• Nancy

My Breakup With Martha Stewart: A Book Review, "Martha Stewart's Organizing"

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Published January 2020

When I was a teenager, way back when we had to wait for a show to come on cable to watch it, I used to carve out time to watch Martha Stewart Living. I found it hypnotic to watch Martha, as she crafted, gardened and cooked her way to perfection. Then she got arrested and well, we all know what that does for ratings.

But despite her time in jail, I never stopped my love affair for all things Martha. I think she was ahead of her time; bringing a sense of art to everyday chores. So you can imagine how excited I was when her new book "Martha Stewart 's Organizing, The Manual for Brining Order to Your Life, Home & Routines" was added to the library for my local chapter of Professional Organizers of Canada (or POC for short). I jumped at the chance to borrow the book, expecting the best organizing methods ever to be found in the pages - I was sadly disappointed.

Martha's Organizing book is beautiful, as are all of Martha's print material. If you are looking for a coffee table book to flip through, this might fit the bill. If you'e looking for an organizing book, there are so many better options out there.

The book is laid out into three parts: organize your year, your home and your routine, with suggested strategies, schedules and supplies for it all. In my view, the strategies, schedules and supplies only work if you fall in the category of people who:

  • don't work outside of the home

  • live in a huge house (or two)

  • have loads of extra time (so you can schedule in maple sugaring in March)

  • and oh, extra money

  • likely have hired help

  • have perfectly behaved house mates, including children and pets or

  • you live alone in your huge and perfect home and no one ever visits.

If you fit the description above, this book has all the tips you need to be perfectly organized and you should run out and buy it now.

Now I know that not all books are meant to be "how to" books. Some are meant to inspire and yes of course, we want to dream a bit when we read these types of things. But I couldn't help but feel that this book could have been written 20 years ago. A book about organizing written in 2020 should at least acknowledge life in 2020, not be written for an idealized version of the 1990s (or maybe the 1950s).

Has the time come to break up with Martha and move on, to someone more practical who understands me and my readers? I think so. Sorry Martha, it's not me, it's you.