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3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly Disappointing 6 Feb 2005
By Peggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's hard to describe a book of over 500 pages as superficial, but that's exactly what it is. Chopping up complicated problems into a half-dozen "steps" might make them seem more achievable, and it does make fairly entertaining reading, but it trivializes the very real problems that I think most people would buy a book on organization for. I don't think it will help you get a handle on your paperwork or household clutter, won't help you organize your weekly schedule any better, and won't give you a more serene approach to inevitable problems. Elements of those challenges are touched on in dozens of one-page chapters, but not in a systematic way. This book makes you work way to hard to dig out the advice you need.

Reading through the other reviews, I note that most say they look forward to reading the book or plan to keep it as a reference. That's fine, but it doesn't make it a great book on organization for those who want to get or stay organized. For them, a single page to "Create a Flawless Filing System" is inadequate and a comparable amount devoted to "Become President of the United States" is absurd.
185 of 201 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment 12 Mar 2005
By Anne Masterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book based on the 5 star reviews, and they were not even close to being met. Many of the lists were overly simplistic without any helpful organizing tips at all. Even more annoying was that virtually every list crossed referenced at least one other list, so one had to keep flipping around to get some sort of cohesive idea of what the organizational tips were. Perhaps if less time had been spent on titles like "how to win an academy award" , "how to fend off pirates" and/or "what to do in an ebola break out" (I am not kidding, these are actual lists)and more on actual real life organizing, I would have gotten much more out of this book.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Peter says "Everything," he means it! 31 Dec 2004
By Barbara R. Herbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been following Peter Walsh's advice since "Clean Sweep" was first broadcast, and it makes a world of difference. To have this advice - and more - in one place, accessible at any time, is invaluable! He addresses just about anything that comes up in life - home and garden, personal issues, office, social, careers - you name it! Each entry has step-by-step instructions, along with "Tips," "Who Knew?" and "Warning" notes on the sidebar. The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow. Anyone who is "born organized" will find that this is a great confirmation of what they've been doing...and they will still learn more tips! A definite 5-star rating, and worth every penny! You won't regret buying this book - I've read a lot of organizing books, but Peter's is definitely the best of the lot!
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 25 July 2006
By A. Yee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Perhaps if the book had been titled differently, I wouldn't have been so disappointed. It seemed like many articles would be a stretch to be categorized under organizing and so specialized it seemed like many people wouldn't even find helpful: "Become a concert violinist," "become a catholic nun," "Organize an archeological dig," "start a knitting circle," "organize a film festival," etc.

Those subjects that were helpful were so short and general that it seemed to be total common sense, and usually could be distilled into 1. clear out the place 2. toss what you don't need 3. go shopping for things to help you organize and 4. put it all back neatly in groups. I'm being overly simplistic but those who are looking for detailed nuts and bolts for getting organized will be disappointed.

If they had called it "500 Ways to Getting It All Together" it would have been more appropriate. However, calling it a book on organizing only fits in a loose sense.

On the positive side, I do have to say it was a nicely organized book in terms of layout and logical order!
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Organize Just About Everything by Peter Walsh 11 May 2005
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This acquisition is perfect if your purpose is to organize a household methodically. The author provides details on how to

weed junk mail, establish tickler files and calendar important

deadlines. The book assists in balancing home life with work,

budgeting and "to do lists". The volume even covers the details

of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as junk food avoidance.

The author provides websites for selling off unnecessary personal

items. i.e.

- Craigslist.org

- Bidadoo.com

- Monster.com job search

- Half.com

- Makeovermatic@substance.com

Purchase this book if your purpose is to bring permanent

organization into your house for the foreseeable future.
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