• Organizing for the Rest of Us

  • 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (488 ratings)

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So you want to keep your kitchen counter clean but you aren't ready to toss the toaster? You want to be able to find your kids' socks but aren't looking to spend your 401(k) on clear bins? You long for a little more peace, but minimalism isn't sparking joy? Decluttering expert and self-proclaimed recovering slob Dana K. White offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home in Organizing for the Rest of Us.

Traditional organizing advice never worked for Dana K. White. Is it possible, she wondered, to get organized without color coding my sock drawer? As Dana let go of the need for perfection, she discovered the joy of having an organized house in the midst of everyday life.

In Organizing for the Rest of Us, Dana teaches us how to make great strides with minimal effort in organizing every room of our home. Here she offers 100 organizing tips to help us understand:

  • Why changing how we think about clutter is the first step to getting rid of it
  • The basics of organization for people who don't like to organize
  • Why you need to get a grip on laundry and dishes before getting organized
  • How living with less clutter is better for the environment, our spiritual lives, and our relationships
  • Why real-life decluttering requires fewer hours and less emotional bandwidth than we imagined

Organizing for the Rest of Us is perfect for anyone:

  • Doing spring cleaning
  • Making New Year's goals
  • Downsizing their own home or their parents' home
  • Decluttering and organizing for their own peace of mind

Fans of Dana's podcast, A Slob Comes Clean, which has been downloaded nine million times, will treasure this book as a resource. With her lighthearted approach, Dana provides bite-size workable solutions to break through every organizational struggle you have - for good!

Accompanying images are available in the audiobook companion PDF download. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Dana K. White (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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Helpful book for cleaning and organizing your home in a simple way

I am a big Dana K. White fan and own both of her other books so was excited to hear that she had a new book coming out, Organizing For the Rest of Us. After preordering the audio version,
I received an advance copy of the book to review.

Organizing For the Rest of Us contains 100 strategies that walk the reader through how to have an organized and clean home. The first several strategies help the reader see that too much stuff and things not making it back to their home (procrasticlutter) must be dealt with so that when you clean your home, you can actually just clean and not spend hours picking it up first. The next section of strategies walk the reader through how to declutter and make progress in even short five minutes decluttering sessions (hooray for not emptying a whole shelf or dresser to declutter). The strategies found in part three all involve the “container concept.” Everything that holds things is a container. How many pens can you keep? As many as will fit in your pen holder. How many books should be your limit? As many as will fit on your bookshelf. Even the home itself is a container, determining how much furniture can comfortably fit. Parts four through nine focus on specific areas of cleaning and organizing - cleaning routines, kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, laundry, and my personal favorite “procrastination station elimination” (strategies to help you to do a task right not and quit procrastinating). The final section includes a few strategies for dealing with sentimental clutter.

Because this book is written in short and easy to digest and implement strategies, it is a great resource for anyone needing help getting started with cleaning and decluttering. People that are not naturally tidy will enjoy Dana’s relatable tips with her great sense of humor sprinkled in. This book would be best for people new to Dana K. White and have not read her other two books or for someone wanting a quick refresher on her tips for getting your house under control and keeping it that way.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and feel refreshed to tackle some of the problem areas of my home.

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Finally, someone who understands!!!

I have always felt like everyone has their stuff together but me. I can do complicated things but laundry... dishes??? Impossible!

Trying to organize is a disaster, it always looks worse than when I started. I always thought I had a motivation problem (I have ADHD), but Dana enlightened me. I have too much stuff!

I have preordered the Audiobook and received an advance print copy as part of the launch team. It was an amazing read!

Dana made me feel like I was not failing at this whole adulting thing, and that there are so many others like me out there. Her writing has just enough tough love to get you going and not get distracted mixed with the compassion of someone who has been where I am right now. She gets it!

Her book is to the point (unlike my review...). The strategies are short, which makes it easier to go back to review when you are working in a certain area of your home. She is also a step ahead, knowing what you probably already tried (because she tried it too), and will remind you that it doesn't work so you don't try to keep doing the same thing that is already not working for you (keep piles, I am talking about you).

There is a tip in one of the strategies with a colander and aluminum foil (I will keep it vague so I don't spoil it) that blew my mind.

I cried at the "Final Thoughts" at the end of the book. She
KNOWS what I am going through, she described me and what I feel. It is hard work but I can't wait to be on the other side, once I find and start living under my clutter threshold.

