Love Your Home Again
Organize Your Space and Uncover the Home of Your Dreams
by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 12 Sep 2022
Chronicle Books, Chronicle Prism
In Love Your Home Again, Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski—organizing experts and the mother-daughter duo behind Done & Done Home—ask the questions that take into account who you are and how you actually live to help resolve the issues behind the excess and create lasting solutions to keep your home running smoothly. Sharing their tried-and-true systems of decluttering, organizing, and maintaining, along with real client stories, Lightfoot and Pawlowski teach you how to manage your home with their signature "good humor and refreshing lack of dogma" (the New York Times). Inside you'll find:
- Gentle guidance on things like handling sentimental items, embracing quality over quantity, and cutting down on waste
- Helpful tips for making your daily life easier, from meal-prepping to creating routines
- Organization methods for every room, small space strategies, and so much more
You'll be amazed at the time, money, and energy you'll save—all better spent enjoying your space. Get ready to love your home again.
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Average rating from 36 members
Love Your Home Again was a very quick and easy read. It is a book that can easily be read in one sitting (which is precisely what I did tonight, when I intended to just sit down and read a few chapters). I like the way it's divided into specific areas of the home, so that a reader can focus on the areas in their home that need the most work or choose to skip areas that don't apply to their situation.
I thought the book provided some useful tips, though nothing groundbreaking. I didn't feel as if it provided some new insight that I had never seen before. One thing that I found interesting is that there were lots of photos showing very organized spaces, and I expected to read more about some of the methods employed in the photos. There were plenty of instances where some of those methods were mentioned, but certainly a lot more photos than there were explanations (though admittedly, some photos were self-explanatory).
While the book did address small space solutions here and there, it didn't have quite as much advice and ideas for small spaces as I was hoping for. There was a lot of focus of how to better organize and utilize closet spaces and pantries (which I realize is helpful for the majority of readers), but as someone that lives in a 100 year old with quite literally ZERO closets, I found it somewhat lacking in ideas for storage spaces for someone in my situation.
Overall, I found it to be more about decluttering than organizing, if that makes sense. While there were certainly organizational ideas in every section of the book, I didn't walk away from it with a list of organizational ideas I wanted to implement. But to be fair, I've previously read at least a handful of books about decluttering at this point and have slowly changed the way I live to implement many ideas into my living space - so maybe that's why I didn't take as much from this book as I would have expected.
A few things I did really like:
-They provide a simple, step-by-step solution that you can apply to just about every room and/or space that you want to declutter. As long as you learn this very simple system, you can apply it to most decluttering projects.
-Great points are made about things that people tend to buy too much of and never use up (A big one for me is tea - yes, I said tea. I am not even a tea drinker, but the marketing sucked me in and I am the current owner of no less than 15 boxes of tea which are all beyond their "best by" date. Why? Because I don't drink tea!)
-It addresses the idea of feeling that you'd be much happier if you had more storage space, and does so in a way that left me feeling somewhat relieved about NOT having more storage space.
-The photography was beautiful and provided many great organizing ideas that weren't spelled out in the text. While at first that threw me off, it's actually a great way to keep the reader's interest and provide specific organization ideas without having to write it all out.
All in all, because it was a quick and easy read, I do feel that it was worth my time. But if you have read other books on decluttering and are hoping for this one to have new and novel ideas, you might be disappointed.
Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Prism Books for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review.
I read an advanced reader copy. Declutter, organize, repeat. Beautiful pictures and well written text. But…every item in this WAY organized house is new or else exceptionally clean, no dirt on any of the trainers in that shoe organizer. Everything is overly coordinated as well, in size, color, brand, etc. including the canned goods in the pantry. I kept thinking “who has the money to buy all those containers and then to meticulously label them. OCD is not me…except for switch plates.
Great tips to organize you home. I like that these tips are actually things that you can apply to your own home. The pictures are great. Articles are detailed but not too long.
Love Your Home Again, the latest book by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Powlowski, is chock full of great house organizing ideas...some new, some you’ve heard a million times. Bottom line, however, the tips are clear and concise and the photos are gorgeous. I enjoyed it very much. Matter of fact, I’m heading to a home store soon to get started on some things so I can fall in love with my house all over again.
Love Your Home Again is a fantastic book to inspire readers to take matters into their own hands and revolutionize the way they interact and organize their homes.
I really enjoyed this book! It contains so many fantastic tips and tricks for organization. The terms section in the beginning was very helpful and I loved how clearly it conveyed that this was more than just organization - it was about reducing what you own and purchasing with intent so you don't get into a loop decluttering items over and over again.
