Purchased this book and thought I would get a lot of use out of it, but before I could pick it up, by seventeen year old daughter did. She has now reorganized every inch of her room, you should see it, looks wonderful and she's a teen!!! Next she started on my kitchen, before that, I wouldn't want you to see the inside of my kitchen cabinets, items would fall out, now everything is perfect and all of the useless space taking stuff is awaiting yardsale!! Buy this book, give it to your energetic teenager and see if you have the good luck I had. Since then, I have picked it up and highly recommend, he has this organization stuff Down!!
It was interesting to hear the writer's backstory. I like that it includes practically EVERYTHING that needs organizing from A-Z. The writer is also funny. Gave me lots of great tips that I never thought of before that I'm now applying to my daily organizing lifestyle.
If you can quote Peter Walsh, THE decluttering guru, on the jacket of your book saying: "Organize & Create Discipline is a great blueprint for getting your home and your life in order. From A to Z, Justin has nailed it!" you really know your stuff. I got this book 2 weeks ago and with the holidays it got pushed around a bit. (need to ORGANIZE) So I had to set aside (CREATE) some time--today--to read it more thoroughly and I've had to go through enough of it to write an intelligent review (DISCIPLINE) even though I've kept wanting to start because of all the gems I keep running into.
I first heard of this book when Justin posted on a thread I started on Amazon's Gold Box Forum entitled "hoarding, disorganized, OCD--HELP!!" The first post reads:
<<< "Do you hoard stuff? Are you messy and disorganized? Are you obsessive/compulsive? Well, I am and my name is legion. ....I contributed to the GBF site, below: "what do you have too many of, but you still buy more?" and realized a huge source of depression and sadness in my life is having too much stuff and living in a chaotic mess rather than a clean, tidy haven. I hoard crafting supplies, books, newspapers, my son's paraphernalia, papers of all sorts, Christmas and other decorations...and much more. I am disorganized to the point of distraction. My DH, son and I are so unhappy as a direct result. ....Please share your stories of problems with and solutions to this chronic epidemic we have in America with acquisition of more stuff than we know what to do with." >>> (If you want to see it, just click on Today's Deals at the top of this page and scroll down to the discussions.)
This thread is now in its 12th generation. People can't talk about these matters enough. In almost 5 years hundreds of people have posted and thousands have read the thread. Justin (the author) posted on the thread touting this book and, I think, his website just 2 weeks ago. Someone reported it (it's against the TOS to advertise yourself) and Amazon deleted it. HAPPILY, I saw the post before it was deleted and ordered this book on the spot.
In the 5 years of the thread and after 9 years of serious work to get my home under control, I can report that I'm about 85% of where I want to be. I have mild OCD and mild ADD and when these are paired--which is most of the time, I think--they exacerbate each other. (I also have mild bipolar disorder for which I'm effectively treated. My shrink says that ADD should stand for Attention Direction Disorder and not Deficit because there's no lack of attention...usually just the opposite. We hyperfocus on many things at once and wind up scattered, exhausted and having accomplished nothing.) So I can really relate to Justin's struggles. What is remarkable is that he took his much more serious OCD that so stymied his happiness as a kid and turned it into a goldmine of information borne of self-discovery and a lot of research. He used to be an actor on a soap and is now a professional organizer. For good reason.
Justin speaks of his OCD as a familiar companion, something that was part of his evolution into adulthood. He didn't realize till years later that every kid doesn't organize the entire house when the folks leave for a 2-week vacation. Or that it's unusual that in learning his lines for the show, it was so important in using his highlighter that if the blocks of bright yellow were not exact, he'd beg his mother to reprint the page so he could make them perfect.
Bryce Dallas Howard wrote the Foreword. Who? She's only the daughter of Ron Howard and has appeared in several movies including performing Hilly Holbrook in The Help. She's very important because she was Justin's first professional client. Apparently he did a great job and his career has blasted off.
I'm not sure which I like more, the form or the substance of this book. The substance would be great ideas and Justin gives them in so many humorous ways: of the plastics for leftovers in your kitchen, he suggests: "Try not to keep the lids in a separate location from the containers. They are a family and you don't want to be a home wrecker." This cracked me up and now I have a visual of keeping the lids right under the neatly stacked pile--small containers inside large ones.
But then the form is engaging too. Normally books with chapters in alphabetical order are a snooze-fest. But here, the sections on specific areas that are often chaotic are ORGANIZED so that you can find them easily. Within almost every section are words that are in capitals and bold-faced: these point you to related sections to the one you're focusing on. For example, as you're reading about Counter Space you will find Cabinet, Bathroom, Kitchen and Spices. In the section Laundry Rooms, there are Cleaning Supplies, Tools, Closet, Cabinet, Clothes, Dressers and Socks. Every one of these words is its own section so you're constantly flipping back and forth between related concepts and it makes reading feel quite spontaneous and relevant.
Another great feature is the numerous gray boxes that dot most pages. They are "O.C.D. Approved Technology," "An O.C.D. Success Story," "An O.C.D. Summary," or an "O.C.D. Extreme." These quickly become self-evident and are shorthand for making key points. One example is an O.C.D Summary of a dresser drawer: Organize it by dumping everything out, Create dividers or whatever you need to make the drawer most useful, and actively Discipline yourself to keep using the drawer the way you set it up until the stuff becomes unwieldy...then you just start over.
I've purchased dozens of books on organizing over the years and gotten very little out of them (even Peter Walsh's!) but this one hits me where I need it. I'm already looking at my craft room and books differently and happily congratulating myself on the processes in the book that I already do.
I heartily recommend Organize & Create Discipline.
Klosky has a special knack for organizing and his book is no exception. It's nice to see a book on organization that is so well organized! He's compiled the ultimate list here, complete with a nice A-to-Z guide. Being somewhat OCD myself, this book was just what the doctor ordered. I've found it to be a great guide for streamlining my life. In the loud, chaotic, ever-messier world we often find ourselves swept up in, this book is a veritable life preserver.
Before finding this book, I thought about re-reading a book I had found helpful in the past, and also researched new books in hopes they might offer a new outlook or new tips, but it has been difficult for me to get through books these days. I thought about trying to find some inspirational videos on the topic on YouTube instead, and I stumbled upon a segment featuring Justin Klosky. I liked his approach and looked him up, coming across his book. I "looked inside" and decided to purchase the Kindle version. I started reading it (even the foreword and note before the official introduction), and to my surprise, it held my attention and I wished I had found it sooner. I wished I could get through it in its entirety so that I could try to put his method into practice, sooner rather than later. At a certain point, to my delight, I realized I had actually read the bulk of it and had reached the final section (A to Z), which I could navigate through according to my personal needs and which would save me time. I was excited but when I navigated to a section/area I would have wanted to start with, I just felt something was missing for my own clutter situation. I looked at a few other sections but didn't find much to be remarkable or new. And I was disappointed that there wasn't more on how to maintain anything that one would potentially achieve, as I was hoping there would be (it seemed to be implied this was part of his method). I had high hopes (parts 1 to 3 were well organized) and this book felt very promising but ultimately, I didn't feel it was enough to guide me in actually making progress.