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Declutter every aspect of your life -- from your wardrobe to your phone-- with this realistic guide to getting neat and keeping things that way. We've all tried to declutter, and given up halfway through, only to be haunted by a half-tidied cupboard for months at a time. Anna Newton knows that feeling too, and what's more, she's found a way to help. Lean how to make that d Declutter every aspect of your life -- from your wardrobe to your phone-- with this realistic guide to getting neat and keeping things that way. We've all tried to declutter, and given up halfway through, only to be haunted by a half-tidied cupboard for months at a time. Anna Newton knows that feeling too, and what's more, she's found a way to help. Lean how to make that digital detox last; how to craft a capsule wardrobe without a black blazer or skinny jeans, and above all, how to find the right amount of stuff for you, because we can't all be Marie Kondo, can we?

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Declutter every aspect of your life -- from your wardrobe to your phone-- with this realistic guide to getting neat and keeping things that way. We've all tried to declutter, and given up halfway through, only to be haunted by a half-tidied cupboard for months at a time. Anna Newton knows that feeling too, and what's more, she's found a way to help. Lean how to make that d Declutter every aspect of your life -- from your wardrobe to your phone-- with this realistic guide to getting neat and keeping things that way. We've all tried to declutter, and given up halfway through, only to be haunted by a half-tidied cupboard for months at a time. Anna Newton knows that feeling too, and what's more, she's found a way to help. Lean how to make that digital detox last; how to craft a capsule wardrobe without a black blazer or skinny jeans, and above all, how to find the right amount of stuff for you, because we can't all be Marie Kondo, can we?

30 review for An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining Your Life, at Work and at Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    Blitzed through this during a bout of tonsillitis! I loved this book - Anna has a writing style that is a pleasure to read, the book is well thought out, jam packed with great ideas without ever feeling ‘preach-y’. Recently I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed with life and lost - mid-twenties are a minefield! But there are so many tips I’ve picked up from this book which I can’t wait to put into action to get more control of my life! If you love this sort of book - or need just a bit of inspiratio Blitzed through this during a bout of tonsillitis! I loved this book - Anna has a writing style that is a pleasure to read, the book is well thought out, jam packed with great ideas without ever feeling ‘preach-y’. Recently I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed with life and lost - mid-twenties are a minefield! But there are so many tips I’ve picked up from this book which I can’t wait to put into action to get more control of my life! If you love this sort of book - or need just a bit of inspiration, I highly recommend picking this up!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    3.5 I have been watching Anna Newton on youtube for about 2 years now. She is a lovely, calm and bubbly person. Her book echos this, and as I could find no evidence of a 'fellow writer' or ghost author, we can trust this is very much her. The tone of this book is very much kind and bubbly, no shaming because you have not yet reached an 'edited life' and absolutely no hate. While Anna writes a bit like she talks (very bubbly, might not be for everyone) this just heightens the illusion that you're 3.5 I have been watching Anna Newton on youtube for about 2 years now. She is a lovely, calm and bubbly person. Her book echos this, and as I could find no evidence of a 'fellow writer' or ghost author, we can trust this is very much her. The tone of this book is very much kind and bubbly, no shaming because you have not yet reached an 'edited life' and absolutely no hate. While Anna writes a bit like she talks (very bubbly, might not be for everyone) this just heightens the illusion that you're in conversation with her or are watching a vlog of hers. She disclaimers regularly that this is her method and that she is not a mother/carer/have an office job. While she does offer alternatives for people who aren't freelancers from home and who aren't married to a neat husband, this is not her focus and her methods do require time. The sections included are: Life Work Home Life covers topics such as but not limited to:Diaries, self-care, money and setting goals. While none of this is revolutionary and/or rocket science it offers a handy guide. I especially was interested in the goal setting, something I don't do at all and will actually give a try now. Budgeting and planning she discusses very well, especially considering her time as a student and how she grew into these habits. This section was helpful to me a student, but I feel people in their mid-twenties and later will also benefit. Work I found the least convincing/weakest area. While the decluttering your workspace part felt redundant and was somewhat repeated in the home section, the planning a work day and getting things done were not very in-depth. Her tips to beat procrastination did not appear to me to be helpful, making me marginally more productive but also only for 10min or so. The planning a work day was very focused on the fact that she has the time to work around only herself. While Anna recognises this, this part seems only helpful to people who also have this luxury or are students. Home was lovely, cleaning guides (! very helpful if you're tackling this for the first time!) and home organisation. I specifically enjoyed her capsule wardrobe chapter, these are some of my favourite videos of her's. While they literally repeat her videos this was still fun to read. It is important to note that this is not a book about minimalism but more about curating and constantly checking your material possessions, a good mix between our consumerist culture and a more minimal and sustainable lifestyle. One of the best Youtube books I've read. Genuine and fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandrine Vaillancourt