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LOVE Dana <3

I have listened and re-listen the kindle and audible version of her other books. This one is the perfect quick reminder, I will most certainly listen to it over and over again while cleaning. If it's your first time encountering the author and your house is a complete disaster, I would say maybe listen to her two other book first(or after but I think the full books would be more helpful to start from scratch) this is a good book to remember some of the strategies gathered through her other books,blog and podcast. I just think she is wonderful and super funny, usually a motivating thing when everything in your house is an overwhelming chaos and you feel no one on earth is like you. You are not alone <3

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Great advice, but repeats from previous two books

I really love this author and how she narrates her books. Written and read like a straight-forward but sympathetic friend.
If you are the type of person who wants a cliff notes version of her first two books, or benefit from having the same information repeated to you in a different way, this book is fantastic.
If you have already read her first two books, and your brain starts to tune out what you hear when you recognize repeated information, skip this book.

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Great book! I love it when the author reads their own book.

I pre-ordered this book on Audible and the author was kind enough to send a PDF copy in advance to read. I have Dana’s first two books on Audible and love that the author is the one actually reading the book. I think she makes even boring topics interesting with her choice of words and phrases (Hogwash. Poppycock. Malarky. Baloney).

What I appreciate most is that she’s real. Her 5 step process and fact based questions feel like a conversation between one cluttered minded person (her) to another (me). There are no magic tricks to keep your house decluttered. You just get started.
“This supply list will be the unfanciest decluttering supply list you will see anywhere, but the lack of fanciness is exactly why it works. Fancy tends to equal complicated.”
Dana taught me to declutter without making a bigger mess and do the easy stuff first. I get easily overwhelmed if I try to pull all my clothes out of the closet at once.
I like the audiobooks because I can listen while I declutter. It motivates me and keeps me on task.

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Last organizing book I'll ever need!!!

I received an advanced copy of Organizing for the Rest of Us as part of the launch team. I have followed Dana for a little over a year and I knew instantly after reading her first book that her and I were the same in so many ways. I have used Dana's decluttering strategies to get out from under the piles and mess that just kept accumulating in my home no matter how many times I spent all day cleaning it. If you follow Dana through her podcast or You Tube videos you will often hear her say something that is so good you will want to remember it, but most likely won't because people are forgetful. This book is FULL of those golden nuggets that she mentions in her every day decluttering conversations with her audience. They are all written out with explanations and reasoning that makes sense to those of us who just can't seem to naturally keep a tidy home. There is brand new information that I hadn't learned from her over the last year as well. If you're looking for quick, no-mess wins in getting your home under control once and for all, this is the book for you!
 

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Procrasta-clutter - It's a Thing!

To be fair, I'm a little biased. I found Dana K White on YouTube almost 18 months ago and I've been following her ever since. I love her!

As soon as I saw Dana had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it. Lucky me, I was chosen to receive an advance copy to review! Get the book - it's another win!

I struggle with messiness. I collect interesting things, sadly, I find everything interesting, and my house shows it. I had moved into my forever home about 9 months earlier and I still had 21 boxes in my living room when I first found Dana. We won't talk about the rest of the house. Her strategies made sense to me, no hard (or ridiculous) questions, just easy to follow strategies.

I got started on the boxes in the living room. I started with the easy stuff. When I was finished, I had 12 boxes to donate, and no boxes in the living room. Sometime in the process I found her audiobook Declutter at the Speed of Life. Game changer! Am I finished with my house? No. But I'm farther along than I was, and I'm still working on it. That's the thing - I'm still working on it and it's getting better all the time. Last fall when was out of state, had an emergency at my house, and a friend and her husband had to go into my house without notice, I wasn't horrified by the idea. Thank you for that, Dana.
Get the book.

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Skip if you've read her other books

Not about organizing at all. It's a decluttering book just like her other 2 books. Nothing new

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It's okay

This was okay at best. I found some of the information contradictory and most of it is repetitive from other cleaning/organization gurus. I didn't care for the tone of the narration, sometimes condescending. And using the word "y'all" was annoying.

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great book

I got an advanced pdf version. read it and love it. great book . It helps to have read all her books. makes it 100 % a better read. definitely helps to give you way to start decluttering your house if in need of a kick start.

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  • landlady kay
  • 01-14-22

More of the same

I love Dana but this was just repeating old ground. Lacklustre performance. Sadly disappointing, especially since I had pre ordered this book and was looking forward to hearing it.
Dana is normally full of fun, with stories and anecdotes bringing her points to life. This time, even she sounded bored reading the same old examples.
Dana's previous books have really helped me to get, and stay, much more organized and I will forever be grateful to her. But honestly this felt like she was pressured into writing a third book but couldn't find anything to say. Her previous books have described the container principle using scarves as an example. Is it really sufficiently different to explain it again by using the example if markers rather than scarves.
Sorry Dana, I suspect you saw a bandwagon and jumped right on it

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  • Victoria
  • 05-26-22

Useful as a reference guide/recap if read other books

I agree with a previous review that if you have read all of the other books and listen to the podcasts/ watch YouTube videos there is nothing new to learn.

