Pretty Neat Book Review

Pretty Neat Book Cover


  • Authors: Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053099

Pretty neat–well, just don’t look within.
Pristine, serene, in order–certainly not me, my checking account, or my closet.
Straight, elegant, arranged–superficial appearance only.
So much to do in so little time, I just don’t organize well.
Some say it is all in my mind.  I know better.

In this busy world, it is not always easy to be Pretty Neat.  Authors Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch offer sensible tips in an easy to read self-improvement book for those of us who need to find “the buttoned-up way to get organized and let go of perfection.”

Q:  What did I learn from their common sense advice?
A:  Every journey has a beginning and an end.  What happens along the way, makes the journey a good or bad one.

Rockmore and Welch’s 167 page paperback is a quick read.  Just remember when organizing, these concepts developed chapter by chapter in detail:

1. Shortcuts can be good.  Prioritize not procrastinate but allow time for just you.
2. Set reasonable standards then delegate not control.  It is important to learn to let go.
3. Saying “No,” is allowed as much as asking questions and compromising.
4. Settle because perfection is not human.  Just keep on do it one step at a time.
5. Survival without a to-do list means adapting yourself to the times and technology.
6. Since schedules can stress, communicate, coordinate, and get in sync with the rest of the family.
7. Slash away clutter and develop a storage system at home that works for you.
8. Simplify work with shortcuts too.
9. Set parameters so stuff does not spiral out of control.
10. Super supper approach–streamline.

It works.  I tried it with this year’s house spring cleaning.  I went one room at a time, asked hubby for help then got it as we worked side by side.  I moved out and away everything I did not want or use.  I set up three bins–storage, give away, trash–and filled them time and time again.  If I needed more time, I took it.  I aimed for pretty neat NOT organized perfection.  When guests came I got compliments on the china and knick-knacks that had been like buried treasure hidden.

This post was written as part of a campaign for the Global Influence Network. It has not been monetarily compensated however I have received an entry into a drawing in exchange for my participation. As always, my opinions are my own.

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