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Is There Such a Thing as a Pre-Book Review?

Have you heard about the new trend of coming up with one word to define your whole year? I can’t seem to come up with a word myself, but I have come up with two books. Have I actually read either of these two books? Of course not. Why not you ask? One, who has time to read books? More on that later…And two, I am afraid of what will happen if I read both of them.


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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (The story of my work life)

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (The story of my personal life)



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I get paid to/i.e. live to bring order to others’ lives by teaching them to let go of the wardrobe items that no longer serve them and discover the ones that do. So you’d think I would have read this book hot off the printer, gobbling up every morsel I could to regurgitate to my clients as a motivation tool. Not so much. And why not? Because especially since my second son was born followed by a renovation project, my home feels like one big organizational project I will never get to. I’m afraid that if I read the book and then still don’t have to time to apply all of the principles to my own life, I will feel like a failure. And being a girl, I’ll probably cry too! But wait, what has changed in the past week? Well for one, I finally purchased the book after reading amazing blogs on it from two of my best organizer friends, Kacy Paide and Rachel Rosenthal. Click on their names to read their take on the book.) And two, I completed two of the many projects on my endless list last weekend (my underwear drawer and kids’ clothes we don’t need anymore). It is unfortunate that I had to lose a lot of sleep to do it (I wasn’t kidding about having no time), but it felt sooo good! Good thing the book is relatively short…

The plan? Read the book this weekend and do my own closet on Monday with Kyle! Check back here for updates.



Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte

This book is pretty much the story of most modern women. As I like to say, I feel like one big cliche since starting a family! I’m very, very afraid that this book will stir up resentment and frustration, partly towards my husband, partly towards myself, rather than offer me answers to what can seem like an unsolvable situation. This unsolvable situation is the good luck of having a career that I love, perfectly amazing and gorgeous children, a beautiful home, and a loving husband. All wonderful things, but also very time consuming!!! Oh how I’d kill to spend a whole day reading a book in bed, or for that matter maybe just 30 minutes! Nevermind all the time I’d like to spend clearing my clutter after I read the Marie Kondo book! All seem like crazy ideas these days.  So how am I going to read this book, in my so-called “spare time”? I’m going to LISTEN to it.

Shout out and triple thank you (again!) to Terry Monaghan of Time Triage who is the person who finally got me to download LOVE HER. Now, instead of stewing with resentment and exhaustion while I spend an hour or more every evening putting the house back together again,  I look forward to it! Even after taking a day long workshop and hearing Terry speak at a luncheon, I still got so much out of her book 101 Things to do (or stop doing) to give yourself more time RIGHT NOW! I’m telling you, buy it. Now. In fact, I loved her book so much I wrote my first Amazon Review ever for it.

The plan? Listen to the book and get back to you with a real book review.

Thanks for listening!


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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with women who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York areas.

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