Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book Review - The Get Yourself Organised Project

The Get Yourself Organised Project 
by Kathy Lipp
Harvest House Publishers, 2012

None of my nearest and dearest could accuse me of being obsessively house-proud, yet even I have sometimes looked at the clutter which surrounds me and wished that it didn't have to be like this. Well, it doesn't, and this great book has really inspired me to make a start at getting myself better organised. The problem is always knowing where to start, and it can seem a truly overwhelming task which then gets put on the back-burner out of fear and trepidation.

 The author, Kathy Lipp, shows us how to make things much more manageable and to tackle one small project at a time, using the brilliant Three-Box, Two-Bag System :- 

One cardboard box is marked  “Other Rooms,” for things that have gone astray
One  is marked “Put Back” in this room but in the proper places
The final one is marked  “Give Away” to charity shops or friends.
 A  garbage bag, a bag for recyclables plus a kitchen timer are the remaining essential tools, and Kathy  provides clear guidance on how to plan realistic goals which will enable the reader to make a start and then to keep on top of tasks which need to be done.

I love the way the book is divided up into different projects covering physical areas of the house,  your family - including laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping and paperwork, and then projects for your personal life, covering wardrobes, handbags, To Do lists and more.

 I always tend to leave things build up and then be faced with days of de-cluttering to get the house looking really nice again, but this book has made me determined that 2012 is going to be the year I take charge, even if it means spending much less time wasting on the computer in order to do so !

This isn't a  book showing you how to spend the rest of your life organising your life, it is a book showing you how to organise your life to give you time to live your life to the full.

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