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One Year to an Organized Financial Life: From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-by-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind Paperback – December 10, 2009


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1st Da Capo Press Ed 2010 edition (December 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Leeds (One Year to an Organized Life), a professional organizer, and Wild, a financial adviser, apply Leeds's Zen Organizing philosophy to replace financial mayhem with method through digestible weekly steps over the course of one year. The authors begin by guiding readers through an emotional audit of their history with money, ridding their work spaces of clutter, and organizing key financial documents. January is time to take control, and the authors provide step-by-step instructions on preparing for tax season and retooling spending habits while laying the groundwork for protecting long-term assets. Savings and retirement vehicles are discussed at an extremely macro level—but the extensive resource section compensates for the oversight. By devoting the entire month of November to getting ready for end-of-year holidays, the authors drive home how planning ahead can alleviate the pain of unforeseen expenses. This is an excellent start to creating a solid financial foundation and future. (Jan.)
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Publishers Weekly, 11/23/09
“This is an excellent start to creating a solid financial foundation and future.”

Tucson Citizen, 1/8/2010
“From sticking to a budget to getting our of debt, One Year to an Organized Financial Life is essential and accessible.”

Atlantic City Weekly, 2/9/10
One Year to an Organized Financial Life is the portal to a lifelong practice of money clarity and order.”

Boston Globe, 2/21/10
“A nuts-and-bolts guide to organizing your files, paying your bills, and cutting costs and clutter…[Leeds’] advice is simple, practical, and essential…Calm and empowering, this handy guide is so well thought-out that just leafing through the pages might make you feel more in control.”

Curled Up With a Good Book, 4/19/10
“[An] absolutely marvelous book…[Leeds and Wild have] developed a deceptively simple (and extremely easy) method for whipping your whole life into shape…Invest in this guide, follow the advice of Leeds and Wild, and put your money to work for you.”

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A great tip is to have them scanned and kept on a DVD.
Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
If you finally want to find a way to start to straighten the "boat" I really think this book is the answer.
Jeanne Hartman
The foundation work in how to get organized will help me keep things on track in the future also.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Casey on January 4, 2011
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I am a few months into this book and I have to say that I am slightly disappointed. I started off with high hopes. The book had some good tips in the introduction and the author sounded powered up about getting my financial life in shape and organized. I had a few gripes early on, but kept pushing through thinking that it would get better as it went, but it hasn't. I have found the book to be a mixture of irrelevance and surface-level information. For example, the budgeting week tells the reader to set up a budget. It explains a little bit of why a budget is important and sort of gives one example, but if the reader has never created a budget before they may not even know what categories are appropriate to budget for or how much they should be contributing to each area. Another example, one week she says to organize your office area, but she doesn't cover what is important to include in your desk or office area.

As I get further into the book I am continually frustrated by the fact that the author just tells the reader to do something instead of explaining how to do something or what the best way to do it might be. After reading I usually can't even recall what I am supposed to be doing, or I have to look-up information to fill in the blanks, which is frustrating--I feel like the book should be a comprehensive guide (or at least that's what I expected it to be).

Additionally, you may want to consider that you will have to make further investments to go along with the changes that the author suggests. I had to buy pouches to organize my purse, files to create a filing system, drawer organizers to organize my desk, and so on (and I didn't buy many of the items that she suggested). She even suggests buying new furniture for your office if it is not suitable.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Keith Campbell on January 3, 2010
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Just released in 2010, One Year to an Organized Financial Life is the latest installment from Regina Leeds, the "Zen Organizer". I've previously read her book "One Year to an Organized Life" and found it a refreshing change in the field of organization. This book continues a winning pattern and expands it to an area where I (and many others) especially need some serious help - our finances.

Overhauling any aspect of our lives can be an intimidating. There are so many things we could do differently. So many small and large habits that need changing. Regina approaches this problem by having us concentrate on only one issue at a time, one per week, over the period of a year. Every month she introduces one key habit for the month, one helpful tool for the month, and then introduces one change or habit each week, in nice bite-sized pieces. Follow through on these easily manageable assignments, and in one year, ta-dah! you're financially organized. Or at least in a lot better shape than when you started.

One of the beauties of this approach is that you can pick up the book any time during the year and start the program. You don't need to start in January (although January would make a great time to start). Some of the months deal with items specific to that time of the year. for example, in November Regina deals with gift-giving, holiday spending and organizing holiday parties and get-togethers economically. The fact that I tend to start thinking about these things in December instead of November is an indication of just how much help I need.

The chapters and assignments give some really exceptional ideas for spending less money, making more money, saving for the future and protecting yourself from life's uncertainties.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By JT on February 22, 2010
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What can I say about a book that in ten minutes had me doing something I had been putting off for thirteen years--i.e. making a living will and getting my mother and my mother-in-law to do the same? (The book even includes the living will for you to fill out.) This book is so well thought-out, so calming and supportive, it truly makes you feel that you can do every one of the author's essential tips. Plus, unlike most financial books, it is packed with tips for the self-employed and it's rational, Zen tone makes dealing with finances...well, a new pleasure. Highly recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D. on February 6, 2010
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I am already organized. If I weren't, I wouldn't have advanced so far in my profession. Yet this book taught me a great many useful things. It is now my best reference book for negotiating the demands of everyday reality. Psychologically, it makes sense to go through the calendar, our common unit of existence, to build associations to taking on our tasks. This builds healthy habits a bit at a time. However, since I am already organized, I attacked the book in an unorganized fashion. I jumped around by topics that interested me, and along the way I found tidbits that are gems. I don't drink enough water. I learned that by keeping water at my workstation and sipping it throughout the day, instead of the ever present coffee- that I would actually more alert. Dehydration kills concentration more than the lack of caffeine. I learned that and many other neat things on my way to learning how to deal with my paper paranoia. I am forever confused about what to keep and what to throw away. I learned that the IRS usually would make an audit within the first three years of filling your taxes. What you need to keep for 3 and maybe up to 6 years (if fraud is suspected) are those documents that can prove your tax deductions. Throw away the rest. Keep your old federal and state tax returns forever as references and to prove that you filed. A great tip is to have them scanned and kept on a DVD. This saves space and makes it easy to search the documents. The last part of the book is one of the best sources of internet sites that can help you with issues related to: banking, cars, colleges, identity theft, investing, legal, medical, taxes, travel, and much more. This is a great book for both the unorganized and the super-organized.
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