But then, the same week I received a copy of Kathi's new book, my sweet husband lost his house keys three times. He could never remember the last really sensible place he left them.
His dresser was so covered in stuff, he couldn't see the keys. Ditto with his desk.
Then I looked over at my dresser. School projects, mother's day cards, a package of Pokemon trading cards that had been confiscated, a large eraser, a sock, and lots and lots of jewelry that I hadn't yet put back in my super-organized jewelry cabinet.
Later that day I was trying to fix dinner, but couldn't find enough work space because the counter was covered in vitamins, homework, receipts and bills, stray stickers, several band-aids, LEGOs and the cat brush. Eww. Why is that in my kitchen?!
The living room - pretty much the same. Shoes and socks especially are making like rabbits all over the house...they are multiplying in every room.
When did I get so un-organized?!
So I started reading...
Once again Kathi breaks challenging goals into bite-sized, achievable nibbles, each one sweetened with her authentic humor and personal stories. How can you not love Kathi? Whatever it is you're going through, she's been there.
By the end of Memorial Day weekend, my kitchen looked like a kitchen again, I have found the top of both our bedroom dressers, and well, the office...the office is a big hairy audacious goal that I now know how to take on.
If you have stress, and we all have stress, then you probably have a little mess in your lives, too. This book is well worth your time - Kathi's grace and humor make tackling the un-fun task of getting organized entertaining and fun.
I'm in awe of both The Get Yourself Organized Project and author Kathi Lipp. This is the MOST comprehensive but LEAST scary book I've ever read about overhauling your life and getting it into an organized, manageable, doable form. Kathi covers it all in just 200 pages--from a warm and friendly pep talk at the beginning ("Eight Basic rules to Get Yourself Organized" and a "Quick-Start Guide") to projects for your home, family, and personal life. There's something for everyone. Need to organize your purse? Car? Closet? Done. Struggle with getting kids to do their chores? Got it. Looking for some tried and true ways to pack for trips? It's here. Meal planning and grocery shopping (two chores that are my nemesis)? Bingo. I love the way the book is organized into 21 separate projects so that you can tackle them in 21 weeks or even 21 days....or just pick and choose the organizing projects that you need. I'm going to start with the most cluttered area in my house--the garage (p. 105). It's a scary place full of spiders and dusty boxes but with Kathi's help and detailed, step-by-step instructions and supply list, I have the confidence and tools I need to get started...and then finish the job.
This book is an excellent way to help even the most disorganized person discover how to become organized. It is written in an easy to read manner, filled with great advice, practical tips and tricks and budget-savvy ideas. After completing this book, your life will be more organized and you will discover that organization and cleaning can actually be fun after all!
Kathi Lipp's new project book really is "steps to less mess and stress". In 21 days, you will have your house (bedrooms, office, kitchen), your family (laundry, meal planning, kid's chores) and your personal life (schedule, computer, wardrobe) under control!
Kathi Lipp is amazing, funny and so great at breaking things down in to simple steps (like I need!).