Personally, my favorite section in this book was the bedroom! I've always had a very clean office but a mess of a bedroom and I even wrote down tips to take with me into my next cleaning session. I think a lot of readers will find one section or another more beneficial than others because of their own tidying habits.
Overall, with the great photography, fun captions, and varied information - Love Your Home Again is a great resource for anyone looking to tidy up their less than magazine-ready home.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review!
This is a must-have resource! It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
A BIG thank you to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for the ARC of Love Your Home Again by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski. I rate this title a 3.5/5, as it does cover the organizational topics presented in a clear and concise manner. However, as others have noted, the photography used throughout the book is more aspirational than practical. It would be more helpful to include a complete home label guide for decanting and storing all the typical items in a household. The organizational methodology is, in essence, no different than that of other popular methods. All rely on decluttering and storing items properly so that all items are immediately visible when needed and accounted for in an inventory. Even still, this title would give anyone a great jumping off point on home organization ideas. #LoveYourHomeAgain #NetGalley
As someone how strives to be organized by studying the methods of organization, productivity, and habit, I loved this book. The most striking part were the pictures and the minimalism. While I strive to declutter and reduce and reuse, it’s often hard to narrow down to the things we need. It’s all about mindset, and Love Your Home Again helped me find a way to change my mindset so I can take each zone in my home and organize effectively.
Thank you to the authors, Publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked a lot of the side tips and tricks and I’ll be implementing a few but some didn’t work as well for me. It’s only because I’m big on getting rid of more than you’re keeping and there’s a lot of storage ideas and photos of how to store clutter but I’d rather eliminate it.
This book is a package of inspiration. The mother-daughter team has worked wonders in helping people manage their homes and now they are sharing their knowledge in a book with helpful tips. “No home is beyond help.” The areas included are: the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, gathering spaces, children’s spaces, home office, laundry, garage and storage spaces.
Everyone needs some good guidance to address the overflowing of extra things in food cupboards, drawers and clothes closets. Many of us have boxes and bags in storage that haven’t been touched in years. They talk about how we tend to buy too many things on sale when it’s not something we need. And then there’s Costco. Yes, this is addressed as well. It’s noted that one-third of Americans can’t fit their cars in garage spaces as it’s crowded with overflows.
They discuss mostly how to sort and decide what to do with extra items. I could relate to how many mugs are seriously needed. Much is written to inspire homeowners to buy less and let go of all the items that aren’t being used. We can all use some serious suggestions on how to say goodbye in a thoughtful way to attachments. It is said that if one can reduce their belongings by at least ten percent, it will be easier to find things.
The book is beautifully arranged with appealing photos. However, many people that need help downsizing are seniors that may have poor eyesight and the print in the book is small. Kindle can help if it is available or strong reader’s glasses may be advised.
My thanks to Ann Lightfoot and Kate Powlowski along with NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced copy with a publication date of September 13, 2022.
This isn't the type of book I normally go for but with a rec from a friend i decided to check it out. This book is well organized and I love the way they go about giving advice! There is no judgement with realistic expectations. I just checked out the sections that I was interested in at the moment for reference. I will definitely finding myself going back to this book in the future to help organize my home! Thanks for letting me read this arc review and sharing your advice.
On page 52 the author uses the term “visual chaos” which aptly describes my house. The pictures and practical advice were truly inspiring. I’m not sure I have the energy to even come close to decluttering and organizing what would remain after a “stuff purge” (my own term for decluttering). Nevertheless I came away encouraged to make at least some attempts to tame the mess in my house.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!
This book was the inspiration I needed right now. With a smaller home and 2 kids, I am often at a loss for how to organize the odds and ends in our home. Some of the ideas in the book may seem obvious but this book helps you focus on how you live in and run your household. The organization doesn’t necessarily need to be aesthetically pleasing, just practical which feels more realistic to reach in this phase of life
I received this free ARC from NetGalley. I found this book to be an easy day read. I love the sections the book are divided into. One can read the sections which apply to you and skip the ones you don't have. There are a quite a few tips and ideas on how to declutter and organize, but for me it was nothing new. It could be because I've read a quite of these type of books. The pictures were beautiful, but didn't always fit with the text and could have used more explanation.
It's a given that a book about home organization will have photos of unbelievably posh homes, but I still felt the information in this book was accessible and realistic. Some items I could quickly implement and others that I'd consider. This book is worth five stars because I felt inspired after reading it and learning a lot.