However I love that it’s got all of the steps in one place and it’s quick and succinct. Every nugget of information I have learnt is all in one place.

I like to play this whilst decluttering, picking up and cleaning. I find it reassuring in the moment when it all feels crazy to know that I know what to do. I’m literally being talked through the process as I’m doing it.

If you haven’t read the other books then this will give you a quick guide to all of the best bits without needing to read the background (which I love). You can jump straight into cracking on and improving your home.

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  • Mrs O
  • 04-18-22

Love this book for motivation

I usually listened while doing the dishes and it always motivates me. I watch Dana on YouTube but having all of these tips in one place I found really helpful. I like Dana's style of delivery and find I am always given a boost by her awareness of reality and that there is no need for perfection.

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  • Julie
  • 01-24-22

Nothing new here :-(

I'm a big fan of this author, so preordered this audio book. If you've not read her previous books it would be good, but nothing new here. I'm really disappointed and will go back to her previous books

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  • Louisa
  • 01-23-22

Great! It contained only good stuff

This is a great book to start on if you've never read the Author, Dana K White's other books. It introduces the basic principles of her system without overwhelming you and gives you food for thought, as well as 'Oh wow, that makes so much sense; I'm going to do that right now' motivation moments.

If you have read her books before, this gives you reminders of what to do on those overwhelmed days when you look at the remaining piles of stuff in your house and are thinking 'Oh no, what was that thing I read in that book? cause that tip would really help right now, gah!'

Unlike some other decluttering experts, the author has come from being a hoarder of stuff herself. Her experience is what I like most about her books.

She understands and talks through the emotional and psychological reasons/excuses we give ourselves to why we cannot throw something away and talks about other ways of trying to think about the stuff, reusing the stuff and practical ways to change our hoarding habits.

She is the narrator for all her Audible books. She talks in a friendly, down to earth manner and with an infectious positive energy. They are great to listen to, and to listen to for motivation when you are actually doing some decluttering and cleaning.

Her principles have helped me hone my own system and helped so much in finding the words to communicate with my own family about dehoarding, decluttering and changing how we live in and use our home - such as accessibility / user-ability and the container concept. Her books have given me a plan and hope of finally making our way out of the hoarding.

Finally, go read her other books too and find her on YouTube.

Happy Decluttering!

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  • legomummy
  • 01-17-22

Love Dana

I have listened to all 3 of Dana's books (and love her on YouTube too). I think they are great I still feel decluttering at the speed of life is my favourite and has helped me the most. I have mostly got my home under control and didn't really NEED this one but I always find her hints/ideas will spur me on to go a level deeper or get another part of my life under control or help others to do that. Plus I just like the way she puts it/talks. This book I feel is like both books squished together which is just what most people need. But like she said if you do need more help read one of the other books.

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  • Mar
  • 01-12-22

YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ARTISTIC PERSON.

This book covers everything I need to clean declutter and organise my house. To be more precise - this book covers the way I think!
It is fascinating to read a different way of organising myself. I have already used some of her ideas - she’s good at looking at things in a different way to other declutterers and organisers. I like decluttering without mess! It works for me.

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  • Robyn-Maree Penny-Paditz
  • 02-18-22

I'm going to listen again and again.

This book of strategies for decluttering combines hard truths, honesty and so many laugh out loud moments to keep you engaged. The style keeps you listening. Taking away the initial feel that it might just be a long list. It's like the how-to of decluttering that you can always go back to if you slide too. Love this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-22

Quick listen, some really clever tips

I quite enjoyed this book. I really like it when the author narrates, especially if they narrate well! I found Dana to be quite funny and she had some great tips which I have started implementing. I'm going to listen again to make notes of them this time, which is totally doable because it isn't a super long book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

Concise, to the point instructions!

Wish I had found this book first when I’d started decluttering my home, loved the simple yet direct format to help organise a busy families home!

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  • Konica Brown
  • 05-14-22

So relatable

Loved this, I am your people 🙂 so many useful strategies for people like us. Best book of its kind for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-22

Winning

Real insight into the struggles many have had and possible ways to overcome them.

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  • Stephanie
  • 02-13-22

amazing vook

super helpful, well narrated and written! all the tips and tricks work reallt well!

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 01-22-22

Just a summary of previous books

This book would be a good starting place if you haven’t read the author’s other two books on the subject; however if you have, like me, there is nothing new here.