Rightsize . . . Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free

Rightsize . . . Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free

by Regina Leeds


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738218014
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Regina Leeds, named Best Organizer by Los Angeles Magazine, has been a professional organizer for more than 25 years. She is the author of several books, including the New York Times-bestselling One Year to An Organized Life. She lives in Los Angeles.


Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Zen of Organizing 3

The Magic Formula 5

Zen Organizing and Your Move 7

Time Frame for Rightsizing 7

Structure 8

The Power of (Good) Habits 10

The Ultimate Helper: A To-Do List 11

Seek Help 13

Why Am I So Tired? 14

Tell Me Your Story 15

Words of Caution 17

A Closing Thought 18

Week 1 Make a Plan 19

The Solution Is in the Details 20

The Moving Mantra 21

Preparation Is Key 21

Making a Move Notebook 23

A Tidy Tool: Categorized Moving Files 24

The "B Word": Making a Budget 25

Considerations for Moving to an Address to Be Determined 27

Box It Up! 29

Finding the Mover of Your Dreams 31

When to Start Packing 38

Fresh Eyes Exercise 39

A Quickie to End the Week 42

Week's Summary 43

A Closing Thought 44

Week 2 Take The First Steps 45

Mover Meetings 46

When You Should Definitely Hire Professional Movers 48

When You Are the Mover 50

Creating the New Space 52

Stuff Disposition: Strategies for Clearing Unneeded Items 55

The Power of Fear 56

What Was That Mantra Again? 66

One Room at a Time 67

Clearing the Clutter: Packing the Kitchen 69

Planning for the Next Kitchen 72

Packing the Laundry Room 74

Packing Tips for the Kitchen and Laundry 76

Kitchen Moving-Day Box 79

Kitchen Exit Ritual 80

Week's Summary 81

A Closing Thought 82

Week 3 Tell The World and Take Another Step 83

Mail Call: Prepare Your Forwarding Paperwork 84

To Bear Not to Be a Geek 88

Upending the Inner Sanctum: Packing the Master Bedroom 89

Packing Tips for Clothes and Linens 93

Bedroom Moving-Day Box 97

Planning for the Next Bedroom 98

Time Suckers: Behaviors to Avoid 100

Week's Summary 102

A Closing Thought 103

Week 4 Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Lots of Folks in This Tub 105

Shaving the Excess: Packing the Master Bath 107

Packing Tips for the Bathroom 111

Bathroom Moving-Day Box 112

Planning for the Next Bathroom 112

The Linen Closet 115

Rightsizing Lessons from the Micro-Living Movement 115

Are You a Minimalist? 120

Week's Summary 122

A Closing Thought 122

Week 5 The End of Paper Piles 123

The Paper Demon: Packing the Home Office 126

What's in Your Files? 131

Dispelling Tax Phobia: How to File important Documents 134

Paper Sorting Before a Move: The Down and Dirty Method 141

Building a Permanent Filing System; The Real Deal 142

Packing Tips for the Office 150

Planning for the Next Home Office 155

Week's Summary 157

A dosing Thought 158

Week 6 Family Ties 159

The Crash Pad: Packing Living Areas 159

The Book Collector's Dilemma 163

The Electronic Festival: What to Do with Media Collections 164

Outlets for the Stuff in Our Lives 168

Planning for the Next Family Room 176

Week's Summary 179

A Closing Thought 179

Week 7 Children's Rooms 181

Child's Play 181

Practice Makes Perfect: Packing the Children's Rooms 182

Kids' Rooms Moving-Day Box 186

Planning for the Kids' Next Bedrooms 186

Zen Organizers Are Made Not Born 187

Memorabilia and the Art of Letting Go 188

Children's Treasures 192

Off to College: Preparing for the Dorm 194

The Circle of Life: Retirement 198

Big Day on the Horizon 202

Week's Summary 203

A Closing Thought 204

Week 8 Hidden Pockets of Unmade Decisions and Final Plans for the Big Day 205

The secret Dump Site: Packing the Garage 206

The Kingdom of Unmade Decisions: Packing the Attic and the Basement 210

Twos the Night Before… the Big Move! 213

Tips to Avoid injury and Promote Happiness 214

The Big Day 214

Unpacking and the Period of Adjustment 217

Week's Summary 221

A Closing Thought 221

A Note from Regina 223

Resources 225

Acknowledgments 233

Index 235

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