One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good

One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good

by Regina Leeds

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One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good by Regina Leeds

From the professional named "Best Organizer in Los Angeles," a comprehensive, week-by-week bible to completely streamline all aspects of your life-from your closets to your finances.

Who would you be if you felt at peace and had more time and money? An organized life enables you to have more freedom, less aggravation, better health, and to get more done. For nearly twenty years, Regina Leeds has helped even the messiest turn their lives around.

One Year to an Organized Life is a unique week-by-week approach that you can begin at any time of year. Regina helps you break down tasks and build routines over time so that life becomes simple, not overwhelming. Whether you're living in chaos or just looking for new ways to simplify, this essential book will help you get the whole household organized-and stay that way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600940569
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 154,413
Product dimensions: 9.12(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Regina Leeds, known as the Zen Organizer, is a professional organizer, New York Times bestselling author, and seminar leader. She is the author of ten books, including One Year to an Organized Work Life, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decluttering, and Rightsize! Right Now! She lives in Los Angeles.

Regina Leeds is the author of several books, including The Zen of Organizing, One Year to an Organized Work Life, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decluttering.

Table of Contents


Introduction     11
January
Understanding Time Management Working on the Kitchen     41
Why Am I Like This? Time Questions     46
Creating Schedules and Routines     61
Kitchen Questions     73
Whip Your Kitchen into Shape     85
February
Creating a Bedroom Sanctuary     109
Bedroom Questions     113
Get to the Bottom of Your Closet     123
Take Time for Your Space     132
Create a Bedroom You Love     144
March
Organizing the Business of Life     159
Home Office Questions     167
Save Time     177
Make a Plan     191
Say Goodbye to Piles!     207
April
Bathrooms: Chasing Your Cares Away!     233
Sing a New Song     236
Goo and Gunk Be Gone!     241
Reinvent the Space     251
Watch Your Personal Spa Appear     258
May
Tackling the Hidden Areas: Attic, Basement, Garage, Laundry Room, and Guest Room     265
What's Hiding in Your Space?     270
Help Is at Hand: Resources!     293
The Projects Begin     303
Call More Areas to Order     315
June
TravelingLight     330
Travel Questions     334
The Travel Checklist     348
Before You Leave the House     362
Pack and Bon Voyage!     374
July
Fun in the Sun: Scrapbooks, Memorabilia, Greeting Card Collections, and Your Address Book     390
Who Are All These People?     392
Stroll Down Memory Lane     400
Treasured Images     416
Create Albums     423
August
Surviving Your Move     436
Moving Questions     440
Pack Up     453
Deal with the Movers     459
Moving Day     468
September
Back-to-School Busy Season     479
School Year Questions     482
Kids' Rooms     491
Get Your Kids to Stay Organized     506
Handle Obligations     513
October
Relaxing in the Common Rooms     522
Home Questions     526
Has Anyone Seen the Dining Room Table?     530
Put Some Life in Your Living Room     538
The Family Room     544
November
Entertaining with Joy!     561
Holiday Stress Questions     563
Make a Clean Sweep     569
Plan the Menu     577
Countdown to T-Day     588
December
Creating a Festive Atmosphere     597
Time to Make a Holiday Plan: Cards, Gifts, and More     600
Get Your Home Holiday-Ready     618
Volunteer with Good Cheer     625
Here's to a Happy New Year!     629
Epilogue     641
Acknowledgments     645
Resources     649
Index     663

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"Full of useful information for everyone, from the person who needs simply to clean a messy desk to the person requiring a whole new approach to life." —-Library Journal Starred Review

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One Year to an Organized Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's books to help you get organized, and then there's books to help you get organized- and this book is great! I think what makes it so different than your typical book on organization is that is leads you through the organizational steps and process so well....EVERY WEEK FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!! And this, I feel, is its main strength. So how does it accomplish the lofty goal of getting one organized? According to the book, the magic formula is as follows:

1) eliminate
2) categorize
and 3) organize!

If it sounds simple, it is- or rather should I say that this book makes it about as simple as it can get. Three steps, eliminate, categorize, and organize- and that's about what you can expect to do for each month of the year for a specific disorganized area, easily broken into down steps, week-by-week. Here's some of the areas of your life the book tackles:

-the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, the home office and living room
-additionally, the book covers getting organized while traveling, while moving, while entertaining, as well as the busy school time and holiday seasons.

