Category: Top 10

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Posted March 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Top 10 / 1 Comment

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin, Kelly McMenamin
Published by Sterling on March 14th 2017
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 256
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Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever! Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.   Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

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I posted this on twitter last night. Organization is HUGE in my life. If I wasn’t organized I wouldn’t be able to work 3 jobs, run a small business, volunteer, run a blog and jump start a family. I often fall off the wagon but I always end up coming back to a need to know everything that’s going on in my life and have it written down.

We are on Spring Break this week and of course I have a to do list. A big one was reorganize my pantry. Suddenly having two growing boys in my house has been a little big of a shock. Man, do they like to eat! I needed room in my cupboards for cereal and snacks that I’ve never used before. I ended up going through all my baking supplies. Because I didn’t even know what I had, I ended up rebuying things. A lot. I’m ashamed to admit that I found FIVE bags of sugar in my cupboard. FIVE. This is a start and I’m looking forward to this book to help me organize even further. These 10 tips came a long at exactly the right time for me!

Top Ten Pixie Tips

1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!  

2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.  

3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.

4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.

5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.

6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.

7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.

8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)

9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.

10. There’s no best way to organize—just the best one for you!

About the Authors

–Bio: Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin are sisters, professional organizers, personality-type experts, and founders of PixieDidIt! Their business is an outgrowth of buttoned-up hedge fund analyst Kelly spending 30-odd years trying and failing to get her messy older sister Katie, a writer, to be more organized. Countless fights ensued until they had an idea: What if there is more than one way to organize? Today, they spend the bulk of their time organizing for clients, writing for their website, and giving talks on how to organize according to your personality type. Kelly lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and Katie lives in their hometown, the Land of Champions, aka Cleveland, OH, with her husband and three daughters.


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Top Ten Tuesday #6

Posted February 21, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 3 Comments

Books I Loved Less/More than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

The Pleasant Surprises

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I don’t often like poetry, but this book spoke to my soul.

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

I wasn’t expecting to love this, but the mystery had me hooked from page one.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I kind of disliked Everything, Everything because of the ending. I was reluctant to pick this one up. Needless to say, so glad I did!

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw

I recieved this in an Uppercase box and was initially SO disappointed. When I finally read it I felt silly for my first reaction. Parts of this book made me giggle out loud.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Every once in awhile a book truly resonates with us. This was one for me. And to think I almost didn’t pick it up at ALA over the summer.

The Semi-Disappointments

*Disclaimer: There are things I really enjoyed about each of these, but overall they didn’t live up to the hype for me. I would still recommend these books because they’re all good stories.

Literally by Lucy Keating

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows



Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Too Late Top Ten Tuesday #1

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish All About the Visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels and Picture Books Kendice had written up this Top Ten Tuesday of graphic novels for last week, but I didn’t get it posted in time. I really enjoy her picks though, so I wanted to share them with you. I’m calling this feature Too Late Top Ten Tuesday. I hope that it won’t happen that often, but I could see myself not posting TTT’s on time in the future as well. Sometimes I’m not the best about posting things on time. Have you read any of these? Based on the fight for civil rights and his involvement, this book is captivating and a necessary read for all Americans. It gives you insight into a true American Hero’s experiences. I’ve used this story to teach several times, and even my fourth grade babies have thoroughly enjoyed it. Mortimus is a gentle, zombie soul looking for love. His hilarious mishaps will make readers giggle. This book is a classic and will go down as one of my all time favorite books. It’s about love and sacrifice. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing with your life? 🙂   This just brings me back to my daughter’s toddler years. This book has very limited words, but […]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Kendice’s Top Ten Romance Books & Movies Movies! Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley This is one of my all time favorite movies. I love the casting, especially Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. The music is beautiful and just adds to the overall feel and slow-burn. I swoon for Mr. Darcy, honestly. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days This movie is so cute. I can’t help but love it and her crazy antics trying to push him away. Plus, I always love a happy ending. Ten Things I Hate About You Heath Ledger was such a hottie. I love the angst and feminism that Julia Stiles brings to the movie as well. (Emily: I absolutely love this movie too. It’s one I can watch over and over again!) Save the Last Dance I’ve watched this movie probably over 50 times, no joke. I think this is the movie that put my attraction to other races into words, so to speak. I felt like their journey was one I could see myself in one day. Ever After: A Cinderella Story Another movie made by the cast, in my opinion. Drew Barrymore was amazing. Plus, I feel like Cinderella retellings are my jam. Books! (Emily: All of Kendice’s picks are great. The only one I haven’t read is the Mara Dyer trilogy. I need to get on that!) A Court of […]

