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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Updated edition (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756659760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756659769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cynthia Townley Ewer is the creator of OrganizedHome.com, an award-winning home organization and management website.

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Cynthia Ewer (Richland, Wash.) is publisher of OrganizedHome.com, an information resource for home organization and management. She is author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized, Fast-Track, and of Houseworks: How to Live Clean, Green and Organized at Home.

Cynthia's Web site has received numerous awards and media mentions since its debut in 1998, including the coveted USA Today HotSite and USA Weekend "Best of the Web" awards. OrganizedHome.com has been featured in numerous magazines, including Woman's Day, Women's World, All You, First for Women, Walking, Cooking Light, AARP, and Real Simple, and countless newspaper and Web site mentions.

As editor, author, and online coach, Cynthia is known for her witty, inspirational style and sense of humor. Her media exposure includes national television appearances on ABC's The View.

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You can focus on what really matters.
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I own several "home organization books" - and this is the LAST one I will ever need to buy!
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Had a lot of great suggestion and ideas.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LG on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on basic organization for everyone. Every part and parcel of your home and home office is examined and discussed from a sane, yes you can do it, point of view. There are pictures that show great organization ideas, too. The book begins with a brief explanation by the author on the whys and hows to have an organized home. It saves time - everything is were you put it (who knew), money - you can actually find your stuff and it's in better condition, energy - no more hunting through drawers, etc. and relieves stress. You can focus on what really matters. There are several more detailed books available for the already organized and they are great, but this is the one everyone needs. Coupled with organizedhome.com (the author's link), you can get it done and keep yourself sane in no time. I highly recommend this book and give it as a wedding shower gift along withMartha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. Smith on February 21, 2012
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I was so impressed with mine I bought one for each of my college roommates. We have a reunion every year (and it's been 40 years since we graduated)and we often give each other our favorite product of the previous year--kind of like Oprah! This was it for me this year. I bought six of them!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Care Girl on July 16, 2011
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I love this book! It is practical, clearly written, beautifully laid out and logical. I own several "home organization books" - and this is the LAST one I will ever need to buy! I have recommended it on my website for families with special needs kids [...] as my primary, go-to reference for getting things at home organized and accomplished. The author focuses on helping you determine, and work with, your own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to cleaning and keeping a home. In families with special needs kids, there can be extra challenges in keeping the home organized and, especially, clean. The author of the book gives me permission to have my home be "clean enough," which, when we are in crisis, or daily life is overwhelming, takes a monumental load of stress off my shoulders. I have different levels of expectations for myself when life gets rough vs. when life is relatively stable, and this book allows for that flexibility, so you won't feel totally thrown off course by not meeting someone else's "standards" or strict program - it takes that sense of failure off the table and allows me to develop my own plan of action. It won't do the work for me (darn!), but it gives me all the tools I need to get on track, develop a plan that's right for me, and to develop habits that can transform chaos into clean.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo V. Pinheiro on December 7, 2011
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This book is a treaty on how to take care of your home. It's very very very good for people (like me) with almost no knowledge on household caring. The Household Notebook is revolutionary indeed. In my country, this book costs 50 bucks, it's expensive but worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kalybar on November 18, 2011
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This book is very helpful for setting goals, without getting discouraged. I emphasizes the fact that you must figure out what is priority, in regards to cleaning, then set and meet your goals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William N Haller III on February 22, 2013
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Some items have been very basic and kind of a "Duh" moment for me but others have stirred some thoughts and actions that I did not realize were adding to the clutter and disorganization of our family.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aggie on December 18, 2010
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I love this book!!! I bought several oraganization books, and this was by far my favourite. It is simple yet it has many ideas you can begin doing right away.
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