New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf

Our library system can keep me busy reading organizing books for years! I just finished reading New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf as a follow-up to The Art of Discarding. The best part about New Order is its detailed resourcefulness. There are lists of charities and several website and apps suggested throughout the book.

Personally, the best part about reading this book was her suggestion to use an app as a daily to do list. I used lists on old-fashioned (joyful) paper to accomplish daily tasks. Yet, when I downloaded Wunderlist, things got, well, awesome! Wunderlist allows me to enter any task I want to get done (and I can categorize it by any lists I’d like). I get to enter the date and if I’d like a reminder, and also see a daily and weekly breakdown. It has a satisfying “ping” when I check an item off the list, and I can modify daily tasks to include last-minute things to accomplish. Finally, I can alter due dates of things that didn’t get done, and get reminders for those in the future. In fact, this blog post is on my to do list for later this week, but I had 30 minutes before a library run, so I looked ahead at what I could start and, well, here we are. Did I mention Wunderlist is free? How fantastic is that?

I took another great nugget from this author about budgeting work time (again she suggests a handy website). I’m trying it with my children and may implement it in our homeschooling routine, which is just around the corner!

I’d recommend this book to those who need specific resources for donating items or really need to work on budgeting time. What great organizing book do you love?



— Brenda

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