New Order by Fay Wolf

New Order

For readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Power of Habit comes a revelatory, witty guide to a clearer home and a more creative mind.  Can a decluttered space fuel a creative mind? Heck yes, says organizing expert Fay Wolf, who has helped everyone from Hollywood celebrities to schoolteachers to work-from-home parents achieve a simpler, more fulfilling life. Here, Wolf outlines her basic rules for saying goodbye to the stuff cr...

Details New Order

TitleNew Order
Release DateJan 12th, 2016
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, How To

Reviews New Order

  • Robin
    This is perfect for those who have tried the "Konmari" method and found it a little silly or wanting. The strength of this is the section on "digital" clutter. She had many ideas that I will incorporate into my own digital files. Update: December 28, 2015 - Today I purchased a couple of pretty blue plastic file boxes from Office Depot with the idea of taming the file monsters lurking in my closet. I like Wolf's idea of leaving off the tops so fil...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Fay Wolf's book on decluttering is a good, easy read with lots of good advice on getting organized without too much pain. Lots of shortcuts and tips to save you time and money in the process of sorting and purging along the way. I think just about anyone can find helpful ideas in here. This was a useful Goodreads win.
  • Melissa I
    The ARC says "all reviews should be scheduled to run after "that" (the run date) date, so I've gotta save my thoughts until then which is tentatively scheduled for release on March 22, 2016. But, I'm gonna say this book is friggen' awesome. *trying to control my fingers from typing specifics and there are SO many specifics. Fantastic book....wish to God I had this when I first had kids. I think I'm allowed to say just go pre-order it now! I alway...
  • Amy
    I enjoyed this book. It is simply written with a casual tone that makes it less daunting than the Konmari method (once I saw the illustrations on how to fold shirts, I closed the book). Some of the things suggested, I have done in the past and will reconnect with them. There is a strong emphasis on digital productivity tools, which I will give a try (well, more than one try to find a good fit for me) again.Even if you aren't a creative person (or...
  • Scout Collins
    4.25 starsThis book didn’t just focus on organizing from an organizing-alone perspective, it also brought in topics like mental health, pursuing your passions and overall happiness. I liked these connections; they made this book different than every run-of-the-mill organizing book that just provides pretty pictures and overly simple tips.Wolf stressed the importance of getting rid of stuff, decluttering, actually DOING (not putting it off til l...
  • Kris
    "Before you begin: Your first step is not to go to the store to buy organizing products. Resist, friend."“Set timers. Timers are your new best friends… The ding when the time’s up gives me a huge sense of accomplishment and proves that I can make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.” Example:“Screw perfection. Perfect is the archenemy of Better. Perfect is boring. Perfect is unattainable.”“Scheduling creativ...
  • Barb
    I read this one in one day. There were lots of great tips, some I already know and use and some I did not think of! I even signed up for her newsletter. I tried a "to-do" list app and hated it, so its gone. I am definitely an old-school pen and paper kind of gal, especially since those don't email me to remind me that I have an item on my calendar unaddressed for the third day in a row. Deleted! I do believe that being less cluttered is quite lib...
  • SueEllen
    First, I must admit I am a sucker for any book that has the words “organization” or “declutter” in the title. This one begins with the typical advice about start small and sort into keep/donate/trash steps, but then if adds a lot of practical advice about dealing with digital clutter, social media, and email that I have not found in other books. Included is an extensive list of organizing apps, websites, and resources. As a final - and ma...
  • Terri Frank
    Read this book in under an hour. Great visual graphics and section breaks kept my attention. Best of all, no trips to the organizing store! I redid my file cabinet using only post-it notes. I also loved the author's tips on managing digital clutter. This book won't change your life, but you'll definitely find a tip or two.
  • Hayley
    Covers some of the same ground as Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up BUT goes much further into the digital side and how to grab control of your daily to-do lists to start being more productive. While Marie Kondo talks a lot about the physical spaces, New Order gives hands on advice for dealing with the barrage of digital and mental clutter that prevents us (creative types but also works for everyone) from doing what we really love. ...
  • Kayla
    This book covers EVERYTHING about new age organization. Clear, honest and direct, Fay Wolf provides actionable methods for how to get your life's clutter under control in order to lead a happier and more fulfilling existence (with less stuff). I'm pleased to say that I already practice a lot of these ideas, but my mother is another story! I'm buying this book for her.
  • Stacie
    This got an extra star from me for the practical advice about social media, email and digital filing. The rest was lots of the same donate/relocate/trash steps as other books. She has a catchy conversational style but I could've done with less cussing.
  • Sarah
    I really like this book. The author has a realistic view of what people can accomplish. Love that this deals with digital clutter and daily life goals as well.
  • Sara
