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Publisher:  Brighton Publishing ISBN-10:  1621830055 Type: 


ISBN-13:  9781621830054

Organizing tips to help you organize everything from your junk drawer to your entire family. Full of great organizing tips, budgeting information,recycling ideas, examples and challenges to help get you started and much more.

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Organize Your Life and More

 Organize Your Life and More 

Are You Organized? 

Does any of the following describe you?

Stressed, low on cash, low on time, hectic schedule, late for appointments, forget important items, forget important tasks, always looking for lost items, your kids lack responsibility, you live in a cluttered home.

Disorganization can be stressful, time consuming, messy and expensive but there is help… “Organize Your Life and More” shows you how to save time and money AND reduce stress and clutter. Included are easy to follow organizing tips, budgeting and financial information, examples, product recycling ideas, organizing challenges and so much more!  

“Yes, YOU can be organized too! Learn the best kept secrets of becoming organized and staying that way. Learn how to be efficient, save time and money, reduce stress and clutter, get the help and cooperation you need from family members and prove to yourself that it can be done.

In this book you will find a vast collection of:

1. Incredibly easy to follow organizing tips.
2. Short articles. 
3. Examples to help get you started.
4. Budgeting and financial information.
5. Ideas to organize using new or recycled products.
6. Organizing challenges with references to help you accomplish each one. 
7. Information to help you organize absolutely everything!

No more long, drawn-out explanations, just the help you need now! Get organized today! The results will simply amaze you! 


Table of Contents............ 


Chapter 1 - Why Organize?

Chapter 2 - Some Things to Keep in Mind While Organizing
The ABC’s of Organization
Realistic Organization
Sometimes Less Really Is More
A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place
Don’t Try to Do it All at Once
Different Ways to Organize
Using Spreadsheets to Organize Your Information
Sometimes You Need to Make a Bigger Mess to Achieve Less Mess
Make it Work for You
Family Members
Success=Organization & Organization=Success
Chapter 3 - Finding Ambition & Avoiding Interruptions
Remember Why
Focus on Areas of the Greatest Concern
Make Cleaning and Organizing Fun
January is National Organizing Month
Fighting Procrastination
Learn to Say No
The “To Do” List
Pick a Number and Challenge Yourself
Five Minutes
Avoid Interruptions to Get the Job Done
No More Excuses
Chapter 4 - Getting Help
Help Each Other
Help Wanted
How to Get Your Kids to Help With Household Chores
How to Get Help Doing the Laundry
“If You Want Something Done, Ask a Busy Person to Do It.”
Chapter 5 - Organizing Products
If You Choose to Purchase New Organizing Products
Label Makers
Clear Containers Are Best For Storing Items Away
Square vs. Round
Adjustable Shelving
Chapter 6 - How to Store Your Items
Categorize Before You Organize
Keep It Stored Vertically
Stack and Store Vertically or Horizontally to Save Room
Make It Stand Out With Colors
Alphabetize or Sort By Size and Color
Save the Small Stuff
What To Store In Fireproof Containers or 
In a Bank Safety Deposit Box
Empty Containers and Lids
Visualize to Organize: See it, Find It
Chapter 7 - Where to Store Your Items
Creative Storage
Wasted Spaces
Hidden Storage Hiding in Your Cabinets
Store Away for Future Use
Within Reach
Store Regularly Used Items Within Reach of Children
Chapter 8 - Clutter Control
A Cluttered Mind=A Cluttered Home=A Cluttered Life
General Rules to Controlling Clutter Before It Starts
Temporary Clutter
“I Have Too Much Stuff!”
Get-Rid-Of Pile
Discard Baskets
How to Plan a Garage Sale
How to Organize a Junk Drawer
Sentimental Belongings
How Many Can You Get Rid Of?
Chapter 9 - How to Remember What You Always Forget
Don’t Forget
Where to Write It Down
Create a Set of Instructions to Avoid Saying or Hearing These 
Words: “I Can’t Remember How to Do That; I Will Figure It Out 
Later!”, “I Can’t Remember Where I Put It!”
Remember to Pay Those Bills on Time!
Index Card Reminders
To Do List at Work
Chapter 10 -  Time
Busy Bag
Multitasking and Saving Time
Schedule It In
Save Computer Time
Chapter 11 - Plan Ahead
Think Ahead, Plan Ahead
Family Calendar
Be Prepared; Stock Up
Gift Ideas and Preparation
“Do Before Leaving” and “Bring on Trip” Lists
Emergency Kits
Final Affairs in Order
Death of a Loved One
A Great Quote to Remember
Chapter 12 -  Finances
Financial Layout
Designate an Area for Bill Paying
Check All Statements Thoroughly
Tax Receipts
Too Many Accounts
Chapter 13 - Paperwork
Eight Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Those Piles of Papers
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Throwing Away Papers
What and When to Toss
Double Up Your Filing System
Computer Folders
How to Keep up With Incoming Mail
Make Time to Read Those Articles
Finding Your Receipts
Storage of Your Pending Receipts
Tackle That Drawer Full of Papers
Highlight and Bold
Chapter 14 - Family Communication of Information
The Importance of Designating a Family Communication Area
Post Important Information Where It Is Needed Most
Dinner Time
Information for Each Folder
Chapter 15 - Organizing Your Kids
Kids Need to Be Organized Too! This Includes Schedules, Chores,
and Rules!
Twenty Ways to Get Your Child to Pick Up and Organize Their 
Bedroom—and Keep It That Way
Chore Sheets
Job Cards for Kids
Rules Sheets
Jobs List for Kids
Have a “Fun Things to Do” List Ready to Go
Leaving Your Children Home Alone
Back to School
Don’t Forget the Homework
Planning for the Future
Preparing for College
Leaving for College
Chapter 16 - In the Closet
Separate Clothing
Briefly Worn Clothing
How to Organize a Closet and Quickly Determine Which Clothes 
to Get Rid Of
Chapter 17 - Gardening
Springtime Planting
Garden Layout
Plant Progress
Chapter 18 - Shopping
Shopping Lists
Extra Long Shopping Lists
Sales and Coupons
Chapter 19 - Food
Restaurant Takeout Menus
“Grab and Go” Snacks
Cook in Bulk and Freeze to Save Time and Effort
Remember to Take Your Dinner Out of the Freezer the Night 
Keep Your Food Fresh
Chapter 20 - Projects
Project Organization
Grab and Go Fix-It Bag
Chapter 21 - Organizing Specific Items
Pet Toys
Creative Storage for Kitchen Utensils
Paint, Paint Supplies, and Paint Samples
Extra Parts
Gift Bags and Wrapping
Ten Ways to Organize Those Smallest of Items
Cosmetics, Nail, and Hair Accessories
Hobby Rooms
Movies, DVDs, Music, and CDs
Taming Your Cords and Wires
Replace That Rolodex
Selling Your Home
Chapter 22 - Recycle and Reuse
Organizing Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
Recycle Those Unused Containers
Storage Containers
What Can You Recycle?
Chapter 23 - Organizing Challenges
The One Week Challenge
Challenges to Do



