I was approached with the chance to review an organizational book and I jumped at the chance. One of my goals is that I really want to de-clutter my house and get it more organized. This book was perfect timing for the new year. Unfortunately, I ended up needing a few surgeries this Winter. Because of this I am super behind in reading and organizing. Now that I am on the mend, I did a lot of reading while I recovered. My hope is to get organizing once I am mobile.
Starting off the book has a quiz to gauge your organizing style. For my results I got a fairly accurate reading. I am organized, but there is room for improvement. Right you are! The author is from Ontario, which is where I’m from (Ontario, Canada). I think that is really cool.
Some of my favourite tips from the book:
- When organizing your closet think of using shelves to display some treasures and make your closet a nice space.
- The author says she doesn’t believe in the old adage: if you haven’t worn it in a year then toss it. Thank goodness, as my body post-baby has made me totally change my wardrobe based on size. But unfortunately I can’t wait to loose all that weight and wear those clothes again!
- She gives advice on what clothes should be hung, folded, and where to store it.
- Different ways to hand wash and care for your boots and leather.
- How to organize your kitchen to achieve the most function.
- Easy packing tips to downsize your travel wardrobe by creating outfits.
Thoughts on the Book
The author separated the book into different sections of your house. You can read the whole thing, which I am doing. Unfortunately, with kids and a bunch of injuries and illnesses it took me way to long. But I can’t wait to tackle my house and organize it all once I am recovered. Alternatively, you can hit up your favourite section to target your trouble areas.
I think after reading this book I may have some hoarding tendencies unfortunately. But using the tools in this book will help me tackle my living space. Then I can try to make the clutter more manageable in my house.
One of the points Jane makes in her book that I think really hits home is how being organized not only saves time, but also helps your stress level. If you are running around in the morning trying to find your keys or wallet, that may be what pushes your stress level over the top she says. In my house I know this to be entirely accurate (cough my husband) on a daily basis.
Make it a MISSION to organize your house to help with your overall STRESS level
A dream closet wanted
Closets are a source of an issue at my house. We don’t have a big closet so finding room for everything is super challenging. I love how the author suggested using command hooks. Those are my staple too, the price is right, and it makes it easy to personalize any space.
I loved the section on handbags. I sell Thirty-One, so I have a LOT of purses and I have a hard time organizing them. I was drooling over her organizational system and wishing I could have a closet dedicated to purses and shoes. Which, there is also a great section on. I must say though, she does make me want to go buy a pair of cowboy boots!
Feedback on the Book
One of the drawbacks would be some of her tips weren’t practical for families with small children. Glass jars while pretty just are not practical as my kids will break them and cut themselves. I also haven’t ironed in years, which she recommends for a lot of stuff. I have no time and the idea of ironing with a toddler running around is terrifying. A lot of my space is taken up with toys. While I can implement some of her tips, not all will work with the kids as young as they are for us.
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It also takes a fair amount of investment into each room to organize a storage system. Which is for sure the dream, but on a budget not as practical to do each room in your house. It would be very expensive to re-vamp each room and fund a new shelving or storage system complete with baskets and bins for each room. But gradually I hope to do just this. Maybe I can advise on some cheaper ways to do this on a budget on my blog once completed.
What rooms or areas in your house need the most attention? What areas would you like to see covered in a blog post?
Jane Stoller’s book was a nice easy read, perfect for post-surgery recovery and dreaming of what I can clean and organize once I am mobile again. I cannot wait to use some of Jane’s tips to de-clutter and organize. The book will be a guide for each room as I tackle the different sections of my house. If you need some guidance and help I recommend checking out this book for some easy tips.