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Hi, Yvette here, writer of this blog, and it’s confession time:
I'm easily bored and distracted, I dislike housework, and struggle with procrastination and perfectionism. When I say perfectionism, I mean that 'all or nothing' feeling where you think you can't do something well enough, so you don't do it at all.
But, disorder freaks me out to the point where I can barely function. If I start to see mess and things I need to do piling up, I can literally feel the energy draining away from me. I'm allergic to dust, have a large family depending on me, and if I don't feel I've achieved something each day, it really gets me down.
So how does someone like me manage to stay organized, keep a clean, clutter free home, run a business, get things done and stay relaxed with such a hectic life?
Buy my e-Book Organized for Life, and I'll show you, step by step. The 205 pages of this common sense guide contain sensible, practical advice, with a simple 5 step system spelled out for you which you can ease yourself into gently.
Click here to see what readers are saying about Organized for Life: Reader testimonials
Then buy the e-Book. For only US $24.95 your life could be changed for the better. You can buy from anywhere in the world and your currency will convert automatically.
...You may be making things
un-necessarily hard for yourself without even knowing it!
Had enough of the mess, guilt, stress and worry?
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Handy Checklists for Your Home.
- Grocery shopping checklist.
- Home contents insurance checklist.
- Household budget example.
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An e-Book? Why do I want an e-Book instead of a real paper book I can carry around?
The advantages of an e-Book are:
- No postage, packaging and handling charges.
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- Embedded bookmarks allow easy navigation to chapters and headings.
- Font size can be adjusted for your personal reading preference.
- Takes up no physical space.
- If you lose the e-Book, I have a record of your sale and can re-send it to you.
Adobe reader is required to read an eBook. Most computers already have it, but if not, the link to download it is included, and Adobe reader is free. It’s easy to download.
Because of the growing popularity of e-Books, special e-Book readers are now available which allow you to read comfortably away from your computer without having to print. It’s a bit like loading music onto an iPod or MP3 player.
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Wishing you a peaceful, satisfying and organized life!
I loved, loved, loved your book. In fact, I was so excited that I started to read from about page 170 to the
end, since I was printing it from the last page to the first. And I was
absolutely enrolled even starting in the middle!!
There is something very special about the way you write. I get the feeling of being totally understood and supported. I had originally thought thatthis empathy only existed in the last part of the book, since that was where
I started reading, but when I finally printed out the rest of the book, your
loving approach was a consistent theme throughout.
I did read the whole book and found it provides clear step by step actions
to get any piece of your life under control with no guilt or
self-recrimination. And that's unique in the hundreds of books and articles
l've read on the subject. You seem to totally understand right-brained
folks and how hopeless we feel about any chance of ever getting it together.
Thanks for doing this work Yvette. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And please feel free to use any of the above in a testimonial ... I'm
thrilled to recommend your work.
Shirley Anderson, Miami, USA
Since I read your book I have taken pictures of the inside of the house and outside in the yards as before and after. I divided all the rooms into sections and the yards also into sections. Every day, two or more sections get worked on for 15 to 30 minutes. I was having trouble getting my family started but everyone has come around and helping. We have a list of the routine things that get done first. We have a four bedroom two bath mobile home with a room addition on the west dise 10 x 40 that is the laundry and husband’s shop. Daughter, grandson, 3 cats, 2 dogs plus husband and me. There isn’t a room that doesn’t need some work done in it, not only cleaning but we are doing some wall and floor replacement.
Thank you for your book. You saved my sanity.
Ruth, California, USA
Hi, Yvette! There is a place in heaven for you! Hope this finds you and your family well and happy! I sit here at my time- bomb of a desk reading yor suggestions and think you must read my mind. I keep getting as far as the "piles" then slip-slide backwards before ever getting to the filing. I always say I can find anything if you give me twenty minutes to go through the piles! Before my father passed away, he told my uncle and me that we'd find his important papers in a box in his bedroom. I imagined a shoebox or similar - what we found were 27 moving -cartons packed full of every paper that passed through his hands since the '50s! Unmailed Christmas cards mixed in with insurance papers, recipes, correspondence, magazines, photos, utility bills, you name it - it was there- in no particular order! Took over a year to deal with it all! Wouldn't you think that would have taught me not to "pile?" - But, nooooooooooo... I still have the same bad habit! Keep up the great work you do - we need you! Hugs, Jan L. p.s. I am making steady progress on decluttering thanks to your beautiful system. Feel free to use my comments however you like!
Jan, Connecticut, USA
I have thoroughly enjoyed your book. I feel the main benefit I gained from this book is the understanding of why I was so unorganized. I enjoyed most about your book is how captivating it is, every morning I would wake up and read my bible scriptures then part of your book. I found the mornings that I started my day like this were the days I accomplished the most productivity, the days I did not start like this I feel I did nothing like I wanted to. I don't have a part that I least enjoyed, it was a lot of reading before I got to daily routines, which was what I wanted, but without all the reading before the actual organizing the book would be incomplete and possibly unsuccessful for the reader. I needed a boost in confidence, understanding for the way I portrayed myself and my home. I am still reading your book, and will refer to it frequently, but getting up and getting dressed as nice as I can made a complete difference in my day and in my home. I have been slacking in everything lately but am eager to get back to applying what you have passed on to me. Thank you! I loved receiving the tips in my email, I am disappointed they have stopped. It would be nice to get tips regularly.
"You have a gift for organizing peoples lives from the inside out. My life is changing with the help from you and this book. My home is beautiful, my family is smiling, and I feel great. Our apartment is finally a HOME and we love coming home to it. Thank you for the motivation and direction, it is just what I needed and wanted."
