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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“…how to free your space – and your mind!” –Shape

 

“[with] The One-Minute Organizer…you’ll have everything from your finances to your laundry to the kids under control in no time flat.:” –Home Magazine

 

The One-Minute Organizer will compel even the most organizationally challenged to corral and banish clutter.” –Canadian House & Home

 

 “…a cute little reference that lives up to its title words ‘plain and simple.’” 

-St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

"...a compilation or organizing ideas that...are as easy to read and absorb as they are to accomplish." -Akron Beacon Journal

 

“…a quick fix for the organizationally challenged.” –Grand Rapids Press

 

“…hundreds of five- to 15-minute tasks to put you on the path to a tidier, more livable home.” –Kansas City Star

 

“This no-nonsense, reader-friendly book helps you get your life in order in record time…” –Tucson Home

 

The One-Minute Organizer offers quick solutions to life’s littlest messes.” –At Home Memphis

 

About the Author

Donna Smallin is the author of seven Storey titles with a total of more than 928,000 copies in print. She is a frequent contributor to major national women’s and home magazines and has been a guest on the CBS Early Show, Better TV, HGTV, CNN, and Fox & Friends, as well as numerous radio programs. For the past decade, Smallin has been a spokesperson for such companies as Bissell, Kaboom, Staples, 3M, Keurig, and others. She blogs at unclutter.com.


More About the Author

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. 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

This book won't just help you get things organized in the physical sense.
Jacqueline T. Bass
I found her approach of taking small amounts of time to incorporate little ideas very useful in my hectic life.
sandy
This is a GREAT book with awesome ideas to make organizing quick and easy.
April Mims

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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By sandy on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at a school book fair, needing to find something to buy, figuring it would not make a real difference for me. Boy, I was wrong! I found her approach of taking small amounts of time to incorporate little ideas very useful in my hectic life. I don't have days to set aside for an all-at-once overhaul, being a mom dealing with an out-of-house job, kids' sports on weekends, etc., but I can find a little time each day to incorporate one or two of the 500 ideas into my system. I read through with sticky note tabs in hand to mark ideas I wanted to incorporate, and one by one they are making a real difference.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Donna Smallin offers 500 tips on how to be organized. She advises us to find one or two tips we can use right away instead of learning some unwieldy, life-dominating strategy that changes the way we do everything. Her first section, Getting Organized, contains tips for Getting Started, Clearing Clutter, dealing with Paper Stuff, and managing Spaces & Things. The second section, Staying Organized, groups tips into Everyday Strategies, Clutter Control, Home Management, and Schedules & To-Do's. Throughout the chapters, Donna provides some low-key cognitive therapy to encourage revision of our defeatist beliefs about how hard it is to stay organized.

The top ten tips I found personally useful were:

1. Organize in two passes: First gather, then file.
2. Get rid of everything you haven't used in, say, six months.
3. Pretend you are moving--what would you be willing to pack and carry?
4. Join a clutter support group through Messies Anonymous, Clutterers Anonymous, or Clutterless Recovery Groups. (Web sites included.)
5. Take pictures of your kids holding their art projects. Keep the pics, toss the art.
6. On your desk keep only what you use daily.
7. Fasten related papers with staples, not paper clips.
8. Labeled paper grocery bags cut down to 6" are great sorting bins.
9. Plan a buffer around each activity in your daily schedule.
10. Finish your work day by writing a to-do list for the next day.

Useful as these nuggets are, there are also some significant weaknesses. Many of the tips are minor variations of other tips, giving a repetitive feel to the book. There is limited appreciation of computer, PDA, or cell phone tools, excepting a few general suggestions to "use your PDA.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on November 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Organizing doesn't have to be all that difficult or

time-consuming . . . in fact, Donna Smallin in her

excellent THE ONE-MINUTE ORGANIZER PLAIN &

SIMPLE contends that by doing it in small chunks

of time, your life will be made both easier and simpler.

Smallin, a nationally-recognized speaker on

uncluttering, had previously written ORGANIZING

PLAIN & SIMPLE . . . although I haven't yet read that book,

I will do so in the hopes that it is as helpful as her

latest effort.

You can read THE ONE-MINUTE ORGANIZER straight

through in less than two hours . . . that's what I did

the first time . . . now, I'm going back and rereading

certain parts from such various chapters as Getting

Started, Clearing Clutter, Paper Stuff, and Everyday

Strategies . . . I will probably continue to do so

in this valuable little book that I'll keep, as well as

cherish.

There are so many useful tips presented that it makes

it difficult to present just a few in this review . . . however,

I'll try by sharing the following that caught my attention:

Start with the most visible clutter first. Seeing clear and

obvious results will give you a boost of confidence.

Sort knives, spoons and forks as you put them into the

dishwasher to make it easier to put them away when

they're clean.

Keep the same calendar for business and personal use. Use

different-colored pencils or highlighters to distinguish between

work and personal commitments.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C Lee on September 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is worthy of taking up space on the shelf. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to referring to it again and again. It's a great tool for getting in the organizing mood. THIS BOOK DOES NOT TAKE A BIG TIME COMMITMENT. I read it mainly while sitting in the car-line at my child's school waiting for school to be out. 5 minutes here; 10 minutes there! The suggestions for getting the whole family into organizing were very helpful. While I found several ideas I have heard of or used before, there were many more that I had not thought of. Some reccomendations that didn't apply to me made me think of other things that did. Warning! The One Minute Organizer may lead to a better organized home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very useful little book filled with tips on keeping yourself organized. I found many great ideas in the book and it covered just what I was looking for.

The book is organized into two parts:

Getting organized (getting started, clearing clutter, paper stuff, spaces & things)
Staying organized (everyday strategies, clutter control, home management, schedules & to-do's)

I found so many of the tips useful (perhaps more useful tips than other similar books). Putting small items in zippered bags in your purse helps to cut down on clutter and makes finding things much faster. (I did this with my makeup and now finding my lipstick is a snap and I don't have to worry about the lid coming off in my purse!). Stapling product receipts to the manual is also a great idea. The author warns about keeping your will in a safe-deposit box because it will be sealed at your death - an important piece of information!

I also really like the format of this book. You can read it from front to back or just open to any page and start, which makes it easy to read in small bytes before going to bed or for a minute or two while your coffee is brewing in the morning. The typeface on the pages sorts the information visually: lists are easy to read, important words are bolded or printed in a different typeset. This probably sounds unimportant, but it helps you to read the book very fast and get lots of ideas in a short amount of time. The author also includes little sentences to encourage you in your organizing (like: "Remember nothing worth doing is easy").

This book is full of ideas you can really use and is so easy to read. A great reference for anyone and would also make a nice gift!
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