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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 6 edition (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808636
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Professional organizer Stephanie Denton is a top name in her field. She runs a consulting firm, Denton & Co., that serves both residential and business clients, including Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. A popular guest on CBS, MSNBC and CNN, her advice has helped millions--through both her TV appearances and countless newspaper and magazine articles.

Customer Reviews

This book was good in the aspect that it gives many easy-to-do tips on how to get organized.
Tiffany Siegfried
The content is simple and 'straight to the point' and instructions/strategies/tips are in easy to follow point form.
Na&Sam
Each page being a different color was a little too much and the information seemed to jump around a bit.
Tihaitien

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The Last Housewife on March 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you were able to follow the dozens of random tips in this book, you would probably enjoy a more organized life. On the other hand, if you are able to follow the tips in this book, you probably already have a well-organized life. For example, the author suggests several solutions for dealing with children's artwork, including mailing special items to grandparents, "...What you've chosen ... should be sent on its way quickly. A personal note on the back or a signature makes it that much more special." The assumption here is that one has packing tape, mailing tubes, address labels and suitable note paper readily at hand and that one has a system for remembering to take packages to the post office when one is headed in that direction.

A more ludicrous suggestion involves the "paper exchange," which entails setting up a filing system on one's kitchen desk so that children can file their school announcements and permission slips each afternoon; a parent then reviews these papers in the evening, signs any necessary paperwork and returns the forms to the children's backpacks. I could expend several hundred words picking apart the unrealistic assumptions underlying this proposal; instead, Dear Reader, I leave it to your imagination to consider whether this program could be easily implemented in your household. If it could and you haven't thought of it yet, perhaps The Organized Life is for you.

To her credit, Ms Denton does include some suggestions that are useful to those of us whose dispositions make us susceptible to clutter. She devote several pages (p. 100, p. 150) to ideas for reducing clutter and analyzing whether an item really needs to be stored or could better be discarded. She warns of the perils of accumulating needless toiletries.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Catherine G. on May 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read tons of these books, yet even I learned something from this one. I got it because it looks great and I thought it would be easy to read, and I was right. The book is laid out well and the writing is clear. I've been able to easily implement many of the ideas successfully. Definitely put this book on your list if you appreciate clarity and interesting thoughts.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Reilly-Howe on January 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a great treasure to find right before the new year! This book filled me with inspiration from the first page. I found the advice intuitive and easy to implement - and not rigid. The author makes a variety of tasks seem easy by breaking them down in manageable steps. She has obviously worked with all kinds of clients. For those of you out there who are more 'creative' (read: not so organized), this is the perfect tool.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on February 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one of those small books I keep by my bedside to read a few pages of tips before I fall asleep. It's an easy book to read in bits and pieces, but if you are looking for a full-blown "how-to" on organizing, this one may not be for you.

The book sections are:

Clutter
Paper
Closets
Kitchen
Time
Storage
Home Office
Bed & Bath
Garage, Attic & Basement
Photos
Children
Holidays

I like the "look" of the book inside - colorful pages with easy-read-text, small charts and lists. Because of the type fonts, bolding and white spacing of the pages, it's really easy to get information from the pages by just a glance. (So you can read what you want and skip the rest).

The content is really a collection of tips and ideas, not a full-fledged plan of organizing everything top to bottom. Some of the information may be things the reader already knows (sometimes, though, I have to see it in print for the obvious to become useful). However, I did find a number of useful new ideas. This was probably the book that convinced me that keeping department store "bonus" makeup sets was more of a storage hassle than it was worth. I also started taking more notice of what was already in my closet and giving careful thought about new purchases to be sure I don't already have something very similar. I like the author's idea of using my Inbox only for items that have not been reviewed yet. Why look at something twice?

I enjoyed reading this book and although I didn't use every idea, I did pick up a few and got to thinking about how to better organize my life.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Organized Life" contains no new information that you're not reading in every woman's magazine or seeing on HGTV. Sometimes the advice is so basic, like - "make your bed every day," it's practically insulting. I didn't buy the book for common sense. I bought the book for new and helpful information, which I did not think I found here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traci Clayton on May 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was so helpful... quick at-a-glance chapters on many topics. I am already an organized person and this still gave me great time-saving ideas. This is a great gift book as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Na&Sam on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is my favourite organisation book (and ive bought a bundle!). It is an attractive, compact book with modern graphic design & images that make it fun to read. The content is simple and 'straight to the point' and instructions/strategies/tips are in easy to follow point form.
Don't waste your time with the many wordy,text dense organisation books that you have to search thru to uncover just a couple of good ideas... buy this book instead!
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