More Space. More Time. More Joy! Organizing Your Best Life
Lisa Dooley, author
Monday morning. Anywhere. Standing in your cluttered mudroom. Your youngest can’t find her backpack and “lost” her permission slip. The middle child is shouting from the bedroom because he can’t find his phone or soccer cleats. Your oldest needs the missing car keys. The phone is buzzing. Your partner is looking for the laptop charger because it’s missing, again. Did I mention that it’s Monday morning? Perhaps you’ve read a lot of organizing books. You’ve followed the checklists, the diagrams for folding your clothes, and feng shui’d the heck out of your life. Yet nothing has changed. You can’t seem to get, or stay, organized. The stress and unhappiness levels are going up daily. More Space. More Time. More Joy! is a new way of looking at organization that gets to the heart of the hows and whys to help you make lasting change. Let’s get started….
Organization teacher Dooley aims to help readers better organize their homes in this helpful debut. She starts with defining which spaces need to be focused on (for example, entryways and home offices) and what type of organization systems and products to use, though she stresses there is no single “right way.” In the second section she dives into hands-on practices: untangling electronic cables, sorting through the hundreds of emails clogging one’s inbox, and making the most of social media without overdoing it. The final section, “More Joy,” is the highlight, where Dooley tackles personal organizational challenges: photographs, memorabilia, and, of course, one’s closet. Dooley readily admits that her own office is cluttered at times—and that a trip to the Container Store probably won’t solve everyone’s problems—but asking questions such as “is it necessary?” or “do I love it?” can help. Dooley is unapologetic as she encourages readers to take control of their lives and their space sooner rather than later. Dooley’s firm take on tidying should resonate with readers who worship at the shrine of Marie Kondo. (Self-published.)