Review~ Living Organized by Sandra Felton

by Gwen

Living Organized by Sanda Felton

From Goodreads:

The Organizer Lady™ makes it easy for readers to develop strategies for mess-free living. Author of the best-selling Messies Manual, Sandra Felton shares her insight on the best ways to bring out the hidden beauty in messy houses. Included in this comprehensive guide to “cleaner living” are 100 little-known housekeeping tips, inspiring testimonies from recovering Messies, strategies for living with a disorganized people, and action plans to help win the clutter war. With enthusiasm and humor, Felton makes housekeeping easier and less overwhelming for the organizationally challenged.

Felton believes that there are two kinds of people, Cleanies and Messies. Right off the bat, that term, Messies, offended me. It is negative even though she tried to define them as busy people that have been overwhelmed or perfectionists that just give up with the size of the task.

Still, even after being constantly offended by the terminology, I carried on. Part 5, Interior Design for the Messie, had some of the best tips I have ever read on figuring out your style and decorating. If you have ever been stumped on just how to start with décor, this was great! The idea of starting from scratch is intimidating for people and it can be hard to trust your instincts. The book suggests collecting the things, colors, and fabrics that really speak to you, finding the things that they have in common, then running with that. Living Organized also reminds you to keep reality in mind when decorating. A white silk couch isn’t a good idea when you have three toddlers and a black dog, for example.

I was all ready to forgive being called a Messie and make some changes until I read the chapter titled, Dear Husband, A Letter to the Husband of the Messie. If I hadn’t been reading this on my iPod, it would have been thrown across the room and most likely burned in effigy. I have never had such a visceral reaction to ANY book before.

Let me just give you a taste.

“You resent the condition of the house in which you are forced to live and imagine that the homes of other men returning home from work are havens of rest and order. “

“You felt that surely her pride as a wife and mother- as a woman- would help her overcome this chronic state……Surely if she cared more about you and the children or understood how important it was to you, she would try harder.”

My long hidden feminist hackles came out with a vengeance with this chapter. I don’t know about you, but I see a marriage as a team and the freaking messes don’t create themselves. While I work from home and accept that it means that I am the chief cook and bottle washer, that doesn’t mean that I am the maid. This may have been acceptable in the 1950’s, but it isn’t going to happen in my house today.

I got this for free on the Kindle and it was worth what I paid for it. There, I am off my soap box.

Living Organized by Sandra Felton

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
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    5 Comments to “Review~ Living Organized by Sandra Felton”

    1. Wow…. Umm… Yep. Even on a Kindle I’m pretty sure I would have thrown it, so thank you for sparing my Kindle the pain! That is horrid and I can’t believe it was written any time in the last… half a century or so? Sick.

    2. I’m sure my husband with agree with that statement!! I have no clue where to start when it comes to decorating. And yes, messes don’t make themselves but I always seem to be the one who has to take care of them.

    3. Wow, I guess some people still live in the Dark Ages. I actually read a book called, Marriage on the Rock when I first got married and it sent me into a depression for the first six months of my marriage because it talked a lot about having everything done for your husband when he walks through the door. Needless to say, I became very insecure and never had anything done when my husband got home. He finally sat down with me and told me he didn’t care about any of that stuff. I really appreciated that. Funny how a lot of the times, it’s women who write this June Cleaver stuff in this day and age. I am with you…if there is more than one person living in the house, then EVERYONE must contribute to the messing and the cleaning.

      I’ll skip this one too to avoid another bout of depression (luckily I’m the lamenting spouse about the hoarding behavior. My husband is WAY worse than I am with the messy…hehehehe).

    4. Well, I’m hoping there was some sarcastic humor involved? I’m glad you were able to find valuable information here amidst the parts that set you off. I remember when we built the addition to our home, we had been so focused on the physical design and planning that we hadn’t even considered what to do inside. When our builder called to say he needed paint colors from us by the end of the week I just about died. We went with instinct and some helpful thoughts from a store clerk and have loved the results. As for decorating, I just had to remember that if it turned out awful it didn’t have to be permanent. I just saved the big ticket items until after the basic color schemes turned out OK.

    5. I loved the last line of this review – so funny! That said, the sections you mentioned about Messies and their husbands made me cringe too. Living with anyone is a partnership; I can’t imagine being responsible for all of that myself when I’m married.

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