Eileen Roth, founder of Everything in Its Place,® is a renowned organizing expert who's appeared on Oprah® and the Today show. Elizabeth Miles is an author specializing in peak performance.
Organizing For Dummiesby Eileen Roth, Elizabeth Miles
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What’s the favorite four-letter word of people who are less than fully organized? “Help!” So many technological, social, and economic changes affect your life that you need organization just to keep up, let alone advance. Many people have two jobs – one at the office and one taking care of things at home. If you have a family, you may count that as a third job. Caring for elderly relatives or have community commitments? You can count off four, five, and keep right on going.
No matter what life stage you’re in, getting organized can make every day better and help you achieve your long-term goals. Organizing For Dummies is for anyone who wants to
- Polish his or her professional reputation
- Experience less stress
- Increase productivity
- Build better relationships
- Maximize personal time
Organization isn’t inherited. With the human genome decoded, the evidence is clear: DNA strings dedicated to putting things into place and managing your time like a pro are nonexistent. Instead, organization is a learned skill set. Organizing For Dummies helps you gain that skill with topics such as:
- Understanding how clutter costs you in time, money, and health
- Training your mind to be organized and developing a plan
- Cleaning house, room by room, from basement to attic (including the garage)
- Creating functional space for efficiency and storage
- Time-management strategies for home, office, and tavel
- Scheduling, delegating, and multitasking
- Making time for your family
- Managing your health – physical and financial
- Finding time for love
- Organizing and cashing in on a great garage sale
Getting organized is about unstuffing your life, clearing out the dead weight in places from your closet to your calendar to your computer, and then installing systems that keep the good stuff in its place. Organizing is a liberating and enlightening experience that can enhance your effectiveness and lessen your stress every day – and it’s all yours simply for saying “No” to clutter.
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Let's get this straight. This isn't a book about organizing, it's about empowerment. Thanks to the principles succinctly and humorously expressed by Eileen Roth, professional organizing consultant, my work has become more efficient - and my home more peaceful - than ever. Eileen Roth is a professional consultant for people who can benefit from getting organized - and that means everyone. Even if you think that you're pretty tidy, Roth will give you tricks of the trade to keep things not only easy to find, but easy to categorize and to access. There are things we do all the time that just don't make sense, and Roth gleefully points this out: why do we keep pulling out the stepping stool to get the blender on the high shelf? Why do we keep going into the other room to get paper for the printer? The answer is - you shouldn't. It makes a lot more sense to keep things close by (duh), but honestly, most of us make a purchase and put it wherever comes to mind. Roth opens the book by stating that organizing is a SKILL. This means it can be learned. So even if you feel (like me) that entropy is a natural state - perhaps even a natural state of mind - Roth will set you straight with her little nuggets of organizing goodness. She will encourage you, and give you memorable and unintimidating mnemonics and acronyms along the way. Roth says that she has been organizing since she was a toddler; when guests came to visit, she would become flustered if things weren't put back in order. Although I do believe anyone can learn to be organized, Roth obviously has a natural impetus and talent for organization...and thank goodness she does!
I have really enjoyed reading this book. It is a tremendous resource for working women who don't want to spend their limited free time on exhaustive housework. I have reorganized my kitchen cabinets, changed my grocery shopping habits, straightened out my bedroom,and am getting my bathroom closet and home office in order. I have made a number of purchases to help me get organized and therefore reduce some of the stress in my life, i.e. personal organizer, bookcase for home office, little baskets for nail polish,etc. I am still looking for an adequate laundry sorter and a shelf divider for sweaters in my bedroom closet. I want to make my life easier. It is my belief that as I begin to organize my home and the tasks that I do to maintain it, that it will save me both time and money.