It's one of my biggest issues as a working mom. I am slowly trying to learn to delegate more to others but I have a hard time letting go and letting others do it their way. I remember shortly after we bought our house I asked Blake if he could fold the towels in an attempt to delegate a few of the gazillion things on my growing to-do list. I cringed at the sight of them in our linen closet and spent 20 minutes refolding them all. Then, along came Brady and I think I went from 'control freak' to lunatic. This was how it had to be done and I'm the only one who can do it right. I remember at my most sleep deprived, crazed state, I finally had to surrender. I can't do it all.
None of us can.
Aside from my status as a control freak my biggest organizational issue is I shove everything into a pile. Everything goes into a pile and my piles turn into mass chaos. It drives Blake crazy and our priest had even mentioned it during our wedding ceremony which had turned into a running joke. In the end, I find myself overwhelmed with my imperefect organization and dream of my house looking like 'org porn' displayed across the internets and in every magazine.
Which leads me to this book, 'Pretty Neat' by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch. They are the creators of buttoned up Organizational Products. I've recently become addicted to their website which is chock full of ideas, tips and these awesome free printables.
The book itself has really changed the way I look at things. I'm no longer searching for my house to look like those magazines but a version that we can work with and that we can manage. What I liked best is that it breaks down each of my imperfect organizational issues and explores ways to change them without leaving you wanting to pull your hair out. Each chapter is full of tips, interviews and ideas from busy people, a lot of which are moms. Pretty Neat tackles the biggest issues in my life from learning to say that big N word (NO!), tackling your to-do lists, toy tsunamis, eliminating your own excuses and even mastering home-cooked meals. The book starts out a chapter called, "Establish A New Standard." and this chapter itself really spoke to me. We all have our own versions of perfection and put so much pressure on ourselves to to be that way when we are the only ones who find that it really matters.
"The thing that is really hard, and amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning to the work on becoming yourself." -Anna Quindlen
I'm excited to share a copy with one of you!
- Tell me your biggest organizational issue
- Tell me a funny story about how you hide your organizational disasters!
- Go to the Buttoned Up site and tell me something you found there!
ENTER by March 18th and I'll pick a winner on Saturday March 19th!
You can pick up your own copy of Pretty Neat here!
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Pretty Neat in exchange for a review and I provided my own honest opinion.