Book Review & Contest – Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized & Let Go of Perfection
Written by Lisa Montanaro | December 16, 2010

My colleagues Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch of Buttoned Up have co-authored a fabulous book called Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized & Let Go of Perfection. The soft cover book is approximately 160 pages long, and nicely written. One thing I particularly like about it is that it gives readers permission to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and not get caught up in what the authors call “org porn.” The authors feel that “org porn” promotes an imaginary world that is pristine, serene, and flawlessly organized, and makes the average person feel that she doesn’t measure up.

Speaking of the average person (okay, average women, as that is the target market for this book!), the authors interviewed real women and included anecdotes and examples from them. The result is that many readers will be able to relate to the ideas as they are not unattainable — they are simple methods that feel like they can be done! And isn’t that the point in an organizing book?

It gets better. The authors are having a contest and YOU CAN WIN $250! Yes, you read that right. All you have to do is comment below and share your best organizational tip or shortcut no later than December 31st at midnight! The reader who submits the best tip will win $250. The winning tip will be selected by the authors, Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, and will be announced on January 10th. So start commenting and make them good! Remember, not only can you win $250, but everyone else that reads your tip can benefit and start 2011 off in a more organized state — a Pretty Neat state to be exact!

Meet the Author

Helping others be the best versions of themselves gets me jazzed!

I’ve worn many hats in my lifetime—often at the same time—while enjoying fulfilling careers. I’ve been a performer, teacher, sign language instructor, lawyer, career counselor, law professor, coach, consultant, mediator, entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, writer, and author. 

I’m an eternal optimist and life-long learner, constantly researching ways to improve personal and professional effectiveness. And it brings me great joy to then pass on the results of that persistent curiosity to my clients and audiences. 

Of all the career hats I’ve been privileged to wear, my favorite is owner of this business since 2002. Why? Because it provides me the opportunity to work with wonderful organizational and individual clients. On any given day, I get to connect deeply with audiences, work with dedicated teams, improve workplaces, watch clients have a-ha moments, and know I’ve made a difference in their lives and careers. And that is very satisfying.