    I was anxiously waiting for this book and was not disappointed!! You recognize the fun tone of voice Anna has in her videos but this book contains a lot more new material that she hasn’t covered in the past. It truly is the perfect bible for organization lovers and anyone with a slight type A personality. I will go back to it again and again (which you can tell by the number of post-its I’ve added to the pages).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book is entirely lovely. Less strict than other lifestyle books, instead purely suggestions, guidance, and a chance to self-reflect. Written in a style that feels well-researched and thoughtful but like a conversation with your best friend! I already do quite a few things in this book, but I now have a framework for success, and an overall editing strategy to apply to my WHOLE life, not just my closet. Going to make everyone in my life read this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Simple, clean life advice that is well organized and easy to digest. However, her writing style seems more appropriate for spoken word rather than written, and may be a bit distracting for someone who is unfamiliar with her YouTube career. Still, she's a cool gal and the book was an enjoyable read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaya Nagra

    The perfect book for January. It made me feel inspired to declutter, clean and form smarter habits. Even simple things like creating to do lists to capsule wardrobes fill me with delight, the perfect time to read this and will be using it as a reference to keep me on track! Was a light, fun read and felt like I was taking advice from a friend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cerys

    I loved bits, found other parts uninteresting . But I read it in 2 days so maybe I did love it more than I thought? Just a bit boring at times but I do feel more organised. Not the kind of book you read again, but will be helpful to have a flick through when I need to organise something in my life. Love the cover and the layout of the whole thing. Makes a great book for my hallway shelf as it looks pretty.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacey-Louise

    Informative, not a stuffy 'throw things away or you won't fulfil a good life' book. Anna knows how to engage with her audience and make references to things we have all thought or do in the past (and present and future!)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Scott

    Pretty motivating to make you want to get your shit together but nothing much you don’t know already know. Easy read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This book is excellent and I highly recommend for anyone who is trying to take steps towards a more organised life and home. The author manages to strike a perfect balance between giving very detailed advice and not coming across as too preachy or unrealistic. She writes 'I've read enough of these books to know that they can get a little, I wake up in the morning and drink a wheatgrass shot in my white linen loungewear before I meditate for 30 minutes and gaze out into the ocean, but the intentio This book is excellent and I highly recommend for anyone who is trying to take steps towards a more organised life and home. The author manages to strike a perfect balance between giving very detailed advice and not coming across as too preachy or unrealistic. She writes 'I've read enough of these books to know that they can get a little, I wake up in the morning and drink a wheatgrass shot in my white linen loungewear before I meditate for 30 minutes and gaze out into the ocean, but the intention of this book isn't to intimidate, rather it's to arm you with advice for changes and goals that are doable and achievable...' and that is exactly what An Edited Life covers. This book provides a collection of tips taken from multiple sources that the author has worked into her lifestyle successfully. You get the sense that she really does live this because of the meticulous detail of each chapter and the huge range of recommendations that she weaves throughout the narrative. I particularly liked the resources section at the end and the print out pdfs she has made available such as 'how to create a budget worksheet.' Although it is her first book, she has a really strong voice throughout which seems completely natural, and makes it all seem very achievable. I think it a contrast to a lot of other organisation books which can leave you feeling overwhelmed. The book is broadly split into three themes: 1. Life - Diary / Money / Self-Care / Social Life / Goals 2. Work - Organise your workspace / Planning / Tasks 3. Home - Organise your home / Capsule wardrobe / Running a Home I found the layout and structure really easy to follow. I think the best thing about the book is that you can easily dip in and out of different chapters to quickly get the information you need. For me, I spent more time on the budget section, but skipped a lot of the workspace section as that doesn't apply to me. Aesthetically, the book is beautiful and I like the font choice and colour scheme. The only criticism I have for the book is that some of the green writing was very light and difficult for me to read in places, but luckily it was still manageable. Overall, this is a great book and I am very glad I purchased it. While anyone could benefit from reading this, I think it is particularly suited to young professionals who are trying to understand what adulting is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    what.heather.loves

