Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases
by Jane Stoller
I’m always on the lookout for good books about organizing and decluttering. I’m not a packrat but do need help now and then. I was hoping for lots of usable tips. What I got instead was a litany of the type of clothes, shoes, boots, storage systems, travel wallets and luggage the author uses. I’m thinking for every time a brand name is mentioned there’s a little royalty check coming someone’s way.
The tips I found are pretty elemental and seem culled from various other sources. Other than the author’s opinions on the various consumer items she prefers there aren’t many original thoughts.
From the blurb: “Again: organizing is a lifestyle, but it needs to be your lifestyle.” If that is correct then don’t criticize other people’s way of organizing. The author spent a lot of time lobbying for not having a junk drawer. I can see the worth in this idea. But her use of her mother as a bad example wasn’t the way to either get her point across or convince anyone like her mother who has that junk drawer. If organizing is a lifestyle that needs to be the individual’s lifestyle then don’t criticize other’s.
There seem to be many instances where the author reiterates the above quote about making your organizing fit your lifestyle. However, it is followed by examples of how she thinks it should be done and uses phrases like “has to be.” Labeling of your things is just one example of that thinking.
From the book: “Plus, almost every city has an Ikea.” I live in TN and the only Ikea in the state is in Memphis. My home state of South Carolina does not have one. In fact, there are only 44 Ikeas in the whole of the United States according to the list on their site. So I’m not sure what country that has an Ikea in almost every city is the one the author is referencing in that statement.
If you are looking for original ideas for organizing, if you are not impressed with having to use high-end items to make that organization happen (example: Tumi Alpha 2 4 Wheeled Expandable International Carry-On – $620+ on Amazon), or if you need practical ideas, skip this one.
There were too many typos in the copy I received to even list. You can’t always rely on grammar checkers. Proof-readers should also be used.
I received a free copy of Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.