Christen Nunez, Corpus Christi, USA
My house was a pig sty
I have been reading and applying your helpful hints and am half way there!!!
Although a bit sleep deprived with an eleven month old, I still have managed to do it!
You are inspiring
Jolene Winckel, Noosa, Australia
My favourite 'concept' of the book was 'just do one thing'. That was always my problem, I kept thinking of all the stuff that needed done and being over whelmed by the amount rather than just taking it one step at a time. I still have a bit of a way to go but slowly but surely I've made small changes and I feel that already the home is running more smoothly.
Jo, Glasgow, Scotland
A not so short note to say thank you, thank you, thank you. 14 years ago I had my first child and slowly as each year progressed I became more and more disorganised. I suffered from post natal depression with my first and second child and after many years of it I lost my way, I now have five children the youngest 8 months and still I could not get my head above water as much as I tried, I just didn't know where to start.
As I live in a rural area it is difficult to get help with cleaning and things like that not that I can really afford it with that many children but it helped sometimes when I was feeling low, I do not have the luxury of this out here there is no one but me to cook and clean. I am lucky I have a dear husband who never questions me when it comes to the house and he does his best to chip in when he is not working on the farm which this is 7 days a week so it is difficult for him and I don't like to ask him, he has so much on his plate already, he is a lovely big fella.
My 14 year old (who suffers aspergers) said to me this place is such a mess when he came home from boarding school at the end of the year last year. (he doesn't realise what he says because of his aspergers)
After coming back from Christmas break an unloading the trailer the place had not been clean since, until now well almost.
It was important that I read the part about emotions and understanding why I couldn't get on top of things, this was most helpful, it lifted a great weight off of my shoulders and suddenly I stopped seeing things as a whole room I saw them as one corner then the next corner and the next. I was given an Ipod touch for christmas and you can keep notes on it so as I read your books I made notes about routines, I put my grocery list for town, and I have another list for when I go to the big city. The morning one is a god send I had so much to do with the smaller children as long as I refer to this I am right that’s the basics, I have not tried to do everything at once just a little bit at a time. I can't wait for my son to come home from first term to see what he says. I have not completed the whole house yet but I am getting there slowly one room at a time. My Ipod has a timer so it is brilliant for keeping it to the time limit I need. I feel so happy and I may not need to see my psychiatrist this month, maybe everyone needs to process.
The big fella doesn’t have to wait three days for work clothes and the bed sheets actually get changed weekly I can't believe it, you really have helped me so much I tell everyone I talk to about your book.
I had better go nightly routine is a calling Thank you so so much you have given me life again and I might just be able to actually spend time with the children that I want to spend with them with out feeling guilty about the mess around me.
With the highest regards
Sandy Gurney, FNQ Outback, QLD, Australia
I would like to say thankyou for your online book. I purchased it last weekend and feel very happy that I did. There is a lot of information to get through though. I have also read some from your blog on the site.
Many Thanks again for you book and site.
Teresa, Co.Armagh, N.Ireland
I feel compelled to write this to you.
I almost sent you a junk email about you being one of the twelve women who
have touched my life and that if all twelve of us were in the same room
together we would be unstoppable! But I thought that would be a bit weird.
So I am going to say this instead.
I am wondering how you know what exactly is going on in my mind and life?
I am almost convinced that you are my guardian angel watching over me and
sending me helpful advice via email.
You know exactly what to write and when to send it.
I recently purchased your eBook and it really did help me turn my life
around. I found I amazingly had all this time on my hands, the house was
clean, the kids and my partner were happy and I felt like I was a housewife
out of a 1950's television show. I had it all under control. Even when my
mother in law came to visit to see the new addition, I didn't let her lift a
finger. And it was no effort at all.
Once she had left, I felt so organized that I decided to organize a Teddy
Bear's Picnic for our community. It was a great success, however all my
efforts at home went down the drain.
I am now doing just as you say and am trying to get back on that horse, but
for some reason that horse just seems so much bigger than it did when I fell
off. I try and try and I think I'm doing ok until I take a look around the
house and all I can see is mess.(It probably doesn't help that I have two
little kids messing up behind me!) But that is no excuse and we both know
The self sabotage thing - I just don't think I can get past it.
But I will keep on trying, and your emails are a key tool to help me get
there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really do think you are my
Kim, N.T. Australia
Wow, I have so much to say about this I don't know where to start. I don't usually respond to these other than to say thank you.
It's wonderful to hear that reading my eBook helped you get things done and feel you were on top of things. But the level at which you were on top of things screams to me nervous energy, surging happy hormones (you mention a new baby) and perfectionism.
With a new baby in the home, I advise accepting all the help you can get. If people come to visit, let them bring food and nappies and do some housework while they're there. You're doing more important things (being a mummy).
The falling off the wagon part sounds like fluctuating hormones to me as well, and again, perfectionism. Don't fall for it!
Look after your health, get as much rest as you can, accept as much help as you can, and do things the easy way when you can.
Work on your basic, simple daily routines to keep things reasonably under control. Aim first to look after yourself and your family with good food and plenty of rest. Second, try to keep up with grocery shopping, washing (laundry) and dishes. Order your groceries to be delivered if you can. If you have spare energy after that, take one thing at a time in small chunks (like just putting away ONE thing if necessary). Keep the toilet and the area where visitors sit as clean as you can, so you're not too stressed about people seeing your home. Dress as nicely as you can each day to make you feel good.
Love yourself just for who you are, warts and all. Forgive yourself your imperfections. Work on doing the best you can under your present circumstances. Prioritise your health and your family.