    "...life organisation...is not just about physical stuff... It's achieved through a combination of decluttering, creating helpful daily habits and shifting your mindset to a more content and purposeful place...Each section features hacks, lists and practical advice to get you started on creating a more organised way of living that's unique to you and your needs as an individual." A non-fiction guide to editing and streamlining your life by Anna Newton from @theannaedit. Split into three sections, "...life organisation...is not just about physical stuff... It's achieved through a combination of decluttering, creating helpful daily habits and shifting your mindset to a more content and purposeful place...Each section features hacks, lists and practical advice to get you started on creating a more organised way of living that's unique to you and your needs as an individual." A non-fiction guide to editing and streamlining your life by Anna Newton from @theannaedit. Split into three sections, Life, Work and Home, An Edited Life is like having your own organised friend passing on tips and tricks. At the end Anna suggests which areas to tackle first and how to split them up. I read it from start to finish, but you could just dip in and out, reading the areas you want help with. I marked three sections I know I will return to: 1. I found the money section particularly useful, simply because maths is not my forte and money bores me, despite my understanding of its importance in my life! 2. I like the goals section because I find it difficult break long-term goals into achievable short-term goals. 3. I love the section on creating flow about productivity at work, because I was aware of it but hadn't thought about how I could create it. Plus it inspired me to cull my personal and work email inbox of old, dealt-with emails, which I do very rarely! My only criticism, which Anna acknowledges, is that her life is already more streamlined than mine. In contrast with Anna, I work part-time, have two young children in childcare and school, have aging parents who don't live nearby and who have both experienced serious health problems recently. I am naturally generally organised, but am often limited by the lack of organisation of my husband and children! The millennial nature of this guide means some of the suggestions are unlikely to be realistic for all, which Anna freely admits. That's not to take anything away from this practical, supportive and friendly guide to streamlining your life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene Scavello

    Before starting this review I have to admit that I might be a little biased, Anna is one of my favourite human beings of all time. I love finding time in a day to read her blog posts and watch her content on social media, so it only makes sense that I enjoyed reading her book just as much. Need a guide to not only survive, but nail the whole adulting thing? Look no further. The book is incredibly helpful in all kinds of aspects of life, even the ones I hadn’t considered I needed help with before Before starting this review I have to admit that I might be a little biased, Anna is one of my favourite human beings of all time. I love finding time in a day to read her blog posts and watch her content on social media, so it only makes sense that I enjoyed reading her book just as much. Need a guide to not only survive, but nail the whole adulting thing? Look no further. The book is incredibly helpful in all kinds of aspects of life, even the ones I hadn’t considered I needed help with before. Anna explains why it’s important to budget, streamline your wardrobe and find a social life that works for you. She easily cracks her usual jokes, making it interesting and a light reading at the same time. She is always as honest as she is in her posts and videos. Her style is chatty and crisp, the chapters are readable and packed full of content. I love the way the book is structured. One can either read it from beginning to end or start from the sections that will be more helpful first. Personally, I read it all once and then used bookmarks to point at the parts I knew I need to read more than once. I‘ll need guidance before attempting meal planning next week, and house cleaning tips in six months. I know I can check the book out and go through a chapter again whenever I need to! Can we briefly talk about the design? I mean, it is the definition of lush – from the cover to the inside. I loved the check lists at the end of each section of the book (life, work, home). The book ends - spoiler alert - with incredibly practical action plans and resources. A nice touch, along with the extra content that’s available on Anna’s website.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    I never buy books by youtubers, no matter how much I love them. Not because I think they are all ghost-written but because I've never been interested. But when Anna announced her book I immediately went on amazon, before the video announcement was even finished. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!! Reading AEL feels like having a chat with Anna, you can really hear her voice come out of the page. Even though I watched most of her videos and not everything was new to me, there were always tipps and ideas I never buy books by youtubers, no matter how much I love them. Not because I think they are all ghost-written but because I've never been interested. But when Anna announced her book I immediately went on amazon, before the video announcement was even finished. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!! Reading AEL feels like having a chat with Anna, you can really hear her voice come out of the page. Even though I watched most of her videos and not everything was new to me, there were always tipps and ideas I'd never heard before. Especially the budgeting chapter was a huge help and got rid of my fear of all things financial! I really do check my bank account everyday now! I like how to book is very action-oriented and gives you concrete steps how to do things, so you don"t procrastinate thinking about that. You can just close the book and do it! All in all this book is a very inspiring and motivating read, that makes me feel like I'm not a total f-up and like I can actually adult! Thank you, Anna! :) (One minor minus point: the gold writing of the cover rubbed of really quickly, even though I take good care of my books. Am a bit sad about that, but doesn't take away from how good the book is) English is not my first language, sorry for any mistakes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    This is a comforting and engaging read - it feels like you're just chatting with a dear friend who is gently inspiring you to improve and organise your life further. So the style is chatty and in no way preachy; Anna Newton explains what works for her whilst helping readers see how they can adapt it for themselves and their own lives. I agree with the ideas presented, I like the way the three sections - life, work and home - are separate yet interlink and she has many recommendations of strategie This is a comforting and engaging read - it feels like you're just chatting with a dear friend who is gently inspiring you to improve and organise your life further. So the style is chatty and in no way preachy; Anna Newton explains what works for her whilst helping readers see how they can adapt it for themselves and their own lives. I agree with the ideas presented, I like the way the three sections - life, work and home - are separate yet interlink and she has many recommendations of strategies, resources, tick lists etc which may help. I also particularly liked the way she ended the book, by sharing some of the ways she fell short of her ideals whilst writing it (because we are all human and will all mess up). Personally I didn't find any of her ideas revolutionary (though I have read, watched, listened to, discussed and thought about the topic(s) presented muchly), but it's the way she presents them that I love. I also think it could well be a rather useful read for those new to the ideas, or those who are moving into a new home, or potentially a work space. A surprisingly decent book - 4*

