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We are all busy people. We are too busy to organize our home. We are too busy to organize our office. We are too busy to organize our home.
So what's now?
Admit it, your home and your office are in chaos. You forget where the electricity bill is. You cannot find the letter opener. You can hardly find a place where you can work. You are overwhelmed.
Vicki Norris is a professional organizer in US and this is the second book she wrote about organization. She tries to demonstrate in the book how disorganization degrades quality of life and inspires readers of the benefits of order.
Unlike many other books on organization, which goes straightly into how you should organize your home or office, Norris begins her book on why you should be organized. In particular, she sets out some benefits:
1. experience peace of mind
2. enjoy harmony in the home
3. live an example for kids
4. extend hospitality
5. live your priorities
While I do not agree that being organized can bring all the benefits as claimed, I do agree that having an organized place does give one peace of mind. Bringing back order means reclaiming your life. I no longer feel defeated by the chaos. After all, it feels great to see a tidy place, isn't it?
The other chapters of the book contains details steps on how you can organize different parts of your home. In some chapters, the author gives the reader a play-by-play strategy for how she has tackled a certain room and in other chapters she presented several considerations and leaves it to the readers to decide which options best fit the lifestyle and household.
Of course, there are some methods of organizing a place which have already been covered in other books. This is unavoidable. There are some basics which are necessary in the organization process. However, there are also some new ideas suggested by the Author in this book which I like. For example, while talking about organizing the dining room, the author points out that the core of hospitality is not about the sparkling stemware or things like that. Instead, it is about the people. Hospitality is simply a spirit that invites belonging, togetherness and friendship. Taking that into account, the dining room can be organized in any way that suits your lifestyle.
As mentioned earlier, the author is a professional organizer and the book mainly draws on her own experiences while helping the household in US to tidy up their homes. For people who live in high-rise buildings like I do, the chapters on guest rooms, garden and garage may not be of useful to us. We do not have the benefit of having a room dedicated to be used as guest rooms only. Having said that, it is still useful to skim through those chapters and maybe it can give you some insights on how to organize certain parts of your room!