Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mommy's Summer Reading List -- The Get Yourself Organized Project: 21 Steps to Less Mess and Stress by Kathi Lipp (Review)

The Get Yourself Organized Project: 21 Steps to Less Mess and Stress 

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736943854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736943857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches 
  • Buy now for only $11.92 at Amazon


The Get Yourself Organized Project. She has been featured numerous times on Focus on the Family and her latest release can assist with moms and organizing everything from your home to your office to your laundry room to your purse and tips for packing for your upcoming family trip. Thank you- Susan Hunt - Pure Publicity
Timely interview for spring/summer: Kathi can interview on why getting organized NOW can improve your life and how to get your family involved (and how it can draw you closer together as a family)
Most organizational books are written by and for people who are naturally structured and orderly and their advice often seems easily attainable but not so easy to maintain. The Get Yourself Organized Project offers practical advice on the following areas:
· How to Organize with a Hectic Schedule: Living Room, Family Room, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Kitchen, Children’s Room, Office, Garage and Basement.
· Strategies for Organizing Your Family: Coordinating the Family’s Schedule, Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping, Laundry, Chores, Paperwork and Travel Plans.
· Creating an Efficient Personal Life: Getting Out the Door in the Morning, Managing Your To-Do-List, Organizing Your Car, Your Handbag, Your Workspace and Your Wardrobe.

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. Additional information is available at

 My Thoughts:
Who knew that organizing could be so much fun? Yes, you read that right.  I wouldn't have thought this a few months ago, as I have gone from being a neat freak and obsessed with organizing, to just being happy that I could find my car keys, or tax documents.  Since having my daughters, my world has been flipped upside down -- in a good way.  But, it has also brought many a sleepness nights, which cause my brain (and my husband's) to not be as sharp as we would like them to be.  And, with the limited "free time" we find in a day, the last thing we want to be doing is cleaning or organizing.  So, as you can imagine, my house has gone from once tidy and neat, to myself and I looking for things, as they weren't returned to placed we once designated for them.  Instead, we find our daughter's toys or lost sock there. :-)
I had never heard of Kathi Lipp or read her books prior to receiving this review copy.  But, based on the fun illustration on the front of the book, and her title, which included 21 Steps to Less Mess, I was up for trying anything to help get my life back in order.
As I read through the pages of this quick ready, I was happy to see Kathi breaking down the 21 steps to becoming a better organizer.  Mixed in with her useful tips and advice, was personal stories and humor.  Like I said, "Who knew organizing could be so fun?"  Well, Kathi Lipp makes it fun.  With her use of easy to understand and implement organizing steps, Kathi will have you getting your house in tip-top shape in no time.  I have done my spring cleaning a few months late, but feel a sense of relief and joy each time I walk into a room looking for something, and find it where I left it. :-)
So, if you struggle with organizing, or are looking to simplify your life, then this should definitely be added to your summer reading list.  I was able to read this book in under two hours, and ended up highlighting various sections that offered useful tips, and budget-friendly advice.

 About the Author:  
Kathi Lipp is a full-time speaker and writer as well as being the parent of four young adults with her husband, Roger in San Jose, CA. When she is not doing laundry, she is speaking at retreats, conferences and women's events across the US.

Kathi's articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Today's Christian Woman and Christian Parenting Today. Her books, The Husband Project, The Marriage Project, The Me Project, The "What's for Dinner?" Solution, The Get Yourself Organized Solution and 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids are all published by Harvest House and now Praying God's Word for Your Husband has been released by Revell. Find out more about Kathi at
Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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