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Posted April 16, 2010
At first glance, one might guess that 'The Other Side of Organized' would read more like a text book with instruction on how to stack your closet or find that perfect storage container... but don't let the title fool you. This little book, which can be read in just a few sittings, is a rare gem in an ocean of organizational guides. It's filled, not only with constructive ideas, but extremely eye-opening glimpses into the ways we sabotage ourselves with clutter, all with the goal of finding some real balance in this messy situation we've found ourselves in.
If you are slightly organizationally challenged, or even frozen in time by the chaos around you, this book just might inspire and ease your pain. Written with empathy coupled with pure resourcefulness, this author looks at the art of organization from a whole different vantage point, and what the reader takes away are workable solutions to break free. There is something for everyone here, with simple, yet powerful insight in every chapter and genuine pearls to be found on nearly every page.
If you are looking to let go of, or just tidy up your stuff... take a look at what's offered here. You just might find an answer you've been looking for, and walk away with a plan and a sense of calmness you haven't felt in a long time. I did.
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Posted March 8, 2010
"The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection" by Linda Samuels may be only 148 pages, but there's plenty to digest. Digest, easily, that is. Linda organizes her closets in the same manner she organizers her book. Bravo! She divides the book into four seasons, three chapters in each section, which, of course, equals a total of 12 chapters from "Fresh Start" to "Life Balance"; no Alka-Seltzer break here; actually, you may be motivated enough to take a reading break and organize a sock drawer.
Sometimes just the thought of organization can be stressful. However, the book's layout and the easy-to-read graphics take the pinch out of the topic at hand. The whimsical cartoons inspired by the author's beloved Black Labrador Retriever, Norton, add a flavor of charm. The real allure comes from Linda's charisma that shines through on every page. The strategies and formulas that she cites will not clobber you on the head. Instead, the author weaves her own personal trials and tribulations into the book. Not only does she get her super doable organizational tips and approaches across, she brings them home with ease. By the time I was halfway through the book, I felt that Linda was a wise friend or motivational coach, who after each encounter, says, "Okay, now you're as perfect as your humanness will get.will you go out and play, laugh and live joy for a while."
That's the best thing about "The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection," it probes, instructs, motivates, but never forgets to give you breathing room.
Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher
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Posted February 20, 2010
At last, a book on organizing that doesn't contribute to feelings of guilt and defeat. Author Samuels emphasizes the importance of balance in life. Everyone is different, so what feels "organized enough" for me to be comfortable is not necessarily the same level of organized that someone else may require.
Besides giving organizing tips that help make room and time for a full and rewarding life, Samuels emphasizes that embracing our "humanness" is an important ingredient. If we let it, getting organized can be stressful, especially when our lists become overwhelming. This book shows how to reduce stress with organizing tools for maintaining a balanced life. It has encouraged me to give myself some slack as I set goals for myself--and when I fall short.
I recommend this book to any one who is on "the other side of organized."
by Janet Muirhead Hill, author of several books for juvenile and young adults
Posted February 17, 2010
The strength of Ms. Samuel's book is the underlying multiple reminders of the rewards of organization. When you read about perfect spring days, connecting with your loved ones, rejuvenation and self-care you will better understand what Ms. Samuels refers to as the other side of being organized.
With acknowledgement that change comes only when people are ready to change, Samuels devotes an entire chapter to helping the reader understand the change process. The chapter on change will be valuable not only for the chronically disorganized but also for those who love them, work with them and live with them.
Bonus for pet lovers: Ms. Samuels includes multiple cartoon strips of her beloved black lab Norton who does a superb job of connecting pets, people and principles of organizing.
Posted February 7, 2010
Written by a professional organizer, benefiting from this book requires an acceptance that change may be good. It's all about attitude. What can you change that will make your life easier? Habits are formed and ingrained young. If whatever you are doing is not working, will you change? Many people will not. Most of us should.
This author recommends a balance between work and play with both being equally important. If you are all about work, change is needed. Multi-tasking does not work. If you do this, nothing gets done well and only causes stress.
Is everything around you arranged to make your life easier? We collect stuff and tend to keep items long after any usefulness has vanished. She likes setting goals and working toward them and feels there's really no other way to live. She says that "when the pain to stay the same becomes greater than the fear of the unknown, change occurs."
Getting rid of unused things and old ways releases the past and frees us for new ideas and new ways in the future. If you are willing to think through what you are doing and why, this is the book for you.
Posted February 6, 2010
The Other Side of Organized is not like a typical organizing book. It is very motivational and inspiring. Linda does a great job on relating to herself and her family in how they keep organized. She understands that everyone's organizational style is different and that is ok. Not only does she give some pratical organizing tips, but also lets you know that just starting with one small step towards organization is a step in the right direction. She uses past organizing client's experiences to demostrate their organizational style. She uses cute cartoons of her dog, Norton throughout the organizing experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to become more organized.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.