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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"365 Ways to Organize Everything" by Emilie Barnes and Sheri Torelli should be on every woman’s shelf to read. In today’s busy world, with women having to work and take care of a family at the same time, running children back and forth to school or sports functions, and trying to keep a hot meal on the table, no wonder our homes seem to get neglected. Not only do we not have time to get rid of clutter, we just seem to keep adding to it. From the children’s school projects that they make for us, from our closets to the kitchen, it seems we keep adding and not getting rid of the clutter. Of course now we cannot lay all the blame on women. Children can learn at an early age how to keep their rooms clean and not hang on to things longer than needed.
I can relate to several of the situations in this book. With no children at home I started to look around. The two main parts of the book that hit home with me was the closets and the kitchen. I find it hard to throw away or donate something, because I just might use it. I found many ideas in this book that not only help people in their cleaning regime but help one to organize their time and make the cleaning less stressful. I like the idea of using an oven timer, set it for 45 minutes. After that take a break. There are several tips from how to save money not only at the supermarket but also in your laundry room, how to plan meals, spring cleaning, and many more. It tells us how to break down tasks into smaller jobs, keep focused and not get distracted, and reward yourself when the job is completed. If you just get a few hints and tricks out of the book like I did it will help immensely. This is a book that I will often refer back to when I get into a slump, and as the authors state, if you get into a clutter/cleaning slump, proclaim Philippians 4:13. Recommended for all women. Look for this book on the market in January 2012.