I got this in the hopes it would help to organise a home office a bit better and some overall tips on how to keep clutter down in general.
It is a very good book filled with useful tips that are very simple yet you probably hadn't thought of. Throughout you keep thinking "That's a good idea, I'l definitely use that!" (such as using empty takeaway containers--washed!--in drawers to keep smaller clutter organised.
It has a good (long enough) opening section on keeping clutter down in general and then moves on to specific areas.
A couple of criticisms, though... Firstly, I wondered several times how well organised the book (and it is fairly small!) actually was! For example: in the section on filing cabinets, the author is highly critical of them (saying they are the worst method of filing)... Why then in her ideal home office layout is a filing cabinet used for current work and (her beloved) arch levers relegated to things you don't access often?... It is things like these (and they occur too often) when you wonder if she simply wrote this book as quickly as possible (writing out the first thing that came into her head--most of the book is written in list-format--without bothering to properly edit it).
Another point (though this will come down to personal usage) is that there is too little on organising your home (and nothing at all on organising your loft, garage or garden tools etc.). It would have been nice to have a complete book on home organising, but this only seems to cover a modern, young lifestyle (media, computers and paperwork etc.) in any great detail. The home section is useful for tips, but it is far too short.
Anyway, I did find this very useful (hence 4 stars) and I think most people will benefit from using what is in the book. I think, though, that it could have been significantly better if she had spent more time on it and made sure she covered all aspects of home organising. As such, it is worth reading and gleaning the useful tips that are in there but you're probably going to still be on the lookout for an organising bible to keep on your shelf.
I also bought Banish Clutter Forever which isn't glossy or (like this) full of pretty photos, but does give you a better chance of staying organised (it is more focused on developing a philosophy towards de-cluttering, rather on specific tasks). I'd reccomend that to this if you are serious about re-organising your life, but it does involve more reading and thinking about/changing the way you live.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1276 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Publisher: Hardie Grant Grp (1 October 2007)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004D38HPU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 8 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)