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Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized & Let Go of Perfection

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, and TV shows, promoting a perfect — and entirely imaginary — world in which everything is always pristine, ser ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Seal Press (CA) (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am by no means a "fan" or even a dedicated or avid reader of Heather Armstrong's blog Dooce, but when she posted pictures of her newly-decorated study, I wanted to travel to Utah for the sole purpose of kicking her in the shins–-and then running away as fast as possible because I know she works out regularly and I do not. This is not a poor reflection of Heather Armstrong, or her miraculously-decorated study that I can only hope was completely trashed within 10 minutes after taking those pictu ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Offers a more realistic approach to home organization. So many organizing books offer impossible solutions: color-coded everything, labels and more labels, bins, bed sheets ironed into neat little squares and tied with ribbon. Puh-lease.

These ideas are a little more do-able. Still, I would like to see just one book offer this suggestion for corralling toys: a laundry basket in every room where toys are tossed whenever the doorbell rings. Shove the basket into a closet and, ta da, neat and tidy.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: organizing
not as many good tips, although some interesting ideas - like the one lady who didn't read her snail mail, did everything via email and dumped her mail directly into the trash each day. I gave this a heavy skim.
Katie F
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
I skimmed through most of this book, but there are some nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned. It's more of a "whole life" organization tool and the psychology behind why we clutter up our opposed to just an effective way to deal with house clutter (which is kind of what I had wanted).
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: organization
I didn't find anything outstandingly useful in this book. It is a pretty basic message: don't freak out, do a little at a time and it will all be OK.
Rita Strub
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I love to organize and plan, so this was right up my alley. I enjoyed the stories of what other people do, and there is a wide range of organization styles presented, so I feel like I got some good ideas.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I received an email from the Global Influence Network letting me know that I was one of the lucky bloggers selected to review “Pretty Neat: The Buttoned Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection” by Alice Rockmore and Sarah Welch, I did my little dance of joy. I love reading articles and books on organization, but I rarely manage to put any of the tips into practice. I truly want to be organized, I want everything to be in some semblance of a proper place, I want to not have to searc ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received an autographed copy of the book from author Sarah Welch and was tickled to find out she is also from Iowa. I love to organize and I regularly read lots of blogs and websites all about staying organized. But, I think this book is by far, the best I have read on the subject. I have read this book over several months because I really wanted to soak everything in and focus on the tips in the book. PRETTY NEAT isn't unrealistic in its expectations of women. It expects us to not do everythi ...more
I think this book is great for a certain demographic which I am not a part of. I enjoyed reading it because organizational books are like comfort food to me. However I prefer my organizational books to have some level of underlying psychological discussion or scientific evidence for why some systems work better than others, why people are compelled to hoard, etc. This book on the other hand was mostly a collection of anecdotes from various women (yes all women.. mostly married women with kids) t ...more
Melissa Massello
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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There is no one I turn to more when it comes to getting organized than Get Buttoned Up founder Alicia Rockmore. This book, co-written with co-founder Sarah Welch, is like a boot camp for "getting organized the Buttoned Up way" — which, IMHO, is the best way. (My home is full of their clever, hyper-useful, stylish products, like the Petsitter Pad, which are worth every penny.)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this little book! Lots of great ideas to help make your life run more smoothly - the chapter on list-making was my favorite because it gave me ideas of how to use my to-do list in a better way and actually accomplish and remember more things. I also really liked the tip about keeping a sponge under the bathroom sink and wiping it out with just water right before bed every night and before leaving the house every morning ... so simple but I never think about stuff like that and how it cou ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I like that this book encourages letting go of perfectionism when it comes to getting organized. That was really big for me, and there are some good ideas here that I plan on incorporating into my life. I thought the book fizzled a bit at the end because it had no concluding wrap-up chapter, which was odd, and there were minor annoyances such as mentioning how much they like the 80/20 principle but not explaining what that is. I'm not really sure what they mean by "buttoned-up" either; I don't t ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't (yet) quite fit the demographic that this book targets, but I am sympathetic to its argument -- we see a lot of perfectly organized homes in magazines, books and online (org porn) which gives us an unrealistic goal to strive for. There were a few great tips that I gleaned from this book, but it involved combing through short case studies of women (mostly working mothers) and what they do to remain organized and on top of their lives. Main take away point - yes, be organized for you (yes, ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I've read just about every book on organization there is, but this one was different in that it acknowledged the differences in individuals and how each person should approach organization. It also was refreshing to hear that it was okay not to be perfectly organized and neat all of the time, and that we each need to decide for ourselves how neat is "neat enough". Very practical.
Pat Lampe
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of tips and insights into deciding that you will accept the way you like to organize things and not be lured into buying equipment, coaches, etc. Gives a person permission to do things well enough and stop berating herself for not reaching perfection (white glove level). Quick and easy to read.
Leslie Wilkins
Feb 09, 2011 marked it as to-read
I like to think of myself as a pretty organized person, but I think I'm thinking of the version of me before motherhood. I read a blog today that had a few suggestions from these authors on how to organize kids' toys and they were brilliant. If the book has even two more of those types of ideas, it's worth the read.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
(Non-Fiction - Personal Organization/Management) I like this short, compact, concise book on letting go of the high standards of perfection, and helpful advice on organization and personal management.
Adrienne Girard
3.5 stars
Susie Kline
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog! And I'm giving away a copy. Easy sign up! Drawing done evening of 3/18/2011.
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
the best book about organizing I have ever read.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The authors have a pretty great website too!
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was okay. Some good ideas. Well written, but there wasn't much content that was new to me.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just skimmed this title but didn't find it very helpful. No new tips
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Not your typical organizing book. I like that it really is a compendium of ideas from women who are busy, working mothers. Helps really put things in perspective for me.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Any book that talks about "org porn" is going on my list. (Think Martha Stewart and the ribbons on the sheets etc.)
Leslie Gates
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