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Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized Paperback – December 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159233234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592332342
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pinsky brings real-life experience to her topic. Not only is she a professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, but she is also the parent of a child with attention deficit disorder (ADD). These two roles led to her creating simplified organizational systems specific to the needs of those with ADD. The book's first section explains her organizational methods; the second targets specific areas, rooms, or events that are common to almost everyone and typically present a challenge to organize and keep organized. Pinsky uses an abundance of before-and-after color photographs as well as yellow Post-its«-styled notes to highlight tips for organization. Her organizational philosophy can apply to everyone, not just those with ADD. This book is easy to read, and the pictures clearly depict the look of organization. Highly recommended for all public libraries. - Library Journal January, 2007

About the Author

Susan C. Pinsky is the author of The Fast and Furious 5-Step Organizing Solution. She is a top professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), as well as NAPO New England. She lives in Acton, MA with her husband and three children. http://www.organizationallyours.com


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Customer Reviews

I can not thank Susan Pinsky enough for this book.
Lavender Mistymoon
This book will help ANYONE, not just people with ADD, to simplify and get a handle on what's making it so hard to keep things from overwhelming you.
Chris A.
Also, now that his towel rack is in his room, my teenage ADD son actually hangs up his wet towel!
J. Kontoff

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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Cooper on August 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I can't speak for the poor reviewers of this book, don't understand their reviews either??? However, I am so thankful that I didn't listen to them! I browsed through the pages that Amazon allowed me to preview, and I immediately ordered it. I gained many tips just from browsing the pages alone.

You really should browse the pages, you can get a general idea of the book this way. I am only on page 87 of the book, and I have just decluttered and organized my entire kitchen from the one sitting of reading the book! I had so much stuff that I never used taking up valuable space, it was unreal the massive amounts of dishes, unused food in the pantry, etc.

I even decluttered the china cabinet in my dining room today, to make use for the items that I do use regularly, now I have more open space in my kitchen.

I have bought so many books on organizing and cleaning, to many to even count if I still had them all! I tried them, and had a pretty good feeling at first with most of them, less so with most though. Not with this gem! Organizing Solutiions has only ideas & solutions that will work for me, an enormous ADDer! I can't believe the huge relief of finally getting my hands on the RIGHT ONE, (organizing material).

I have a ton of ideas to put to use in my bedroom, my bathroom and even my kids rooms, & I haven't even gotten to the kid's rooms section yet.

If you truely suffer with keeping your home clean and organized due to your ADD, you have got to get this manual! Even the layout is ADD friendly. And the pages are made of a nice thick quality paper that has a sheen to it.

You will not be sorry if you get this book, you will sadly still keep seaching however if you do not :(

I absolutely love, love, love this book. I am excited about cleaning, that is unheard of, lol!

Good luck on your journey.... off to finish the book....
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By ReadsALot on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think there is some gold in this book - if you ignore the parts that are lousy. I second the other reviewers in terms that her ideas are good for children, seem to assume that ADD adults are hopeless and can't improve, and cost too much money in terms of having to hire someone to do everything for you. Additionally, her ideas on how to "organize" your life are a joke. (She says to put sticky note pads by your phones for writing down your tasks as they are called in - uh, and what do you do if you have a cell phone and rarely get calls on your landline? Where do you put the notes to save them? She doesn't seem to think her clients can carry even a small notebook for messages, which would be the reasonable assumption.) I don't have ADD, but I can tell you that I thought her tone was condescending and insulting to those who do.

Instead, read 4 Weeks to an Organized Life with AD/HD by Jeffery Freed. Written by an educator with ADD and a psychiatrist who specializes in the condition, it will help you train your brain to remember what you want it to, help you learn to focus and help you to organize yourself. It won't tell you how to set up your closet, but that is where Pinsky's book might come in handy. At this point I would also get either The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. They teach you how to set up your own system that is customized to what you do, and to organize your home in a way that works for you.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bachner on January 26, 2007
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Although nobody in my household has ADD, with just a tiny bit of tweaking, these ideas work for us, and Susan's treatment of the subject of ADD gives me a better understanding of it.

This book is so skillfully arranged, you can find the chapter on a particular area of the house quickly, and the second you find the page, the solution is right there on a sticky note for you.

Susan is all over the house with solutions for your cluttered dining table, kitchen garbage, family calendar, spice rack, and sock drawer, to name just a few, and with every step she's recommending what she calls he Brutal Purge. Too much 'stuff' is the enemy of all family members, not just those of us who do most of the cleaning, and the Brutal Purge is our ticket to freedom.

Maybe you'll skip the part about children's bedrooms if you don't have children, but you'll linger over several good solutions for something we all have ... paper clutter ... bills, magazines, recipes, invitations, to-do lists, etc., and you'll love the implementation of 'staging areas', and the concept that you don't have to feel guilty about getting rid of things.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Samantha W. on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was diagnosed with adult ADD several years ago. I've struggled to find guidance and direction with tasks that others find easy - keeping the house clean, putting away laundry, keeping track of bills and paperwork. I hired a professional organizer who gave me generic organizing tips, and bought many books on organizing that recommended "pretty baskets and keeping your keys by the front door". Gee, thanks. This kind of unrealistic advice (for someone with ADD) just made me feel more of a failure.

This book was a REVELATION. Cuts through the attractive but unrealistic organizing of Martha Stewart/Real Simple types (no offense) and gives REAL suggestions that work for ADD people and their families. The book is broken down into easy to manage sections, with great examples and photos. This book has changed my approach to managing my ADD and it really, really works. Thank you, Mrs. Pinsky.
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