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Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines

Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781328508256. $30. HOME ECON
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Lifestyle expert Stewart offers suggestions for getting and staying organized in her latest book, the culmination of decades of research for her magazine and TV shows. As expected, both time-tested and fresh ideas are packed into an attractive format (heavy on bullet points, charts, and checklists) that lends itself to browsing or quick reference when tackling a particular challenge. Part 1 helps readers organize the year with color-coded calendars. Part 2 is a room-by-room guide to organizing items stylishly and offers storage solutions and projects for combatting clutter. The last part focuses on routines for everyday life (even showering) and special occasions by outlining supplies, manageable steps, and schedules.
VERDICT Readers on a budget or establishing a household will find inspiration and customizable ideas here. Those seeking a philosophical discussion about downsizing or decluttering as they undertake organizing should also look to Margareta Magnusson’s The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning or Joshua Becker’s The Minimalist Home.

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