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Organizing For Dummies

Eileen Roth, Elizabeth Miles

ISBN: 978-1-118-05371-3 March 2011 408 Pages


What’s the favorite four-letter word of people who are less than fully organized? “Help!” So many technological, social, and economic changes affect your life that you need organization just to keep up, let alone advance. Many people have two jobs – one at the office and one taking care of things at home. If you have a family, you may count that as a third job. Caring for elderly relatives or have community commitments? You can count off four, five, and keep right on going.

No matter what life stage you’re in, getting organized can make every day better and help you achieve your long-term goals. Organizing For Dummies is for anyone who wants to

  • Polish his or her professional reputation
  • Experience less stress
  • Increase productivity
  • Build better relationships
  • Maximize personal time

Organization isn’t inherited. With the human genome decoded, the evidence is clear: DNA strings dedicated to putting things into place and managing your time like a pro are nonexistent. Instead, organization is a learned skill set. Organizing For Dummies helps you gain that skill with topics such as:

  • Understanding how clutter costs you in time, money, and health
  • Training your mind to be organized and developing a plan
  • Cleaning house, room by room, from basement to attic (including the garage)
  • Creating functional space for efficiency and storage
  • Time-management strategies for home, office, and tavel
  • Scheduling, delegating, and multitasking
  • Making time for your family
  • Managing your health – physical and financial
  • Finding time for love
  • Organizing and cashing in on a great garage sale

Getting organized is about unstuffing your life, clearing out the dead weight in places from your closet to your calendar to your computer, and then installing systems that keep the good stuff in its place. Organizing is a liberating and enlightening experience that can enhance your effectiveness and lessen your stress every day – and it’s all yours simply for saying “No” to clutter.


PART I: Basic Organizational Tools and Tenets.

Chapter 1: Dealing with Clutter.

Chapter 2: Training Your Mind to Be Organized.

Chapter 3: Assembling the Tools, Supplies, and Systems.

PART II: Getting Organized at Home.

Chapter 4: Where It All Begins: The Front Hall.

Chapter 5: What's Cooking: Organizing the Kitchen.

Chapter 6: Sleep on This: Bedroom Bliss.

Chapter 7: Bathe and Beautify: Creating Functional Bathrooms.

Chapter 8: Space for Gracious Living: The Living Room and Dining Room.

Chapter 9: The Hangout Spot: Family and Media Room.

Chapter 10: Organizing for Fun: The Playroom.

PART III: Organizing Storage Spaces and Other Secret Places.

Chapter 11: Lightening Your Load: The Laundry and Utility Room.

Chapter 12: Where Clutter Clones Itself: The Basement and Attic.

Chapter 13: Patrolling the Borderlands: The Garage, Patio, and Shed.

PART IV: Professionally Organized: Your Office.

Chapter 14: Making Your Work Space Work.

Chapter 15: Command Central: The Desk.

Chapter 16: Managing Your Information Flow.

Chapter 17: Cyberorganization: The Next Frontier.

PART V: Time Management Strategies for Home, Office, and Travel.

Chapter 18: Planning Your Day and Your Life Like a Pro.

Chapter 19: Scheduling Skills for Maximum Productivity.

Chapter 20: Maximizing Your Personal Time.

Chapter 21: Going Mobile: Trips Near and Far.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Storage for Small Spaces: Apartments, Condos, and Compact Houses.

Chapter 23: Ten Moves to Make Your Move Hassle-Free.

Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Great Garage Sales.

Chapter 25: Ten Pointers about Pets.

Chapter 26: 911! Emergency Strategies.


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