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!
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
I. SEEING THE PATTERNS.
1. Why Can't I Get Organized?
Could There Be Something More to My Disorganization?
Types of 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
Make Conscious Trade-offs
Get Organized Enough
II. CLEARING THE CLUTTER.
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