Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review - "5 Days to a Clutter Free House"

Two organizing experts, Sandra Felton (The Organizer Lady) and Marsha Sims (Sort-it-out, inc.), have teamed together to write their book, "5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space."  I have to be honest that I was so excited to read this book, as I feel like I always have something to clean and organize around the house and cannot keep up with everything!  This book is split into two sections. the first focuses on getting the home/the items all under control and organized and the second section is how to keep the home organized and managing time and all areas of one's life.  Much of this first part of the book focuses on making a plan, forming a team to help you tackle the home stages at a time and tips for making the plan successful in the follow-through.  A main point and question that is asked in the second section is if your home were perfect what would it look like/be like?  That is so important to address as each person's idea of perfection and the ideal home is different.  There are clutter-buster tips included and also tips for really individualizing this plan. 

I like the layout of this book as it is easy to use and filled with excellent tips and encouragers to really help get the home organized in order to live confortably.  While I would not go through with all parts of the plan that are included as I personally do not like them or feel they would work for me just as they are, I find so many parts of the book extremely useful and practical.  One tip to help maintain an organized home is to avoid over-shopping.  If you see something you want, take a picture and wait for twenty-four hours to see if you still want it; if you do, then you go and buy it.  Excellent, easy tip to implement and this is just one of many in this book!

“Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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