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From the Back Cover

Make chronic clutter a thing of your past!

Do you constantly misplace books, keys, bills, shoes...?
Are you tired of fighting an avalanche every time you open a closet or cabinet door?
Do you avoid answering your phone because you can never find it?

Don't despair! Even if you've been a messy person since childhood, organizing expert Sandra Felton's practical advice will make your dreams of an orderly lifestyle become reality. Hundreds of thousands of readers have already benefited from her strategies. In Winning the Clutter War, Sandra helps you

keep your house clean
pay bills on time
organize your activities
enjoy your spare time without feeling guilty
and more!

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady™, is the founder of Messies Anonymous, a group established to help women organize their households. She is the bestselling author of several books, including Living Organized and Smart Organizing. She lives in Florida.

About the Author

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady™, is the founder of Messies Anonymous, a group established to help women organize their households. She is the bestselling author of several books, including Living Organized and Smart Organizing. She lives in Florida.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800788095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800788094
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1982 Sandra Felton was a disorganized wife and mom with three kids
and a full time job. plus a chronically messy house. Desperately seeking
relief from clutter, she sought help from information in books and from friends.
She found the "secrets" that finally worked for her. Sandra's first book, The
Messies Manual unlocked how naturally disorganized people could apply those
secrets successfully to their lives. More books followed. With humor and good
will, Sandra reaches out to those she calls Messies with words of hope and with
practical techniques that really work.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 14, 2012
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Most people who know me think I am incredibly organized, my car doesn't have any junk in it, and my home is tidy. True confession time --- I am a messie who constantly struggles daily to keep things that way. I am married to a messie and my teenage daughter leans more toward messie so that doesn't help either. When I use the term "messie" I am using the word that Sandra Felton uses to describe people who live in a constant state of clutter and disorganization. The opposite of that is "cleanie" which describes someone who is organized, efficient, and their home is calm and uncluttered. That is what I aspire to be on a daily basis.

This book is written by someone who is by nature a messie as well and has worked to find systems that enable her to move toward the cleanie lifestyle. Quite a bit of the book is philosophical, describing the two styles and explaining the impact of each on our quality of life. As she says, an extreme cleanie may be just as difficult to live with as someone on the other end of the scale. Either end of the spectrum has its drawbacks and maybe somewhere in the middle is best for most of us. Ms. Fulton does move back and forth between providing general information about messies and cleanies and providing step-by-step instructions for how to get a handle on the clutter and keep it under control.

One the things I liked best about the book is the acknowledgement that some people are just wired to be messies --- creative types, people with ADD, etc. and others are wired to be cleanies. I have friends that fall into both camps and my messie friends spend more time trying to be organized and frustrated with their failures than my cleanie friends do.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By 2pmhitt on February 19, 2011
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I read this book many years ago but it had a different title. I needed some new inspiration and direction. The Organizer Lady did not let me down. I particularly loved the advice to put everything in pretty white boxes. Now I once again have "space" and know that everything is in its place. Great book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LifeIsGood on June 17, 2012
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I bought this book after reading her other book Organizing Magic. I like Organizing Magic better, because it read faster (more concise) and it was more inspiring (got me moving). They are both great really, but if you want to make a quick change, or if you can get only one of her book, I'd get the Organizing Magic instead. It was more main stream as well- not so religious and personal as the Winning the Clutter War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals on January 5, 2013
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I'm normally tidy and highly organised (a Cleanie) but health issues have significantly impacted what I can do around the house each day. My husband is a Messie, and a hoarder, and we'd reached a point where something had to change!

This book has given me strategies, encouragement and motivation, and reminded me that it's okay to do a little here and there. I now have the start I need, and (perhaps just as important) a plan in place to keep going.

Written with humour, and with insights arising from the author's personal experience, this has proved a handy guide to getting beyond clutter overwhelm and regaining the sanctuary that is a home.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancyleer on September 6, 2012
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Not much new here.OK for first time homemakers but not much if you have been at it for a while.Winning the Clutter War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KJS, RI on September 6, 2012
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I have not finished reading this book yet, however, it is jam packed with ideas for getting organized. I think it's worth the read once you get past the first few chapters. At first the author spends alot of time analyzing what type of "messy" you are. I really do not care, I just want to get organized! Once you get past that, its more productive. I am glad I've stuck with it because the book has alot of useful information for anyone who owns a home or has a home office.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoIsMe on August 29, 2013
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better than most. some rather helpful bits :
[...]
"If a task requires 30 seconds or less, do it NOW"
"Thou shalt have a goal, for without a goal, nothing will be accomplished."
"Thou shalt have a plan and stick to it."
"Thou shalt dream and keep dreaming until your lifestyle fits the dream."
One room, One purpose.
If possible' stand it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Wozniak on June 17, 2014
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Sandra Felton is one of the original home organizers before tv shows were popular with people drowning in clutter. I had some of her original books like The Messies Manual: A Complete Guide to Bringing Order & Beauty to Your Home before I gave them to the library book sale but I think I need to read them again.
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