I decided to include this review here as well as on my normal book review page because after two years of my house and my life being under involuntary remodel I'm ready to dive back into organizing again. Hopefully, I'll be sharing plenty of before and after pictures for you soon!
First, Organize Your Way!
Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever!
Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.
Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!
The authors are sisters and that makes for a great dynamic. Check them on in the book trailer below.
Weird book lover moment: I am so glad I got a physical copy of this book rather than digital. It's a cute size and a cool texture. It just feels good in your hands.
Organize Your Way is a fun read. It never felt intimidating or overwhelming (as some organizing information can.) I wanted to implement the strategies immediately because they made sense for me. What makes this book stand out from everything else out there about household organization is the personalization.
The strategies are based on your personality type. There is a short quiz at the beginning of the book. You can also take it on their website Pixiesdidit.com (which is what I did.) I will admit determining my type from the quiz results was slightly confusing. Mostly, because I didn't understand the directions. So, I don't blame the authors for that.
Readers are encouraged to not blindly follow the results of the quiz but to also read the summary of each personality type and determine which truly describes them.
My quiz results were more "Who I'd like to be" than "Who I am." After reading the summaries, it's clear.
I am an Organic Structure.
- I like to make piles.
- I like things where I can see them.
- I like routine, schedules and calendars.
This translates into what type of organization works for me. It also creates conflict since I live with other humans who aren't my clones and have different organizational ideas.
Basically, it finally made sense that every time I try to declutter or organize something for my youngest daughter, her response is a quite exasperated, "It's FINE, Mom!"
If you don't speak teenager, that is code for, "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!"
This system is not just about making an area look pretty, although that is going to happen by default.
The main tenant of the system is retrieval. Can you find what you need when you need it?
My method of retrieval might be different than yours, or my very artsy teenage daughter, and, "It's fine, mom!"
Organize Your Way addresses each room with universal tips that can be applied to every personality type then breaks down very specific suggestions and guidance for each type individually, complete with "Pixie Tips" side bars and adorable illustrations. Each chapter concludes with a checklist for that household area. There are specific chapters on dealing with toys and conflicts that arise when two personality types have to co-exist.
I whole-heartedly recommend this for anyone interested cutting the clutter and add some organization to their life!
Start with these top ten Pixie tips!
Top Ten Pixie Tips:
1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!
2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.
3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.
4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.
5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.
6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.
7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.
8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)
9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.
10. There’s no best way to organizeHere is where you can find out more about the Pixies.
Visit Katie and Kelly’s Website: http://www.pixiesdidit.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixiesDidIt / @pixiesdidit