Common Sense Organizing: A Step-by Step Progam forTaking Control of Your Home and Your Life

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It is hard to admit, but many of us have found ourselves among the ranks of the organizationally challenged. We just can't seem to "Get it together," no matter how many calendars we buy or systems we try. Williams shows that we are not alone in out attempts to balance work, kids, family, friends and relationships, while still squeezing in some self-time. More than ever, people feel stretched beyond the limits of their physical and emotional endurance.
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It is hard to admit, but many of us have found ourselves among the ranks of the organizationally challenged. We just can't seem to "Get it together," no matter how many calendars we buy or systems we try. Williams shows that we are not alone in out attempts to balance work, kids, family, friends and relationships, while still squeezing in some self-time. More than ever, people feel stretched beyond the limits of their physical and emotional endurance.
In Common Sense Organizing, Williams shares how to customize home and life management to meet out needs, instead of trying to fit ourselves into the latest system. The author shows how a one-size-fits-all organizing mentality can quickly lead to frustration. Instead, she shares her common-sense approach that any reader can adapt, to take control of their home and their life-once and for all!

More than ever, many people feel stretched beyond the limits of their physical and emotional endurance. Why the struggle? "Common Sense Organizing" shows readers how to customize their homes and life management to meet their needs--instead of trying to fit themselves into the latest system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932783261
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Williams, owner of Let's Get it Together©, is an organizational strategist, syndicated columnist and educator. Debbie has over 15 years of administrative and training experience, holds a bachelors degree in education and works as a freelance writer for various entrepreneurial and parenting publications from her Texas home. She serves as editor and publisher of the organizing e-zine, The Organized Times? and is the host and founder of the annual Online Organizing Expo: Virtually Organized?.
Debbie is dedicated to helping other balance their lives with organizational techniques. You may contact her by email at:
Debbie@organizedtimes.com
Or visit her web site at www.organizedtimes.com
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Let's get it together
The four-step process
Creating an action plan
Your personal action plan for organized success
Implementing the four step process
Seven strategies for success
Chapter Two: Common sense organizing
You are part of a team
Preserve your space
How to manage paper clutter
Pitch it!
Mail call
Sort it out
Vertical organizing
Maintenance 101
Chapter Three: Conquering common clutter
Put order in your closet
Up off the floor
Just hanging around
Conquering kid clutter
Hidden helpers
For the clothes horse
Follow the paper trail
Contain yourself
What's your hang-up?
Up the down staircase
Keeping it clean
One toy or rotation toys
Conquering kitchen clutter
The spice of life
Paper or plastic?
Refrigerator clutter
Kid kitchen clutter
Coupon capers
Cookbook storage
An unjunk drawer?
Pretty functional
The organized collector
Chapter Four: The organized parent
Power wheels: 10 steps to organizing your mobile life
Organization for the new parent
Holiday organizing tips
Time bandits
Just say no!
Chapter Five: Office management
Take turns
Clean as you go
A space of your own
Multi-tasking
Let's get physical
Form versus function: Ergonomic
Organizing your work space
Chapter Six: From here to there-effective time management
Mission accomplished: what's your passion in life?
Goal planning made easy: raising the bar an inch at a time
Balancing act: Scheduling time for work, self, and family
Setting priorities: How to tackle the to-do's in your life
Time management 101: Why most systems don't work
Designing an effective system
Manual Planner
Computer software
Electronic planner
Routine matters
Chapter Seven: It's a dirty job, but...
Bathroom basics
Spring cleaning for the housework impaired
Appendix: More help for the organizationally challenged
Recommended reading
Organizing products
Online organizing solutions
What's on the agenda?
Your virtual desktop
Paper management
Around the house
Travel Aides
Education and support
Ergonomics
Closing thoughts
Task-tamers weekly resolution program
About the author
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