You have the tone of someone with a positive attitude who takes responsibility for her own life, and that's the best start you could have for achieving what you want.
I wish you all the best, and am considering publishing your email including my reply. I think a lot of people could relate to it.
Happy New Year!
I am sorry it has taken me sometime to give you feedback on your book. It took me time to read it but I have now successfully being put your advice to practice for the past 2 months and all I can say is...it works for me!!!
I think the turning point came when I identified myself with the 'all or nothing attitude', that you describe, perfectionism to the extreme but then becoming quite overwhelmed by the size of the task.
I had a couple of days, which you describe in your book as 'just about surviving' and even following your advice then and sticking to the basic routines, it helped me to still feel in control once those days passed.
There was no part of your book which was not helpful to me.
Your no nonsense approach also particularly suits my personality and as soon as I had read the first 20 pages I realised that it was a very practical book rather than a book written by someone who has 3 maids and 2 housekeepers and can therefore find the time to tell other people how to keep their lives organised.
Just to tell you a bit about me and how your book has helped me...
My friends used to call me Monica (as in the character from the series Friends) because of my sometimes nearly obsessive compulsive attitude to cleaningness and tidiness. The standards slipped a bit, when I got married and had to relax or risk driving my husband mad!
I moved home just over 3 years ago. My first night in the new home, was my first night out of hospital following an emergency caesarean.
The whole system of buying a house in the UK is very complicated and although we had planned to have the whole place ready (did I mention that we were gutting the whole house and having new kitchen, bathrooms fitted in, carpets removed, wooden floors put in, wallpapers stripped off etc?!) long before our baby was born things did not go according to plan at all.
To cut a long story short, we were given the keys to the new house, 3 days before my baby was due. Thankfully, he was very insightful and decided to stay cosy inside my belly for an extra two weeks and therefore we just about managed to have the new kitchen fitted in.
But then about 3 weeks after he was born, the builders moved in to do the rest of the job. It all seems so far away now, but needless to say that they were here for about 4 months, while I was getting used to be a new Mum.
Two months after they finished, I went back to work 4 days a week, with a 6 month old baby and my husband away with work for 6 weeks. Needless to say that getting the place sorted was not happening.
It has been a long process to get the house to some sort of sense. But I must say that since reading your book and following your advice, for the first time I feel that I am in control of things and that I manage to keep a nice environment around us, by keeping everything in place.
Your advice on routines is extremely useful. I have my own business (I assist Australian companies exporting to the UK and Europe!) and I work mainly from home, so a lot of the time my work papers were spreading from my desk into the dining room area and other rooms of the house. That's ok as long as I put it away at the end of the day... which I now make sure I do every single day.
What you suggest in terms of organising is not rocket science. But you put it in a way that makes it easy to follow and even the busiest of people will find your tips and advice easy to follow and stick to. It has changed me - my husband notices it, my friends notice it and everyone sees me much more in control just from having a much more organised life and home.
I refer to your book often, and it really helps me and encourages me especially if at any moment I feel that things get slightly out of control.
Thank you again Yvette
Alexandra, Hampton Court, UK
I am enjoying your book very much.
I love how its so easy to read and its good to have straight forward information to make a schedule.
Leona, Brisbane, Australia
I am really enjoying your book. I must say I have never read a book that is such a simple read and easy to follow. I am a “neat freak” and obsess over the little things. Your book guided me through each step of the way. From the daily routines to the detailed monthly tasks, I feel a bit at ease that I can accomplish all these things without feeling overwhelmed. Since I have a 10 month old baby who enjoys being adventurous, I have been able to declutter my living space and give him his own play area. This is an amazing feeling!
Thanks So much for writing this book. It is truly a blessing!
Melissa, New York City, USA
Thanks for your most useful tips, I now just have to apply them to my life.
Marietjie de Beer, Bloemfontein, South Africa
"Thank you, Yvette, for allowing me to participate in your great site. Your letters have helped me spot areas I need to work on very badly. I moved my mother in with us three years ago and since she insisted on bringing most of her things with her, I had to clear out a lot of my hobby and craft supplies. I have "stuffed" all of them into two other already-filled-to-the-brim rooms, but keep procrastinating in sorting, tossing and storing things because I can't really decide which ones I want to pursue. I've been taking a "Scarlet view" of it all...you know, I'll think about that tomorrow?...but after visiting an extremely disorganized relative, I think I have a better chance of getting back to the task. Wish me luck and again thank you for all the good advice."
Mary Fulton, New Caney, TX USA
Let me start by telling you how much I've enjoyed your book, Get Myself Organized. Having read many books on organization, I found your most relatable to me. I love your writing style and your common sense approach to staying on top of things. I'm looking forward to your next newsletter.
Audrey Nelsen, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I really enjoyed your book. I have read many organizing books and I am always trying to become more efficient in doing things. The thing I liked in particular about your book that I have not come across before was the message that "I am doing this for myself" When I was young we had a very orderly family. My dad was in the navy and used to having everything very orderly. I only had one sister and neither one of us was particularly messy. We had one dog and no other pets. Everything stayed organized and relatively clean without a lot of work. I have 4 kids, 2 of them boys. We live on a farm with 5 horses, 3 dogs, 12 or more cats, 2 rabbits which are always having babies, and any number of snakes and lizards or frogs or salamanders that the children have caught. We live on a dirt road which is always muddy or dusty and seems to find its way into the house regularly. On top of this I home school the kids so I spend a lot of time doing this and also the kids are always here--messing the house up!! I would not change our life for one like my childhood, but I would like my house to be as self-cleaning as my mom's. It seems that I am the only one that cares whether or not the house is neat. For the first time I had an organizing person tell me that instead of trying to change them I need to remember I am doing this for myself. That is really the truth of it. I love a neat clean house. I get frustrated when I can't keep it that way. Now I say to myself, when I am cleaning the same entry rug for the 5th time that day that I am doing it because I want it clean. The kids did come in the door they were supposed to come in and wiped their feet and removed their shoes and even put them on the shelf, so they did their part. This has really revolutionized the way I feel when I clean. I am so grateful for your advice.
