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Getting Organized Paperback – January 6, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Rev Upd edition (January 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have read literally countless organizational books by some of the most famous authors and having just started reading this book, I am both surprised and thrilled at what I find! Stephanie really knows where we are coming from with our clutter! It's NOT so much a matter of straightening and becoming more organized...It IS about facing our fears of throwing stuff away! FINALLY! An organizing book that hits the nail on the head! It gets to the SOURCE of the problem so I can fix it permanently, not just temporarily with some band-aid techniques! :) I also want to take this opportunity to recommend what could easily be it's companion book, (also available from Amazon), called "Trading Your Worry For Wonder". It is an excellent adjunct to Getting Organized and helpful in overcoming the "What if I need it someday?" syndrome; the deepest source of the chaos in our homes and in our lives! I highly recommend them both and would give them 6 stars if I could!
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Whether you are an Oscar, a Felix, or something in between, there is something in this book you can use.

The book itself is neatly organized into sections about managing time, money, paperwork, and your home, and is indexed so that you can locate what you need to know without reading it from cover to cover.

There are step-by-step instructions for setting priorities and completing specific tasks--however, the basic organization methods outlined are very flexible, so that they can be applied to almost any untidy situation, ranging from the annoying (such as continually running out of shampoo, or not being able to find your favorite shirt) to the potentially catastrophic (you have to itemize your tax return, and you always misplace your receipts and canceled checks).

Even if you have it reasonably well together, this book can be quite helpful, since Ms. Winston also offers shortcuts for onerous tasks, suggestions for living within your means, and creative storage solutions--and who has enough time, money, or closet space these days?
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When I first stumbled on Stephanie Winston's book, I thought that I had found a treasure! Then I asked everybody else that I know, and they said, "Of course! Her book is the best." May I please ask the reader why they had not told me about it? I buy organizational books every once in awhile hoping that they will do all my work for me. I have about 10. Some are real "killers". Details, details, details. Push, push, push. Then there are the voluntary simplicity ones. "If it's difficult, then don't do it." This is true! In my opinion (and it seems everyone else's), this is the best. You will find this book like a kindly companion guiding you along the way. My favorite is her method of choosing names for your files (no! She does not like a "miscellaneous" file. She will explain why after you start using her book). She suggests that you "feel" what name is right for a file. And it can be anything! But it will set off a trigger in your brain. This is a stroke of genius. I'm sorry to criticize. But this is a review. Another book which I won't name ("The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized" HA!) has all these horrible plexi-files that can be fitted together for a "complex" system. All it gave me what was a headache. Will Rogers stated, "I have never met a man I didn't like". Bill Butler stated, "I never read an Idiot's book that I did NOT dislike." Anyway, BUY THE BOOK. It is so simple. While accomplishing so much.
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I have read many books in my life, many of which I have made the grand statement that my life was altered afterwards. None has had such an impact in such a short period of time. In the beginning of the book, Ms. Winston provides readers with a self-evaluation. My wife and I sat down and did it together, and reluctantly added up our points. We ranked in the "Disorganized to the point of Chaos" category.
But, in the past two weeks or so, we have begun to implement the author's suggestions, many of which boil down to common sense. One reviewer is harsh in his criticism because of dated material, because of her suggestion to use carbon paper to make back-up copies of all correspondence. I, too, was surprised at this anachronism in a newly revised edition, but I forgave her for all of the other great advice. If you too are disorganized "to the point of chaos", BUY THIS BOOK. It may change your life, too.
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I thought it was a book for housewives until I read it thoroughly. Men can use this infomation, too. I borrowed it from a colleague and had to buy a copy for myself. I'm glad it's still in print. Bottom line, anybody who has 'stuff' can use this book. Do you know anybody who doesn't have 'stuff?'
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This book spells out what areas to organize and thats it. It covers everything from files to designing custom closets--but with very little detail. I went through this in one night and felt very cheated. I did get the use of one good tip--how to get rid of my magazines. But that's all! Either this book is very elementry or I am extremely organized--and I know the latter is not true. If your really serious about orgainizing, keep looking. I wish I did.
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