  15. 4 out of 5

    P

    - 2 - Didn't have high expectations as Lily's book was a bit of a faff but was pleasantly surprised that most of this was readable - I'll admit there were some pages I skimmed because the topics weren't that interesting to me or I felt that I'd already read content similar to it - There was an element of Anna's references coming across as try-hard-jaunty / they will not age well... I guess it was just too upbeat - Some of the stylistic choices for the book didn't seem well thought out e.g. the "mar - 2 - Didn't have high expectations as Lily's book was a bit of a faff but was pleasantly surprised that most of this was readable - I'll admit there were some pages I skimmed because the topics weren't that interesting to me or I felt that I'd already read content similar to it - There was an element of Anna's references coming across as try-hard-jaunty / they will not age well... I guess it was just too upbeat - Some of the stylistic choices for the book didn't seem well thought out e.g. the "marble" paper that looked like someone had run a pencil around the page, the light blue font that was really hard to read on the page - Shouldn't the editors have picked up on this? Or was Anna determined to have her way? - I liked that there were some additional glimpses into her life i.e. she would usually mention examples of how she's applied certain things - A fairly quick read and nothing to groundbreaking as I've read a fair amount on the topics she covered It was just an "edited" take on other people's ideas really

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katharina

    I loved this because I love Anna and have followed her blog and YouTube channel for years. I read this in her tone of voice and, more than anything, was so proud of what she’s accomplished here. Yay Team Internet! I devoured the book within two days - it’s thoroughly entertaining as well - and came away with a to-do list and a feeling of reassurance that I can adjust some things in my life by referring back to An Edited Life. If you’re looking for a quick read that gives you nothing but the hard I loved this because I love Anna and have followed her blog and YouTube channel for years. I read this in her tone of voice and, more than anything, was so proud of what she’s accomplished here. Yay Team Internet! I devoured the book within two days - it’s thoroughly entertaining as well - and came away with a to-do list and a feeling of reassurance that I can adjust some things in my life by referring back to An Edited Life. If you’re looking for a quick read that gives you nothing but the hard facts, this is not the book for you. Anna’s style of writing is full of her personality and super anecdotal and if you’re not into that, you might feel like there are too many words on the pages. HOWEVER, Anna’s approach is still very ‘no-BS’ and each chapter comes with summaries and really helpful checklists so even if you’re not here for yet another 90s reference and details of Anna’s own life, this book would be helpful if you want to get started in tidying up your life a bit!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is written by a blogger that I follow, I was so excited to read it that I pre-ordered it. However, it took me a little while to warm up to the style of writing that this book was written in. Once I got through the first section though I started to really appreciate the amount of work that was put into it, and the helpful tips provided. The book is broken up into three parts, self, work, and home. Each section has ways to make each of these parts of your life more streamlined, so you have This book is written by a blogger that I follow, I was so excited to read it that I pre-ordered it. However, it took me a little while to warm up to the style of writing that this book was written in. Once I got through the first section though I started to really appreciate the amount of work that was put into it, and the helpful tips provided. The book is broken up into three parts, self, work, and home. Each section has ways to make each of these parts of your life more streamlined, so you have more time for the things you love. I never need encouragement to declutter, I weirdly love doing it, but the book’s section on decluttering was really helpful, and made me want to get into each section of my house and declutter some more. Overall it was a good book, I would definitely refer to it at a later point. If you'd like to read reviews on other books I've read this year, please visit www.lovefromlisa.