The other thing I liked was that you broke the organizing down into the decluttering, then organizing, then deep cleaning. This has revolutionized the way I try to teach the girls to go through their stuff. I used to think it all had to be done together. This is very inefficient and the kids lose interest and make more mess before they ever make progress. With this method I give the kids a specific part of their room, a drawer, desk, etc. and only ask them to toss the junk and relocate whatever does not belong there. This is manageable for them and there are instant rewards, even if it is not dust free at this point, they can stop and still see progress. It is also not likely that they will just junk it up again, knowing that the decluttering is now done. This method also gives them time, a day or two, to live with the space before assigning specific things to it. It allows time to purchase containers if needed. It also allows them opportunity to toss the stuff they held back in the beginning and then decided it could go. Finally, it becomes a pleasure to deep clean the newly organized area instead of a dreaded chore midway through a gross organizing job. I am very excited with the book and information. Keep writing. I really enjoy your newsletter."
Bev, Waterford, PA, USA
I'm still busy reading but have already put a couple of things into practice.
Just to let you know that I almost missed my flight last week reading your book!
Your book is excellent and is very simplistic and easy to follow. I've started doing some changes in my personal life and realized it was easier to read the book but I will persevere.
Sandra, Johannesburg, South Africa
I am still enjoying the book and reading more than doing at the moment but have implemented a few little things so far.
I feel the main reason I became interested and decided to buy your book was due to my clutter both mine and my kids' clutter is becoming a huge burden and really getting me down. I think the room rotation and just the thought of only using half hour at a time is more appealing to actually getting it done than completely turning one room upside down and being in utter chaos and not wanting to continue with it!
I do have a quote that actually my daughter quoted to me when she knew what I was reading - she is nearly 7 and said she will help me de-clutter so she can have friends over more often and know where everything is and maybe do a car boot with the items she doesnt want anymore. Thats providing her 3 year old sister doesnt get to them first!! Your book has inspired me to slowly de-clutter in room rotation and as I dont have too much spare time can work this in nicely and I am looking forward to having an orderly house back again!!! Thanks so much."
Amanda, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
I am enjoying your book. It has really helped me, especially meal plans section. Now I always have something prepared at home and most importantly on time. I find grocery and other shopping easier this way. Planning my mails has made me even spend wisely and usefully. I cant thank you enough for this. The part where you insist getting up on time, dish washing and Washing, i simply follow those now and I cannot thank you enough for that advice."
Priya, Cape Town, South Africa
I've finally finished reading your book. It was great and I'm going to start making those daily/weekly lists after I write to you!
Now I recognize that my auto-pilot wasn't programmed properly. I will make changes so I'm following a thought out, planned course so I know where I'm going and will stop flying round in circles.
I found this book gave me common sense guidelines to house keeping that I had never learned or asked about when I first left home. I'll be passing on what I learned to my children and look forward to being more at peace with my home and family (instead of being peeved the cleaning fairies didn't show again).
Tracy, Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia
I just thought I'd write a "Thank you" for your e-book. It has been a life saver. Only starting this week it has helped a lot. It's funny how I knew all that needed doing and the constant planning and (you know the rest)....You make it easier to start and you have taken the tonne of pressure off.
Thank you again. Life is great when organized."
Hayley Richardson, Sydney, Australia
I love it. Thank You. I'm implementing and its actually making a difference already.
I'm less stressed, clearer in the mind, and I have a tincy bit of 'free time' starting to appear.
It really just hit home, the penny dropped, just how important organisation is - just how it changes how you feel, operate, enjoy your day. Its kind of like sifting through the rubble and starting to see some daylight - if that makes any sense. I can see I'm going to start having time very soon for the actual things that are important - like reading and writing with my 5 year old, I want to start studying again - that now seems possible."
Tracey, Sydney, Australia
This is the first book I am reading chapter by chapter like 'holy book' out of 100's of personality development books/ebooks which I read so far. It's really getting on with my rhythm.
I was amazed by the changes of my approach towards life. Your book is really super practical and easy. I found that I had been a 'perfectionist' in my life so far. Thank you so much."
Krishna, Sharjah, UAE
Am beginning to work through the Get Myself Organized strategies in your
It makes so much sense - thankyou - it's like finally being able to see the
trees after being surrounded by a forest of things that could do with
As a wife with grown up children all left home, working fulltime and
studying post-grad, it has sometimes felt like a balancing or juggling act.
I have enjoyed the way you gradually structure the organisation
process -so thanks in advance - these are early days but I have a sense of
being on the right track and already feel a rise in confidence from knowing
that it will get more organised and manageable as I stick at it.
Keep up the great work"
Christine Riddy, Feilding, New Zealand
There is nothing like moving home to get organised.
