This week a friend asked what I thought of a very popular organizing book that “everyone” is talking about. After I gave her a lengthy response, it really got me thinking about the thousands of titles out there and how they can help and hurt consumers who are looking for advice on organizing their lives.
If you ever reached for a book on organizing, I applaud you. It means that you are wanting to make a change in life and seeking education on how to get it done. Seriously, a lot of people don’t take even that first step. So well done.
Here is what I’ve seen and heard time and time again when talking to people about the latest organizing self-help guide they’ve read: “It was so complicated.” “I was overwhelmed”. “I knew I couldn’t do the upkeep so I didn’t bother”. “I felt like the author wasn’t being realistic”. “Given my lifestyle there is no way this would work”. We’ve all been there, whether it’s an organizing book or a diet book or a DIY book. This is also why my first step in a new client’s house is to donate all these books that are collecting dust.
I’m not saying all organizing books are inherently bad and that you shouldn’t read them. What I am saying is that there is a healthy, productive way to gain information from your reading that can benefit YOU and YOUR lifestyle.