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As we are coming to the end of the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year, many of us are assessing our lives and resolving to make changes. For many, one such resolution is to get more organized. Organization is something that some people are naturally gifted at and others are . . . well, not. Jane Stoller, author of Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases is one of those born with a natural inclination towards organizing.
Jane Stoller (via Book Publicity Services) provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own. Neither Jane Stoller or Book Publicity Services told me what to write.
Jane Stoller opens the book in the introduction by stating that this book details her personal experience with organizing.
This is very true. Her tips, while detailed and helpful, are tailored for single females with high-paying jobs who enjoy traveling. As a married female entrepreneur on a budget, I found many of her tips impractical for my personal situation.
While many of Stoller’s tips are not applicable to my situation, I found several others that were quite helpful.
I appreciated her (short) encouragement to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle. Additionally, I found many of her tips regarding the care and storage of clothes and linens helpful. While I do not wear designer clothing, I do often struggle with knowing how to properly care for my nicer pieces.
I also appreciated that fact that this book is a quick, easy read. I finished it off in a just a couple hours. Granted, I am a fast reader, but even a slower reader can read through it fairly quickly. For those of us who have full schedules, this can be a huge plus. The chapters are organized, making it easy to flip through and find the specific tips you are looking for.
Even though I personally did not learn much from this book that is applicable to my life, I feel that this book is an excellent resource for women in a situation more similar to Stoller’s. As I read it, several of my single friends who frequently travel came to mind. I will be recommending this book to them, as I believe they would both enjoy and learn from it. Stoller does an excellent job of presenting her information without overwhelming her reader.
Overall, this book would make an excellent gift for a young woman preparing to “fly the nest”. It is a perfect introduction to organizing for a single woman. I am definitely putting it on my list of ideas for high school and/or college graduation gifts.