In the last two weeks we have moved to a duplex, installed our mildly handicapped daughter in one to ease her into independent living and moved into the other during major renovations. It has rained solidly for two weeks, particularly heavily on the day of the move. We have not established outside areas for the dogs yet so have had a very wet Irish Wolfhound and Labrador inside for most of that time (on ivory tiles - thank God its tiles and not carpets). However, all the confusion and stress (plus a smaller kitchen) has strengthened my resolve to simplify - I have chucked out 90% of my 30 year collection of plastics, glass etc. etc. Now we are using our "good" glasses for that glass of wine and guess what - wine tastes better out of crystal. Also gone are the boxes inherited from Mum when she went into a retirement village and couldn't part with her memories and left them with me because I had the space. Gone are the collection of antiquated Christmas decorations. All the woollen blankets saved (we all use doonas) have gone to the Lord Mayors Winter Appeal (Australia). So far the Salvation Army has received 10 boxes of crockery, pans etc. Anything I haven't used for 2 years has gone, some things I didn't even know I had.
My husband is a builder and gone are all the bits of timber, doors, windows that might come in handy one day (except for one piece of cedar that is his retirement project).
Gone is the oversize furniture that fits the entire family around (bought for the annual occasion the whole family was together) and we found we can move around this house freely.
Gone is ALL the tarnished silverware (except for the kids christening cups and they have been sent to them to look after).
The mending box is empty - most of the stuff had been in there for years waiting to be mended - tossed it all.
The emotionally kept but otherwise worthless ornaments inherited from my great grandmother are gone except for about 3 pieces.
Gone are all the old dog collars and tags kept over the years of faithful pets now passed on.
Gone is everything I can't fit into, haven't worn for 12 months as well as half my husband and daughter's wardrobes.
So, despite the trauma and damp dogs, I am on the way as long as I can keep the pace up.
Thank you for a wonderful site and book."
Meg, Newcastle, Australia
I needed your book to push me to get motivated. I have always been great a
buying "organising products" eg plastic tubs / files etc - just getting down
to it is hard. I can't function when in a mess, so for example I have put
my paperwork into files (as you suggested) before I can attempt to organise
it. Also I have just made the bed - even though I will wash sheets - just
so I can operate in neatness and not get bogged down!! Thanks for the
Jenny, Perth, Australia
I would like to say - a BIG THANKS for giving me a great insight of an 'organised' person! I realise how important it is to review my errands lists daily! It makes my life a lot EASIER!!! I wish I could have read your book and e-mail 8 years ago!!! I have been struggling with my personal paperwork as well as cases with 9 different solicitors! My life is a lot better now and still keep updated with my solicitor!
Many many many thanks! How can I thank you enough?!
Freelance TV Presenter (BBC)!
British Sign Language User (Deaf)
"It is time to thank you and let you know that I am on my way to a more controlled life. I still have a lot to do, but so far I am
1 Finding one home for all things that I want to keep. I had too many places for some items.
2 Opening my mail right away and putting a reminder into my computer calendar so that I know when the bills are due. I will no longer wait for a day to pay the bills but do them a few days before they are due.
3 Opening my mail near the paper recycling container so that it can go out for pick up without having to find it first. And all addresses and private information go to the paper shredder."
Bee, Sioux Falls, SD, United States
I have just finished reading your book. I printed it off as I enjoy reading
and will often have a coffee while shopping and then read some.
Initially when I was receiving your email tips I didn't think I'd need to
purchase the book as I was already organising my house/work/life (this had
been a very slow process, for the past few months). Then I read where you
said that if you didn't work out why the clutter existed then it would only
come back again. Well, I'm still not sure exactly why, but I think it is
linked in with respecting myself. I'll have to work on that one....
In the meantime, I have enjoyed reading your book. Now I can arm myself
with lists and schedules, so I can divert the distractions. I work from
home so distractions come easily!
I also realise that if I wish to outsource my jobs, than I also need a type
of instruction manual with a realistic time frame attached. This will help
All of this is now possible because I have read and absorbed your book.
I'll still need to go back and re-read some of it to ensure I'm covering
everything I need to. But for now, I'll start implementing the ideas, and
go from there.
Thanks so much.
Vickii, Perth, Australia
I love your book! I am still busy reading it and can't wait to really get stuck into my new organized life!
I am a hopeless perfectionist and can relate to everything you say in the book. The hardest part will definitely be to stay in the time frame for each task. When I decide to clean the kitchen bench top, I usually end up cleaning the oven inside out and wash the windows and wash the floor with a toothbrush, all in one go... and then I am usually late for work! Vacuum cleaning is a nightmare because it takes me ages to finish because I end up vacuuming the sofas and the walls and the ceiling corners. I am wondering if I should clean the whole house from top to bottom first (maybe on the weekend) and then carry on with the routine and stick to the time allocated to each task."
(Yvette here - the answer to this question was NO!)
"Anyway, I wanted to send you a message, 'cause it feels like I know you personally! Thanks for a great book and helping me sort out some crucial points."
U. Grobler, Wellington, New Zealand.
I've enjoyed reading your e-book. I have to say its a real comfort to read it. A lot of it is common sense ideas, and it reminds me a lot of the folklore that my mother used to tell me over the years, as she is quite organised in her household. Whereas I was the opposite. I love to read your thoughts, as it inspires me when things are down. Thank you and keep up the good work with your project."
Ida, Brisbane, Australia
I’m so glad that I purchased your e-book and will be forever grateful to you for writing it. I’m finding that the simple act of glancing at my ‘daily routines’ is keeping me in check and motivated….even though a lot of the things have become second nature, just to be reminded to take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost in preparation for dinner, rather than half cooking it in the microwave at 5.30pm is priceless! A wave of completion washes over me once the morning routines (including my now daily exercise) are done and then I shift a bit of focus onto the de-clutter and clean. I’m only about 8% of the way through my home but can see the results very clearly (no more pink grout in my shower) and vow that this is the new me (and our new home) and am even looking forward to maintaining it all. It’s quite bizarre, as I’ve found that more of my home is cleaner and I seem to have more time for ‘me maintenance’….I had a lovely foot soak last night, have been exercising in the mornings, have caught up with more family & friends, am booked in to have a check up with my doctor in a few days and the 2 little ones will be checked over by the community nurse tomorrow (which was quite a bit overdue) ….all because I made time ..…many thanks to you!