As you can tell, the book is really complete and will guide you to a more organized life, week-by-week for an ENTIRE year. Get it if you're lazy like me and need to be led by the hand. If you can't get past just reading the steps, try "The Sixty-Second Motivator". Good luck!
RhondaH More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the clutter that has accumulated in their lives as well as feeling that they have very little time to deal with it.
MomsSmallVictories More than 1 year ago
Love the weekly to do-lists and approach to tackling a room a month!  My family struggles with clutter. My justification for working full-time used to be that I could buy my family whatever we wanted, when we wanted it. That combined with our hoarding of papers, pictures, toys and every small kitchen appliance has resulted in jam packed cupboards and cabinets. I confess we even have boxes of pictures and stuff that I have not opened since we moved into our house 14 years ago. We all like to take things out, but we don’t always put things back where they belong. I found this audiobook at my library and thought it would give me the motivation to get our clutter under control and our house organized and boy did it! I love how Ms. Leeds breaks down the organization projects, tackling a room each month. I love her “Zen organizer” approach to tackling the room: first, she asks questions that make you think about why it has gotten to this point; second, think about how you envision the space via dream boards (Pinterest woukd work well these days);third, get down to the nitty gritty of clearing out what is not needed and fourth, simple solutions to get it organized and keep it that way. I like how she breaks down a to-do list week by week to make the task more manageable and less overwhelming. As a narrator, Ms. Leeds has that perfect calming Zen like voice. She explains her theories about clutter and organization clearly and gives relevant real life examples to help illustrate her points. She gives spiritual and motivational affirmations at the end of each chapter if you like that kind of thing. They are a bit cheesy for me but I take it with a grain of salt and as a reminder about how I should value myself, my home and the possessions that are important to me. While the audiobook is very helpful, I think this is one of those books I will keep a hard copy of so I can take advantage of those to do lists and helpful advice. I have been tackling my closets one by one, and this book has helped me keep motivated in making our house more of a home. The best compliment came the other night when my oldest son told me he was glad I decided to stay home because I was happier and making our home nicer and more organized. I love small victories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for the ones who just don't know where to start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One Year to an Organized Life is a very motivating book. It really takes it all down to the bare bones and lets you see what areas you most need to work in. I apprecaited the author's advice in all issues.
PerryOjeda More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Regina Leeds since I discovered her Zen approach with A YEAR TO AN ORGANIZED LIFE and A YEAR TO AN ORGANIZED WORK LIFE. Now I discover her changing my life again with A YEAR TO AN ORGANIZED WORK LIFE along with her talented collaborator who is clearly a financial expert and gifted writer himself. Following her easy to read and simple approach, I found that this direct step by step guide is not only a recipe for financial well-being but is a boon to my self esteem! I mean, if I can re-organize my brain to handle money after 20 years of flubbing and scrapping and just making due ... think of what else I might be able to accomplish. I'm buying this book as a gift as well for many of the young people in my life ... why not share what I've learned? Thanks, Regina!
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Regina Leeds starts with your mother's philosophy: There's a place for everything. She provides all the details you need week-by-week and month-by-month to help you stop searching for keys and remote controls, and quit wondering when your dental appointment is. With her help, you can change from time-wasting time mode to "just do it" mode. The weekly organizational activities on her agenda range from one hour to a full day, though she rarely asks you to tie up an entire day. Leeds knows many people have busy schedules and an overwhelming amount of work to do in organizing their lives. getAbstract finds that her orderly approach might help you transform your life or, at least, your closet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regina Leeds has outdone herself with this book. Usually, you read a book, and then you may be inspired briefly, but this book takes it apart month by month to accomplish each room and your life. I caught her website at reginaleeds.com. I think she is going to have some conference calls to help those with organizing challenges.
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I thought this book had some helpful tips
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There's books to help you get organized, and then there's books to help you get organized- and this book is great! I think what makes it so different than your typical book on organization is that is leads you through the organizational steps and process so well....EVERY WEEK FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!! And this, I feel, is its main strength. So how does it accomplish the lofty goal of getting one organized? According to the book, the magic formula is as follows: 1) eliminate 2) categorize and 3) organize! If it sounds simple, it is- or rather should I say that this book makes it about as simple as it can get. Three steps, eliminate, categorize, and organize- and that's about what you can expect to do for each month of the year for a specific disorganized area, easily broken into down steps, week-by-week. Here's some of the areas of your life the book tackles: -the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, the home office and living room -additionally, the book covers getting organized while traveling, while moving, while entertaining, as well as the busy school time and holiday seasons. As you can tell, the book is really complete and will guide you to a more organized life, week-by-week for an ENTIRE year. Get it if you're lazy like me and need to be led by the hand. If you can't get past just reading the steps, try "The Sixty-Second Motivator". Good luck!
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