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I love this book!! It’s hardly a surprise because Anna Newton is my absolute favourite blogger and her book is written just like her blog. Plus it’s a book about organising so it was bound to be a hit with me. The book is broken down into three sections - life, work and home. The thing which makes this book stand out from other similar books is that it’s realistic for a lot of people. A lot of organisation books make it sound like if you don’t live in a show home style house, you like in a pig st I love this book!! It’s hardly a surprise because Anna Newton is my absolute favourite blogger and her book is written just like her blog. Plus it’s a book about organising so it was bound to be a hit with me. The book is broken down into three sections - life, work and home. The thing which makes this book stand out from other similar books is that it’s realistic for a lot of people. A lot of organisation books make it sound like if you don’t live in a show home style house, you like in a pig sty. Anna never shames you. She doesn’t make you feel like an absolute failure if you don’t stick to your meal plan and order a pizza from Domino’s. It really sounds like it’s written by a friend. A lot of the tips are things that I knew before, but I am someone who has read a lot of articles about minimalism and decluttering. This would be a brilliant book for anyone who is just getting into life organising.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dani Virginie

    One woman's recommendations for simple and easy to implement edits to streamline your life and be more organised. Nothing new if you've been in the lifestyle bloggers slipstream for a while but it successfully picks the best bits of minimalism, konmari and personal finance for the context of a career woman living in the city without children (yet). Perfect for someone just starting out on their own, looking to make lifestyle changes or just looking for a reset. Injected with a dollop of personal One woman's recommendations for simple and easy to implement edits to streamline your life and be more organised. Nothing new if you've been in the lifestyle bloggers slipstream for a while but it successfully picks the best bits of minimalism, konmari and personal finance for the context of a career woman living in the city without children (yet). Perfect for someone just starting out on their own, looking to make lifestyle changes or just looking for a reset. Injected with a dollop of personality that will either be for you or not; but you can always watch the author on YouTube or read her blog to get a sense of her voice if you are unsure before you dive in. Enjoyable read, will hold on to and refer back to when I'm looking for reassurance or a refresher, but didn't wow me with new information as I had hoped. Does what it says on the tin.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kinga Sciebura

    I’ve been watching and loving Anna for years. She’s a queen of organisation and her videos are just so pleasing to watch so her book was a must-have in my collection. I’m surprised and amazed and deeply she goes into it and how well researched it is. It’s definitely not a coffee table kinda book, it’s a proper organisation book but at the same time it’s easy to read. However the “work” chapter I found was based very much on office work and since I don’t work in the office I couldn’t relate. It d I’ve been watching and loving Anna for years. She’s a queen of organisation and her videos are just so pleasing to watch so her book was a must-have in my collection. I’m surprised and amazed and deeply she goes into it and how well researched it is. It’s definitely not a coffee table kinda book, it’s a proper organisation book but at the same time it’s easy to read. However the “work” chapter I found was based very much on office work and since I don’t work in the office I couldn’t relate. It doesn’t consider any other jobs that aren’t office related. So I found myself skipping through that chapter. However this is that kind of book where if something doesn’t take your interest then you can just skip. Although I think it’s a great book and I loved reading it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Poppy99

