Link week

This week on Unclutterer has been filled with numerous links to helpful articles on other sites. I’ll be honest, the first part of next week is going to be the same. Lots and lots of links — good links, hopefully — but lots of links.

Why all the links? On Monday, my husband and I became parents to a beautiful baby boy.

Our little man is an excellent sleeper, so I’ve been able to find great things around the internet to share with you and comment on while he has been napping, but my mind is a bit overwhelmed and original content isn’t flowing. Since we are adoptive parents, parenthood caught us (pleasantly) a bit off guard.

My first link of the day is to a book review professional organizer Julie Bestry wrote about Everything I Know About Perfectionism I Learned from My Breasts. This book, written by the talented organizer Debbie Jordan Kravitz, has been on my to-read list for months but I haven’t yet reached it in the pile. Julie’s review of Debbie’s book, however, has convinced me to jump it ahead on my list. And, since it persuaded me to read the book, I thought it was a review you might wish to read as well.

From Julie’s review:

As a breast cancer survivor, Debbie’s revelations about the necessity of overcoming her perfectionist tendencies (for her own sake as well as her family’s), informed her desire to write this book. But, to be honest, until I had a copy in my hands, I think I was expecting a memoir, even a breasts’ eye view, as it were, of how her cancer and recovery brought Debbie to some sort of epiphany about the challenges of fighting perfectionism.

In fact, while Debbie does share her own story, this book offers much more, both to those of us who struggle with the ideals of perfection and those of us who have friends, family and co-workers whose perfectionism drives their own behaviors. Everything I Know is informative (indeed, eye-opening) about perfectionism, but also offers practical guidance and motivation to those seeking to become recovering perfectionists.

The subtitle of the book, Secrets and Solutions for Overpowering Perfectionism, explains the direction of the text — and shows that this isn’t a book just for women.

69 Comments for “Link week”

  1. posted by Sooz on

    Congratulations! Wishing you wonder, joy, and enough sleep!

  2. posted by Jenn on

    Congratulations! I’m a mom by birth and by adoption, and it’s wonderful stuff, no matter how you do it.

  3. posted by Mary on


  4. posted by Julie Gray on

    So excited for you and PJ – congratulations!! He’s a lucky little guy.

  5. posted by Beth on

    Congratulations from another adoptive mom!

  6. posted by Shiny on

    Congrats!! Wishing your family lots of happiness!

  7. posted by trillie on

    Congratulations! :-)

  8. posted by Karyn on

    Congratulations on the new baby! Squish his cheeks for me. ;-) My sister had a baby in January, which reminded me that the best part of babies is squooshy baby cheeks. That, and how much fun it is to watch them develop from a passive little lump into an observant, curious bundle of awesomeness.

    “…my mind is a bit overwhelmed and original content isn’t flowing.”

    Gee, what a surprise.

    Be reasonable with yourself. Be gentle. Pace yourself. Surely you have someone on your staff (the intern?) capable of stepping into the gap for a week or two?

  9. posted by Leslie on

    Congratulations Erin! Enjoy your new addition!

  10. posted by Org Junkie on

    Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy! How exciting for you. I just received Debbie’s book in the mail and it is just awesome. Can’t wait to review it on my blog.


  11. posted by Sarah on

    Excellent, excellent news!

    Many congratulations and warm wishes!

  12. posted by K on


  13. posted by Marie on

    Congratulations, and thank you for providing a loving home to someone in need.

  14. posted by Deanne on

    Congratulations from yet another adoptive mama!

  15. posted by Cate on


    I live with a perfectionist so I am interested to see if I can learn some good tips from this book. Thanks!

  16. posted by Robin Mohr on

    Congratulations! My two boys are bigger now, but still taking up valuable blogging time – all those hours at the playground! And worth every minute. But the mental and physical overload is not to be trivialized.

    My book recommendations would be Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn and Eileen Flanagan’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet, “God Raising Us.”

  17. posted by Candied Fabrics on

    Congratulations! Enjoy & take lots of pictures – they change so fast, the pictures will help you remember!

  18. posted by Rebecca on

    Congrats on your son, but I must say, I miss your original posts. The links and the guests just aren’t the same.

  19. posted by Suzyn on

    Congratulations!! Even if you have 9 months of pregnancy to “prepare,” no one’s ever REALLY ready for their first child. You’ll figure it out. Enjoy!!

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