I AM SO EMBARRASED TO ADMIT THIS!
I got so into this book and cleaning up space that I forgot to check that my auto-scheduler posted some book promos on my blog on Saturday! Needless to say (as usual) it didn't, so thanks for that Blogger.com. You are awesome! (wiping off the sarcasm drooling from my mouth)
The weird part is that I’m not a hoarder or a clutter freak. In my house everything has its place and there is a place for everything. I don’t have unopened boxes of crap lying around or stuff dumped all over my house and shelves stuffed with anything and everything. My drawers and closets are organized. Everything in my house is in perfect order and so is my garage and shed. I thought I had it all together, until I read this book!
All the little things that crept up on me, like school newsletters, take-out menus, pictures my boys had drawn for me and junk mail that I just neatly discarded in a drawer to be out of sight was cleared out. Thanks to this book, I now know how to deal with these odds and ends that I don’t really need to hide in one drawer to be forgotten.
I know several people who are severe hoarders and live in homes where things go to die. They always have the same excuses as in this book. Lucky for them, clearing and cleaning is about empowerment, strength and can be fun! The Author thought about everything and she has the solution to anything! Just read this book and you will be more in control and happier than ever! I give this book 5 stars!
A professional organizer with years of experience, Meghan Hill shows you how to organize your home with practical tips, methods for sorting and letting go, pitfalls to avoid, and specific advice on shopping to outfit your home for ultimate organization. This book also addresses the emotional and psychological roadblocks that prevent us from getting and staying organized and gently explores how to overcome them. Written with directness, compassion, insight and brevity, Making Room for You simplifies the process of restoring order to your home and your life.
Meghan Hill’s expertise as a professional organizer, lifetime of writing, and years of studying self-development culminated in Making Room for You, her first book. Organizing for over 100 clients in Los Angeles, often overhauling entire homes and commercial offices and acting as a personal coach, has given her invaluable insight into the process of organizing and allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of what people need to sustain an orderly and serene environment. Her countless day jobs and exploration of what it means to be human is endless fodder for her imagination and writing. Born in Seattle, Meghan now lives in Walla Walla, Washington. She is currently mining her 87 journals for a series of books to publish.
Our stuff is one of the precious few things in our life that we can control. Think about this. Let it sink in. From where you are now, you may not see it this way but it is true nonetheless. Realize that, because this is true, it is unnecessary for your stuff to make you feel out of control. I have written this book to help you re-empower yourself and to help you take back control of a primary area in all of our lives: our stuff.
I have been a professional organizer for over six years and in addition to learning a great deal about the practical aspects of organizing, I have learned invaluable lessons about the way people live, and the way people want to live. I feel blessed by all the people I have worked with who have the courage and vulnerability to let me into their homes, their belongings, and their lives. Countless people I work with are overwhelmed and afraid at first and then realize that the process is much more liberating and satisfying than they originally thought it would be. While working with clients, I have laughed, cried, gotten stern, and felt myself soften toward them as they have shared their life experiences with me via conversations about their stuff. Having these dialogues opens people up to understanding more about themselves, their things, and what matters to them. These experiences have allowed me to explore and understand the underlying principles of how we can create what we want in our lives.
To be fair, I have always had a mind for organization. In grade school, I cleaned my room for fun. I drove my friends crazy because when they wanted to play, I wanted to organize their rooms so we would have a tidy place to play. Despite these characteristics and behaviors, though, I was a saver. I saved everything: bottle caps from a fun evening, programs for plays that I wasn’t even in, clothing I hadn‘t worn for years, and all manner of cluttering minutiae. It was organized but it was excessive and unnecessary. I understand firsthand what it feels like to want to hold onto everything. When my parents moved during my sophomore year in college, I came home to contend with too much stuff. My Dad came into the room, saw the distress on my face after several hours of sorting, lovingly told me to let it go, and held open trash bag after trash bag so I could finally release 21 years of stuff that I thought was so important but that sat neglected in my closet for several years. It was a revelation. It liberated me and led to a sense of simplicity so rewarding that I feel compelled to share the steps toward it with you. I am including what I learned and implemented for over seventy-five clients. Reading this book is almost as great as having me alongside you as you go through the process.
Provided you use some of the following techniques, you have a lot to look forward to. The satisfaction and internal rewards of truly getting organized once and for all are beyond price and description. Opening a drawer, cupboard, or closet to see everything in its place when you once had to exasperatingly dig around for it will add years to your life and joy to those years. During this process, it’s okay to cry or get upset. Discomfort, fear, and anger are normal responses that you may go through but I promise you, these feelings don’t last. You have to go through them to be through with them. What I want for you is to gain peace and freedom; to regain control of your life. You can do it and you deserve it. When called into question, certain items may cause feelings of panic/emergency. Anything that makes you feel this way ought to be on its way out.
This book has been written with great love, compassion, and respect for you. Please know that any discomfort you may feel is a great sign that a change is taking place. And look at it this way: if you are reading this book, you are most likely feeling a degree of discomfort in this aspect of your life already. We can all use love, acknowledgement, and compassion. And we can also use direct counsel, simple wisdom, and guidance from our fellow humans. The first half of this book details the emotional and psychological aspects of getting organized. It outlines common pitfalls and attitudes that inhibit organization and shows you how to set yourself up for success. The second half contains practical advice with how-to, tips, guidance, and suggestions for shopping to outfit your home. Feel free to read the book before getting started or to use as a companion throughout your process. There is no substitute for direct action and the time to begin is now.