Does someone on your shopping list need to get organized?
Instead of buying them yet another gadget to get lost in the clutter, I bet they’d appreciate one of these organizing books, recommended by the Toronto Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada!
1. Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life
In this classic, Julie Morgenstern guides the reader through a three-step process to home and office organization. Detailed instructions include suggested supplies and storage units for various activities that take place in each zone, as well as the time required for each stage of the organizing project.
2. Organizing Outside the Box: Conquer Clutter by Using Your Natural Learning Style
If your loved one has tried different methods of getting organized without success, this book by Hellen Buttigieg may be just what she needs to find a solution that works. After completing a quiz to determine whether they are a visual, kinesthetic or auditory learner, the reader is provided with tools and strategies specific to their learning style.
3. Conquering Chronic Disorganization
Either of the above books would be a good choice for someone who is situationally disorganized, but for people who are chronically disorganized, conventional methods of organizing are contrary to the way their brains are wired. Those folks will benefit more from a specialized resource such as this book by Judith Kolberg.
If you’re not sure, read my post Is your loved one challenged by chronic or situational disorganization? from earlier this year.
4. Making Time Work for You
While the first three books I’ve suggested provide great tips for organizing the home or workspace, Harold Taylor’s book focuses on productivity. It covers a wide range of time management topics, including delegation, making meetings more productive, perfectionism, procrastination, and more.
5. How to Organize (Just About) Everything: More than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System
If you think someone needs a book about organizing but you’re not sure they’ll appreciate the gesture, you can’t go wrong with this one by Peter Walsh.
As the title promises, it includes useful advice on everything from organizing basics like “Manage Home-Improvement Paperwork” to everyday concerns such as “Finish Dinner on Time” to major undertakings such as “End World Hunger” and even quirky topics like “Organize an Archaelogical Dig.” You never know – your brother might pick it up to read how to “Plan the Perfect Date” and just happen to stumble upon “Sort Your Sock Drawer!”
One more idea…
Organizing books can be very helpful, but some people need more than that. If your loved one has mentioned they’re ready to make some changes in their life, why not treat them to a gift certificate for professional organizing services from Spot On Organizing?