Once again Yvette, thank you for your part in helping me feel better about myself and my home. Have a great day, 'cause I am!"
Tracey, Dural, Australia
What I have read "speaks to me". Right from the start.. what I am discovering is that I am not a born disorganized person.. but I do have a problem making decisions and your step by step presentation has brought about changes in my thought process already. You know this all comes at an interesting time because with the side effect of chemo therapy.. what we call "Chemo brain" is created a special challenge for those of us trying to complete tasks without wandering off into a myriad of other distractions. I have no doubt there are a bunch of us cancer survivors facing this problem. Your e book is yet another support in getting on with my life in some very
basic ways that have become somewhat more difficult due to this
hopefully temporary condition."
Julia, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
"Yvette's e-book helped me to realise I wasn't as disorganised as I thought.
I valued her perspective, as a mother of young children. She reminds us that
the top priority is to get plenty of sleep and to allow time to relax and
calmly handle the interruptions children always bring to the best laid
plans. I have no children but I found her ideas very relevant to improving the
quality of my lifestyle.
Her writing tone is warm, encouraging and very readable. It's about doing more with less stress, feeling powerfully in charge of day to day time management."
Sue, Wellington, New Zealand
"My motivation levels have increased immensely because I now have a
'plan of action'."
Shanda, Victoria, Australia
I really loved your book. I was very nervous about ordering an e-book and despite all your reassurance was afraid it might just be a scam! But I was feeling so bad about things that I decided it was worth the risk and am really pleased I did as the book is even better than I expected.
The main and unexpected benefit was your insight into what can lead to disorganization ie the contents of Chapter 2. This led me not only to recognise how disorganization was the result of some psychological issues but that it was also aggravating them! It even helped me re-appraise how I deal with my teenage daughter!
I liked the chapters on daily routines as I guess they seem really achievable and just having a list seems to ensure they get done. ie if I am feeling tired or fed-up, previously I would just do nothing, now I just go to the next thing on the list as it requires no effort in decision making.
Frances Lack, Penzance, Cornwall, UK
"Thanks so much for your book. The tone of your writing is kind humorous and uplifting. I've already been able to implement some of your suggestions, but today I needed to remind myself of what you said -- that I already made the decision to get out of bed so don't think about how down you are (I am lately) just get up. Your words are going to be with me a long time, because I needed help in some very concrete areas of my life. Again, thanks so much.
L Johnston Filios, Iowa City, IA, United States
I did enjoy the book and I've read it through a couple of times.
I'm still working on getting myself more organised in some areas but I have already implemented the menu planning. It took a couple of hours to think about and sort out the first one which I did for a whole month but it has really made so many things easier, the shopping, organising the freezer, no more having to think about what to have, the children think it's great they know exactly what they will be getting, and my daughter has even started cooking a few of the meals for me so it is ready when I get home from work. She knows what needs to be cooked without having to wait until I arrive home and then start! It's a miracle...
Trudie, Fleet, Hampshire, UK
Thanks very much for your book. I really enjoyed reading it and have already started to get organised.
I bought the book as I needed a plan/strategy to get going. I have a 12 month old baby and am working 4 days a week. It is very hard to find time to get everything done - and for months now tasks and mess would continually build up and become overwhelming.
The thing I liked most was the practical and do-able plan of action. Breaking it down into routines and room rotations helps to make the process of becoming organised achievable. You don't need full days of uninterrupted time to make progress - 15 or 30 mins here and there can work. I also like the quick clean suggestion - I was always overwhelmed by the task of cleaning the floors as I thought it had to be done perfectly and so I rarely did it and only vacuumed. With a crawling baby it is essential and so I have started the weekly express clean. I am working on menu planning and a master shopping list now too - something I have also thought would be great, but never had the inclination to do it.
After reading your book, I feel a bit more in control and inspired to get organised. Thank you!
Lucy Harel, Wollstonecraft (Sydney), Australia
Just to say a HUGE thank you for the e-book! It's absolutely marvellous and EXACTLY what I needed! A new time has come in the Holmgren household! Bless you for doing such a fab job - I LOVE your sense of humour, I think it's because you're Australian (I'm English but married to a Swede - Swedish women are INCREDIBLY house proud and I feel like the ugly duckling!
Jacqui Holmgren, Norrkoping, Sweden
Thank you so much for your book. I believe it should be mandatory reading for anyone contemplating leaving home and or getting married. Blokes should equally read this manual just to get an idea of what we women do.
My daughter is 25 , just married and is expecting her first child in 6 months. I have been trying to help her organize her home, finances and health. Three most important things in life not necessarily in that order. You can talk all you want, you can go over to her house and do a massive clean up for her, you can organize her bills and have her in some state of calm and cleanliness. This however always ends with the same result - failure - because I am doing it for her.
When I discovered your book I read it and the first forty pages were absolutely brilliant! You have managed to get to the real core of the problem we all have within us and your sense of humour makes it all bearable. We have to fix ourselves first.
I sent the E book to Lana the next day. (By post after I printed it out!) She rang me while reading it and the change has been phenominal. Once we realise that we are doing it for ourselves and we cannot change people around us and we not responsible for their mess it is easy. With luck we can influence them to some degree and they may come over to the "Organized Side". I am very pleased to say that Lana is now well on her way to a much calmer, and organized life with a massive boost to her confidence and self esteem.
