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Trade Paperback
192 pages
Jan 2012
Harvest House Publishers

365 Ways to Organize Everything

by Emilie Barnes & Sheri Torelli

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Emilie Barnes and Sheri Torelli make a rather bold statement in claiming they have 365 Ways to Organize Everything. In fact, their book's title reveals the simultaneous strength and weakness of the book. On the one hand, they hit on most topics of special interest to modern women: how to clean and organize bathrooms, closets, kitchens, bedrooms, and cupboards; how to prioritize work, overcome procrastination, defeat clutter, shop more effectively, and save money; and how to enjoy holidays and vacations, plan for spring cleaning, and even run a garage sale. Unfortunately, because they promise to organize "everything," they don't go into much detail on any one given topic.

Entire books have been written on money management, but here, in Chapter 8, the authors give some very basic tips, such as turn off the TV when you are not watching it, invite people over instead of going out to eat, and don't let your faucets leak. There is nothing about investing funds, reducing mortgages, leveraging cash flow, or buying stocks or bonds. And, stylistically, most of the chapters are mere bullet-point checklists of actions to take, with very few anecdotal examples or written out explanations or demonstrations.

Emilie Barnes has been writing motivational books and time management materials for women for several decades, so it is not surprising to see a lot of recycled ideas in this book. Still, she provides applicable Bible verses to help people with poor planning skills and poor organizational abilities. Here tone is not sarcastic or bitter, but rather encouraging and empathetic. This book would be most functional if a reader would take one section at a time and work on improving that area of her life rather than trying to check off all 365 tips and suggestions. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

Book Jacket:

Bestselling author Emilie Barnes teams up with fellow home-management expert and author Sheri Torelli to provide readers with an all-in-one collection of ideas, shortcuts, and inspiration to bring beauty and order to every aspect of their lives and homes.

These creative, experienced coauthors of the popular More Hours In My Day (over 240,000 copies sold) offer women proven ways to:

  • organize, clean, and maintain every room in the house
  • prioritize time to best serve their families, and God
  • clear clutter and create space for more peaceful living
  • simplify meal planning, preparation, and cooking with fast tips
  • plan efficiently for daily needs, special trips, and family activities

Readers will refer to this practical resource again and again to discover the freedom and gift of conserving energy, space, and time and turning those resources toward richer, more joyful living.