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Organize Your Home In No Time


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 192
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3371-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3371-9

The National Association of Professional Organizers reports that getting rid of clutter in your home cuts housework by 40% in the average home. Just think about what you could do with all of that extra time in your already action-packed schedule! But is it worth all the time it will take you just to get organized in the first place? It is, with the help of Organize Your Home In No Time. Professional organizer Debbie Stanley will help you create organization systems that work for you, based on your personal preferences and needs. Find out what kind of disorganization plagues you, how to get your family involved and then set organization priorities with the step-by-step instructions and to-do lists used throughout the book. Debbie will even provide you with detailed shopping lists and specific product recommendations based on the system that you choose for your home. Clear the clutter and organize your home the In No Time way - fast, simple, easy!

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Principles to Live (and Organize) By

Principles to Live By When Organizing Your Home

Table of Contents


    What Is "Organized"?

      Getting "Organized Enough"

    What Organize Your Home In No Time Can Do for You

    Who Should Read This Book?

    How This Book Is Organized

    Special Elements and Icons

       "To Do" and "You'll Need" Lists

      Basic Organizing Principles

    Finding "the" Way


1. Why Can't I Get Organized?

    Could There Be Something More to My Disorganization?

      Life Experiences

      Personality Traits

      Health Factors

    Types of Disorganization

      Situational Disorganization

      Chronic Disorganization

      Determining Your Disorganization Type


2. Getting Everyone's Cooperation.

    Investigate Your Home-mates

      Are They Doing It on Purpose?

      How'd I Get Stuck with This Job?

      Try to See It My Way: The Art of Compromise

    Make It a Team Effort

      Adjust Your Attitude

      Adjust Your Systems

      Create a "Family Time Commitments" Chart to Assign Tasks and Projects

      Learn to Delegate and Negotiate


3. Principles to Live (and Organize) By.

    Have a Home

      Figuring Out Where Things Should Live

    Like with Like

    Contain It

    Go Up

    Be Systematic

    Be Decisive

    Make Conscious Trade-offs

    Get Organized Enough



4. Organizing Your Attack.

    Know Your Enemy: Clutter

    Pinpoint Your Trouble Spots

    Identify Your Urgencies, Contingencies, and "Pain Points"

      What's "on Fire"?

      What Areas Are Contingent on Something Else?

    Make a Plan

      Gather Necessary Supplies, Tools, and Assistance

      Plan Your Time


5. Let the Purging Begin.

    Do a First Pass

    Clear a Work Space

    Process Your First Category

      Sorting Your Category

      Making the Big Decision: Keep or Pitch?

      Working One Category at a Time

    Calling It a Day

    What Next? Organize Here, or Purge Somewhere Else?


6. Making Homes for Your Keepers.

    Deciding Where to Put Your Stuff

      Fixing Your System When Items Are Never in Their Homes

      Dealing with Homeless Items

      Finding Homes for the Items in Your Organizing Space

      Tips for Choosing Homes

    Creating Space: Shelves, Cabinets, and Storage Units

    Choosing Containers

      What Should It Be Made Of?

      What Size and Shape Should It Be?

      Does It Need to Have a Lid? What Kind?

      What Should It Be?

      How Much Should It Cost?


7. Help! This Is Too Hard!

    I'm Overwhelmed!

      One Step at a Time

      Respect the Difficulty of the Task

      Make "Metadecisions"

    I Can't Stay Focused!

      Use an Anchor

      Capture Fleeting Thoughts

      Ignore the Phone and Email

      Don't Multi-Task

      Fix Environmental Discomfort

      Capitalize on Peak Energy Times

    But It's All Good Stuff!

    It May Be Worthless, But I Love It!

      Letting Go of Objects You Love to Touch

      Realizing You Can't Hurt an Object's "Feelings"

      Coming to Grips with Sentimental Attachments

      Managing Collections

      Putting Yourself First



8. Organizing While Life Goes On.

    Take Stock of Your Accomplishments

    Add Systems to Put Your Organized Spaces into Motion

      Following the Organizational Principles

      Devising a System That Works

    Creating a Maintenance Plan

      Coordinating Organization and Maintenance

      Choosing a Maintenance Plan

      Identifying Your Maintenance Steps

      Determining Whether You Need a Schedule

    Introduce Change Gradually


9. Embracing Your Organized Lifestyle.

    Dealing with Danger Zones

      Keeping Floors Clear of Clutter

      De-Cluttering Horizontal Surfaces

      Maintaining Enclosed Spaces

      Clearing Storage Areas

      Identifying Off-limits Areas

      Keeping an Eye on Drop Spots

      Managing Communal Spaces

      Taking Care of Tough Categories

    Managing Your Unique Challenges

      Don't Touch My Stuff!

      Be More Careful!

      You're So Wasteful!

      You Just Don't Think!

      You're So Picky!


10. Managing Special Situations.

    Holiday and Seasonal Space Needs

      Rotating Seasonal Storage

      Keeping Gift Storage Under Control

      Making Homes for Gifts You Receive

    Hobby Supplies and Equipment

      When Hobbies Attack

      Making Hobbies Manageable

    Organizing for Guests and In-Home Medical Care

    Home Improvement and Remodeling Projects

    Preparing to Move

      Organizing Before the Move

      Moving and Selling at the Same Time

    When Your Home Really Is Too Small

      Do You Want to Live Here?

      Is It Me, or Is It Really the Space?


11. Recovering from Backsliding.

    The Facts on Backsliding

      Backsliding Is Normal

      Backsliding Is Recoverable

    Leave Yourself Some Bread Crumbs

      Create Your Own "Back on Track" Guidebook



      What Is "Organized"?

      Reasons for Disorganization

      Organizing Is Cyclical

      Old Habits Die Hard

      Backsliding Is Normal

      Carry These Principles

      If You Need More Help


    Further Resources

    Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder



    Chronic Disorganization



    Donation and Disposal

    Family Cooperation

    Feng Shui









    Paper Management


    Time Management


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