. But after reading "Organize Your Life and More" by Christina Scalise, I learned something new. I guess we will never stop learning after all. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to increase the value of life.
The cover says very little about how this book tells you so many different ways and things to do to finally throw out the chaos of all the things in your life from clothing, kitchen and files. Everything you can possibly think of is covered in this book on how to get all of your life and home organized and off your nerves. A few of the great ideas that I've seen inside of the book are located in Chapter 4 section 1. Help Wanted. The idea of posting a Help Wanted on the fridge. She's right, sounds silly, but think on it for a moment. Would you want to post a sign and offer to let your children earn either money or an extra privileges, or have to do it all yourself and never get the house organized to where you have any time to slow down and not be able to unwind and rid yourself of some stress? Mrs. Scalise mentions that this is also a good thing for you and them. They learn responsibility by doing this (those are my words). (Her words, but not exact words.) They earn a little extra money for something that they want, a new privilege or even a new movie or CD, game or something. Either way, they can earn their way to one of those items by helping with the Help Wanted. On the Help Wanted sign that you post in the kitchen, be sure to put down things you need done.
This easy and fun read has an incredible amount of information packed into 203 pages. It is filled with great tips and advice on organizing the entire family. Whether you have toddlers or children in college this book helps create a sense of family, responsibility and unity within the home. Christina's common sense approach is written with a caring and compassionate tone. Even if you consider yourself an organized person there are ingenious tips in this book that can only be written by someone who has a long history of helping people organize their lives. The Help Wanted board and Chore Sheet are two ideas of many mentioned in the book that I have implemented with great success. The Organizing Challenges keep you motivated and allow you to celebrate little successes as you work your way to complete organization. A must have in our fast paced world. Highly recommended.