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What I'm Reading Wednesday: The Little Book of Tidying

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  Today I'm reading The Little Book of Tidying: Declutter Your Home and Your Life by Beth Penn.  Beth is a professional organizer, and she has written the best little book!

Little, being the operative word....

Look how small the book is!

But don't let the size fool you.  It's chock full of fantastic information of not only how to get rid of clutter, but also why we hold onto things long after they are no longer useful to us.

Also, the book discusses the science behind clutter.  Yes, this phenomenon has been studied, and it's interesting to read about the effects clutter has on our physical and emotional well-being.

Having a tidy house in and of itself might not have any value.  But what it gives us is time.  It frees us for other activities, and if we change our spending habits it can give us the time and the means for more meaningful experiences rather than things.

Beth Penn outlines the process for decluttering our environments (home and work) and our lives.  She also explains how this is an ongoing process, and I plan on implementing many of the new strategies I learned from reading this little yet mighty book!  I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants helpful hints on how to declutter.  By the way, some of her techniques are truly creative and brilliant!

One of my favorite tips in the book is to "beware of the organizing tools aisle."  It makes perfect sense because if you don't have tons of stuff you don't need bins in which to keep it!

What are you reading today?  Have you learned anything super-cool?

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. She sounds a lot more fun than crazy-as-a-loon Marie Kondo (I get agitated whenever I think of that one!) and I love those illustrations. Definitely would check it out.

    Reading two things -- The Great Gatsby (should finish that in the doc's waiting room today) and Doris Kearns Goodwin's "No Ordinary Time" on the Roosevelts. Almost done with that. I'll take a lightweight break after that! Probably a mystery!

  2. Yes...I totally agree with the organizing aisle warning. Best advice I have ever heard from an organizing book.

  3. I love books that inspire me to work in my house. I go in spurts! lol I'm reading the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen...I can't stop! Hugs, Diane

  4. Yes, I am a HUGE FAN of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, though I have to get past the romance part a lot of the time. <3 Your artwork is amazing for your stories!!! Pinned to my Tomes to Read board on Pinterest for you, btw. Would love to win! The organizing book looks good, too! I have piles... Organized chaos with a lot of stuff put away then reappearing... Hiding from photos! ;)

    Have a great day,
    xoxo Barb :)

  5. That is the cutest little book. I think I need to get me one. I have a lot of clutter to get rid of.

  6. I've been working on this here all summer. I should get the book! I'm about to start The Paris Wife..........

  7. Now this is a book I should read!!! As for your question about the door - It is a pic I took at the MacKenzie-Childs Farmhouse in Aurora and is the Buttercup pattern, which is retired. It is my favorite pattern and there is also a bedroom there painted in this pattern, too. This is the door to the Butler's Pantry and I didn't mean to imply I painted it!!

  8. I was inspired to declutter by the other organizing book but found some of her ideas very weird!! I will have to see what Beth has to say.

  9. I am ready to do a real purge, but I just keep putting it off! I need a peppy little assistant that I can supervise to do the hard lugging stuff for me! You're so right, you don't need bins if you don't have stuff! Okay tomorrow I vow to fill at least 1 garbage bag for donations!

  10. Just now seeing this review - many many thank you's for giving a lovely shout out:)

    Beth Penn


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