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Just like Spring I believe that Fall is a time for new beginnings. In the Fall leaves change colors and fall from the trees, birds and butterflies migrate South for the upcoming Winter months and I personally am in the mood to purge and organize. The Fall inspires me to review my belongings, have fun garage sales and give that eBay account a boost in sales. That is why I am so very happy to share with all of you the latest book that has ignited that spark. It is called “Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases” by Jane Stoller.
Jane’s style of writing is so inviting. The entire book can be read in just an afternoon, not because it is lacking content but because you can’t wait to see what bright idea she throws at you next. The book begins with Jane’s mantra, “organizing is a lifestyle, but it needs to be your lifestyle”. This is so true, so many times other organization books try to alter your mindset completely, which does not work for everyone. Jane’s alternative to a one size fits all approach is to make sure that her reader is comfortable with the changes they are making so that they will continue to live an organized life long after reading and implementing the techniques in her book.
Unlike other organization books that I have read this one is realistic. Girls like purses and shoes. We don’t always want to get rid of everything. We have sentimental items and we have pieces that we want to keep because they were very expensive. She goes into detail about how it is okay that you keep those pieces and pride yourself on what you own. You don’t always have to get rid of things to have an organized life. Her perspective is very refreshing.
The first chapter is my favorite because it explains the long term health benefits of organization. There are many physiological and psychological benefits of organization which I personally believe in very strongly. My mood is dependent on how my home, car, and office looks on a daily basis. If I am irritable you can almost guarantee that something is out of place or messy. I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.
Just this past weekend I reorganized Morgan’s toys into a very structured pull out drawer set up. She who is only 21 months old instantly fell in love with the organization of her toys. Her entire demeanor and behavior changed. She was able to play with her favorite toys and gladly returned them to their rightful places when she finished playing. If that doesn’t prove to you the power of organization and order I don’t know what will!
In later chapters Jane reviews how organization relates to a business. She does this by outlining a planning approach to organization. The steps are purpose, vision, brainstorming, action and next steps. If you follow this approach while organizing any space in your home you will surely succeed. Jane continues to dissect how each and every space in your home literally from socks to suitcases can benefit from her tips and tricks. She does this while weaving in personal stories which makes the book all the more appealing.
Lastly, I appreciate not only the organizing tips that she provides but the care for your items as well. Jane explains how to care for certain types of clothing and shoes. I never really thought it about it the way that she put it. When you care for items they last longer. That way more quality pieces that you purchase and care for will become the staples of your wardrobe. This can pertain to furniture, shoes, purses, clothing, art etc.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this book. I am so very happy to have read it and I’m sure you will be too. If you are looking to inspire yourself or others be sure to pick up a copy today: “Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases” by Jane Stoller. It will make a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone looking for a workable, realistic solution to organizing their homes.
If you loved this post and are interested in purging by hosting a yard sale or boosting your eBay sales check out two of my favorite past posts:
- How To Make A Fortune And Have Fun At Your Yard Sale!
- 21 Simple Tips For Selling Your Treasures On eBay