Got Me Organizing Immediately!, May 7, 2017
Have you ever wished for a caring friend to talk you through
your organizational challenges? That is what will happen when
you read this wise, thoughtful and healing book on organizing
your life during major life transitions. This is a book for
anyone who now has an empty nest, is taking on caregiving
responsibilities, has reached retirement, has just gone through
a divorce, has experienced the death of a spouse or is welcoming
a new pet, child or grandchildren.
This book seems aimed at women 30-70 who are experiencing change
in their life and need to reorganize their space and rethink how
they are spending their time. Sixty percent of this book is
about organizing your home and the advice on how to let go of
things is great. Then there is a section on how to manage your
Some of the things I found helpful was the advice to ask
important questions before starting any project that involves
emotions. Susan Fay West seems to understand how we get
emotionally connected to our stuff. She explains how to gently
give things away in meaningful ways. I really loved all her
Books on organizing are good to read in the spring as then you
are ready to toss out things you don't need and welcome things
in that you really want. It is also a great time to reevaluate
how you are going to spend the rest of the year, after winter
I also thought this book is good for people who have been on a
diet and need to redo their wardrobe. I just lost ten pounds and
am eager to put new clothes in my closet. I was feeling
overwhelmed with the task of deciding which clothes to keep and
which to get rid of. Finally after reading this book I got the
idea to put two organizing boxes under my bed. Yay. Problem
This book also gives good advice for parents who want to know
what to do with all their kid's stuff once the kids have left
home. For the entire time I was reading this book I felt like I
was having a very caring conversation with a trusted friend. If
you take this book step-by-step you will feel like a new person
at the end. What more can you ask from a book?
~The Rebecca Review
The Organization Book Everyone is Talking
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Cute and Cozy Read, August 8, 2015
"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie
Kondo is a cute and cozy read. However I found myself
disagreeing with about half of the advice. I like balling up my
socks and keep them in little baskets. I also like organizing
one room at a time. That I can handle. Thinking of organizing a
whole disorderly house at once gives me a headache. What I did
agree with was that "tidying must start with
discarding." This is essential advice that really does help
the process or organizing. If you have less to organize in the
first place, that makes a lot of sense.
As to the question of "Does this bring me joy?" - I'd
have difficulty keeping most of what I own. I'd keep my desk,
kitchen items, a book of poetry and a few outfits. I'd have
almost nothing left. lol I guess I'm more practical and believe
that not everything you own has to fit certain criteria. I'd
like to keep what is OK, I like and what I love. If something
makes me feel bad, of course I'll get rid of it and have.
I did like reading that the author still has a copy of Alice in
Wonderland from her childhood. I do too and will never get rid
of it. I have mixed feelings however about getting rid of
photographs. I have all mine sorted into the years of my life
but haven't put them in albums. I could get around to it in the
I think the author could have emphasized a bit more that people
need to buy less to begin with. Buying new things is fun but if
you have nowhere to put the new things, what is the point? You
are just then on an endless treadmill of buying and tossing. I
would have also liked her to talk more about donating things to
charity. I hated to think that all the people she helps are just
throwing things in the trash. She talks a lot about trash bags.
I'd also advise people not to use sponges at all. I'd suggest
they use cloths that can be washed in the washing machine with
bleach. Sponges are just too dirty to keep even if you put them
out in the sunlight.
And I'd have suggested that people just keep one file box or one
file cabinet to keep their important papers in. It is not
possible to throw out all papers even though they do tend to
What some Americans may find a bit odd is talking to inanimate
objects. I think I would rather talk to my cats who can talk
back. I don't think I'll be talking to my house or purse anytime
soon. lol There is also information about the Shinto religion
and worshiping deities and gaining good luck. I think it is
better to just pray to God for health, etc.
I do hope the author never comes by to see that I still have two
closets of clothes. I change out my clothes twice a year
according to the cold or hot weather. So far I'm happy with this
arrangement. Maybe American closets are sometimes smaller than
Japanese closets. I don't know. I just don't have anyplace to
put most folded clothes except on the shelf in my closet.
Now as far as hiding books away in a closet I have to ask why?
Shouldn't books be on display and show your good taste in books?
I think so. And tossing away a book I haven't read yet...that is
never going to happen!
I just read a lot more than most people I guess.
So while I found this book highly entertaining I did have some
issues that prompted me to write this long review. Half the
advice I agreed with and the other half did not work for me
personally. I still am glad however that I read it because it
has given me more motivation to keep tidy.
~The Rebecca Review