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Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide With Hundreds Of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges Paperback – September, 2002
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“Donna Smallin…shows you the secret to a more productive day…” –Redbook
Consult “…clutter expert Donna Smallin’s Organizing Plain & Simple for thousands of room-by-room tips on getting your house, money, time and family in order once and for all.” –Home Magazine
“Organizing Plain & Simple can turn your world right side up.” ―Woman’s Day Decorating Ideas
“…Smallin helps the skeptical see how they can not only get their houses in order but keep them that way…” ―New York Daily News
“If you have a tough time getting rid of things, organization guru Donna Smallin offers some helpful guidelines.” ―Houston Chronicle
“Organizing Plain & Simple is Smallin’s…most comprehensive work.” ―Arizona Republic
“Organizing Plain & Simple…is chock-full of ideas to help you gain control of household clutter.” ―Ft. Worth Morning Star-Telegram
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This was no one's fault but my own, of course, but with Smallin's book, it didn't happen that way. She is able to present information and ideas that make sense, but she manages to do it in a way that builds your motivation to actually try it and to stick with it. I guess the best way of putting it is that I never felt overwhelmed, even when things looked very chaotic (as they always do at some point in a re-organization project).
The book is extremely well-suited to reading short sections that will allow you to get started right away. Then, if you need a break from the work itself, or need more suggestions, you can go back to it. Smallin also includes multiple suggestions from other professional organizers, which is very helpful because it gives you more options.
I'm almost finished with a two-week de-cluttering and organization project. In the past, I never could have gone that long without giving up and throwing it all back where it came from. But this time, I kept going back to Smallin's book, and she helped keep me on track. I was even able to use suggestions from books I had read before, such as not buying new storage cases until you have actually done the organizing and know what you need to store.
A major re-organization project is something like a weight-loss regime. You can try to do it the fast and easy way, but it won't last. Or, you can do it slowly and patiently, refining and modifying your plan as you see how it evolves. That's my goal, and with Smallin's book as my guide, I'm confident that it will be possible.
The book is laid out like a magazine and has lots of side-bars to keep you interested. Unlike many self-help books, Smallin isn't selling herself and claiming to make up her own new science. She quotes various other organizing experts in those sidebars, and provides a pretty extensive set of references and links that the reader can follow up with to continue their newly organized ways.
With this book's help, I have gotten rid of clothes that no longer fit or were unwearable (what was I thinking?), that third set of dishes I was keeping just incase (I had to feed an army? c'mon), and several beauty products I no longer used.
But perhaps the best thing I've gotten from this book was going through my book case and selling old books I never read or only read once right here on amazon.com. I spent $12 on this book roughly, and so far I've made $80 net on stuff that only gathered dust.
I love this book so much, I don't think it'll have a chance to gather dust.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Good reading! Good ideas! Stimulating!Miss some pics though...Published 4 months ago by Mvmaury
I had read this book before, I just needed to guide me because I was lost. It is excellent, easy to understand and apply the organization rules to my life! I love!Published 5 months ago by Nivea Nunes de Oliveira
This book is very useful in a variety of ways. It has organizing, cleaning and a ton of other good suggestions for you.Published 6 months ago by P. Thomas
Not a lot of new insights, but helpful to have it all in one publication.Published 14 months ago by L. Ulvang