Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: The Get Organized Project

The Get Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help/Christian
Pages: Paperback, 224pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0736943857
ISBN: 0736943854

(Received for an honest review from  Kathy Carlton Willis Communications)

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Excerpt from The Get Organized Project Courtesy Of Amazon's Inside Look Feature


Finally, an organizational book for women who have given up trying to be Martha Stewart but still desire some semblance of order in their lives.

Most organizational books are written by and for people who are naturally structured and orderly. For the woman who is more ADD than type A, the advice sounds terrific but seldom works. These women are looking for help that takes into account their free-spirited outlook while providing tips and tricks they can easily follow to live a more organized life.

Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project and other “project” books, is just the author to address this need. In her inimitable style, she offers
  • easy and effective ways women can restore peace to their everyday lives
  • simple and manageable long-term solutions for organizing any room in one’s home (and keeping it that way)
  • a realistic way to de-stress a busy schedule
  • strategies for efficient shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, and more
Full of helpful tips and abundant good humor, The Get Yourself Organized Project is for those who want to spend their time living and enjoying life rather than organizing their sock drawer.


Kathi Lipp has created a great system for organizing your life that includes only three boxes and two bags. The Get Organized Project isn't for those OCD readers who need everything to have it's place and everything to be in that place before they ever start. It's for women on the go that want more time for family than they do for laundry. These practical tips aren't given in a manner that makes the reader feel like they are doing a horrible job with their home. They are shared with humor and understanding. Kathi Lipp's latest "project" book is an inspiration for those people who couldn't find their head if it wasn't attached!

I love Kathi Lipp's books! She is so personable and easy to identify with. Her tips are easy to read and to try in the readers own home. She makes organizing the kitchen a fun project instead of a tedious experience that has women pulling their hair out. I am not a very organized person. To some extent, I know where things are, but I have a lot of room for improvement. I wouldn't call myself a hoarder (except where books are concerned) but perhaps a pack rat is a better term. I need help! LOL and this book may just be a lifesaver for my home. 

Armed with just three boxes and two bags readers can have each area of their homes under some semblance of control in no time. Lipp's process is easy to follow and informative. Readers divide their homes into areas and not necessarily rooms. Lipp suggests that readers use a timer and fifteen minutes to sort and organize that area or space. Each box and bag is used for sorting. The first box is for things that belong in other rooms. The second box is for things that need to be put back in a proper place within that room or area. The third box is for giveaway items. The first bag is for trash the second for recyclable items. It's just that simple! With the fifteen minute time limit organizers won't get overwhelmed and the boxes and bags allow them time to figure out what to do with things. I thought it was a great plan and can't wait to get started.

There are generally five steps to Kathi's plan:

1. Your Plan of Attack
2. Sort It Out
3. Clean It Up
4. Label It and Put It Away
5. Keep It Up

This isn't rocket science! If I can do it, you can do it... I think a lot of times disorganization has to do with time constraints. Women think they can't organize because that takes time from other things that they feel are more important. I think this book addresses that and shows women how to be more organized without sacrificing the things that are more important to them. In each room or area organizers are encouraged to think about STEMs (space, time, energy, and money). Kathi shows easily how to do this for example in the living room:

Space: DVD's need to have their own space where they can be viewed easily and put back easily. (that's after they've been sorted and vid's probably won't ever watch again are given away!)
Time: A large basket for remotes put in a specific area will save all that time that goes to trying to find the remote every time someone wants to watch TV.
Energy: Commercials are a good time to pick up the living room. Take back cups and throw away trash.
Money: Do you really watch all the channels you pay for with cable or satellite? What changes can you make to save money?

That's a fairly easy fix for some living room problems. This is just one of many organizational projects that are contained in The Get Organized Project. There are projects for your home, your family and your personal life. This book isn't just about organizing your stuff, it's about organizing your self! I can't recommend this one any more highly. It's a great idea and it's easy to follow! Get organized today and have more time for the important things in life... like reading! LOL

The Get Organized Project is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today's Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband Roger, live in California and are the parents of four young adults.

1 comment:

Kathi Lipp said...

Deb - you are a rock star. SO glad the book was an encouragement to you and it looks like you are already making things happen!!