Thank you so much!
Jayne McLean-Hodgson, Brisbane, Australia
"I have been reading the e-book by sections, and so far, I think it is wonderful and gave me a lot of good ideas that I want to put in practice. Your section on feeling good about yourself was really good. I am learning to take better care of myself. The section on self-image was excellent too. I thought that you were writing to me. And the sentence "you deserve to treat yourself well, and being organized is a sign of self respect" make me think a lot because I never saw it that way.
Consuelo, Brisow, VA, USA
I think that your book is absolutely brilliant!! Reading it is like reading my own thoughts but all neatly arranged and concrete!
I am just starting up as a Professional Organiser. Your book is a fantastic kick start for me. Thank you."
Margie Theakston, Canberra, Australia
"I LOVE YOU! (in a non-threatening purely fan-based way!!)
I've been reading your book - I action things as I go along - and it is the single best investment I have ever made, better than the house we are building I say!
I have problems with anxiety attacks and depression and have to take medication daily. After finding your book I am making huge leaps forward with my life. I have moved to part-time work for a while to help me get back on track but your book has really helped. It came at the right time as our house will be finished in 6 weeks and I am using this time to set up all my lists/files/goals and completely declutter the house and set the new house up in all your fantastically recommended ways. I can do my weekly household in 2 hours on a Tuesday morning now, I never have more than 3 things a week to iron, if I have ironing and I don't feel like things are getting on top of me.
It is one of those books I will refer to in years to come - should I ever feel a little overwhelmed.
Thank you for writing it.
Michelle Peterson, Brisbane, Australia
I have really enjoyed your book. I have been busy trying to put things into practice i.e. allocating time for everything and following it through. The book actually broke down daily routines and put them in sequence that really makes sense. The points made are directly applicable and results are immediately obvious.
I have read quite a few materials on getting organised, managing your time, etc but this definitely stands out because of its daily relevance and comprehensiveness. My suggestion is for anyone that wants to really benefit from this book is take it in steps."
H. A. A, London, England
I just can't begin to tell you how much your book and newsletters have changed my life! I LOVE reading your writing style. The newsletters keep me focused on the things that are important to me. Rather than just a how to book, your moral attitude comes through very well on how to live one's life to the fullest and the best. Thank you so much for deciding to reach out."
Jen Jameson, Portland Orgegon, USA
"Thank you very kindly for your very speedy response to my e-mail and thank you as well for your words of advice.
I was most impressed with your introduction to getting organized. I was quite at the point of desperation, but your words spoke to me eloquently and seemed to get to the heart of my problem.
There is just ssoooooo much information in this e-book, that while I am "running" through it, grabbing tidbits here and there, I just know I will be reading it more than once. Every page had some insight on it that I take careful note of.
Your section in the e-book on feeling good about yourself was a serious lift. Yes, I did go out a buy myself some lipstick to start. Yes, I am beginning to see myself in a different light. Someone who really does matter in my life. Yes, I am learning to take better care of myself.
Things are going rather well, I must say. I am still working on your book, and yes, it really is a huge benefit. I am now going thought it and highlighting a lot of what I consider quite important, and believe me, many of the pages have more than a few lines highlighted. That, of course is just the way it should be.
In reading through your e-book I have found the practice of day to day events being guided – naturally. Yes, there are still a great many messes in the house, but, what has been tidied is staying tidied, and that was so important. There is no doubt in my mind that you were heaven sent."
Elizabeth, Winnipeg, Canada
Just to give you some feedback about your newsletter and ebook. I am an organised person who allowed disorganisation to take over my life for just over 20 years. In fact I was "too organised" which attracted a lot of "criticism/attention" from others around me, so I sub-consciously let it slide to my detriment. My mission now is to reclaim it. I am now taking control of my life in many areas, and have since learned that my greatest strength became my greatest weakness because I took it for granted. In doing so, I have noticed the synchronicity with the theme of your newsletters and the things I focus on the be re-organised. Meal planning has been the focus for me this week and lo and behold a newsletter on meal planning. So thank you for being so in tune with the messages of the Universe and supporting me along my journey to reclaim my gifts and achieve my dreams.
Maureen, London, England
I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your articles and I have been reading your ebook. It has helped me VERY much. I am very grateful that I found your website. Before I found your website I was getting so frustrated with myself because I knew I needed to get organized but just didn't know how and that overwhelmed me even more. You have given me direction to improving my life. I feel that everyone who is "organizationally challenged" ;0) should get the chance to read your book. You write in a very understandable way and the humor you incorporate in you book makes it easier to relate to. It makes me feel that I am not the only one with this problem and that encourages me to take your advice.
Thank You so much!"
Charity Wittman, Cody, Myoming, USA
Wow. In reading this, I was blown away by your quiet truth. I've been spending much time on self-analysis lately, and your simple truth about how we can view discipline struck a mega chord in me. I realized, while reading, that I have always thought, "I have to choose between achieving my goals and being happy". I never realized that I could be happy AND achieve my goals!!
I am consciously incorporating this into my goals for weight loss. I will get back to you in a few months as the changes occur.
As for the e-book, I am floored with its fabulousness. I have been on holiday for the past month, so my sister has been reading my copy, and my dad has given your website to a couple people. I love that you talk so much about internal motivation and reasons for disorganisation....that is very important, in my eyes. I've learned that before I make a change I must understand WHY I'm doing it or else the change will be temporary at best. You put things so clearly and so simply, I keep having AHA!! moments as I read it.
