1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets
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1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

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by Jamie Novak
     
 

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"Reading this book is like getting advice from a trusted friend. Jamie's non-judgmental, conversational style put me at ease immediately. I felt like she had popped by and we had chatted over a cup of coffee. The last thing that someone who is dealing with clutter needs is more guilt! Jamie makes it seem manageable to conquer clutter."
- Judith Leblein, Host of…  See more details below

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"Reading this book is like getting advice from a trusted friend. Jamie's non-judgmental, conversational style put me at ease immediately. I felt like she had popped by and we had chatted over a cup of coffee. The last thing that someone who is dealing with clutter needs is more guilt! Jamie makes it seem manageable to conquer clutter."
- Judith Leblein, Host of EBTV "Conversations" and WCTC 1450AM Radio Personality

"The best part is you don't have to know anything to get started! Jamie covers everything from start to finish."
- Ramona Creel, Owner of the award-winning www.OnlineOrganizing.com

"Chock-full of simple, easy-to-apply tips and ideas to help you get organized. This is a great organizing reference to read, refer to often, and enjoy!"
- Maria Gracia, Author of Finally Organized, Finally Free (www.GetOrganizedNow.com)

"At last - an organizing book that strives for progress instead of perfection. Jamie Novak's 1001 Best Organizing Secrets is real help for real people. Jamie understands that your house doesn't have to be perfect, you just need to be able to find your car keys."
- Lisa Earle McLeod, Syndicated columnist and author of Forget Perfect (Penguin/Putnam)

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Library Journal
For those who just need to get rid of clutter or become more productive, not revamp their whole life, one of these books may be the ticket. Professional organizer Novack designed her guide for multitasking, overscheduled, just-saw-it-here-a-minute-ago people who need simple, straightforward instructions for de-cluttering. Although she addresses the whys and wherefores of the cluttering mentality, she cuts to the chase with practical tips to help straighten out rooms, financial records, office surfaces, and more. One can easily browse the book and pick out pertinent chapters. Guaranteed to circulate during its first week on the shelf; recommended for all libraries. A productivity expert, Stack (Leave the Office Earlier) applies her skills to the homefront. Through a series of quizzes and exercises, readers determine how certain personality traits may be getting in the way of using time effectively. She devotes a chapter each to eight pillars of personal productivity-plans, priorities, and pets-that support successful lives. While Stack's stance is valuable, her narrative is heavy on the verbiage. The time-stretched may become overwhelmed just browsing the book. Libraries with the budget for several books on organizing can purchase both Novak's and Stack's books. If one has to choose, Novak's is the more useful to its designated population. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402206511
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
1000 Best Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Novak is an expert Professional Organizer and Clutter Coach. She's been a featured organizer on HGTV's Mission: Organization, and hosts her own show, Sort It out with Jamie. She also authored A Busy Person's Guide to a Life You Love. Jamie is the founder of The Clutter Club, a free, nationwide association in which discussion groups run by professional organizers focus on how to clear clutter. You can visit www.JamieNovak.com to find one running near you or to find out about starting one.

In her own unique and nonjudgmental way, she has been helping busy people clear the clutter, live a life they can enjoy in a home they love, and reach their goals with a clearer head. Her approach is both easy and motivating; she is a natural, and her passion for organizing shines through. Jamie promises not to try to reinvent you; instead, she helps you find your style and work with it. Her goal is to share real ideas that really work!

Jamie's main office is in Scotch Plains, NJ, where she grew up and still lives. She has a second office in Los Angeles, CA, where she spends a portion of the year. If you'd like to share a success story or submit your favorite tip, view other free resources, get an answer to your biggest clutter challenge, or view current Clutter Contests, visit www.JamieNovak.com.

Jamie challenges you to organize from the outside in. Once you gain control over all your stuff then step back and watch what happens! To get your free copy of Jamie's latest Clutter Challenge or to find out more about her, visit her website.

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1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It is different than many other organizing books because it breaks tasks down into extremely manageable pieces. Even the busiest, most unorganized person can take a moment to apply one or two of the organizing secrets. That is Jamie Novak's philosophy: break large tasks down into bite-sized pieces. Most of the tips do not require that everything in an entire room be pulled off the shelves all at once. For example, Jamie suggests putting tableclothes onto hangers so they can be neatly hung in a closet. That one task will take perhaps 5 minutes, but will make a huge difference. The book is also extremely well organizing. It is set up so you can flip directly to the chapter applicable to a specific problem area, or read it cover to cover. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My biggest problem with this book is that many of the tips were extremely wasteful (use paper dishes for faster clean-up, or portion out laundry detergent in plastic bags). Also, the author recommended an armoire as a means of storage for just about every area of the house. Many of the tips felt redundant, and I was not compelled to read the whole thing. Given, there were some decent ideas, but not enough to make this book worth purchasing (check it out from the library like I did!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jamie's book was an excellent read that was chock full of great ideas and tips of all kinds. I've been on an organizing kick for about a year trying to get everything together and the main reason it was taking so long was I could not find a system that worked for me really well. Jamie offers several systems and multiple ideas on just about every topic related to organizing all kinds of items and information. Since the book is broken down into sections it's easy to find exactly what you need so it's an excellent reference though I would suggest just reading the entire thing because alot of ideas can cross over easily. There were a couple of topics (like moving) I wish were covered more in-depth but she does refer you to a host of good references for all kinds of topics. There were a few typos that needed fixing that made a couple tips in the book confusing until you figured it out. It also may have been nice to see a couple illustrations or before and after shots just for inspiration. I have lent the book to three people and they have loved it as well. I would recommend to anyone - the ones just starting and the ones having trouble with those last couple boxes or ones with that particular trouble spot in the house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the tip to set a timer before starting an area, but that was the only tip that wasn't something most people all ready practice or wasn't just out and out lame. "Throw away trash." Is not an organizing tip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this book. Very informative and many options and ideas to use.
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This book has many great tricks and "rules" to live by so your life can be more enjoyable and less hectic. Enjoy!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is ok but it repeats itself a lot and has the most typos that I've seen in a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had my book for approximately a month now and have utilized many of Jamie's ideas! This has helped me immensely in my professional and personal life. Thanks Jamie!