Unclutter Your Life in One Week

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Overview

SIMPLICITY IS REVOLUTIONARY.

Organization expert Erin Rooney Doland will show you how to clear the clutter, simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.

Her down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will help you: •Part with sentimental clutter

•Organize your closet based on how you process ...

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Overview

SIMPLICITY IS REVOLUTIONARY.

Organization expert Erin Rooney Doland will show you how to clear the clutter, simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.

Her down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will help you: •Part with sentimental clutter

•Organize your closet based on how you process information

•Build an effective and personalized filing system

•Avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process

•Maintain your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort

•And much more!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Simple, practical advice that makes one week truly life changing. A great resource!" — Peter Walsh

"The infinitely resourceful Doland walks the reader through the uncluttering process with patience, understanding, and more organizing tips than you ever imagined. We all need a friend like Doland to give us a good jump start." — Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor, Real Simple

"One of the biggest questions people have about organizing is where do I start? Erin's wonderful book provides that answer-telling you exactly where to start, and what to do next, and next, and next. Very practical and accessible!" — Julie Morgenstern, author of SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

"Erin Doland defuses the dreadful prospect of clearing your clutter and breaks the project down into manageable, bite-sized steps. This book will inspire you to get started and see you through to an organized and stress-free home and office." — Gina Trapani, founding editor of lifehacker.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439150474
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 285,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Doland is Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer and lives in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to her work at Unclutterer, Erin is a twice weekly columnist for Real Simple magazine’s website, has written for CNN.com and ReadyMade, and is in negotiations to contribute a regular column to Fast Company. She borders on having a fanatical commitment to a more minimalist and simple lifestyle.

David Allen is an international author, lecturer, and founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. His two books, Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything were both bestsellers. He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of personal and organizational effectiveness.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Erin's Story xv

