The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter

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Overview

When it comes to freeing your home of clutter (let's face it — we all have it),
The Queen of Clean

really spells things out for you:
Question
Unpack
Evaluate
Eliminate
Neaten up!

It's a foolproof sorting system for even the most devoted ...

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Overview

When it comes to freeing your home of clutter (let's face it — we all have it),
The Queen of Clean

really spells things out for you:
Question
Unpack
Evaluate
Eliminate
Neaten up!

It's a foolproof sorting system for even the most devoted packrat: Question the best possible use of a room, a closet, a drawer...Unpack all of your clutter to get a sense of what you have (and what you need to do with it)...Evaluate each and every item you own...Eliminate unwanted possessions without guilt or regrets...and Neaten up your belongings in their newly decluttered space. You'll find your home and your life organized like never before as you conquer clutter in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, basement — even the garage!
The key, says the Queen, is to start small...and soon you'll be revved up and ready to straighten out every nook and cranny of your home. Her down-to-earth clutter-busting advice is built for speed; in a flash she sorts through and tidies up wallets, purses, drawers, closets, pantries, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, junk mail, linens, toys, books, videos, photos, collectibles, and much, much more!
The Queen makes even the most dreaded organizing tasks a breeze with hundreds of easy and practical tips! Find out how good it feels to be a savvy manager of all that threatens to invade your orderly domain with these simple and effective strategies from America's #1 housekeeping expert, the Queen of Clean®.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Clean-up diva and author Cobb (Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean, etc.) here focuses on organizing a home and eliminating the unnecessary. Cobb begins by explaining that being a Peaceful Pauline is preferable to being a Harried Harriet. The latter is always running behind schedule, paying overdue video fines and having nothing to eat. "Conquering clutter really does pay off-you'll be pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable conquering clutter and getting organized can be. You can relax in your own home, find things when you need them, enjoy your day-to-day activities, and feel in control of your life," says Cobb. The author takes the reader from room to room, discussing what can be immediately thrown out, cleaned and put elsewhere or re-configured. Some of the advice isn't original-such as leaving daily items near the door-but Cobb's spin is amusing and sometimes pretty clever. Family bulletin boards, for example, are helpful, but Cobb says not to use a chalk or pen board because the writing utensils inevitably disappear. The section on organizing the kitchen is helpful, particularly with the list of how long foods can safely be stored. Cobb's discussion of what items can and cannot be safely stored in attics and basements is also informative. People unwilling to face the clutter throughout their whole house can still benefit by skimming selected chapters. Readers willing to spend just an hour or two with this book will easily regain that time after they've followed Cobb's advice. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743428323
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 980,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Chapter 1: Twenty Questions

Enquiring minds want to know, right? I'm a Queen with a mission — to help you find out what will work best to keep your life clutter-free and organized. Just go down this list and answer these twenty questions. And be honest. We don't give out demerits. This isn't about right and wrong. It's about identifying your strong points-knowing what you're good at, what you have a knack for — as well as finding out where you need to improve your clutter-containing skills. Just remember: No matter how big your home, the biggest room is usually room for improvement!

1. Are you constantly running late?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

2. Do you have trouble letting go of objects that have long outlived their use?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

3. Are you using eyeliner and lipstick to write down messages because you can't seem to find a pencil or pen in your drawers?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

4. During the last six months, have you had to search for your car keys...

· Never · Sometimes · Often

5. Do you organize and reorganize, but always end up with the same amount of stuff?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

6. Have you ever run the baby's formula through the automatic coffee maker because the microwave is used for storage and you couldn't find a pan?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

7. Have you ever missed a doctor appointment or social engagement because you just plain "forgot" all about it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

8. Is your closet filled to the rafters with clothing and shoes? Does it contain clothes of all sizes?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

9. How many times during the past year have you given unneeded items to charity?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

10. Have you ever tucked in a pile of clothes because there is so much stuff on the bed you can't tell if your child is in there or not?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

11. Have you ever found an item you needed — after you'd purchased its replacement?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

12. Do the kids think that everybody turns their underwear inside out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to get an extra day's wear out of it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

13. Are there papers on your desk that you haven't looked through for over a month?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

14. Do your neighbors come to your house first every time there is a scavenger hunt?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

f0 15. When you start cleaning and organizing your house, do you tend to get sidetracked and start another project?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

16. Do you generally know what time it is, or do you usually need to consult your watch?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

17. Is your idea of clearing off the countertop sliding everything off it into the wastebasket or drawer?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

18. Does your car sit outside because you need your garage for storage?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

19. Are you able to shut all of your dresser drawers without clothes hanging out the sides?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

20. Do you have to remove dirty pots and pans from your oven before you can use it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often

Now it's time to check your responses. For each time you answered NEVER, give yourself 1 point. For each SOMETIMES answer, give yourself 2 points, and give yourself 3 points for each time you answered OFTEN. Now add up your score and let's see how you did.

If you scored 20 to 35 points, you are indeed a royal organizer. Good for you! Use this book to help you hone your best organizing instincts and make yourself the Queen of your own castle. You probably have a lot of the basics in use, so now's the time to pay attention to the small organizing details you may previously have overlooked. Fine-tune your storage systems and banish clutter once and for all, and make sure you are spending enough time on evaluating and eliminating.

If you scored 36 to 45 points, you fit into the largest group of clutter conquerors. Constantly trying to improve, you nevertheless feel like you are running on a treadmill as the clutter continues to grow...and grow....You're not part of the remedial organizing group (see the next paragraph), but you still have a ways to go to get your palace organized and clutter-free. Why don't you start with the chapters that pertain to your biggest problems? You'll make great strides if you really question and take stock of the areas you want to conquer — find out what's not working before you come up with solutions. Take it in small stages and work through your clutter crisis area by area.

