Pretty Neat book – Review and GIVEAWAY!

I often dream of having a well-organized home, where everything has a place *and* is in its place.  I love to flip through magazines like Martha Stewart and Real Simple and imagine how I can take their clean spaces and transfer them to my house.  The reality in our home, though, is quite different.  We have piles of papers to be sorted, laundry sits in various stages of the process, and Legos are one with the carpet.  I often feel overwhelmed and don’t even know where to begin.  This is how my efforts usually work out:  I’ll try to spend a bit of time clearing out one area of the house, but get distracted by the boys or something else that needs my attention.  That area will sit half-finished while I move on to something else.  I don’t forget about it, but I feel guilty that I wasn’t able to finish it, so I ignore it.  Great plan, right?  Come on over sometime and I’ll show you how that’s working out for us…

When I was offered the chance to review a new book about getting yourself organized in a practical way, I jumped at it!  Pretty Neat – the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection is a new book from authors Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch.  You might recognize Alicia and Sarah as the women behind Buttoned Up organizational products, too.

This book was exactly what I needed to read!  The first part of the book discusses the ideas that many women have about organization.  Many of us, whether we admit it or not, believe that our homes need to be perfect and pristine.  That idea really isn’t very practical when we are living in our houses, especially when there are children living there, too!  Alicia and Sarah offer anecdotes, quizzes, and conversations with women who have battled the feelings of perfection – and won.  Most of all, they offer practical advice to helping you overcome those feelings and then give you the tools to move forward.

The chapter I’m struggling with right now deals with clearing out the clutter at home.  This is a HUGE problem at our house.  For the first time, though, I feel like I can tackle it successfully by following The Four R’s that Alicia and Sarah have put forth as a cure for clutter – Routines, Rules, Regards, and Review.  I’m going to implement this at our house and I hope you’ll check back to see how we’re progressing!

Would you like to join me in the adventure to let go of your ideas of perfection?  Great!

BUY IT:  You can buy a copy of Pretty Neat for $14.95 from the Buttoned Up website here.  They also have a bunch of great organizational products, so take a minute to check those out, too.  I’m a big list-maker and many of their list pads are on my wishlist!


One reader can win their own copy of Pretty Neat AND be entered to win a $200 gift card (same as cash) and a selection of Buttoned Up organizational products (ARV $50)!!

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing the area of your home/life that has become a source of stress for you.  If you’ve been successful in changing it in any way, please share your ideas, too!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, March 20th at 10:59 Central time.  The winner will be notified by email, so please make sure to include a valid email address with your comment.  Winner will have 24 hours to reply back to me and claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

EDIT:  Congratulations to Cindy T., winner of the Pretty Neat book.  I hope it will help you with your organizational goals – and ease some of that stress on your husband 🙂

Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of Pretty Neat to review.  I was not required to give the book a positive review and the opinions above are my own.

8 Comments to “Pretty Neat book – Review and GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Ugh. My entire house is an area that gives me stress. We just have TOO MUCH STUFF.

    So, starting in last November, we started to PURGE. We have since taken truckloads of stuff to town to Goodwill & our local women’s shelter. I can let go of so much more, if I know it’s going to get a second life somewhere.

    It’s just time. I can’t clean clutter, it just moves around endlessly! My son, the 8 year old, finally purged his room & was rewarded with our old stereo. You’d think he’d won the lottery, he now has room to play in his room & plays in there happily listening to music nearly all day. It’s been a good motivator for my daughter (the 13-next-week-year-old) lol

  2. I dream of living an organized life but sadly, I’m not sure it is ever going to be in the cards for me.

  3. Baby stuff! It never ends and seems to multiply overnight!

  4. The bathroom is a constant source of stress – I could clean that room everyday (and sometimes I do!) and it doesn’t make a difference! Thanks.

  5. One area that always stressed me out in my home was my closet. The biggest problem was my necklaces and earrings that were strewn everywhere! I took a bulletin board and nailed it onto the back wall of my closet and then inserted tiny pins all over the board. Then I hung up all of my jewelry so I don’t have to worry about a tangled mess. It works great and saves me so much time when I’m looking for the perfect accessory for my outfit each morning!

  6. my house is stressful – such a mess! I have fixed it somewhat, but it’s an ongoing project

  7. My biggest organizational stress is not really having a place for everything. While a couple of really tall shelves would alleviate much of that, that would displace the smaller furniture and the paintings on the wall… ok so I probably need to be a little less of a perfectionist! 🙂

  8. Every closet in my house is out of control. When people come over, I am so afraid someone is going to need something in a closet and they will be attacked by items falling off of shelves. It’s real bad! We clean them out periodically….then they get trashed again! My husband is the neat freak of the family, but the poor guy is out-numbered now!

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