Chapter 1 Foundations 1

Why Change? 3

Work-Life Symbiosis 6

Questions for Your Things 7

Going on a Sentimental Journey 12

Chapter 2 Monday 17

Monday Morning: Your Wardrobe 19

Weeding Through Your Wardrobe 20

Wearing a Uniform 22

Closet Clearing 25

How You Process Information 28

Clustering your Clothes 33

Maintaining Order in your Closet 38

Laundry and Caring for your Wardrobe 39

Monday at Work: Your Office 42

Perceptions 43

Organizing and Maintaining your Desk 44

Organizing the Rest of your Office 50

Monday Evening: Your Reception Station 51

Creating a Reception Station 51

Coming Home 54

Maintaining Your Reception Station 56

Chapter 3 Tuesday 57

Tuesday Morning: Your Bathroom 58

Define your Bathroom's Purposes 58

Organizing your Bathroom by Zones 59

Cabinet Clearing 61

Buy the Small Size 62

How Much Is Enough? 64

Taking Care of Guests 66

Tuesday at Work: Fixing your Files 68

Stop Stacking Papers 69

Qualities of a Good Filing System 70

Case Study 73

Structuring your Filing System 74

Creating Order for your Papers 79

Sorting 80

Scanning 82

Filing 84

Organizing Old Systems 87

Protecting Your System 88

Tuesday Evening: Household Chores Aren't Just for Children 89

Creating Cues 90

Establishing and Maintaining Routines 91

Running Errands 95

Hiring Help 96

Charting It out 97

Fall Cleaning Guide 100

Chapter 4 Wednesday 106

Wednesday Morning: Your Bedroom and Commute 107

Unclutter Your Bedroom 108

Sorting Through Bed Linens 109

Organizing for Better Sleep and waking Up 111

Getting Out the Door 113

Commuting to the Office 115

Consuming Media While Commuting 118

Wednesday at Work: Communication Processes 121

The Four Types of Meetings 121

Participating in Meetings 124

Planning a Meeting 125

Phone, Internet, and E-mail Strategies 128

Powerful Presentations 138

Selectively Saying Yes 141

Wednesday Evening: Your Kitchen and Dining Room 144

Working the Room 144

Unitaskers 147

Tools of the Trade 149

Cleaning Out the Pantry and Refrigerator 151

Cookbooks and Recipes 153

Meal Planning and Eliminating Mealtime Stress 155

Shopping as Sport 158

Your Dining Room 158

Chapter 5 Thursday 160

Thursday Morning: Your Living Spaces 161

Finding Space for Living 161

Displaying Collections 164

Slimming Down Your Bookshelves 165

Maintaining Order in your Living Room 167

Thursday at Work: Working While at Work 168

Your Productive Day at Work 170

Tracking Your Productivity 170

Ways to Improve Your Productivity 172

Stop Procrastinating 175

Repercussions 177

Thursday Evening: Your Home Office 178

Setting Up a Home Office or Workspace 179

Work from Home or Live at Work? 180

Managing your Home 183

Spring Cleaning Guide 185

Chapter 6 Friday 191

Friday Morning: Scheduling Strategies 192

Traditional and Technical Scheduling Tools 193

Keeping on Schedule 196

You Say It's Your Birthday 197

Friday at Work: Routine Is not a Four-Letter Word 199

Project Management 199

Small Deadlines Are Better Than One Big Deadline 203

When You're Not in Control of the Project 205

Learning from the Lazy 206

Routines and Productivity 207

Routine Typing 208

Friday Evening: Living with Clutterers 210

Ten Tips for Living with a Clutterbug 211

Chapter 7 The Weekend 214

Taking Care of Yourself 214

Preparing for the Worst 215

Hobbies and Making the most of your Personal Time 216

Vacation and Travel 219

Being a Social Butterfly 221

Chapter 8 Celebrating and Maintaining Your Success 224

Notes 229

Resources 231

Acknowledgments 235

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    The clutter I cleared after reading this book was amazing!

    This book was great to kick start me into clearing clutter and getting more organized. This book was very easy to read and inspired me to get to work on the suggestions. I was overwhelmed with what lurked in my drawers and closets and reading this book helped me know where to start. So I started, and then my own plan really emerged, but without the clarity and plan set out by this author I would still be contemplating getting organized. The information is not rocket science or many ideas that I hadn't already thought of, but what it was was a roadmap to putting them all together to get through the act of doing what I knew needed to be done. It was a fun process and the book made a challenge and game out of getting rid of clutter and getting more organized. It does feel great to have clean closets!

    47 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    You can unclutter but it takes more than 1 week!

    I needed this book to help me organize me, my family and my home. The concepts are excellent however you will need more than a week to organize every topic they suggest especially if you are organizing a family (like me). It gave excellent directions on how to get started and move forward however it is not possible to do everything they recommend in 1 week unless you work all 24 hours in each day! I worked steadily as the book suggested but depending on what room I was working on, it did take longer. I did manage to finish in 2 1/2 weeks. I would highly recommend this book because it gives excellent advice and practical suggestions.

    42 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Useful. Really great suggestions

    Really great suggestions. The biggest complaint I've seen about this book is the fact that her timeline of becoming completely uncluttered seems unrealistic--esp. for those with children and other obligations. That is definitely true. The timeline was unrealistic, but her concept was rock solid. The idea of breaking you tasks down into manageable chunks was practical, and even though it was a "duh" concept, she organizes and breaks down the tasks for you. She even has a ton of internet resources, and tells you how to use them!. She includes a list of fall/spring cleaning, and separates for three different types of lifestyles from average-super busy. This was a good reference book that I'm likely to go back and refer to as needed.

    37 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

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    Great organizational reading.

    Unclutter Your Life...was, for me, a very good read. I liked the authors' motivational tone and it really got me to thinking about how I could change things and do things around the house better. I would recommend it to others mainly because it did really inspire me to do better.

    29 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    unclutter your life

    this book is very inspiring to make you want to unclutter your life. She was on Rachel Ray and was very inspiring and made me want to buy the book.

    28 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    four stars

    This book is great! Not only did I enjoy reading it, because it was written in a friendly, matter of fact manner, but it really did help me focus on what I needed to take care of, easily. Bought it as an ebook for my Nook. Loved it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    So so

    I didn't find this book very helpful.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    A must read and do!!!

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    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    While I appreciate much of the advice and the process, the idea

    While I appreciate much of the advice and the process, the idea that the author has us cleaning our closet out Monday morning BEFORE work just isn't realistic.  For me, it was a 5 hr process  so this would have me getting up at 1am.  I understand these are suggestions and this clutter in a week was a marketing ploy but it starts me out feeling stressed and like I already failed on day 1!!  How is that helpful to anyone?  Shame on the author for taking what could be a nice helpful guide and turning it into another area of stress.  I want my $10 back.  

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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