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How to Organize (Just About) Everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 28, 2004
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Reading through the other reviews, I note that most say they look forward to reading the book or plan to keep it as a reference. That's fine, but it doesn't make it a great book on organization for those who want to get or stay organized. For them, a single page to "Create a Flawless Filing System" is inadequate and a comparable amount devoted to "Become President of the United States" is absurd.
weed junk mail, establish tickler files and calendar important
deadlines. The book assists in balancing home life with work,
budgeting and "to do lists". The volume even covers the details
of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as junk food avoidance.
The author provides websites for selling off unnecessary personal
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Purchase this book if your purpose is to bring permanent
organization into your house for the foreseeable future.
Those subjects that were helpful were so short and general that it seemed to be total common sense, and usually could be distilled into 1. clear out the place 2. toss what you don't need 3. go shopping for things to help you organize and 4. put it all back neatly in groups. I'm being overly simplistic but those who are looking for detailed nuts and bolts for getting organized will be disappointed.
If they had called it "500 Ways to Getting It All Together" it would have been more appropriate. However, calling it a book on organizing only fits in a loose sense.
On the positive side, I do have to say it was a nicely organized book in terms of layout and logical order!
If you're like me and you know you need to do SOMETHING but either constantly take on too much at once or don't know where to start, the short common-sense reminders will help you focus and finish. You can work on one page, get it done, then flip to something else that catches your eye and start a new project. When you're done with that you can take a break and read one of the more entertaining and esoteric entries on becoming a nun or winning an Oscar or something. It's great for those of us who prefer to be told what we need to take care of (like making a will or which medical test we should have done at what age) but want flexibility on our approach.
If, on the other hand, you're someone who knows what needs to be done but you need to know the best place to hang some hooks or whether you would be better off with a file cabinet or stacking letter bins, you should look elsewhere. This book may be too flexible for people who prefer to be told exactly how to approach things but like a flexibility on what they need to work on.
If you find Flylady's control journal too regimented, this book may suit your personality better because you can skip around at your own pace, but if you are an avid Flylady its flexible, open-ended approach will probably be a little frustrating.
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Makes the most difficult project manageable.
Peter Walsh breaks apart every imaginable task/goal into a step by step process/list to tackle any project.
Great tips from big to small. Practical advice that really works! And steps you can start today--right now! Awesome read.Published 3 months ago by Leigh R. Paddon
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is being overwhelmed with too many things in too little space. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Book Slug
I thought it was an excellent starting point for people WHO ARE NOT ORGANIZED like me:) It helped start the idea process on organizing my book library and I was able to fill in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melle Johnson