If you scored 46 to 60 points, then, yes, let's just say it — you have a clutter problem. A BIG ONE! But we're not going to lock you in the dungeon and throw away the key (there probably wouldn't be room for you, anyway). Chances are you look at the clutter accumulating around you and feel defeated before you begin, and so haven't begun. Until now. Let me walk you through this book.
Select a small area to start your clutter busting so that you can step back and appreciate your efforts almost immediately. Once you begin and get a feel for conquering clutter (even in the smallest way), you'll begin to believe in order again. Remember, it took time to collect all of that clutter, so it will take time to remove it. Read on to elevate your royal status in your home and eliminate some of the stress that you deal with every day. And don't get discouraged. Rome wasn't organized in a day!

Copyright © 2002 by Linda Cobb

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
1. Twenty Questions 1
2. Getting Started 6
3. You Can Take It with You 12
4. Enter at Your Own Risk 20
5. Room for Living 26
6. Kitchen Duty 37
7. The Paper Chase 67
8. Memories 72
9. Putting on the Ritz 80
10. The Throne Room 85
11. In the Bedroom 96
12. Go to Your Room 106
13. Come out of the Closet 115
14. Putting a New Spin on the Laundry Room 127
15. Flowers in the Attic 134
16. Going Down Under 142
17. The Outer Limits 148
18. Do Your Homework 155
19. Getting It All Together 162
20. The Last Word 166
Resource Guide 171
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First Chapter

Chapter 1: Twenty Questions

Enquiring minds want to know, right? I'm a Queen with a mission -- to help you find out what will work best to keep your life clutter-free and organized. Just go down this list and answer these twenty questions. And be honest. We don't give out demerits. This isn't about right and wrong. It's about identifying your strong points-knowing what you're good at, what you have a knack for -- as well as finding out where you need to improve your clutter-containing skills. Just remember: No matter how big your home, the biggest room is usually room for improvement!

1. Are you constantly running late?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


2. Do you have trouble letting go of objects that have long outlived their use?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


3. Are you using eyeliner and lipstick to write down messages because you can't seem to find a pencil or pen in your drawers?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


4. During the last six months, have you had to search for your car keys...

· Never · Sometimes · Often


5. Do you organize and reorganize, but always end up with the same amount of stuff?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


6. Have you ever run the baby's formula through the automatic coffee maker because the microwave is used for storage and you couldn't find a pan?

· Never· Sometimes · Often


7. Have you ever missed a doctor appointment or social engagement because you just plain "forgot" all about it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


8. Is your closet filled to the rafters with clothing and shoes? Does it contain clothes of all sizes?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


9. How many times during the past year have you given unneeded items to charity?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


10. Have you ever tucked in a pile of clothes because there is so much stuff on the bed you can't tell if your child is in there or not?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


11. Have you ever found an item you needed -- after you'd purchased its replacement?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


12. Do the kids think that everybody turns their underwear inside out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to get an extra day's wear out of it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


13. Are there papers on your desk that you haven't looked through for over a month?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


14. Do your neighbors come to your house first every time there is a scavenger hunt?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


15. When you start cleaning and organizing your house, do you tend to get sidetracked and start another project?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


16. Do you generally know what time it is, or do you usually need to consult your watch?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


17. Is your idea of clearing off the countertop sliding everything off it into the wastebasket or drawer?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


18. Does your car sit outside because you need your garage for storage?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


19. Are you able to shut all of your dresser drawers without clothes hanging out the sides?

· Never · Sometimes · Often


20. Do you have to remove dirty pots and pans from your oven before you can use it?

· Never · Sometimes · Often



Now it's time to check your responses. For each time you answered NEVER, give yourself 1 point. For each SOMETIMES answer, give yourself 2 points, and give yourself 3 points for each time you answered OFTEN. Now add up your score and let's see how you did.

If you scored 20 to 35 points, you are indeed a royal organizer. Good for you! Use this book to help you hone your best organizing instincts and make yourself the Queen of your own castle. You probably have a lot of the basics in use, so now's the time to pay attention to the small organizing details you may previously have overlooked. Fine-tune your storage systems and banish clutter once and for all, and make sure you are spending enough time on evaluating and eliminating.

If you scored 36 to 45 points, you fit into the largest group of clutter conquerors. Constantly trying to improve, you nevertheless feel like you are running on a treadmill as the clutter continues to grow...and grow....You're not part of the remedial organizing group (see the next paragraph), but you still have a ways to go to get your palace organized and clutter-free. Why don't you start with the chapters that pertain to your biggest problems? You'll make great strides if you really question and take stock of the areas you want to conquer -- find out what's not working before you come up with solutions. Take it in small stages and work through your clutter crisis area by area.

If you scored 46 to 60 points, then, yes, let's just say it -- you have a clutter problem. A BIG ONE! But we're not going to lock you in the dungeon and throw away the key (there probably wouldn't be room for you, anyway). Chances are you look at the clutter accumulating around you and feel defeated before you begin, and so haven't begun. Until now. Let me walk you through this book.
Select a small area to start your clutter busting so that you can step back and appreciate your efforts almost immediately. Once you begin and get a feel for conquering clutter (even in the smallest way), you'll begin to believe in order again. Remember, it took time to collect all of that clutter, so it will take time to remove it. Read on to elevate your royal status in your home and eliminate some of the stress that you deal with every day. And don't get discouraged. Rome wasn't organized in a day!



Copyright © 2002 by Linda Cobb

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    Just found out from Herb Sellars that you are the Queen of Clean John Earl Cobb's wife. I am his cousin June Newberg Cameron. We live in Hibbing also. Just thought it was interesting, have seen your articles in the paper.

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