Saturday, August 17, 2013

Guest Review: Organize Your Life and More by Christina Scalise

Are you one for clutter around the house ? Have you ever been accused as a hoarder ? Need help organising your life and everything around you ?
Margitte brings to you a review on how to "Organise your life and More" by Christina Scalise.
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Organize Your Life and More by Christina Scalise

The opening aria I wanted to yodel when I read the title was this old brain-draining song of yesterday. You know, that kind of song that gets stuck in your head for weeks and drives you up the trees with your front teeth!

Being kind of rebellious against any form of syncronized, brainwashed, Big Bother is watching you, now get in line or...! - kind of social engineering, does not make me the ultimate choice candidate to review a book like this. I have never done it before, it is not really my scene.

So a few selected lines from this Malvina Reynolds song kept popping up while opening the book:

"Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university
And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same."

With that in mind, I was not keen to spend many hours on ideas to get even more organized! My personal experience in life dictates that relatively normal clutter in a home spells love and warmth and relaxation. Pristine lives are restricted, insecure nests of inhospitality!

However, the book starts with this question: "Does any of this describe you?":
1. Stressed.
2. Low on cash.
3. Hectic schedule.
4. Low on time.
5. Low on energy.
6. Late for appointments.
7. Forget to bring essential items with you.
8. Forget to do important tasks.
9. Always looking for a lost item such as your car keys or cell phone.
10. Your house has piles of clutter you just don’t have time to deal with.
11. You are running out of space in your home.
12. Your kids are constantly forgetting their homework and are not acting responsibly.

Gotcha! Nice sales pitch, right? Nevertheless, it worked. This book is for you!

For parents who are living in the fast lane and do not have time to teach your children everything they need to live a much happier life, buy them this book for Christmas as an extension of yourself and your good intentions with your parenting vices. It will save you a lot of talk the kids do not want to hear from you, but will absorb from an outsider who do not wish to control them! ;-)

I for one is going to buy it for my three kids - all young people starting out with their own lives. My own copy will join a specially selected few books in the john. Well, yes, I have books for every single occasion and location in life. You never know where you might need a few words of wisdom to ponder!

The main benefit of this book is not only the numerous tips and tricks provided to lessen stress in your life, but also the challenge it provides to make it an adventure in itself to become organized. There are more things I agree with than I care to admit - me, the ultimate free spirit! Life has proven that it works. Another result, also proven, is that you won't need such an expensive chemical intervention in your life to sort out the emotional, financial, physical and family clutter. The money you save will pay for a dream holiday on your Bucket List!

I give this book five stars for the valuable service it can render to young people, especially, as well as older people who need a new challenge in their lives. I am one of them!

It is not a sit-down and finish book in one-go. Nope, that is why I need to add it to the Throne room where it can be picked up and enjoy at least once a day. In fact, if you are the athletic type, or harbors an adventurous spirit, take one tip a day and apply it in your life. Have you walked through your home/ garden / project after finishing and felt immense pride in your accomplishment? You will feel the same after adopting one of the tips in the book per day as a new challenge.

If you wonder about the other books in our hall of fame, here they are: "The Ultimate Loo Book" by Jeremy Clarkson, "The History of the World in Six Glasses" by Tom Standage, The Devil's Cup" by Stewart Lee Allen, a few Mary Roach books, and a few National Geographic magazines.

It is not the kind of book that you want to leave forgotten in a book shelf or piled into obscurity somewhere on a coffee table. It is a relaxing, informative way of getting happy without even thinking about it!

What the book actually teaches us is that real freedom lies in being organized. It is amazing how many people do not know this secret. If your mother or grandmother did not teach you these secrets, this book will stand in for them and make your life a much better place to enjoy! For young people there is even more beauty to behold: You will never hear the words I told you so! again after this book changed your life. You might even smile right around your head when you see those little ticky tacky boxes painted yellow and green and you suddenly have the time to enjoy the things you really love! ;-)

Many of these tips already worked splendidly in my own life. That is why I have so much time to read, to start with.


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