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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While both of these books are aimed at people who bemoan the amount of stuff they've accumulated, their approaches are completely different. Glovinsky, a professional psychotherapist and professional organizer, asks readers to examine the underlying psychological issues that they have with "things." She explains different mental glitches that can make organizing harder for some people than others. Quizzes and checklists are offered so that readers can identify their thing issues and compensate for and/or ameliorate them. Basically, she takes Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out to the next level. Smallin, on the other hand, shares some concrete tips and techniques to control clutter. Unfortunately, she strays from that direction and digresses into topics such as personal finance (she gives tips on saving and investing), personal safety (she explains why semiannual fire drills are important), and final arrangements (she provides lists of what must be done when there's a death in the family). This lack of focus, coupled with an annoying tendency to repeat the same hints in different paragraphs, makes her book an optional purchase for public libraries. Glovinsky's book is recommended for any public library where clutter-control books circulate well. Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“Donna Smallin…shows you the secret to a more productive day…” –Redbook

 

Consult “…clutter expert Donna Smallin’s Organizing Plain & Simple for thousands of room-by-room tips on getting your house, money, time and family in order once and for all.” –Home Magazine

 

Organizing Plain & Simple can turn your world right side up.” —Woman’s Day Decorating Ideas

 

“…Smallin helps the skeptical see how they can not only get their houses in order but keep them that way…” —New York Daily News

 

 “If you have a tough time getting rid of things, organization guru Donna Smallin offers some helpful guidelines.” —Houston Chronicle

 

Organizing Plain & Simple is Smallin’s…most comprehensive work.” —Arizona Republic

 

Organizing Plain & Simple…is chock-full of ideas to help you gain control of household clutter.” —Ft. Worth Morning Star-Telegram

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Donna Smallin Kuper has been on a mission to organize the world for more than a decade. She jokes about sneaking in the back door of the organizing industry when no one was looking. But she definitely found her home there as a bestselling author/organizing expert. In 2006, she was given the Founders Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers for outstanding contributions to the industry. She's also a certified Household Cleaning Technician. Her organizing and cleaning tips appear regularly in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and other popular magazines. A native upstate New Yorker, she currently lives a life of simple abundance on the road with her husband in their motorhome. They split their time between San Diego, Phoenix, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Northeast. She blogs at www.unclutter.com/blog.

Customer Reviews

I love the easy flow of how it is written as well.
Heather
It is a hands-on book for the organizer that will help me prepare to start a business.
Dennis
Good reference book with a lot of really good ideas!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

325 of 326 people found the following review helpful By pm444 on July 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have purchased several books about organizing and getting rid of clutter, and they have all had some good suggestions. However, I never managed to apply the principles in anything except a half-hearted and short-term manner. Thus, I ended up with spaces that had been partially cleared and organized, only to revert to their former clutter and chaos after a few months.
This was no one's fault but my own, of course, but with Smallin's book, it didn't happen that way. She is able to present information and ideas that make sense, but she manages to do it in a way that builds your motivation to actually try it and to stick with it. I guess the best way of putting it is that I never felt overwhelmed, even when things looked very chaotic (as they always do at some point in a re-organization project).
The book is extremely well-suited to reading short sections that will allow you to get started right away. Then, if you need a break from the work itself, or need more suggestions, you can go back to it. Smallin also includes multiple suggestions from other professional organizers, which is very helpful because it gives you more options.
I'm almost finished with a two-week de-cluttering and organization project. In the past, I never could have gone that long without giving up and throwing it all back where it came from. But this time, I kept going back to Smallin's book, and she helped keep me on track. I was even able to use suggestions from books I had read before, such as not buying new storage cases until you have actually done the organizing and know what you need to store.
A major re-organization project is something like a weight-loss regime. You can try to do it the fast and easy way, but it won't last. Or, you can do it slowly and patiently, refining and modifying your plan as you see how it evolves. That's my goal, and with Smallin's book as my guide, I'm confident that it will be possible.
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262 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Pravin Wagh on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Sometimes the problem with clutter and disorganization isn't simply to buy storage and other items at an office supplies store. You could do that endlessly, and end up with lots of RUBBERMAID and STERILITE containers piled up in your garage or closet, and still not make any progress on stopping bad habits that lead to clutter. Smallin touches upon various areas of one's life that all lead to disorganization. In my case, and one that a friend related to for herself, Smallin hit the mark by stating that perfectionists can be the messiest because they keep waiting for the perfect organization plan; it's not that they like the mess, but they don't get started because they haven't come up with the ultimate strategy.
The book is laid out like a magazine and has lots of side-bars to keep you interested. Unlike many self-help books, Smallin isn't selling herself and claiming to make up her own new science. She quotes various other organizing experts in those sidebars, and provides a pretty extensive set of references and links that the reader can follow up with to continue their newly organized ways.
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135 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in an attempt to bring some semblance of order into my very messy studio apartment. The author has obviously spent a large amount of time researching her book, with a major theme around decluttering.
With this book's help, I have gotten rid of clothes that no longer fit or were unwearable (what was I thinking?), that third set of dishes I was keeping just incase (I had to feed an army? c'mon), and several beauty products I no longer used.
But perhaps the best thing I've gotten from this book was going through my book case and selling old books I never read or only read once right here on amazon.com. I spent $12 on this book roughly, and so far I've made $80 net on stuff that only gathered dust.
I love this book so much, I don't think it'll have a chance to gather dust.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Karen Petersen on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is written for real people - those of us on the go who want to organize using the (usually limited) space and accessories readily available in our homes. Donna Smallin offers practical solutions for corraling clutter and organizing everything from decor, gadgets, clothes, linens, papers and toys on a room-by-room basis. No need to purchase expensive closet organizers or remodel your home for the sake of storage - this book offers tips on making room for everyday items in places that already exist. The author is a big proponent - as am I - of getting rid of useless junk, so packrats beware! The book is written clearly and concisely, with well-organized (of course!) paragraphs, sidebars and chapters that make it easy to find the information you're looking for quickly. A perfect book for anyone wishing they were more organized but don't know where to start.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kate on October 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
this book offers a lot of sound advice and cost saving/ time saving tips. i like it because you don't have to do all of your organization at once-- you can do it at your own pace. she covers a lot of topics-- memorabilia, finance, travel, kitchen, bedroom, etc. it's a great reference and good to read.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was so pleased and thrilled to have read this book. The author covers more topics than I have ever seen in a book on this topic. It is well-written, easy to read and simple to follow. The tips are so practical and there is more than one solution provided for each issue. This is so helpful because the readers now have choices about which solution will fit them best.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to supplement their organizing knowlege, get started getting organized, or improve their current level of organization.
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