File Size: 20501 KB
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Weldon Owen (January 22, 2016)
Publication Date: January 22, 2016
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I have read several home organizing books, but *this* is the one I have been waiting for!The first thing I noticed right away is that there is no skimping on quality, here. The colors are vibrant, the paper is nice and glossy and thick. The corners of the front and back covers are metal-tipped, which is nice because not only does it give the book weight, but it protects the corners from bending and fraying. Inside, the pictures are plentiful, inspiring, and gorgeous. Just flipping through the book will make you feel motivated enough to start tackling an area of your house!The book is broken down into various "challenge" rooms - kitchen, dining room, garage, etc. Each room is then broken down into specific tasks, which you can follow along in the 15 week time frame, or go at your own pace. There are tons of ideas on saving space, organizing, and lest you feel overwhelmed at the state of your current household, the author has also many suggestions on how to start the process (which is sometimes the hardest part). If you follow the book page by page, at the end of roughly 15 weeks your home will be clean and organized! The best part is that you can work at your own pace. The process is manageable enough that you can do a little bit every day...or set aside a couple of hours on the weekends and knock out an entire room in one swoop.It's clear that the author has spent a lot of time compiling this book. It is well written and detailed enough for those that need someone to point the way step-by-step, but it also leaves room for those that are not complete novices to join in the fun. There are tons of ideas that I've never seen on any other blog or website, which was refreshing. The book stands on its own, but you can also pair it with the suggestions and printables found on the author's website.Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase and hope the author decides to write a Volume 2!
I was so excited to receive this book after pre-ordering it in November. A year ago January I had just lost my Mom and also inherited all of her things and her home. Not only did this challenge help me organize my own home and belongings but hers as well. It made me realize how hanging on to "stuff" helps us not become the best we can be. The 14 week challenge helped me get my life and brain functioning again, my house still stayed in order a year later. This book is beautiful and informative and it will serve as a constant reminder of how wonderful it is when your house is in order. Toni is the guru of organizing and helping you see all you are capable of in your own home and life. A+
The book itself is gorgeous (which is why there are 2 stars). The pages are thick and lovely, the cover is gorgeous with corner protectors, and the photographs are beautiful. Unfortunately, original content is lacking. The book follows the same plan that is available free of charge on the author's website. While the pictures are excellent, the items used by the author for organization are not sourced; or, if they are, I'm unable to find them. If your desire is to have a pretty coffee table book, then this would suffice. If, however, you are looking for real organizational guidance, this is an expensive way to go about it. I would suggest the free plan on the author's website instead.
I don't find this book very useful. The photos are high quality, printed on glossy paper, showing glamorous rooms with not a hair out of place, but as practical advice for dealing with the organization of the real stuff that accumulates in a home, this book in no way compares with Marie Kondo's books. Basically, the author has only one simplistic formula to offer -- namely, buy a number of identical storage containers -- baskets, jars, or plastic containers -- and arrange them in symmetrical fashion on a set of shelves. It's a cosmetic solution that looks good in a photo, but few actual houses, unless custom-built, have unlimited sets of shelves in every location where storage is needed. Even if they did, a set of baskets, jars, or plastic containers is not going to be a realistic working and long-term solution for the types and variety of stuff that tends to accumulate in a house and the way that it is actually used.
This is by far the best home organization book on the market today. Ms Hammersley has provided excellent tips and advice which has made her blog "A Bowl Full of Lemons" hugely popular to a wide variety of readers. What puts this book firmly at the top are the hundreds of beautiful photographs. I have never felt such inspiration!! This is a book one will read over and over which is why it comes complete with metal photo corners! Brilliant!
I love the blog and this book is lovely; however, I am very frustrated that there are no page numbers. I looked up a topic in the index and there is a page number given, but then noticed there are NO page numbers? So strange. Must be a mistake?
I really liked this book. I'm visual and I can't predict how things could look without seeing something that sparks my creativity. This book gave me a lot of great ideas. I'm organized, but always looking for ways to do things better. For example, it never occurred to me to make my pantry or closets look attractive. They were simply functional. Now it's fun to look around for creative storage options that work and look great at the same time. I had several baskets and containers that I rarely used that were empty and taking up space. Now, they're scattered around the pantry and closet and actually doing a job. The photos are beautiful and the book is inspiring.
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