Most of us have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. Combine that with our hectic modern lives, and you've got a recipe for clutter catastrophe. Luckily, help is at hand. Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized can show you how to simplify your life-and get control of your stuff.
In this new guide to streamlining and organizing your belongings, your house, and your life, author and expert Laurie Palau gives you all the strategies you need to clear your clutter once and for all. This comprehensive book offers clever storage ideas and decorating tips, but more importantly, it shows you where your clutter comes from and how to change your approach. This makes it the definitive how-to for dropping all the dead weight that's been keeping you stressed and anxious. Just follow the hacks, tips, and strategies Palau clearly outlines, and you'll soon be sipping pinot noir in a beautifully tidy living room.
Whether you're naturally neat or a total chaos magnet, this informative and amusing guide takes an approach to organizing that's as unique as you are. Let this witty little handbook be your new secret weapon in the war on disorder!
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About the Author
Laurie Palau is an organization expert and the founder of the Clutter Clinic, a live workshop that helps teach strategies for staying organized and free from clutter. She has been featured on various morning shows as well as in Family Circle magazine and the New York Times.
Each week, Palau hosts the popular podcast This ORGANIZED Life, where she shares stories, strategies, and tips for taking control of all the stressful clutter in our daily lives. You can check out the podcast and her accompanying blog at www.simplyBorganized.com.
Palau lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Joshua, their two daughters, and the two family dogs, Jeter and Oliver.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This practical guide is “a step-by-step guide for taking you from chaos to calm.” It is divided into three sections: first, the author gets us to understand the root of our clutter; then she describes solutions; and, finally, she shows us how to organize different areas of our home. Best of all, she states that “there is no ‘right way’ to organize your life. The most successful methods are the ones that are simple and sustainable.” The author speaks to us in a no-nonsense, conversational manner and illustrates her points with true-life accounts. The book itself is full of simple, easy-to-follow, practical advice, as well as quizzes and questionnaires to help you through the de-cluttering process. There is a handy summary of key points in the last chapter, followed by a list of resources at the end of the book. These include: places that accept donations, products and suppliers mentioned in the book, and productivity apps. The book is beautifully presented and illustrated throughout with gorgeous, clutter-free, black and white photographs, as well as simple diagrams. Even the tables expand with a simple touch. It is also the first footnoted book I have read where the footnotes work properly. After reading this book, I am actually looking forward to starting my de-cluttering and organizing! I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (2 May): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2018/05/hot-mess-by-laurie-palau.html
I am truly an organized person. We have moved enough times for me to learn that “less is more” or at least it’s more manageable. It’s kind of the motto in our house. However, I am a great believer in always being able to learn something else. Not only did I enjoy reading Palau’s book, I learned some tips, some new nuggets of ways to handle part of my “stuff”. It made me get started too. Even information can become clutter and she even touches upon some apps and new software to use. In fact, she touches on all kinds of clutter; maybe that is the key to this book. She talks about so many different kinds of clutter; makes you really internally think about which type is your clutter and how you handle it or maybe how you don’t handle it. No matter how organized you are I bet there are a few you haven’t heard of or at least have not looked at from this perspective. This is a very well put together book. It flows well and has many different layers of information. Books on a subject like this can sometimes be laid out as a long novel; difficult and sometimes boring. This book was easy to read. Broken up in shorter chapters with questions for you to think through along the way. You could say “oh self-help books are all the same” but Palau seems to have broken this down to a science. One which would help any of us at any level of “cluttering”. I read things I knew about but I don’t think I had looked at them in the same manner. Here is a kind of clutter she mentions that sort of stopped me in my tracks…calendar clutter. Put together with any other type of clutter you might have, this can make life pretty overwhelming. As I said above, I think this is well-written and interesting and can be a help to anyone. **This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.