Pretty Neat Review and Giveaway

by Shannan on March 14, 2011

Organization is something of a dirty word around my house. I get one area cleaned up, and by the time I get through the next one, the first is a disaster zone again. I’ve never been one to claim to be domestic, by any means and I came by it honestly. I grew up in a house where the house being clean was not the #1 priority, so it’s never been mine either.

One of my biggest organizational challenges in my own home is simply the amount of storage space we have. There can’t be a place for everything when you have more stuff than you have places. The toys are overflowing the bins in the kids’ room, the closets are stuffed full. There are even boxes of junk that we “might need” sitting in the bathroom corner. It’s a bit of a nightmare. I need to weed out and store smarter!

I was recently sent a copy of Pretty Neat by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, the creators of Buttoned Up, for review. This book is packed full of organizational tips that might just be the ticket to getting my organizational life on track. While I haven’t yet had a chance to put the tips into practice, I’m excited to dive into reorganizing my life soon.

One of the main focuses of the book is letting go of perfection. I’m something of a messy perfectionist, myself. The chapter about Eliminating Excuses, the authors address one of my own biggest issues, reminding us that it’s okay if things aren’t done perfectly. I tend to put off tasks until I have the time to do them thoroughly, rather than working on them gradually when time allows.

The book includes plenty of tips to make getting your home life, work life and even your inbox under control easier. Even with these great ideas that are shared, I love that this book isn’t a step-by-step, one-size-fits-all instruction manual. It gets you thinking about what’s important for you and what will work for you, to keep your home happy and stress free.


I have been given the opportunity to give away a copy of Pretty Neat to one of my readers! That winner will also be entered in a giveaway for a $200 gift card to help with their organizational goals and a selection of Buttoned Up products ($50 value), being drawn from winners across this blog tour.

To Enter: Tell me the biggest organizational challenge in your home. What’s the one area or flaw that keeps you from being your best?

For extra entries (main entry must be completed first)

  • Tweet about the giveaway (no more than 2x per day)
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  • Friend me on Google Friend Connect

Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on 3/21. Winner will be drawn by and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a replacement winner will be drawn. US Entries only, please.

*Product provided for this review, opinions are my own*


1 Karen Leigh March 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

What’s the one area or flaw that keeps you from being your best?

My biggest problem is creating a great routine (that works amazingly when followed) but my weakness lies in actually following it every day. I admit to ignoring it far more than actually following it. *sigh*

2 Karen Leigh March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm
3 Karen Leigh March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I’m following you using google friend finder! =)

4 Cori Westphal March 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

That would have to be my dining table. It’s where all of the school papers and homework goes. It’s a total mess. I’d love a way to organize it all!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

5 Cori Westphal March 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm
6 Cori Westphal March 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I’m a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

coriwestphal at msn dot com

7 Cori Westphal March 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I’m an RSS subscriber via Google Reader.

coriwestphal at msn dot com

8 Giant Sis March 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

My desk is my problem. Papers just don’t make it to the filing cabinet – and instead, they congregate in piles all around my keyboard and mouse! And the problem is that I wait until I have a TON to file instead of doing it a little at a time. Then it is overwhelming, and I’d rather just throw it in a “to be filed” box and wait for filing it all later!

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