It’s no secret that I’m a fan of OrgJunkie.com. I had the pleasure of meeting the site’s author, Laura Wittman, last October and let me tell you, she is just as lovely as person as one could hope. Recently her publisher Ulysses Press sent me a copy of Laura’s book, Clutter Rehab 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!¹.
It’s a a very quick read, ringing in just over a hundred pages and seems like it would be a great thinking-of-you type gift.
Caveat for Gentlemen looking for gift ideas!
As with many books on organization, housekeeping, and cooking -including my own- it is wise to consider how it might be received. What you may see as solving a problem could be interpreted as, you saying “You’re a slob, here’s how to fix it.” Context is KEY. This has been a public service message from Home-Ec 101. You’re welcome.
Then again, if you are living with a packrat and about to lose your mind, maybe you should just hand them the book. It’s cheaper than moving out, right?
What can you expect from this book?
Great tips like #34: Color-code the Kids
This tip is popular with large families, but it can certainly work no matter what your family size. Color-coding socks, cups, school supplies, towels, and toothbrushes helps reduce disagreements and uncertainty over what belongs to whom. This is a simple solution that packs an organizational punch.
I could be biased, I’ve used this tip for years with our kids. Although once they get a bit older you do sometimes have to hear, “Why does Marky always get the red one?” Well, you may not hear Marky, but you get the idea.
Many of the tips also include practical applications. Sure getting organized is a nice thought. If it weren’t hard work, everyone would be organized. Laura does a great job of sprinkling in encouragement and tips for breaking big organizational jobs into manageable tasks. I would recommend this book for those readers needing inspiration to dig out from under a pile of clutter.
Ulysses Press was also kind enough to offer a copy of Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It! for one of you lucky readers.
Entering is simple, just share your favorite organizing tip. Make sure you fill in the email field of the comment form so I can contact you.
Comments will close at 9pm Eastern on Sunday April 3, 2011 and the winner chosen by random drawing and will be announced on the Home Ec 101 Facebook Fan Page on Monday morning.
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