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Monday, July 19, 2010

The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection by Linda Samuels

For me personally, being organized is crucial, and I strive to be as organized as possible, and on the whole, I think I am. But I also believe that you can always learn something new – a new technique, a new idea, etc.

So I was delighted to be asked to review Linda Samuel’s new book, “The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection.”

Here’s a little about her book:


Organizing is about more than just finding a place for everything. Professional organizer Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® writes in The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance between Chaos and Perfection that true order is 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.

Do you get overwhelmed with disorganization and clutter? Feel like your schedule doesn’t allow enough unplanned time? Find yourself caught in frenetic multi-tasking?

In The Other Side of Organized, Samuels encourages readers to get organized enough to reduce the stress of life’s details and make time to embrace their passions. Already, thousands of clients and readers have found help and inspiration in her advice, personal reflections on change and connection, and vision of what can be accomplished when we find that sweet spot between chaos and perfection.

My Thoughts:

Linda’s book is just delightful. I loved the way she divided her chapters into seasons of the year – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – and the different areas that can be organized according to those seasons. She addresses establishing goals, making plans to address those goals, and carrying out those plans. And Linda gives advice and solutions to problem areas, including clothes clutter, accumulation of “stuff” and …gasp, how to handle having too many books!

A cute addition is the cartoon strip scattered throughout that feature Linda, and her family’s dog Norton, which were featured as a part of Linda’s newsletter.

I found Linda’s book to be very motivational, and one that I will refer back to again and again.

For more information on Linda Samuel’s book, check out her website at www.theothersideoforganized.com.

About the Author:

Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® is a compassionate, enthusiastic professional organizer who facilitates change in her clients’ lives. In January 1993, she combined her visual arts expertise, business background, love of helping people, and organizing abilities to launch Oh, So Organized!

In addition to hands-on organizing, Linda presents seminars, writes, produces an organizing newsletter, and consults for other professional organizers. She has been featured in The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, Bottom Line Personal, and Westchester Magazine.

In October 2006, she completed NSGCD’s (National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization) Level III certification becoming Westchester’s first Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®.) In October 2009, she became a Master Trainer for NSGCD.

Linda lives between two rivers in Croton on Hudson, New York with her husband and daughters. Their home is small and colorful with a purple front door.

My thanks to Crystal Patriarche at Book Sparks PR and Linda Samuels for the review copy of this book. I received no compensation in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Linda Samuels said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Sharon! Especially since being organized is important to you, I'm so glad that you came away with both some organizational ideas and motivation from reading "The Other Side of Organized." I appreciate you sharing on your "Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews." I love your tagline...."A book is a garden that you carry in your pocket." Lovely.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love this review Sharon! I need to look into this book.

I wanted to let you know I am posting my review of Seven Year Switch tomorrow and seen you are as well. I am going to put a link on mine so people can come read your too. :D

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you for stopping by, Linda! It was a joy to read your book!

Sheila, how funny that we are both scheduled for the same day! I'll link mine to yours too! Double the fun!

Nan said...

I love organizational ideas! I have some parts of my space that are very organized and other parts that are not. Sounds like a great help to get started on making everything more organized.