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How to Cheat at Organizing: Quick, Clutter-Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life Paperback – Bargain Price, December 31, 2007


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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561589403
  • ASIN: B0046LUUCW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Supercheater Jeff Bredenberg wants you to get control of your life. Having previously given us "How to Cheat at Cleaning," he's back with "How to Cheat at Organizing: Quick, Clutter-Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life" (Taunton Press, $14.95). This comprehensive book isn't just about corralling your 600 CDs or that chaos you call a hall closet. Bredenberg shows how to organize your living space, wardrobe, even your eating habits. For those of us suffering from postholiday materialism hangovers, Bredenberg's wisdom is welcome indeed: "Celebrate getting rid of stuff instead of acquiring." After reading his book, you may want to go forth and organize - and cheat with impunity. --"Star Tribune" (Minneapolis, MN)
Don't bother being a perfectionist if you want to get your home organized. Even a little bit tidier will make a big differences says Jeff Bredenberg, author of the recently released "How to Cheat at Organizing: Quick, Clutter-Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life." That said, Bredenberg goes on to tell how to be more efficient in nearly everything. He'll tell you how to take on the medicine cabinet. The living room. The trunk of the car. Your wallet. Your condiments. He keeps going. He offers ways to simplify credit card debt. Exercise programs. Travel. Trips to the doctor. He's so efficient he's exhausting. But that's OK. You don't have to follow all of his advice. --"Star-Telegram"
Jeff Bredenberg has some news for you: the Queen of England is not coming for tea. Did you think she was? Do you insist on having everything in perfect order at all times, just in case she drops by? Today's world no longer requires that, says Bredenberg, known in some circles as the "Guruof Dirt," and most recently the author of "How to Cheat at Organizing: Quick, Clutter-Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life" (The Taunton Press, $14.95). When it comes to organizing, the all-or-nothing, top-to-bottom philosophy is antiquated and unnecessary. What you need is a pared-down, organized-just-enough lifestyle. What you need to do is create enough order that you will be happy with it - but take shortcuts every chance you get. "--Deseret Morning News" (Salt Lake City)

About the Author

Jeff Bredenberg is the author of the bestselling How to Cheat at Cleaning for which he appeared on Rachel Ray and Good Morning, America. He's also the author of Clean It Fast, Clean It Right (Rodale) and 2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets (Reader's Digest). He has 25 years of publishing experience, having edited or authored 17 nonfiction titles. He was an editor at Rodale, as well as The Rocky Mountain News, St. Louis Weekly, and Chicago Sun-Times.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
The title is misleading in a sly sort of way. The tagline "Quick Clutter-Clobbering Ways to Simplify Your Life" might lead you - as it did me - to believe it is a book about conquering clutter as part of a method to get one organized.

It isn't.

The book is a collection of tips and hints, most borrowed (and properly attributed) to others. The hints and tips for the most part tend toward the mundane and "I already knew that" kind. For example, "[i]f you tend to drift through the day oblivious to time . . . [t]echnology will help you out." Set an alarm. Bredenberg then goes on to tell you that your electronic watch, PDA and computer all allow you to set alarms. And if you have none of those get a kitchen timer. Helpfully, Bredenberg tells you that a mechanical ticking counter is too noisy.

On the whole, I found no "ah-ha!" suggestions in this book. I suggest looking at this one in a bookstore or library before considering buying it.

Jerry
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MPmomof3 on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished the first chapter of this book. I have to agree with the other reviewer in that the techniques are simple. I think, however, that simplicity is the point of this book. I don't mind that it includes tips and tricks or that the author pulls from the wisdom of others (professionals and everyday people alike). I think those things are what makes this book what it is - a simple, straightforward, easy to understand and follow guide for "the rest of us" who aren't professionals at organizing. I am finding that the author's use of humor makes this an enjoyable and easy read. Having previewed the table of contents and done a quick "flip through" of the chapters, I am looking forward to gleaning some wisdom from the pages. I already think that I have received my money's worth simply from the reassurances (that I don't have to be perfect) and the "tips and tricks" I have read so far.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Vivian martin on September 22, 2013
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I believe that just having this book and seeing its title intermittentlyhas sparked my subconscious to get going. Haven't been inspired from his other boooks to even open his one. Not returned for above reason.
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