    4 stars for motivating me to get off my butt and go through my paperwork (again), utilize the to-do list on my iPhone, and analyze old habits in order to create new ones. Wolf breaks down decluttering in a very simple way, so simple that she really doesn't spend that much time on it (this is a good thing.) She focuses more on our mental barriers to decluttering and organizing our lives, which I definitely struggle with. She breaks things down int...
  • Karen
    Let me start with, I like the Konmari method of pulling everything of a similar category out, keeping what you love (and use) and passing the rest along. It's fairly quick, simple and works for me. I was interested in this one because it is directed at creatives and I thought it might be good to help with the crafty stuff in my home.While Wolf references Marie Kondo, among others, only the first maybe 1/3 of this book is about decluttering stuff....
  • Erin Hendrian
    PROS: The section on organizing files was quite helpful, as well as the suggestions for reducing paper and digital clutter. The book has an energetic, "let's get started!" vibe that is motivating, and includes an extensive list of organizing apps and resources for donating or selling unused items. CONS: The material on basic decluttering, organizing, and maintenance is nothing groundbreaking and was a lot less specific than other books like The L...
  • Noelle Kravitz
    Pros:-Easy read-Lots of resources-Friendly tone-Some comics and pictures-Colorful Cover-Some good tipsCons:-Odd square-shaped book-Paragraphs/advice sometimes felt unnecessarily lengthy-Information fairly generalNotes:-Does not take you through each type of room and show you ways to organize. It's more of a general guide through the decluttering process, not the cleaning/reorganization by room like I expected. If that makes sense??-Personally did...
  • Rhonda Marcotte
    I feel like she knows meOver the years, I've read a number of various self-help books - from unlocking creativity to finding the right job. There are few that resonate with me from start to finish, and this is definitely one. I like the candor and the writing style, I love the way she respects real-life scenarios, and I'm highly impressed with all the resources. She not only gives advice on what to do, she gives practical and specific advice on h...
  • Karla
    I started this book a long time ago and just discovered it underneath a pile of other books. I did finish it but maybe should have finished it before the pile got that big! It’s good, it’s practical and it has lots of information on decluttering digitally - both cleaning up emails ( say hello to my 9,000 emails waiting for some action) and introducing sites to help you stay organized. Personally, I find those even more annoying. How many pass...
  • Abbi
    As with most self-help things, I go in thinking maybe I'll get some new exciting insight, but it ends up being advice that I generally already know I should do. This was good for a couple reasons, I liked that she had de-cluttering of electronic things like email with useful strategies. She also included a whole section on where to donate specific items, and resources for organizing the different things. Overall there were a few tidbits that were...
  • Emily
    Fay Wolf's voice was refreshing, upbeat, pragmatic, and encouraging. Very inclusive of modern concerns like social media, backing up data, and using online tools. When I reached the end, I realized that what I was most grateful for were the parts that weren't about physical stuff, but were about mental organizing, habits, and relationships. It will go on my store's recommended paperback nonfiction table.
  • Angela
    While it didn't make as big of an impression at The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this was a great, practical read. I really enjoyed the resources suggestions and found them very helpful. A word of warning though, the language is not squeaky clean and it is a little jarring at times. I wound up accidentally damaging a library copy which I paid for and kept so I will have it as a reread in the future as well.
  • Donna
    This would be good "how to adult" reading for those setting up their first household, but it's very basic. It does include suggestions for digital clutter, though. Unfortunately the "creative folks" angle isn't much of a focus; that mostly comes into play by mentioning that these new routines will free up time for painting or playing guitar.
  • Cindy
    A super quick read. While a lot of the processes suggested are things I am already doing, it was still worth the read because it was motivational and entertaining. The author uses humor to relate to the common problems of clutter and offers very thorough and insightful ways to battle clutter in all areas of life.
  • Adrienne
    I was expecting more specific insights and detail related to dealing the clutter that comes with creative work or hobbies, but there was nothing new here. It's decent if it's the first decluttering-organizing book you're picking up, but if you've already read books on the topic then this book will likely seem fairly redundant.
  • dinoserious
    I liked the approach that Wolf took: make physical space so you can do the things that you love (decluttering always for physical space which also gives you more time to do the things you love).I also liked that she emphasized doing things step by step, with each step having a purpose and with an understanding that different people may have different methods, needs, etc.
  • Sheralynn
    I was a little misled by the title of this book - I thought it was a book for creative people who have creative clutter and how to sort that clutter (lots of supplies for hobbies etc), but alas it was not. The writing style is very light hearted and the book is heavily geared to the American market, so if you live in the US, the lists in the book are rather bountiful.
  • Danielle
    Okay, I didn’t actually read this one. I flipped through it. I feel like it would be a funny and helpful guide if you are seriously interested in going through and decluttering your house/life. It is less inspirational and more instructional. It does look quite thorough (and way more helpful than Kondo), so if you need some direct steps, check this one out.