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This is my dining room. I have a gorgeous chandelier, beautiful window treatment, and tasteful wedding china – and the motherlode of clutter piled high on my dining room table. Clutter has always been my nemesis, and since moving to our otherwise perfectly lovely home five months ago, I’ve gotten it under control for the most part. However, there are still a few things that I do not have a home for in our new house, including the daily influx of kid crafts that come home in tote bags and backpacks. While I slowly buy the pieces of furniture that are right for our home, careful not to rush into purchases for the sake of getting it done, I’ve decided to use my dining room table as the holding area.
Two months ago I introduced Resourceful Mommy readers to Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore of Buttoned Up organizational products with the Get Buttoned Up Twitter Party. Now I have had the opportunity to review their book, Pretty Neat: the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection. Rather than a handbook, I would call this work a hand hold. There are certainly many easily consumable tips throughout the book from the occasional “Pretty Neat Tip” to the “Pretty Neat Wisdom” blocks to the “Pretty Neat Interviews.” There are also “Pretty Neat Exercises” that ask you to take a critical look at your own organizational and time management pitfalls.
While all of these features of Pretty Neat are something I love – resourceful – what I have found of most value in reading this book is the hand-holding aspect I mentioned. Whether you stay at home, work full time, or somewhere in between, all of us feel the pressures of managing our lives, our kids lives, and our homes. My husband is a fabulous partner in running our home, and he absolutely helps with many tasks from laundry to dishes and more. But the fact remains that I feel as though I am the bottom line, and I often feel that I am not keeping up to the standards I hold for my family.
My laundry is clean, but not in the drawers.
My kids are enrolled in activities, but are they enough?
My living room is beautiful…but still has no furniture.
We’ve begun to eat more vegetables, but are not striving for five.
These voices can begin to wear us down over time, but Pretty Neat adds another more positive voice to the mix. From specific tips to how to say no to the simply giving us permission to say no more often, this book had me saying, “YES!” and “THANK YOU!” out loud while I was reading. I found myself dog-earing the parts that I want to return to when I’m feeling down, with the entire section on Cluttertosis completely highlighted. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is not necessarily looking for a step by step guide to get her life under control, but looking for a motivational kick-start to relax and become Pretty Neat.
One Resourceful Mommy reader will win their own copy of Pretty Neat by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch and then automatically be entered to win an additional prize of a $200 same as cash gift card and Buttoned Up products (ARV $50) to jump start their own organizational journey! (chances of winning the secondary prize are 1 in 150 for the winner of the Resourceful Mommy giveaway).
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In a comment below, please share the one area of your home that is the biggest organizational challenge to you. That’s it!
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Product was provided for review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.
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