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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award.
Publishers Weekly
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 OneReady, Set, Get Organized 12A Plan of Action n Room to Build

Chapter TwoFront Entries and Mudrooms 22Foyer FinesseMudrooms Without Madness

Chapter ThreeIdeas for the Kitchen 32Floor-Plan BasicsCabinet OptionsCountertop StorageWall Storage

Chapter FourLiving and Family Rooms 50Furniture SmartsBuilt-InsArt and Collections

Chapter FiveDining Room Gatherings 70Freestanding CabinetsBuilt-In StorageAll For Safekeeping

Chapter SixRethinking Bedroom Storage 84The Bed SpaceChests and NightstandsClosetsMore Room, More Storage

Chapter SevenOrganizing the Bathroom 108How to Make Any Bath "Bigger"A Plan for Master BathsFamily-Fitting Ideas

Chapter EightRelaxing At Home 124The Media RoomThe Library

Chapter NineThe Home Office 138Work-At-Home SpaceMini-OfficesFile Finesse

Chapter TenAttics, Basements & Laundries 158Basement BasicsOrganizing the SpaceAttic StorageLaundry Areas

Chapter ElevenGarages, Shops & Craft Areas 178Order In the GarageRetooled WorkshopsTidy Crafts Studios

Chapter TwelveOutdoor Spaces 188Shed StorageSmaller Storage Needs

Resource guide 198

Glossary 202

Index 204

Credits 206

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