Messies 2: New Strategies to Restoring Order in Your Life and Home is a quick read. It’s’ the sequel to the Messies Manual, a self-help guide for people with disorganized homes. The Messies Manual is the book that the support group called Messies Anonymous is based on.
If you’re disorganized in your personal life, you may want to look for this book. Author Sandra Felton meets her goal of being sympathetic and non-judgmental. For example, instead of calling her readers “clutterers” or “hoarders” or even “poor housekeepers” she calls them “Messies.” While I appreciated her tact, I, personally, found the book too religious. If you’re a Bible-based Christian and you’re looking for a new approach to organization, this book might be right up your alley.
One of the important reminders in the book is worth bringing up here:
Dress with Dignity….If we often dress sloppily, we think poorly of ourselves….[W]e can easily control how we dress. I never cease to be amazed at the kind of clothes I allow myself to wear. I am constantly having to whip myself into doing better….A person of worth wears clothes that are clean, neat, and in good repair….She always maintains high personal standards, even on the things that don’t show.
Felton discusses only how her appearance affects she feels about herself. She doesn’t mention that her appearance also affects how other people react to her.
So please let me add that not only do men and women who present themselves well feel more self-assured–but also that the people around them respect them more.
I’m one of those people who tend to choose comfort over appearance. Every now and then I need a reminder that people decide how to treat me in part based on how I look. Especially now, as I start my new job, I need to keep that in mind. I appreciated that reminder, so I’m passing it on to you.