Not too long ago I posted that I’ve finally thrown up my hands and accepted that I am doomed to live in chaos. It isn’t that I don’t strive to live in an orderly home, with a nicely categorized filing system, organized routines and a highly efficient family schedule. It just seems so far out of reach from my own reality. I was at a point in my life when even the chaos to which I had become accustomed seemed to have increased exponentially. Suddenly, I came across the chance to review Pretty Neat: the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection. My initial thought was that this would be just one more rule book for organization: how to file; making chore charts; a place for everything…, etc. I was pleasantly surprised as I started reading.
The first thing you should know: this isn’t a rule book. There aren’t any nearly impossible-to-meet expectations, no glossy pictures of organizational perfection, and no time consuming “methods” that your expected to replicate. The authors, Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, had me at the introduction where they describe “org porn” (defined as “that glossy, airbrushed fantasy world…sort of like Playboy, but with chore charts and name-plated cubbyholes”). Who hasn’t flipped through those magazines and dreamed of living in that kind of organized perfection? But, this book isn’t about achieving perfection. You are encouraged to reevaluate your ideals, decide what is really important to you instead of what you think others expect of you. And, here’s the kicker, that there is such thing as being “imperfectly organized”. The authors explore why we feel the need for hyper-organization and they interviewed real moms–very, very busy moms–to get a wide variety of organizational and time saving tips. It was such a relief to know that I really don’t have to strive for perfection, that it’s ok to have organizational faults and how I can improve on– or mask– those faults when I need to. This book isn’t just about organizing your home though. Its about looking at everything, your home, work, social obligations and way of thinking, in order to find a more realistic way of living.
Busy moms will also be glad to know that this book is very easy to read, you wont get bogged down in tips and boring text. You’ll be able to read it quickly and get on with your new, imperfectly organized life.
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