A Booksmart Review: The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection by Linda Samuels


The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection

by Linda Samuels, CPO-CD (Oh, So Publishing!, 2009)

In The Other Side of Organized, Linda Samuels guides the reader through a process to discover a level of order that is both comfortable and sustainable. She recognizes that both chronic disorganization and obsessive organization are detrimental to living a full life. “Whether you consider yourself chronically disorganized, highly organized, or somewhere in between, my hope is after reading this book you will feel inspired to pursue a level of organization and balance that works for you.”

The book is a compilation of motivational blog posts organized by season and theme. Linda’s conversational tone allows us to welcome her as a friend. And throughout the book, she encourages us to identify our own personal organizational and life balance goals and to be gentle with ourselves when we struggle to achieve those goals.

Instead of providing instructions on how to get perfectly organized, Linda helps us determine what organized looks like and then encourages, motivates, and supports us in reaching our own goals. As a master procrastinator, I particularly appreciated her kitchen timer technique for staying focused. I simply set a timer for 15 minutes and used that time to focus on a project I was avoiding. Not only did I make progress, but I also took comfort in the fact that I could stop just as soon as I heard the buzzer!

The new year is a time for resolutions; January is National Get Organized Month. Now is the perfect time to renew your commitment to get to the other side of organized.

Reviewed by Erica Holthausen