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The latest addition to Creative Homeowner's best-selling Smart Approach series, The Smart Approach to the Organized Home is for homeowners who want to learn the principles of effective organization and how the rules apply to every room in the house. The book covers all of the fundamentals of home storage, including the importance of cataloging items accurately for storage, the pros and cons of built-in and retrofit arrangements, and general strategies for locating storage areas. Like other books from the Smart Approach series, added Smart Steps and Smart Tips illustrate how these methods apply to individual areas of the home. Packed with full-color photography, this book is essential for readers looking for solutions to their home storage dilemmas.
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Tidily arranged but not fastidious, this instructional volume educates readers on every aspect of home organization, from basics helpful for even the most inveterate pack rats to minutiae sure to delight hardcore neatniks. The author of The New City Home devotes chapters to every room in the house and begins each with big-picture concepts such as furniture placement and storage, and then moves to small but important details ("when hanging pictures on a wall, line them up along their top edges rather than the bottom of the frames"), finally tackling over-the-top fine points, such as the suggestion "to keep plates from scratching one another, slip a circle of chamois or flannel between each stacked dish." While there is some practical discussion of eliminating excess and getting "rid of one old item for every new one you acquire," the book takes the realistic approach that we all have lots of stuff and need places to put it-and so it gives more suggestions for what to do with the things you have than how to get rid of them completely. Color photos on every page-which could be more modern-demonstrate ideas with aspirational vignettes not impossible to emulate. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112529
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2005
  • Series: Smart Approach
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author


Leslie Plummer Clagett has written about residential architecture and design for more than 20 years. The author of The New City Home, her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Herald-Examiner. She is a senior editor with Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. in New York, NY.
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Table of Contents

The Smart Approach to the Organized Home

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter One
Ready, Set, Get Organized 12
A Plan of Action n Room to Build

Chapter Two
Front Entries and Mudrooms 22
Foyer Finesse
Mudrooms Without Madness

Chapter Three
Ideas for the Kitchen 32
Floor-Plan Basics
Cabinet Options
Countertop Storage
Wall Storage

Chapter Four
Living and Family Rooms 50
Furniture Smarts
Built-Ins
Art and Collections

Chapter Five
Dining Room Gatherings 70
Freestanding Cabinets
Built-In Storage
All For Safekeeping

Chapter Six
Rethinking Bedroom Storage 84
The Bed Space
Chests and Nightstands
Closets
More Room, More Storage

Chapter Seven
Organizing the Bathroom 108
How to Make Any Bath "Bigger"
A Plan for Master Baths
Family-Fitting Ideas

Chapter Eight
Relaxing At Home 124
The Media Room
The Library

Chapter Nine
The Home Office 138
Work-At-Home Space
Mini-Offices
File Finesse

Chapter Ten
Attics, Basements & Laundries 158
Basement Basics
Organizing the Space
Attic Storage
Laundry Areas

Chapter Eleven
Garages, Shops & Craft Areas 178
Order In the Garage
Retooled Workshops
Tidy Crafts Studios

Chapter Twelve
Outdoor Spaces 188
Shed Storage
Smaller Storage Needs

Resource guide 198

Glossary 202

Index 204

Credits 206

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