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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; New and Revised Edition edition (March 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028615077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028615073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,662,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional organizer's proven techniques for streamlining lives and reducing clutter packs a book which hopefully will be consulted by the terminally disorganized. Here are easy techniques covering all the usual areas of organizing paperwork and paying bills - plus some modern dilemmas such as handling e-mail and voice mail messages. -- Midwest Book Review

From the Back Cover

The proven way to get organized once and for all!

No more procrastination—it's time for organization! If you're frustrated by your daily schedule, by the clutter in your house or office, or by the fact that you just can't seem to get everything done, this book offers the relief you've been waiting for.

With over half a million copies sold to date, Organize Yourself! has become the bible for overwhelmed people everywhere. Revealing a professional organizer's proven techniques, this highly anticipated new edition features the latest tips on using e-mail, PDAs, and other modern organizational tools. From preparing for a move to planning a vacation, from keeping an effective calendar to preserving your personal time, Organize Yourself! gives you simple strategies for streamlining your daily life that work. You'll discover how to:

  • Save time and space
  • Handle paperwork quickly and efficiently
  • Make the best use of your computer, fax, e-mail, and voicemail
  • Handle household matters, from laundry to grocery shopping
  • Keep clear financial records and pay bills on time
  • Get out the door on time, every time
  • Dispose of junk mail regularly
  • Plan events painlessly
  • Solve problems unique to working parents
  • And much more!

At home, in the office, or on the go, Organize Yourself! puts you on top of your workload—and in control of your life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Born to Read VINE VOICE on January 29, 2007
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I wanted to give this book 2 stars, but that seemed mean. It's okay. Nothing earth-shattering, not much I hadn't either thought of doing or had done. Much of it seems common sense, such as if you don't bake often, store bakeware on the bottom of other pans or up on high shelves where you don't need to get to it often. This book might serve as a nice primer to the uniniatiated, but I imagine that most seasonsed wives and mothers have thought of this stuff. Of course sometimes we get so busy, we forget what we know. :) Finding time to do it now that's another story. (Look at Proscrastination: Why you do it and what to do about it.) I wasn't blown away by this book. Perhaps because so much comes down to common sense. At least to my obsessive compulsive little self. Had I seen this in the bookstore, I would have seen that I didn't need it. However, it sounded good online and I was looking for help and trying to find it in a book. This might make a great fun shower gift or for recent grad. A nice book to have as reference, I guess. Stuff you could figure out for yourself, but all in a concise place. Then, of course, I guess there are "real [slobs]" out there to whom this stuff really isn't second nature. Yep, I just thought of one, and I am going to send this as a gift. Bet you know one, too. So buy it and if you don't end up needing it, send it to them, with a note explaining that it is helping you organize, including your books, and you're passing on the ones you're finished with. :)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1998
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This book will truly motivate people who are disorganized and always looking for things. The author offers a lot of helpful advice. The sections on Getting Control of Your Time; Paperwork and Household Matters were extremely helpful. It even has advice on how to organize someone else.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Potts on June 16, 2007
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I was very interested in the campanion website for this book advertised on Amazon. However, it does not list the cost of the website service. It asks for your credit card, but doesn't tell you how much. I consider that unethical business practices and therefore cannot recommend this book or service to anyone. Be cautious, be very cautious of authors engaging in that type of service practices.

UPDATE - I need to update my comments above to let you know that I have received good coorespondance from the company regarding my concerns. They tell me the cost for the service is on the payment page and that it is approximately $15 per month.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Smart4 VINE VOICE on July 13, 2006
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I've been an on-again off-again organized person to complete slob, depending on my life at the moment! Sometimes I just need a guide for getting back on track & purging messes until the house is running smoothly again. This book is made for already organized people to get ultra-organized. It has no heart or soul, just a dull, dry list of reminders. There's also little in the way of staying organized, unless you go back to each list on a daily basis. As much as I think Flylady is the opposite end of the spectrum (made for someone who needs reminding to get dressed in the morning), at least she offers the heart & soul that this book lacks.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Marc on December 4, 2000
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This book is chock full of really good ideas. It didn't "change my life" but I did learn a thing or two. It mostly served as a good reminder to me of some good habits.
I would read other books by these authors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Ebeling on May 8, 2009
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Organize Yourself! is perhaps more inspirational than down-to-tacks informative. It addresses clutter and disorganization across the household. It perceives the problem as procrastination and a lack of awareness of resources and what some of us would simply call common sense.

I am reviewing the 3rd edition, which someone gave me. I turned to this book in hopes of getting definitive answers to questions like exactly how far back should we keep federal, state and/or local tax records? Do I keep all of the annual statements for my retirement account, even those going back 25, 30 years? Or do I only keep the last five? How many years do we keep the health insurance statements? How much house coverage is prudent? What do insurance appraisers typically ask for when assessing damage and loss? Although hiring household help is not on my to-do list for the foreseeable future, I would have hoped for information about when it is necessary to pay Social Security and taxes on a household employee and how to track that information. That chapter emphasizes interview questions and where to recruit applicants for the job. When it comes to legalities and industry standards, the answers are vague to none.

The bulk of the book emphasizes paper records and generating even more paper records (if we ran a concordance on the text, I bet the phrase "start a list" would appear most often). I'd like to know time-cutting measures for managing all this paper. That's my issue--it's not that I don't know what to do, it's that I wish I could find the time to do it. An answer to household clutter? A tag sale! Do you know how many hours of preparation are required? The authors do not tell you, but I know and that is why the attic is backing up.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
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This is a wonderful way to organize yourself, and tips on organizing others. There are many usful lists, such as packing lists, staying overnight, and even grocery. Ronnie has many useful ideas on helping you help yourself. I was thouroughly delighted when reading Organize Yourself. She includes many entertaining stories about her customers to raise your self esstime. (one customer was an a trip and failed to pack her skirts!) Please buy this book and whip yourself into shape!
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