Our pantry is pretty stressful!
Pretty Neat is a book about organization that is unlike any other I've read. Instead of extolling the virtues of spreadsheets and matching desk accessories (although it very well could, being written by the women behind the Buttoned-Up line of organizational products), it asks the reader to do some soul-searching to discover what your own individual organizational style should look like so you can focus on conquering your clutter demons amidst expectations of the unrealistic portrayal of "Org Porn"– that perfectly manicured world that doesn't really seem to exist, except for in magazines.
Pretty Neat offers plenty of tips and advice from experts and "ordinary women" alike. The most compelling are based on Buttoned-Up's Three Cardinal Rules: 1) stop chasing perfection, 2) focus on the 20% of tasks that are critical and 3) learn to delegate effectively. My personal favorite tidbit is from Chapter 5 Eliminate Excuses: "Just like an oversized derriere will slow you down physically, an oversized organizational but will hold you back, too." I'm often guilty of overanalyzing whether or not I can do something before I try, stalling progress. This book reminded me that to accomplish my goals, all I need to do is be realistic, take responsibility, and then just do it, already. Stop procrastinating and making excuses for why something won't work. Focusing on the possible and the plausible is my new modus operandi.
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