    Abandoned a 1/3 of the way through. This book is not aimed at my demographic, really not sure why I bought it. I am middle aged, and whilst I am all about continuous and lifelong learning, there was nothing for me here. I don’t even know who she is, I just heard her on a radio show (Jo Good’s show AKA Middle Aged Minx on BBC Radio London) and Jo was raving about her and her blog. Seeing as Jo is older than me, I thought I would buy it. (I love a self help book in January!) The writing is just a Abandoned a 1/3 of the way through. This book is not aimed at my demographic, really not sure why I bought it. I am middle aged, and whilst I am all about continuous and lifelong learning, there was nothing for me here. I don’t even know who she is, I just heard her on a radio show (Jo Good’s show AKA Middle Aged Minx on BBC Radio London) and Jo was raving about her and her blog. Seeing as Jo is older than me, I thought I would buy it. (I love a self help book in January!) The writing is just a bit too instagrammy. Beautifully presented though, good quality. Money has been spent on it. Should have brought it out before Christmas. Would have made a great Christmas gift for 20 something woman.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chanelle

    This book is not at all preachy and doesn’t come across as if you don’t follow all of these things or do what Anna does your life won’t be edited. Anna says herself in the introduction you can read the book in order or read through the chapters randomly to suit you and what you want to take from the book. Anna provides specific examples, how she sets out her budget, how she meal plans and a very manageable cleaning routine of daily, weekly, monthly, bi-yearly and yearly tasks. This book isn’t te This book is not at all preachy and doesn’t come across as if you don’t follow all of these things or do what Anna does your life won’t be edited. Anna says herself in the introduction you can read the book in order or read through the chapters randomly to suit you and what you want to take from the book. Anna provides specific examples, how she sets out her budget, how she meal plans and a very manageable cleaning routine of daily, weekly, monthly, bi-yearly and yearly tasks. This book isn’t telling you how to live your life but giving you practical tips to implement into yours and fit around your way of living. Anna’s YouTube on screen personality shines through which makes her words more believable and entertaining.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aliza

    I finished this in 2 days! A well-laid out and thoughtful book. Anna’s book has a personal touch and I loved being able to hear her voice throughout guiding me along. It also genuinely made me laugh out loud on a few occasions! I particularly liked the section on budgeting and the checklist at the end of each section summarising next steps. Anna’s handy Virgo tips made me feel inspired to sort my life out. First up- my work wardrobe! The references in the back and downloadable PDFs just add to t I finished this in 2 days! A well-laid out and thoughtful book. Anna’s book has a personal touch and I loved being able to hear her voice throughout guiding me along. It also genuinely made me laugh out loud on a few occasions! I particularly liked the section on budgeting and the checklist at the end of each section summarising next steps. Anna’s handy Virgo tips made me feel inspired to sort my life out. First up- my work wardrobe! The references in the back and downloadable PDFs just add to this book’s uses. One for you if you want handy tips on streamlining and minimising the mess in all areas of your life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Bugg

    I enjoyed reading this (though I imagine some might find her writing style off putting as it is quite informal). Personally I found the chapter on budget the most useful- I used to carefully keep track of my spending but got out of the habit. The idea of tracking fixed/discretionary/savings categories was useful and I’d not come across it before. It also reminded me to get off my phone and get back into the meal planning habit. Some of the chapters, such as those on wardrobe and decluttering, did I enjoyed reading this (though I imagine some might find her writing style off putting as it is quite informal). Personally I found the chapter on budget the most useful- I used to carefully keep track of my spending but got out of the habit. The idea of tracking fixed/discretionary/savings categories was useful and I’d not come across it before. It also reminded me to get off my phone and get back into the meal planning habit. Some of the chapters, such as those on wardrobe and decluttering, didn’t provide me with much they was new, but I did appreciate that the book covered most aspects of life, rather than having a narrow focus on one area.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Howard

    I’d been looking forward to this one ever since Anna announced she was doing a book and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I loved how it’s written exactly as Anna speaks so it felt like she was giving me all her best tips for an organised life (which she was!). I’m pretty organised already but feel like this book will help me get to a whole new level. The resources and recommendations are fab and I love how Anna makes clear at the end that she doesn’t always get it right when it comes to all thi I’d been looking forward to this one ever since Anna announced she was doing a book and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I loved how it’s written exactly as Anna speaks so it felt like she was giving me all her best tips for an organised life (which she was!). I’m pretty organised already but feel like this book will help me get to a whole new level. The resources and recommendations are fab and I love how Anna makes clear at the end that she doesn’t always get it right when it comes to all this! Thanks Anna for all the hard work that’s gone into this book. I’ll be referring back to it for years to come!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Anne Hastie

