A Review of Organizing For Your Lifestyle, by Jane Stoller
I received this book for free to provide an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
If you follow along with me on Instagram, you may have seen my announcement for the 30-Day Peaceful Home Challenge I am about to take on with a few of my fellow Virginia Bloggers. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time because I have to be honest, I am not an organized person. I never have been. I was the kid in school who waited until the night before to complete a report. I depend on reminder calls from the doctor’s office about my appointments. I lose my tools all the time because I just set them down anywhere and forget where I put them. I dig through a stack of papers to find where I put an important paper. It’s easy to see, by looking inside our closet, which areas are mine and which ones are my husband’s. Not by looking at the clothes, but because his clothes are nicely folded and mine are stuffed back in after changing my mind about what I’m going to wear for the day.
Don’t get me wrong, my house is straightened up for the most part and I keep things clean and disinfected. I’m not a hoarder (though I do hold on to family pieces) and I can bring myself to get rid of things when I get tired of them, it’s just getting myself organized and focused that’s the problem and then things get behind and end up pushed in a corner somewhere, they may be out of sight, but definitely not out of mind.
That’s why my copy of Organizing For Your Lifestyle couldn’t have come at a better time. I didn’t know just how much it would motivate me to get this challenge started and I was at ease about doing this just by reading the introduction.
Author Jane Stoller shares just how passionate she is about organizing, but didn’t come across like you just need to get your life together and do this, as if it’s so easy. Not at all. In fact, I feel like Jane wants to help people get to a place, as the title suggests, where being organized is a lifestyle and that people like me could make positive changes, even if it’s just a little at a time. It seems possible to have that lifestyle though I’ve never really lived my life that way. In the first paragraph, Jane writes; “I’m presenting this book’s tips and info as potential inspiration, rather than prescription. I want what I do to inspire you, not tell you how to live your life.” Thank you, Jane! 🙂
Her book certainly has inspired me! I got into it right away. Not only because it outlined some realistic goals, but it was interactive as well. I took the quiz in the beginning of the book to learn the results of my organizing lifestyle. I wasn’t surprised about my score range, but I did learn that I was more organized than I thought when it comes to shopping. I’m not much of a shopper and it feels overwhelming to me, so I have to have a plan before I go into a store and know what I want. I guess that would explain why I don’t have a lot of clothes and only about four pairs of shoes. The good news is, I don’t have a lot to go through in my closet but because I’m so disorganized it looks like a lot and feels overwhelming. Jane’s tips on organizing the closet, which include tips on what type of hangers to use, folding, and even organizing shoes were very helpful. She even provides ideas on closet storage systems and brands that work for what you need, while considering the cost.
Yes, I have a lot of room for improvement!
One topic I found interesting and very motivating, is that planning and organizing is better for your health! When your personal space is cluttered and your time isn’t planned, it can cause your mind to be cluttered and stressed. I have always known this was true, but reading about it in this book was a reality check for me. I had to look at the amount of time I spent stressing over looking for certain papers, the clutter that has caused stress or can even be depressing, and the worry I feel because I don’t always organize my business receipts like I should. I could be saving time and money, sometimes I lose sleep because I worry over things I didn’t plan for, and I don’t feel good about my spaces that are cluttered. I have more than I need and the truth is, what looks easy in the moment (I’ll just set this paper in this stack) is actually making things much harder than they need to be. That’s why I really enjoyed this book! There are suggestions from how to organize receipts, to what types of storage works, and what to keep and what to get rid of.
I’m definitely ready for the Peaceful Home challenge, and Organizing For Your Lifestyle was just the motivation I needed. I don’t need to hold on to all those home decorating magazines that are taking up space in my coffee table and end table drawers. I don’t need that many storage containers in my kitchen cabinets, even though it can look like a way to store and organize things, it really can create more clutter. I need better receipt and document organization for a more successful business and to stay motivated. When I consider what I pay for my home, how much of it seems to be a waste of money that I am using so much of it for storage space? How many toxins am I allowing in my storage spaces because of cleaners or cosmetics that are outdated or not properly stored? Is a junk drawer really necessary? I always thought so, but after reading this book I realize I could be using that drawer for something worth storing. This book made me think and rethink, but not overthink…unlike living a life with clutter.
Organizing For Your Lifestyle is so organized that you can easily reference one section as needed, for example, if you’re planning a trip, the section on travel necessities and carry-on essentials are very helpful! Jane says she travels a lot so her tips are great for someone like me who doesn’t travel often and needs some guidance to help me prepare for a trip.
Thank you for this book, Jane! It is so helpful and came at the perfect time! I am also excited to share with my readers that we will be giving away a copy of Organizing For Your Lifestyle at the end of our Instagram challenge! Stay tuned to find out more about the details…maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of this motivational book! Be sure to follow along with us using the hashtag #VaBloggersPeacefulHome, and please share your decluttering and organizing tips with that hashtag for a chance to be featured!