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One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good Paperback – January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940569
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


From professional organizer and author Leeds (The Zen of Organizing) comes the perfect book for anyone wanting to find important papers instantly or have a navigable closet. The author divides getting organized into 12 monthly sections with four weekly tasks. The first week of every month is devoted to journaling and understanding the psychology of disorganization. The remaining three weeks of every month are for tasks like creating a bedroom sanctuary, packing wisely for trips, and creating a festive holiday atmosphere. Full of useful information for everyone, from the person who needs simply to clean a messy desk to the person requiring a whole new approach to life; highly recommended for all libraries. -- Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal

About the Author

Regina Leeds, a professional organizer and founder of Get Organized! by Regina, is the author of several books, including The Zen of Organizing. She lives outside of Los Angeles.

More About the Author

Brooklyn, New York is my hometown. I live most of the year now in Los Angeles, California. There are positive and negative things about both cities but my heart is always in New York City. I've been traveling the world since I was 17. I have my maternal grandmother's wanderlust. I've been to China twice and hope to return in 3 years. I want to take the train from Beijing to Tibet. How's that for an adventure? My favorite country to visit has to be Morocco. It's exotic and timeless. And of course I collect camels so I felt right at home!

When I was five years old, I knew two things for sure: I could write and I wanted to be an actress. I have always loved medicine, however, and had expressed an interest in surgery. Imagine my parents surprise when I announced that acting was more important than surgery to me. I don't think they ever recovered! When my fifth book "One Year to an Organized Life" became a New York Times best seller, I was so sorry my parents weren't alive. At last an accomplishment they would have understood! It wasn't easy having an only child as unconventional as I.

I was a professional actress for many years. I had the time of my life. One day i realized that I wanted to do something that would more fully be my own. As an actor you perform the words that someone else has written. And someone else directs...and someone else's a collaboration. Organizing was my gift to my clients. When I conducted seminars, I was the producer, writer, director and actor all rolled into one. In a unique way, it was a more fulfilling experience.

In all of my books I tell stories about myself as teaching tools. I hope you'll take some time to learn more about me and the art of getting organized. I call my system 'Zen Organizing.' You don't have to do anything foreign to be Zen Organized. You just have to have a deep desire to fulfill yourself...because that's what an organized environment does for you.

I invite you to read one of my books and learn more about me and Zen Organizing. Write to me...I promise to respond!

Customer Reviews

It is easy to follow and very helpful.
K. Fell
I love how Ms. Leeds breaks down the organization projects, tackling a room each month.
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
This book shows a month by month way to get organized in your life.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

255 of 299 people found the following review helpful By CandyKarma on January 9, 2008
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I own over 30 Get Organized books and by far this is the 1 that has made it finally happen for me. The author is witty and straight forward. Organization Tasks are broken down into categories (i.e. kitchen, bedroom, etc.)and are assigned to you to do during a specific month of the year. However, where this book made a difference for me is each month is broken down into weeks, and each week we are given assignments to be completed that are not overwhelming ... just baby steps that are part of the huge overwhelming mess we have created by being unorganized. I highly recommend this book as it holds your hand and never allows you to have to decide "what am I going to do next". It takes the guess work out of organizing, and where my hiccups come in, is trying to decide where to start - well this book removes that by braking everything down for you. Very simple organizing education, it is like having your own personal organizer with you every step of the way, every day.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Getting there week by week! on February 7, 2011
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I happened upon this book in a store just before the new year. I browsed it and was already inspired. Well, after starting it for the new year I thought of so many friends I would want to share it with. I actually did pick two of my friends to purchase the book for, via Amazon, as a New Year's celebration gift (just to have a reason). Well, like I told those two friends; it's easy reading, great tips and advice and no rush to run through it. It's set up weekly and for a whole year so the pressure is limited. This book is laid out January through December and it is best to start in the actual month that you are in for tracking purposes, and because it addresses holidays and seasons. Yet, the great thing is that you don't have to start like I did in January, you can even skip around if you have too. Start in March and work your year around that way if you want! If you are like me and feel overwhelmed with chores and hopes to organize you will love this set up. It asks good questions to help get to the core of your problems which is organizational therapy :) and teaches accentials to being organized. Some may already know these things, but I for one already in the first month have made a big change thanks to my new information. My kitchen looks great and works more efficiently! One of my friends just sent me an email thanking me again for the book and saying that she has felt some confirmation with it, things she has tried or thought to try. She is inspired too! To share that feels great!
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96 of 117 people found the following review helpful By eurowestgirl on February 10, 2008
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I read this in during a time of my life that felt most disorganized, chaotic, and out of control. My mom gave me this book, and I thought it would just be about physically organizing my home, but instead, it's actually about organizing yourself mentally and emotionally then physically.

The author takes you on a step by step process of imagining and reflecting on why you are the way you are--why you are always late or why you impulse buy or why you can't seem to find your keys. Through reflection, you are able to organize yourself internally and then begin the challenging but completely doable process of clearing and organizing your living space.

It also has a helpful section about moving, which happens to be a timely project for me (my husband and I are moving cross-country in a few months).

I plan on giving this to all my friends!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Summerfield on October 27, 2008
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I loved reading though this book and imagining what my life could be like if I implemented the wonderful room-by-room systems outlined here. The book made me feel as though I could really finally clean out my attic, find time to vacuum under the beds, balance my checkbook, plan ahead for meals, and recoup a large tax deduction from Goodwill after I collected and donated all my family's unused clothes, toys and knick-knacks. And I'm going to do every single one of those things -- after I start my novel and truly dedicate to flossing everyday.

Unfortunately the book does not come with Dobby the House-Elf to actually perform all of these tasks, or at the very least kick me in the behind until I start doing them.

But my personal shortcomings aside, this is a wonderful reference for those enterprising slobs who can actually do more than daydream about being able to start each day without digging through the laundry mountain for clean underwear and coming across that earring they lost five months ago.

I recommend purchasing this volume and keeping it on your bedside table -- for the shaming factor, if for nothing else.
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151 of 193 people found the following review helpful By ReadNReVu on April 19, 2008
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This book has a great premise, breaking down a specific organizational task over the course of a month, and has you writing a journal while you do this. So why only 2 stars?

Too much info about the author. We continually hear about her own experiences, her high-end clients, etc.

Too much focusing on the past in the journal exercises. The more you dwell on the past, the harder it is to make the future better.

She calls herself the Zen Organizer, but there is a lot of New Age content in the book also. Would rather have had more organizational tips.

She has an entire month dealing just with Thanksgiving. Really. If she'd combined it with Christmas and New Year's, as "holiday planning", it would have been plenty.

The chapter on moving was pretty good, but should have been written with lists instead of all the good information being buried in paragraphs (and this was also a problem in other chapters).

Overall, I would rate the book 2.5 stars. Good premise, and several good organizing tips, but it gets bogged down in places. Check it out from your library first--you might prefer her approach to that of FlyLady.
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