Posted February 14, 2017 by Emily in Top 10 / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Best Books of 2016! I know, I know- basic. BUT this book was so amazing and there was no way I was leaving this off the list. I pre-ordered and then procrastinated because I knew it was going to mess with my emotions, but it’s so worth it in the end. I can sum up my greatest love for this series in one word: RHYSAND. 🙂 Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven I can’t say enough about all the good things about this book. I wrote a full review-but the highlights are body positivity, diversity, and the sweet romance. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Another book with a full review, but this definitely makes my top 2016 reads. I loved the interracial relationship, the own voices representation, and the mix up in traditional gender roles. If you haven’t read this one, you must! It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover I’ve heard differing opinions on this book, but I absolutely loved it. It was heartbreaking and felt real to me. I also think it could give strength to women in similar situations. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Definitely not a 2016 release, but still one that sucked me into the entire trilogy this year. I loved the mystery and, of course, Noah. This one is probably going to be […]

Posted December 27, 2016 by Emily in Top 10 / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Ten Books or Bookish Goodies I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree The Harry Potter UK box set is so high up on my wishlist! They’re beautiful black and white covers with colored spines and they’re gorgeous. It would be a dream come true if Santa left my all time favorite stories under my tree. J.K. Rowling inspired Funko Pops! I am slowly building my collection of HP pops and now I have all of the Fantastic Beast characters to salivate over. Pops are so cute, but I rarely buy them for myself. If Old St. Nick stepped in, I would be a happy nerd. 🙂 Another wish to feed my HP obsession is the illustrated edition of the Chamber of Secrets. These books are so gorgeous and I definitely intend to read from them on my next reread. Eleanor and Park Exclusive Special Edition is a new edition with fan art. I lent out my copy of the original, so this would be a welcome treat for me under the tree. I really, really loved the first two books in Melissa Landers series Alienated and have been itching the read United. Etsy is a wonderful thing in the life of this booknerd. There are so many awesome book goodies on this site, one of which being the perfect ACOMAF pillow. It reads “Looking for my RHYSAND in […]

Posted December 20, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 9 Comments

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

10 Contemporary Books to Buy to add Diversity to Your Bookshelf This book is so relevant to some of the social issues we’re facing in the United States today. I loved the dual perspectives because it made the story not just relatable, but easier to understand because I am white. I highly, highly recommend this one for all ages and races. . This is a middle grades book, but it is so good! If you have kids, are a teacher, or just want some insight on a tween boy who grew up under rough circumstances but found a positive outlet in running track, pick this up. . This is a heart wrenching kind of book. I enjoy a lot of true crime shows and have found myself watching documentaries on kids being accused of committing murder at  young age, so I was drawn to this one immediately. Mary is black and was accused at age 9 of killing a 3 month old baby and now after years of time in “baby jail” and a treacherous group home she finds out she’s pregnant. This book shows that sometimes the whole story isn’t told and you can’t always judge a person based on appearances. . I love this book so much. Definitely top 5 of 2016 for me. A mixture of fate, logic, and interracial love is just the beginning of […]

Posted November 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 1. This is the newest book added to my TBR! I was cruising IG and came across a post by Uppercase and read in her comment thread that this was a Robin Hood, but with a female MC. My interest was piqued immediately! I absolutely love retellings and I can’t wait, even though it will be potentially for another 8 months for this one! 2. I heard about this books quite a few months ago and wanted to read it then. The pictures of the new ARCs reminded me that it was coming soon and I officially added it to Goodreads. Black Lives Matter is such an important movement right now and as a white woman I find it essential to read everything I can that will help me understand things that will open my eyes to others’ realities. I’m looking forward to this one. Hurry up February! 3. Wait for Me is by one of the Swanky 17’s author. I love historical fiction with a bit of romance, so when I read the description it was an immediate “Want to Read” for me. I also love reading and supporting debut authors, so it’s a win-win. 4. The cover of this book has caught my attention […]

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kendice in Events and Features, Top 10 / 1 Comment