Help, I'm Knee-Deep in Clutter!: Conquer the Chaos and Get Organized Once and For All


"Be honest: Do you keep telling yourself you'll go home and finally organize all those clothes and papers and other possessions that just seem to multiply when you're not looking? But maybe, just maybe, you can't help from thinking that the last time you went to the trouble of reorganizing, it all just magically went back to being messy within about a day and a half?

Join the club. When you have a busy life -- and who doesn’t these days? -- it’s impossible to find enough time to keep cleaning up the same mess ...

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"Be honest: Do you keep telling yourself you'll go home and finally organize all those clothes and papers and other possessions that just seem to multiply when you're not looking? But maybe, just maybe, you can't help from thinking that the last time you went to the trouble of reorganizing, it all just magically went back to being messy within about a day and a half?

Join the club. When you have a busy life -- and who doesn’t these days? -- it’s impossible to find enough time to keep cleaning up the same mess over and over again. You pick up all the papers, and the next time you walk in the kitchen there’s a pile sitting there -- taunting you. Where does it all come from? And why won’t it go away? Of course, the whole idea of becoming organized is that you won't have to do it over and over again. But have you found that magic system yet? Never fear, if you're holding this book in your hands right now, the good news is that you have!

Help, I'm Knee-Deep in Clutter! is a sanity-saving book that empowers you to conquer the chaos once and for all. Organization expert Joyce I. Anderson gives you simple, realistic solutions for getting things under control not just immediately, but permanently. You'll find that getting organized is surprisingly easy if you have a plan of attack. Filled with helpful charts, checklists, and other clutter-busting companions, this snappy guide shows you exactly how to:

corral the biggest clutter culprits and start making a difference right away
• set up simple daily and weekly routines to keep the mess at bay
• break big, overwhelming clean-up jobs (like the basement, garage, and closets) into smaller, more manageable tasks
• and much more

You'll find easy-to-implement strategies, instantly usable tools, and all the guidance, humor, and inspiration you need to make a huge difference in your home and your life without breaking a sweat. Help, I'm Knee-Deep in Clutter! gives you the straightforward and sensible solutions you need to de-clutter every room in your home, and keep it that way once and for all! Really!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814474204
  • Publisher: AMACOM Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 466,432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce I. Anderson honed her organizational skills as a public school librarian/media specialist. In addition to teaching classes on organization, she has assisted families in de-cluttering their homes, and has created organizational solutions for local businesses. She lives -- quite neatly -- in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Table of Contents