So thank you for listening to your calling, going out on a limb, and creating your own business. I sing your praises to all I meet! And I look forward to seeing these changes -- however small -- I am making, under your suggestion, manifest in my life.
Megan Phillips, Vancouver, Canada www.meganphillips.com
I am still reading the book. I am seeing myself in a lot of what you say in the beginning. I was always so stressed out and overwhelmed by everything I thought I had to get done, completely, in one day. No one pressures me, but me. I am glad to know I am not crazy, or lazy. I have to take baby steps to do this, so I am taking my time reading. The advice and the knowledge in the book is extremely helpful and gives me hope. I've already found confidence in decision making. I had no self esteem whatsoever, but I'm working on it. I haven't quite jumped into cleaning regularly yet, but I am getting there. I would get so overwhelmed every morning, thinking I had to clean the house top to bottom, perfectly, that I would just go back to bed and set the alarm in time for me to go pick my kids up from school. And I hated that feeling. I got depressed over it. I've made a million lists thinking that would fix everything....ok so now I'm treating you like a therapist.
Thanks for the book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling like I am/was."
Jennifer Hollums, Griffin, GA, U.S.
The effect of your e-Book on me has really been quite profound. Since most of it spoke directly to me like some sage counsellor who had been sent to inspire me out of the doldrums, this should come as no surprise! I now clearly see my domestic nightmare as a symptom of the struggling person I have become and I can't wait to get to the point where I have worked through all the stages you suggest and feel myself empowered again.
I am full of hope that all you have said in your e-book will come to fruition in my life. I can now see why thing have gotten so out of hand and it isn't because I am a despicable sloth, I just didn't have the insights I needed to wage war on bad habits and shabby attitudes, but you have provided those now. You can't imagine how grateful I am to you.
Pam Kelly, Mittagong, NSW, Australia
I thoroughly enjoyed your book. I tackled it by a quick read through it all, then going back to chapter one and working my way through, working out my routines, systems and room by room routine, assigning days for everything. I have now started on my lists, planning whilst sitting in the garden in the sunshine. I love the structured format given, to get myself organized for life without obsessing and relaxing with less than 100% perfection.
Mandy Gerrard, Bristol, United Kingdom
I found your website and decided after reading some tips that I had to buy your e-book. This is a first for me, I have never yet bought an ebook online, so kudos to your site!
Obviously you touched a big chord in me: although my house isn't as bad as something they might show on TV, we (husband, 2 school age kids) live in a dusty old house with badly laid out rooms and few cupboards, and perpetual attempts at renovation. I feel so overwhelmed by the clutter and chaos that I am either exhausted or panicky so I get nowhere except for re-arranging the dust. I am now also allergic to house dust and have been coughing for 3 months now after a minor chest cold, exacerbated by the dust. Did I mention dust?
I pore over your book each evening. I haven't quite finished it yet, but I am starting t make (more (and more sensible)) lists and plans. I feel like I can really take control and get this sorted! There is a noticeable difference already.
Theresa Hargitai, Cape Town, South Africa
Regarding the e-book that I purchased from you, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write it.
I have always seemed to lack the organizational skills required for things to be ticking over the way I would like. Since reading your book and implementing your suggestions, I have seen a massive difference in my life already. For the first time (in a long time), I feel that I have a day to get on with. Since becoming a full time mum and homemaker I have felt out of action, as I love to go out to work. I didn't have the skills required to make home life work until now, thanks to you. My home looks better, feels more peaceful, I no longer fear anybody calling around and as for the pile of post that I was collecting in a haphazard manner, well its gone. I can find things, and I haven't even finished yet. I look forward to the next job, knowing its another step on the way to an even tidier, cleaner house. So thank you.
I think one of the most useful parts for me was decision making. Being a Libran, I seem to particularly struggle with this but I listened to what you said and stopped questioning my decisions and feel that I have moved on. Also, the fact that everything is laid out step by step means that you don't actually have to make any decisions if you don't want to, they've already been made by you, which was extremely helpful.
Once again, thank you, I have been making lists, rules, plans etc for years now. Thank goodness you seem to have it all worked out.
Julie, Manchester, England
I wanted to thank you for your ebook, newsletters and daily tips. I purchased the ebook in April after visiting my cousin, who has a very clean and organized home. When I got back I felt depressed and frustrated. My laundry was overflowing out of the closet, the dishes where stacked up in the sink on the counter and on the table. The house was a mess and I didn't even know where to begin.
I started scanning the Internet hoping to find a way to "get myself organized". I found articles, suggestions and "helpful" hints. Soon I was printing things out and writing down notes only to find myself spending more time on the Internet and writing than actually accomplishing the tasks that lye ahead. The problem was everything sounded great, but I was never motivated and getting organized still seemed unattainable. Then when I was near the point of self implosion I found your website. When I read your home page, I kept thinking...this is me. Everything from missing important deadlines, late fees because I hadn't opened the mail in months, never being able to stick to a budget, funky smells coming from the kitchen and bathrooms to purchasing new clothes because all of our clothes were dirty.
We had $80 dollars in our account, but I knew I had to buy the book. Despite not having very much money I purchased it...never looking back.
I began reading and suddenly felt a new sense of determination and focus. For the first time in my adult life I knew I could do it. I started small. Taking it one step at a time. Soon the dirty laundry pile was disappearing, the funky smells had gone away and I was actually on time to several appointments. I have even started utilizing a calendar and keeping track of our finances. I now have a savings...it's small, but what an accomplishment.
One story that I want to share happened about a month after purchasing your ebook. My husband was training for his EMT certification and we had to travel to the city where he could do his 12 hours at an ER. When we returned home my husband and sister-in-law went to class<