Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pretty Neat - Book Review and Giveaway

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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.

Win It!

One person will win a book copy of Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection.

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Leave a comment with the area of your home or life that has become the biggest source of organizational stress.

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*One winner/entrant will also be chosen at random from all participating blogs doing this particular review/giveaway to receive a $200 gift card and a selection of Buttoned Up products.

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 3/20/11 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received book for review from PR agency. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

51 comments:

Nancy said...

My desk and coupons are most in need of help!

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

for me it's the sheer endless supply of *building* toys from both of my kids which are so hard to keep organized

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Liz T said...

My paperwork is driving me crazy I would love to get it straight
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Liz T said...

One Tip is to keep a Walmart bag near me when I'm watching TV so I can sort mail at the same time.

jakiesmom said...

for me it's photos/photo albums..they are a mess...some pictures are still in the camera..others have no order
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Stacey L said...

My laundry room needs help.
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Nive said...

My closets need a whole lot of help..thanks for this giveaway...

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I follow via GFC...

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rubynreba said...

My place that gives me stress is my walk up attic. It is so easy to just put everything up there without organizing it! Then I come back later and think - what a mess!
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Jennifer T. said...

My biggest organizational stress is the bonus room, turned playroom. It's a sea of toys.

Jennifer T. said...

I wish I delegated more. I need to find some type of system so that my 3 yr old can help as well.

Jennifer T. said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.

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I follow through Google Friend Connect.

suburban prep said...

Right now the areas of my home that are in need of attention are the guest room and the little home office off my master bedroom.
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mverno said...

the garage its total chaos
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Pat said...

the garage needs help
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eclairre said...

my desk drawer - i just throw random papers in

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eclairre said...

One tip I have is keeping boxes labeled. That way you dont have to go through all your storage to find something in particular.

Nickolay said...

My garage is the biggest form of organizational stress. I haven't been able to park in my garage for over a year

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Heidi Jane Blankets said...

My whole house is unorganized. It has always been and my husband hates it. I know where everything is though. I could really use my house to be cleaner, which means organizing though!
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i follow your blog
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Texasblue said...

my desk space.

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Anonymous said...

my walk in closet is a dumping ground. I just cant keep up with it
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purango said...

Our garage is our greatest source of organizational stress. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jim said...

I follow via twitter

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Betty C said...

I have two areas that are competing for most disorganized. My desk never seems to get clear. It's always a mess of stacked papers that have to rhyme or reason. The other area is my kitchen. I have to use part of my kitchen cabinets for tool storage because I have no exterior storage space and that means I have less space for kitchen items.

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I follow with GFC.

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Email subscriber.

/\Heather/\ said...

Mine has got to be the dining room table. There's so much room for people to put stuff, and put stuff they do!
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/\Heather/\ said...

If the task involves many steps, I write out those steps on index cards and give the kinder one card at a time. With each task, yes, I reward.
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I follow you on twitter - choochoo428
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Rachel said...

I need help with my organizational skills, trying to find a place for everything