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Like many, I bought this book having watched the series. It certainly projects the personalities of Clea and Joanna - it even contains a quiz on which presenter you are most like and little ‘true story’ anecdotes about their experiences so it is a book as much about the presenters as their suggestions for organisation. It has beautiful photographs and numerous name drops of ‘famous’ people but is a disappointment. The sections on organising spaces if you are a fashion blogger or party planner will only be useful to the few. I had hoped for practical tips for organising your average home , eg a section on suggestions of how to use different ‘bins’ for storage or how to organise a wardrobe rather than a closet that contains more shoes than I’ve had in my lifetime ( I don’t actually have a shoe cupboard) . I expect the idea is for the reader to translate the organisation of a huge walk in pantry to your kitchen cupboards but if you are looking for a book full of practical tips I don’t think this book delivers.
I found this book an enjoyable read - it has the same humour and tone as the THE Instagram and tv show so if you enjoy those I’d expect you’d enjoy this. It does talk about how to work out your organisation style etc but it’s much lighter on practical organising tips than their Conquering the Clutter book. If you’re after a manual to help you declutter and reorganise your home I’d suggest Conquering the Clutter instead. I’d probably categorise this book as more of a coffee table or lifestyle book, with a few hints and tips in there. I liked this book but I’d definitely say less useful if you’re staring a jam packed under-the-stairs cupboard in the face.
I wasn’t impressed with this at all. More reading and little images to demonstrate ideas which I felt was a let down. I like to see the ideas and had bought this book expecting to see plenty of illustrations of how things would look and projected ideas. It wasnt so
I was really excited to get this because I love the Home Edit instagram. Unfortunately, the book is not that useful. It's basically just buy things to hold your stuff and put your stuff away in rainbow order. Do not recommend.
I had expected that the book would provide practical advice, tips, options and suggestions where to find a variety of storage boxes, etc, but it doesn’t. For the most part it contains stories about the authors and their clients, and pictures of cupboards, shelving and storage that are not really achievable in the average uk dwelling. And while filing books etc in rainbow sequence can look pretty, how on earth do you ever find what you’re looking for?
After devouring The Home Edit series on Netflix, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I wanted to love it but felt like only 25% of the book catered to the average person and 75% for a celebrity or someone with LOTS of space. Four pages on different strategies to organize your pantry or kitchen would be more helpful than four pages about how the closet of an Instagram famous pug was organized. Most people are working with small spaces not wondering how they can organize their "napkin closet".
Overall, I think this book read more of a "this is what we did for X celebrity in their massive home with lots of space!" than guiding the average person with their clutter and organization challenges.
I bought this book when it was on sale, kindle edition for just £1 seemed too good to pass up. I wasn't expecting much beyond cool pictures of celebrity homes and organising tips I've heard a hundred times, so I was definitely pleasantly surprised when the team I had dismissed as being 'style over substance ' after seeing their Netflix show turned out to have written a book containing a lot of great advice for creating practical and sustainable organisation with a short chapter on style at the end as an afterthought. The kindle edition was really well constructed too, with working links and the ability to make pictures bigger and zoom in on them. It does play up the 'characters' that the two of them perform, and there are plenty of less useful tips - I think the client they did this for is the only person in the world with a 'resort' closet. But overall, they did a good job of disguising the pictures of celebrity homes that they know people are really there for as demonstrations of some of the tips they're talking about for organising different spaces. I don't care that the Instagram famous pug's costume closet isn't a space everyone needs tips on organising, it was just cool to see! I would definitely recommend this book for people looking to make their lives more organised, as I genuinely think this book contains well thought out advice that will really work for people. A big surprise, definitely, and I'll be picking up their other book if it also goes on sale for £1 for sure.
Like the rest of the world, I watched this show on Netflix and then became very interested in arranging my tea bags in colour order! But seriously, I bought this book earlier this year and I just savoured it. It's in very small chapters, not patronising and it is inspiring - shortly after reading, I pulled out my kitchen cupboards! Even though I don't have lots of sports paraphernalia, or some of the things mentioned, it was still enjoyable to read about them and the images are lovely too. Perfect to read with a drink and looks nice on the coffee table too!