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, and insists that perfection is impossible—and unnecessary—in this messy, unpredictable world called real life.
I am a hot mess when it comes to organization in certain areas of my life. My biggest downfall is keeping my important documents and papers together in an orderly fashion. I also have lots of gifts/review items I keep on hand for upcoming celebrations and blog reviews, but have no real method to keep it from causing clutter.
Thankfully, after reading Pretty Neat, I've been given insight and helpful tips on how to organize different aspects of my life. Best of all, it's given me assurance that I don't have to be perfect in having everything exactly in order. Full of real-life advice, Pretty Neat has chapters for clearing the clutter at home, wrangling family schedules, and learning to just say no. There's also chapters on eliminating excuses, tempering toy tsunamis, and taming your inbox.
Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection is a book as wordy as its title, but it is very detailed. With included exercises and interviews, Pretty Neat has given me fresh ideas on keeping my life organized without feeling like I have to achieve perfection.
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