Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection

Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection

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by Alicia Rockmore, Sarah Welch
     
 

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Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, and TV shows, promoting a perfect — and entirely imaginary — world in which everything… See more details below

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Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, and TV shows, promoting a perfect — and entirely imaginary — world in which everything is always pristine, serene, and flawlessly organized. Pretty Neat is a handbook that embraces the chaotic reality that lies beneath org porn’s glossy veneer, offering pithy anecdotes and candid advice from experts and real women alike on tackling organizational inertia. Funny, irreverent, entertaining, and helpful, the book covers all facets of clutter-control, from tried-and-true tips for conquering to-do lists and wrangling family schedules to ideas on excavating inboxes, eliminating excuses, and delegating housework. Most importantly, Pretty Neat insists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic organizational goals. Full of engaging examples from everyday women, Pretty Neat offers readers unorthodox, surprisingly simple methods to reduce their org porn–fueled stress, insisting that perfection is impossible — and unnecessary — in this messy, unpredictable world called real life.

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Rockmore and Welch—cofounders of Buttoned Up, Inc., a line of products and a popular blog on organization (getbuttonedup.com)—teach readers how to set realistic goals. They reproach the media for its images of perfection ("org porn") and offer anecdotes and advice from experts and others on juggling the many tasks of life. They discuss the need to say no, delegate, and eliminate excuses. While the guidance Rockmore and Welch offer would be helpful for anyone, many of their examples and situations relate to children, teens, and home life. Mothers and women in their twenties and thirties would most likely find the advice particularly appropriate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053785
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
776,824
File size:
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