Part One. Knee-Deep Clutter and Chaos

Chapter 1. Time Wise

1st Step: Paper Roundup




5th Step: Daily Calendar

6th Step: Sunday Setup

Chapter 2. Corral the Biggest Clutter Culprits

1st Step: In-and-Out Shelf

2nd Step: Mail and Paperwork

3rd Step: Clothes

4th Step: Food and Dishes

5th Step: Toys and Games

Part Two. Hip-Deep Clutter and Chaos

Chapter 3. Basement

1st Step: The Plan

2nd Step: The Fun House

3rd Step: Launderette

4th Step: One-Stop Shopping

5th Step: Playhouse

6th Step: Shape Up

7th Step: Study Hall

8th Step: Tool Time

Chapter 4. Basement, Attic, and Garage

1st Step: Storage

2nd Step: Clear the Clutter

3rd Step: Fun Stuff

4th Step: Hearth and Home

5th Step: Kiddie Corner

6th Step: Let's Get Personal

Chapter 5: Bathrooms and Linen Closet

1st Step: Clump Everything

2nd Step: Let's Get Organized

3rd Step: The Beauty Counter

4th Step: Linen Closet

Chapter 6. Bedrooms

1st Step: Clearinghouse

2nd Step: Sleep Aids

3rd Step: Sanctuary

4th Step: Decorate

5th Step: Office Work

Chapter 7. Bedrooms -- Kids

1st Step: Cleanup Campaign

2nd Step: Sleepytime

3rd Step: Grooming

4th Step: Schoolwork

5th Step: Decorate

Chapter 8. Clothes and Accessories

1st Step: Space-Savers

2nd Step: Get Rid of It, Sell It, or Give It Away

3rd Step: Seasonal Setup

4th Step: Get It Together

5th Step: Color Coordination

6th Step: The Family Jewels

7th Step: Children Only

Chapter 9. Entertainment Center

1st Step: Entertainment Tonight

2nd Step: Musical Moments

3rd Step: Circulars

4th Step: The Bookstore

5th Step: The Play Station

Chapter 10. Foyer, Living Room, Family Room, and Dining Room

1st Step: Chitchat

2nd Step: Green Peace

3rd Step: Feng Shui It

4th Step: Art Attack

5th Step: Accentuate the Positive

6th Step: Lighten Up

7th Step: The Welcome Mat

8th Step: Fine Dining

Chapter 11. Kitchen

1st Step: Rack 'em and Stack 'em

2nd Step: Clumping

3rd Step: The Diner

4th Step: The Counter Revolution

5th Step: Fixin' Up the Fridge

6th Step: KP Duty

7th Step: Using Your Noodle

8th Step: Perk Up the Place

Chapter 12. Health and Safety

1st Step: Daily Medications

2nd Step: Miscellaneous Meds

3rd Step: Medical Paperwork

4th Step: Household Safeguards

5th Step: Emergency Planning

6th Step: Disaster Kit

Chapter 13. Home Office

1st Step: Location, Location, Location

2nd Step: Purchasing

3rd Step: Setting Up the Office

4th Step: Calendars, Trays, Folders, Envelopes, and Incoming Papers

5th Step: Priority Folders

6th Step: The Daily Work Routine

Chapter 14. Paperwork -- Daily

1st Step: Mail and Paperwork

2nd Step: Daily Habit

3rd Step: Weekly Habit

Chapter 15. Paperwork -- Backlog

1st Step: Sorting Station

2nd Step: The Big Decision

3rd Step: Dig In

Chapter 16. Paperwork -- Filing Festival

1st Step: GENERAL INFORMATION Folders and ACTION Folders



Chapter 17. Parties and Overnight Guests

1st Step: You're Having a Party

2nd Step: A Week or So Before the Party

3rd Step: The Day Before the Party

4th Step: The Big Day

5th Step: The Party's Over

Chapter 18. Photographs

1st Step: Sort It Out

2nd Step: Organizing Photos

3rd Step: Negatives

4th Step: Photo Storage

Chapter 19. Travel Aids

1st Step: Inventory

2nd Step: Travelogue

3rd Step: Have Bag, Will Travel

Chapter 20. Travel Plans

1st Step: Advanced Planning

2nd Step: Only One Week Left

3rd Step: Vacation Getaway

4th Step: Puttin' on the Ritz

Chapter 21. Travel Checklist

1st Step: Carry-on, Wallet, Money Belt

2nd Step: Pack Your Bags

Part Three. Ankle-Deep Clutter and Chaos

Chapter 22. The Daily and Weekly Routines

The Daily Routine

Good Morning. Stop the Clutter Cycle!

1st Step: Bathroom Buffing

2nd Step: Bedroom Beautification

3rd Step: KP Duty and Spot Patrol

4th Step: Head 'em Up, Move 'em Out

Good Afternoon. Stop Creeping Clutter!

1st Step: It Stops Right Here

2nd Step: Keep in Touch

Good Evening. Conquer the Chaos!

1st Step: KP Duty and Spot Patrol -- Again

2nd Step: Plan Ahead

3rd Step: Closing Up Shop

The Weekly Routine

Oh, No! It's That Time Again!

1st Step: The Sunday Setup

2nd Step: Get the Good Housekeeping Award

3rd Step: Tweaking Time

4th Step: Laundry Cycle

5th Step: The Great Outdoors

6th Step: Plow Through the Paperwork

Chapter 23. The Yearly Checklist


About the Author"

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