READING LIST #3:

If you’ve never read Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, you must start now! They’re laugh out loud funny! Stephanie Plum is a klutzy, hapless, gun-averse bail bondswoman (bounty hunter) who has a really bad habit of blowing up cars and falling down stairs. She’s also juggling the affections of two VERY hot and sexy guys. I started at “One For The Money” a few years ago and worked my way up to “Takedown Twenty” this week. I’m saving “Top Secret Twenty-one” for a day when I really need a lift.

I highly recommend all twenty-one of the books (plus a few holiday novellas), but I won’t list them all for you. Click on “Takedown Twenty” and you’ll be able to find the rest.

I also read a few organizing books that I’ll review for you.

Declutter Your Life: Quick and Easy Tips for Busy People by Jenny Davis

Amazon gives this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really got the feeling the author understood the causes and costs of having a lot of clutter in your life, and had a good process laid out for dealing with it. She not only tackled clutter room by room, but she also gave tips on dealing with paper and electronic clutter.

She did say proceed at your own pace, but I got the feeling she’d be surprised I’m still decluttering after a year. What can I say? I’m slow, and my hoard was huge. Also, I think her idea of using seven (seven!) sorting boxes is excessive. Other than that, I recommend this book.

Home Organization For a Stress Free Life: Organize Your Home and Eliminate Stress From Your Life in the Process by Alice Richards

Amazon gives this book 5 out of 5 stars. There were a lot of tips about how to organize each room in your house, but most of it just sounded like “buy more shelves”. Maybe it’s just beyond my abilities right now, because I’m still decluttering. I don’t recommend this book if you’re looking for help on how to decrease the clutter.

Declutter: How To Organize Your Life, Maximize Your Productivity, and Enjoy a Clutter-Free Life by Jennifer S. Edwards

Amazon gives this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was pretty short, so it didn’t get into the causes and cures of clutter too deeply. It did give a lot of tips, however, on how to break the sometimes overwhelming job of decluttering into smaller tasks.  The author also gave a lot of organizing tips that I haven’t heard anywhere else. The best part is, she recommended using two containers to sort objects; one is for trash and one is for donations. That’s WAY more my speed than the seven boxes. I recommend this book.

Stay tuned…

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