Thanks for the advance review copy.
A practical and inspirational book detailing ways to organize and decorate every nook and cranny for a stress free, clutter controlled home. Very nicely photographed. I thank Netgalley and Chronicle Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Love Your Home Again is a short, easy read full of organizing inspiration, strategies, and encouragement. The tips aren't ground-breaking, but this type of book never fails to give the necessary push to get to work. The pictures are beautiful, and the advice is practical. Overall enjoyable read!
Very thorough. I appreciate the pictures throughout for inspiration. The organization techniques are explained from multiple angles and the narrative is very clearly centered on having less. Great approach!
This book gives a room-by-room plan for decluttering and organizing your home. If you have read many other simplifying or organizing books, you may not learn a lot from this book. Love Your Home Again does have great photos, though.. These would be useful for storage decorating ideas. I recommend this book.
I received a complementary advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Great tips for de-cluttering your home and making it a place you love and can enjoy. I love that it is broken down into manageable sections to not overwhelm the reader. The pictures included also inspire one to really focus on the points the authors made!
Pretty pictures will feast your eyes in this organization book that tells it straight without being bossy. Biggest takeaway that had me thinking deeply: buying quality pieces that will last. I’d forgotten this is how it used to be. Let’s bring back quality!!
Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book had a lot of great ideas to utilize to get organized into make your space in your home or your apartment beautiful. I was actually thinking about doing that again in my apartment to try to make things nice again. And make the area feel good about myself. It's a good book to do it. It's not outstanding but it does the job.
With LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN, Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski offer clear, straightforward, and motivating guidance for living well in the home you have. Just when I thought I'd done a terrific joy of ferreting out the clutter and organizing my house, this book demonstrates a logical way of thinking about how my family and I live and what we truly need. Abashed, I realized quickly that I have a long way to go until I can entertain without panicking and use an office that serves me as well as enjoy the ease, the flow, and the grace of a home that functions with beauty. Smart, timely, and beautifully illustrated, this book is a tremendous asset and resource for anyone living in a house, apartment, anywhere they call home. I received an early copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mother/daughter team of professional organizers share their insights on room by room organization and decluttering. Book is well written, with excellent information on the topic. Helpful for anyone wanting to take back the mess and control the clutter.
An attractive and well-organized book that may provide inspiration to those wanting to declutter and thus love their home. Nothing much new here and much of it is common sense. I don't suppose anyone would want to put photos of the usual more mundane homes that much of America lives in so I'd say this is aimed to the upper middle class folks. But I guess that is the genre!
Obsessed! This is like the new home guide and organizing bible! I love how timeless, clean, fresh, and bright the images are throughout the book. It definitely inspires and makes you want your home (whether it's a house or apartment or just a bedroom) to be organized and decluttered. It has so many great tips! I'll be rereading this a ton and sharing with friends and family.
This book has saved my life. I am extremely messy and do not feel at home when my place is a wreck, and this book had so many solid, easy to implement ideas and tips for clearing out what I do not need and have never used as well as organizing my home in a way that makes it easy to maintain. I loved that you referred to hoarders as "holder on'ers" - and all of that cute phrases were memorable and left a big impact. Easy to remember and easy to implement. I would recommend this one to anyone! The coloring and cover are also gorgeous! A perfect gift!
A solid, comprehensive guide to home organization! There is a strong focus on decluttering and intentionality in purchasing and keeping items. The "Owning Well" philosophy encourages buying only what's absolutely necessary and investing in the best quality possible. I liked how the authors always centered functionality and practicality over "rules"--the fundamental question is always "what do I actually need from this space?"
The storage and organization tips were a little biased in favor of "innies" (people who prefer items concealed vs. "outies" who prefer to be able to see their items) but there were still lots of good ideas to be had. This would be useful reading for anyone looking to update and refresh their space.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Thanks so much to the publisher and to NetGalley for giving me access to this book. So many of our patrons love home organizing books. This book covers so many ways to get your home in order. It covers every area in your home. I found the section on kitchen organizing so interesting. I know that our patrons would love to have this as part of our collection. I will be recommending it to many people.
A guilt-free version of decluttering your living space to make it more comfortable and enjoyable, with prompts to be thoughtful about what you have, how and where you use it, and how to most effectively place it. These concepts apply to what you purchase in the future and how you take care of what you keep. Hints of Marie Kondo and less extreme than others in the industry.
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