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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653729
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Professional organizer Stacey Platt runs DwellWell, a New York-based organizing and coaching firm with a clientele that includes movie stars, chefs, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and investment bankers. Touted by the Web site Daily Candy as being "well-versed in aiding the most cluttered, confused, and disorganized," she is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and has an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.

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Touted by Daily Candy as being "well-versed in aiding the most cluttered, confused, and disorganized," Stacey Platt has an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and is author of the book, "What's a Disorganized Person to Do?" (Artisan Books). Born in New York and bred primarily in Los Angeles, she considers the Container Store her personal Mecca. Nearly a decade and a half of daily yoga practice informs her approach to organizing and to life.

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This is a very easy read.
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I highly recommend this book to everyone who needs to declutter and organize their life!
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Just bought a copy of this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 94 people found the following review helpful By DD on March 24, 2010
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This is the greatest book I have seen on organizing. It is incredibly informative, actionable and easy to read. I am going to send one to all of my friends and family members. There is so much great information on things that I never realized I was doing incorrectly. Ms. Platt has done an incredible amount of research to make it easy for her readers to get their lives in order. This book is so much more than an organizing book. It will inspire you to do things better and to take a more educated approach to one's world. The information is laid out in very easy to grasp nuggets. There are suggestions for short projects so as to avoid being overwhelmed. I was so inspired that I started cleaning our and organizing six years of garage clutter - not an appealing task. You will enjoy a much brighter world after reading this book. Enjoy!
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Laurie M. Foster on March 20, 2010
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Clear space = clear mind and this book offered me tips that have truly changed my quality of life. With guidance on everything from filing organization to healthy working habits, "What's a (Dis)organized Person To Do" covers all the bases in a convenient flip-through form. It's super easy to find guidance on your particular problem without wading through chapters and chapters--so many other authors wax philosophic before you can find that nugget of wisdom you're looking for. The author of this book offers it right up--no work required!

Aside from my own personal use, I think this book will also make a great gift. I plan to keep it in mind for newlyweds, recent college grads (it contains all the mothering one would need), or even empty-nesters in need of a reminder on how to reclaim the space they have shared with their children for so long. I highly, highly recommend it!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Courtney C. Hayne on March 28, 2010
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Life is short, buy the darn book! You will not only find more time to enjoy life's simple graces and laugh out loud at your own foibles, but also come away with easy-to-implement tools for clarifying house and mind. "What's A Disorganized Person To Do?" is the layperson's version of Patanjali's "Yoga Sutras", a succinct treatise on how to move from a state of distraction to one of concentration.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Beautiful Things on August 2, 2010
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This book deserves 10 stars. The author, Stacey Platt gives step by step instructions for organizing every aspect of your life leaving you time to cultivate your other interests.
1) The Entry
2) The Kitchen
3) Bedrooms and Closets
4) Bathrooms
5) Living Rooms and Dens
6) The Home Office
7) Utility and Storage Areas
8) Kid Clutter
9) Trips to Moves
The steps for organizing each area are very detailed. There are pictures through out the book that not only show examples but also provide inspiration for what one's new organized space can look like. There are lists and resources for the ideas presented in the book.

There are stickers in the back of the book
To Do: January through December
Good Idea
I can do this
Check this website out
Need this
To Do
Share this with:
Weekend project

It is nice to be given a road map that takes you from the cluttered chaos of disorganization to the serene tranquility of organization.

For the person(Mom to Mom) who gave this book one star and stated that the contents of the book was simplistic and could be found in blogs on the internet. While searching aimlessly on the internet and wading through endless chatter to discover bits of wisdom may be a good idea for those who have the time. Some of us would rather spend a few dollars to buy a book that lays out details of how to organize our lives step by step. All in one easy to follow book that is anything but simplistic.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nuncia on July 9, 2010
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There are so many books, magazines and Internet articles out there on home organization, why choose this one? For the first time I picked up a book on organization and to my surprise and delight actually used the techniques right away. The title and the random number of tips (317?) caused some skepticism but the format is easy to read, easy to follow and actually practical. The advice for each topic is brief but includes just enough information to have the reader understand why the advice is practical and then tells you how to complete the task. Most tasks can be done in a couple of hours or a couple of days depending on where you are starting on the clutter scale. The layout of the book itself is uncluttered, plenty of space and clean but illustrative photos and graphics. The uncluttered page left me room to make my own notes about how to personalize the results to suit my needs. You can start at any point in the book, skip around, work through it serially or just pinpoint the tasks you want to take on. The task oriented format of this book keeps the amount of work needed to keep de-cluttering manageable. Anyone can accomplish one task at a time. I started with my kitchen cabinets and am now moving on to filing. De-clutter your bookshelf of the other books on organization.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Colangelo on March 22, 2010
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This book has tons of helpful ideas and solutions. In addition to ideas about reducing clutter and sorting out bills and other papers, it also has useful information such as how to fold fitted sheets and great tips about traveling with children. It covers everything, and is relevant whether you live in a small apartment or a large house. Well-organized living space equals clearer mind and more efficient use of time, which is why this book is so useful.
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