    Absolutely stunning in every way! If you’re anything like me, you may be a sucker for those links titled things such as, “How to Organize Your Closet in Five Easy Steps” or, “How to Streamline Your Morning Routine”: Well, my friend’s, this book is as if all of those articles were meshed into one glorious handbook. This is one of those reads you keep nearby to reference often, as well as a sit down and read experience that is engaging and inspiring. Anna’s book has the charm, wit, sincerity, and Absolutely stunning in every way! If you’re anything like me, you may be a sucker for those links titled things such as, “How to Organize Your Closet in Five Easy Steps” or, “How to Streamline Your Morning Routine”: Well, my friend’s, this book is as if all of those articles were meshed into one glorious handbook. This is one of those reads you keep nearby to reference often, as well as a sit down and read experience that is engaging and inspiring. Anna’s book has the charm, wit, sincerity, and genuine kindness of her YouTube videos accompanied by her well-read ability to write. Can not recommend enough.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alba

    What can I say about a book in which I can see myself in every single word? Loved it to the bone. Biased opinions aside, Anna's book is the dreamt organization guide not only for learning skills on literally tidying stuff, but also for learning how to de-clutter your mind and life in general. I'd say this could be also a wellness book, as your life quality changes for the best after turning Anna's tips into habits. Also, she's such a lovely and wonderful and hilarious person. Approved for all aud What can I say about a book in which I can see myself in every single word? Loved it to the bone. Biased opinions aside, Anna's book is the dreamt organization guide not only for learning skills on literally tidying stuff, but also for learning how to de-clutter your mind and life in general. I'd say this could be also a wellness book, as your life quality changes for the best after turning Anna's tips into habits. Also, she's such a lovely and wonderful and hilarious person. Approved for all audiences. You don't need to feel any kind of sympathy for Marie Kondo to read and love this book 👌🏻.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This didn't get five stars because whilst a lot of the advice was incredibly useful, a lot of it is only applicable if you live a certain kind of lifestyle. The budgeting chapter is a perfect example of this - I've personally implemented the budget spreadsheet and it's been a game changer! However, wish there had been some kind of acknowledgement of those struggling with debt or unemployed. Know that these types of books don't have to be everything to everyone, but would have been useful to cont This didn't get five stars because whilst a lot of the advice was incredibly useful, a lot of it is only applicable if you live a certain kind of lifestyle. The budgeting chapter is a perfect example of this - I've personally implemented the budget spreadsheet and it's been a game changer! However, wish there had been some kind of acknowledgement of those struggling with debt or unemployed. Know that these types of books don't have to be everything to everyone, but would have been useful to contain advice a bit more universal. Also escaped a five star rating because of excessive use of Ryan Gosling and LOLZ.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine

    This little guide to a more organised, edited life was well structured and very easy to read. Although I really liked most of the ideas that are presented and the methods that are outlined here, being someone who has followed Anna on YouTube for years and read several books, blogs and listened to podcasts on minimalism and decluttering etc. already, there just wasnt that much new input. However, if you are taking the first steps towards a more streamlined life and arent too familiar with Annas Y This little guide to a more organised, edited life was well structured and very easy to read. Although I really liked most of the ideas that are presented and the methods that are outlined here, being someone who has followed Anna on YouTube for years and read several books, blogs and listened to podcasts on minimalism and decluttering etc. already, there just wasn´t that much new input. However, if you are taking the first steps towards a more streamlined life and aren´t too familiar with Anna´s YouTube content, this will be a great place to start.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I could not finish this book. I was really excited about the content as it encompassed all the topics that I seem to be reading about lately (productivity, minimalism, self-care, etc.). I got about halfway through and then skimmed the rest. Frankly, the writing style was just too casual for me. For fans of the author’s blog, it’s probably just fine, but I found the excessive use of caps and the conversational tone a bit grating. There were some good ideas in here and I fully support the messages I could not finish this book. I was really excited about the content as it encompassed all the topics that I seem to be reading about lately (productivity, minimalism, self-care, etc.). I got about halfway through and then skimmed the rest. Frankly, the writing style was just too casual for me. For fans of the author’s blog, it’s probably just fine, but I found the excessive use of caps and the conversational tone a bit grating. There were some good ideas in here and I fully support the messages being put forth, but overall, it just wasn’t for me.

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