Careful What You Wish For - Hallie Ephron - Organizer Don'ts & Spoiler Alerts

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Hallie Ephron, author of Careful What You Wish For, did a superlative job immersing herself in an Organizer's world. I have huge respect for a writer who visits NAPO-New England (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) to get the insider's perspective. Was even more gratified to see Kathy Vines, Clever Girl Organizing, herself the author of the incredibly empowering Clever Girl's Guide to Living with Less, in the acknowledgements. Kathy is good people.

I thought it marvelous that Ms. Ephron concluded her book with suggested questions - most of which hinge on organizing - for reading groups! Equally delightful, Ms. Ephron openly acknowledges inspiration from Patricia Highsmith's detective fiction Strangers on a Train.

And now for my take on the actual book. Lots and lots of fun, and so full of Organizer DON'Ts it ought to be required reading for the NAPO Certified Professional Organizer® exam. Don't share an enormous glass of wine, or moaning about your husband, or identifying details about clients, with clients. Bad juju, mojo, karma, rule-of-three repercussions and generally anti-Girl-Scout. And oh wow, such AWFUL clients. Enough to scare newbies away from the profession.

And, I contend as always about make-believe Organizer shamuses, our Organizer heroine, Emily Harlow, is a TERRIBLE sleuth, no competition at all to a Miss Marple or Nora Charles. Fictional Organizers need to stick to what they know best, sorting and baskets!



Comments (3)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Lauren,
I'm a good organizer. I just have too much stuff so the key to my future organization is purging.

Oct 30, 2022 09:20 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Carol Williams Purging does sometimes help. Lauren

Oct 31, 2022 08:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Sometimes books fail to give the real story of how things are done. Thank you for the review of the book, I am an avid reader who always likes to change things up. Happy organizing to you!

Oct 30, 2022 06:02 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Glad you like it, Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO! Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2022 08:57 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Love the costume! Lauren

Oct 31, 2022 08:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Oct 31, 2022 05:20 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Kat Palmiotti You're welcome! Lauren

Oct 31, 2022 08:25 AM