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Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges Paperback – 31 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174480
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Smallin shows you the secret to a more productive day " Redbook " Consult clutter expert Donna Smallin s "Organizing Plain & Simple" for thousands of room-by-room tips on getting your house, money, time and family in order once and for all. " Home Magazine" "Organizing Plain & Simple" can turn your world right side up. "Woman s Day Decorating Ideas" Smallin helps the skeptical see how they can not only get their houses in order but keep them that way "New York Daily News" If you have a tough time getting rid of things, organization guru Donna Smallin offers some helpful guidelines. "Houston Chronicle" "Organizing Plain & Simple" is Smallin s most comprehensive work. "Arizona Republic" "Organizing Plain & Simple" is chock-full of ideas to help you gain control of household clutter. "Ft. Worth Morning Star-Telegram""

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicks on 13 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Our house was so disorganised, knocking over papers wherever you turned! I was getting so fed up with my parents not doing anything as they were always so tired from work. However, Thanks to this book, with its simple step by step guide, we've managed to regain control of our house bit by bit and make best use of the space we live in. We still have things to improve but our family now has more time for each other and are less stressed out.I really never knew it could be so simple!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN on 30 Mar. 2013
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It worked for me 28 July 2003
By pm444 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have purchased several books about organizing and getting rid of clutter, and they have all had some good suggestions. However, I never managed to apply the principles in anything except a half-hearted and short-term manner. Thus, I ended up with spaces that had been partially cleared and organized, only to revert to their former clutter and chaos after a few months.
This was no one's fault but my own, of course, but with Smallin's book, it didn't happen that way. She is able to present information and ideas that make sense, but she manages to do it in a way that builds your motivation to actually try it and to stick with it. I guess the best way of putting it is that I never felt overwhelmed, even when things looked very chaotic (as they always do at some point in a re-organization project).
The book is extremely well-suited to reading short sections that will allow you to get started right away. Then, if you need a break from the work itself, or need more suggestions, you can go back to it. Smallin also includes multiple suggestions from other professional organizers, which is very helpful because it gives you more options.
I'm almost finished with a two-week de-cluttering and organization project. In the past, I never could have gone that long without giving up and throwing it all back where it came from. But this time, I kept going back to Smallin's book, and she helped keep me on track. I was even able to use suggestions from books I had read before, such as not buying new storage cases until you have actually done the organizing and know what you need to store.
A major re-organization project is something like a weight-loss regime. You can try to do it the fast and easy way, but it won't last. Or, you can do it slowly and patiently, refining and modifying your plan as you see how it evolves. That's my goal, and with Smallin's book as my guide, I'm confident that it will be possible.
263 of 265 people found the following review helpful
the Suze Orman of organizing 11 Jun. 2003
By Pravin Wagh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sometimes the problem with clutter and disorganization isn't simply to buy storage and other items at an office supplies store. You could do that endlessly, and end up with lots of RUBBERMAID and STERILITE containers piled up in your garage or closet, and still not make any progress on stopping bad habits that lead to clutter. Smallin touches upon various areas of one's life that all lead to disorganization. In my case, and one that a friend related to for herself, Smallin hit the mark by stating that perfectionists can be the messiest because they keep waiting for the perfect organization plan; it's not that they like the mess, but they don't get started because they haven't come up with the ultimate strategy.
The book is laid out like a magazine and has lots of side-bars to keep you interested. Unlike many self-help books, Smallin isn't selling herself and claiming to make up her own new science. She quotes various other organizing experts in those sidebars, and provides a pretty extensive set of references and links that the reader can follow up with to continue their newly organized ways.
137 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Price 7 Jan. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in an attempt to bring some semblance of order into my very messy studio apartment. The author has obviously spent a large amount of time researching her book, with a major theme around decluttering.
With this book's help, I have gotten rid of clothes that no longer fit or were unwearable (what was I thinking?), that third set of dishes I was keeping just incase (I had to feed an army? c'mon), and several beauty products I no longer used.
But perhaps the best thing I've gotten from this book was going through my book case and selling old books I never read or only read once right here on amazon.com. I spent $12 on this book roughly, and so far I've made $80 net on stuff that only gathered dust.
I love this book so much, I don't think it'll have a chance to gather dust.
92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Useful Tips for the Average Joe 10 Dec. 2002
By Karen Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written for real people - those of us on the go who want to organize using the (usually limited) space and accessories readily available in our homes. Donna Smallin offers practical solutions for corraling clutter and organizing everything from decor, gadgets, clothes, linens, papers and toys on a room-by-room basis. No need to purchase expensive closet organizers or remodel your home for the sake of storage - this book offers tips on making room for everyday items in places that already exist. The author is a big proponent - as am I - of getting rid of useless junk, so packrats beware! The book is written clearly and concisely, with well-organized (of course!) paragraphs, sidebars and chapters that make it easy to find the information you're looking for quickly. A perfect book for anyone wishing they were more organized but don't know where to start.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
doable organization 2 Oct. 2005
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book offers a lot of sound advice and cost saving/ time saving tips. i like it because you don't have to do all of your organization at once-- you can do it at your own pace. she covers a lot of topics-- memorabilia, finance, travel, kitchen, bedroom, etc. it's a great reference and good to read.
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