I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace

I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace

by Glynnis Whitwer

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Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application, "I Used to Be So Organized" presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today’s overwhelmed woman.

"I Used to Be So Organized" addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can’t get a handle on their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized . . . Ten or twenty years ago. But now, life seems to hand them one distraction and challenge after another, and “helpful technology” that just seem to add to the problem. Just when they think they have “caught up,” something else changes, and there’s more to be done.

In this book, Glynnis Whitwer addresses the issue of organization based in this new reality of information overload, overwhelming choices, increased expectations and technology advances that won’t slow down. This book contains twenty-three chapters, each short enough for a busy woman to read during a lunch break.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891129981
Publisher: Leafwood Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 716 KB

About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer is one of the online devotional writers for Encouragement for Today with over 375,000 daily readers. She is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the editor of the P31 Woman Magazine. Glynnis also maintains two blogs: glynniswhitwer.com and HerOrganizedLife.com. She is the author of When Your Child is Hurting: Helping Your Kids Survive the Ups and Downs of Life (Harvest House, 2009), work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home (New Hope, 2007) and co-author of a Bible study series entitled Kingdom Living (Ampelon, 2007). She has been a guest on Living the Life, Moody Midday Connection, and other programs. Her writings have been featured in publications by Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Moody Publishing, P31 Woman, and others. Glynnis, her husband Tod, and their five children live in Glendale, Arizona.

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I Used to Be So Organized 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LHB More than 1 year ago
This review is from: I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace (Paperback) I Used to be So Organized has chapters on organizing your closets, your kitchen and your kid's toys. There's a great chapter on meal planning and quite a bit of time devoted to managing the technology that enhances our lives and distracts our minds. If you need detailed instructions to help you tackle your bulging pantry, there's no shame in that. And I Used to be So Organized will take you through it one shelf at a time. I don't really need step-by-step directions on how to organize. It turns out, I'm what Glynnis calls "Situationally Disorganized." My "situation" (new baby, new house) has led to a state of disorder that is driving me crazy. As she puts it, "When I find myself in a place of situational disorganization, I'm usually frustrated. I'm not frustrated with anyone in particular, except myself for not being able to pull it together." At this point, I was pretty sure she'd bugged my house. She goes on. "That's when I need to apply God's grace to myself." That line may be the best piece of advice in the whole book. And that is what I loved about I Used to Be So Organized. While it's full of organization tips, good for both the situationally and the chronically disorganized, Glynnis Whitwer bases everything on a solid Biblical foundation. My highlighter got a workout on the chapters about setting reasonable expectations and establishing priorities. There were many "a-ha" moments, but these words had the most impact on me at this time in my life. "I wish someone had told me that God would not forget me, that I was right where he wanted me and that I should relax, accept my new normal, and see the opportunities he had placed in front of me." I Used to Be So Organized isn't just about cleaning out from under your bed and there's no pressure to keep your home in a perpetual state of photo-shoot readiness. It's about organizing your life. Not so you can check something else off your to-do list, but so you can fulfill the calling God has laid on your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was possibly the best organizational book I have ever read and I have read many! It was neither judgemental nor preachy, and was chock full of really good doable ideas. It will remain in my tablet as a reference work I will use many times. I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the clutter and wants a practical solution to the situation. Brava, Glynnis!
Deanne-GG More than 1 year ago
Glynnis Whitwer's book has been an absolute gift to me. I desperately needed help in restoring order to my home and developing a plan for household tasks. The book encouraged me to declutter my mind and my home and to re-examine my priorities. Health challenges had led to my abandoning routine tasks and settling for whatever I had done to my home when I moved in two years ago to a brand new house. Now I faced the accumulation of books, papers, and bad habits. I am so grateful for the progress I have made by implementing many of the book's suggestions. While there is still work to be done, I now have the tools I need to tackle one area or one big project at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't find anything new in this book. There is a heavy dose of Christianity which may or may not be what women are looking for in an organizational book. I was given this book and read it from primarily from an organizational perspective. For me, the most annoying thing was the cutesy way the author seems to sidle up to her reader. My own girlfriends don't even do that! My advice: if you're looking for an organizational book, there are a lot of others out there much better than this one. If you're looking for a book on Christianity and don't mind some organization tips, this might be for you! KristaG in VA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book offered encouragement, piratical tactics to use, and all around grace. I over came my defeated mentality tof my unorganized label and have actually started making progress. Great book.
Sherry9464 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! It's more than just another organization book, although it's great in that aspect - it's also about prioritizing life to make sure first things come first and the rest comes after. It's about not letting your self-esteem be measured by how your house looks and what others think of you. Five stars from me.
musicmomof2 More than 1 year ago
I'm only halfway through this book, but there are a lot of good tips. I am reading through this as part of a Bible study and it helps expand on what Glynnis says in the book. I would recommend this book if you are feeling "disorganized" and need God's guidance to "reorganize".