Since I hit the second trimester of my pregnancy many weeks ago, I've been in a cleaning and organizing frenzy! And when my cleaning and organizing overhaul is complete, no drawer, shelf or corner shall have gone untouched. Because, for me, organizing is like getting a massage, pedicure and facial all in one. It puts me in a state of calm. How long that calm will last? Well no one knows. But it feels good nonetheless! I love having the peace of mind that comes with knowing where everything is- from that cord I use to upload pictures from my camera to that paper that has the WEP password for our wireless router written on it! (C'mon, you all know what I'm talking about!)
The description of the The Other Side Of Organized reads as follows: Organizing is about more than just finding a place for everything. It's about finding a level of order that's comfortable for you, discovering places and people that renew your energy, and being organized enough to feel balanced. Linda Samuels will encourage you to get organized enough to reduce the stress of life's details and make time to embrace your passions.
Linda was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her book.
Lisa Steinke: What was your inspiration to write your book?
Linda Samuels: : There are many fabulous “how-to” organizing books available, but none that address the philosophical issues about organizing, life balance and how to focus on what is truly important. I wanted to share a gentler, hopeful message for all those that struggle with disorganization, know someone that struggles or is a helper to those that are organizationally challenged.
LS: If you had to pick your biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
LS: My biggest organizing challenge is balancing my ambitious "to do" list with having enough time to relax and rejuvenate. It's an ever-shifting dance to finding the right balance between doing and not doing.
LS: What's one tip you would give to people who are trying to be organized?
LS: Be patient. Achieving the amount of organization that is right for you is possible, but it takes time.
I couldn't agree more! And I encourage all of you to snap up a copy of Linda Samuel's book ASAP! And you should also check out her website, www.theothersideoforganized.com where she's featuring a fabulous giveaway from now until November 11th where you can win a prize pack worth over $250, including everything from a $50 gift card to The Container Store to Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen.
I'd like to give a big thanks to Linda Samuels for participating in the Q&A and for helping us all find that sweet spot between chaos and perfection!
What books about organizing do you love?