Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Life Less Cluttered

Updated to add: Christine is offering free shipping on her book until December 31st!

I'm happy today to review for you another organizing book although this one isn't your typical organizing book. A Life Less Cluttered, written by Professional Organizer Christine Rice, isn't an organizing "tips" book but rather a book that focuses on the characteristics necessary to getting and staying organized. Christine's book takes you on a journey through answering the "whys" of disorganization to exposing the traits common to highly organized people in order to aid you in adopting them for yourself and reaching your own organizing epiphany.

I've always said that I'm not a born organizer. My organizing skills and abilities didn't develop overnight but were gradually acquired out of necessity, practice and a desire to lead a more simplified life. Christine feels the same way and she will also tell you that she wasn't born with the "organizing gene". She offers this encouragement in the very first chapter:

Organizing doesn't always come naturally but with help it can become easier. This is where you need to let go of any lingering guilt you may have regarding your current disorganized status and what originally brought you to that state. You've always had the capability to learn, you just didn't have the guidelines to follow. That is, until now. Open yourself to learning at the highest level possible. Accept your new reality that you, too, can be more organized.

Christine also offers one of the best definitions of what being truly organized means and it may surprise you:

Life happens. It's not as if finally being organized brings with it a guarantee that your home or life will never again be turned upside down. The difference is when you are better organized you can more quickly remedy the situation when things are a little out of control. It means living an easier, less stressful lifestyle and being able to locate important papers or belongings at a moment's notice. It usually means there is nearly a place for everything and almost everything in its place most of the time.

Did you get that? It isn't about being perfect! Amen to that!

I found Christine's book absolutely refreshing and eye opening. I never thought to approach organizing in this manner. Not only does she explain in detail what the traits are of highly organized people are but she also shows you how to adapt and apply those traits to your own life and surroundings.

This is one book I can't recommend more highly. It isn't heavy or complicated reading either because believe me most of those types of books I never end up finishing. This book just makes sense and is so uplifting and encouraging at the same time. I'm very impressed.

Christine offers her book for sale on her website in both paperback and ebook. More information can be found here. Check it out for yourself, it just might change your life!

You can also find Christine over at her blog Organizational Enlightenment.


www.bethyoung.wordpress.com said...

Looks really good, thanks for recommending!

Queen B said...

Sounds like a great book!! Thanks for letting us know. I need organizational encouragement right about now.

Susanne said...

This sounds interesting. I might just have to add it to my Christmas list!

Leah said...

I second the recommendation. Christine's theory is brilliant and really useful.

Anonymous said...

I am going to put you in my faves and feature you on my blog it that's okay. You'll have to check back my blog in the next few days to see. This ties in with my list of resolutions...

You are a true treasure.

Karen Eileen

Kari & Kijsa said...

Sounds fabulous! thanks for the recommendation!

kari & kijsa

Kelleigh said...

Sounds like a very useful book!

Kellan said...

Hey - thanks for the great review and recommendation. I am an org junkie too - love, love, love to be organized and always looking for new and better ways to get it done - thanks!

Thanks also for coming by my site - very nice to meet you - hope to see you again soon. Kellan