Excerpts from the book............

Realistic Organization

Nothing will ever be 100% organized 100% of the time. Do not stress over having everything perfect. Organization isnít about perfection; itís about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your quality of life.

Sometimes Less Really Is More

The less you keep, the easier it will be to find the more important items. So get rid of as many items as you can that you no longer want or need. Donate, sell, or toss, itís up to you. Once you have cleaned out the items you no longer want or need, you will notice a wonderful feeling of relaxation and liberation!

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

How many times have you heard this expression? It really is very good advice. Each week, take the time to look around your home at the items that are still sitting out; odds are that a lot of these items do not have a designated place in your home. Once you have designated a place for each item, you will suddenly find it easier to keep your items put away and your home will become clutter-free in no time. So make a file for those unfiled papers, choose a container to store those loose items, and get rid of the items you do not need or want. And always remember to have: A place for everything and everything in its place.

Donít Try to Do it All at Once

Donít let yourself become overwhelmed with all the things that need to be organized. Make a list, prioritize, and then work on one thing at a time.
Trying to get everything organized all in one day can be extremely frustrating and often disappointing when it canít be accomplished. Instead, work on one project at a time and if you accomplish all of your goalsógreat! If not, simply continue moving on to the next project the following day.

Sometimes starting out with the smaller projects first will give you enough confidence and motivation to continue to the larger ones. Remember to pace yourself; do one at a time and you will be surprised at how fast they all get done and how much you will accomplish.

Different Ways to Organize

When organizing your home and family, keep in mind what works for one family may not work as well for another family. Every home, person, and family is different, and finding the best way to organize each one can sometimes be a challenge. The trick is to find what works best for you and your family and stick with it.

Professional Reviews

Love this book!
This book is great! Most organization how-to's give you a rough generalization of methods to simplify things but don't help with figuring out all the little things that add up to most of your day. This book gives you specific and detailed ways to streamline your everyday life and improve the way you and your household function on a day-to-day basis. It covers everything from controlling clutter to managing your bills to how to remember all those things you always forget, and even how to get your kids to help with the laundry - oh yes, it can be done!

This book is easy to read and is a must-have for moms everywhere!

A Reference You Will Refer To Again And Again
This easy and fun read has an incredible amount of information packed into 203 pages. It is filled with great tips and advice on organizing the entire family. Whether you have toddlers or children in college this book helps create a sense of family, responsibility and unity within the home. Christina's common sense approach is written with a caring and compassionate tone. Even if you consider yourself an organized person there are ingenious tips in this book that can only be written by someone who has a long history of helping people organize their lives. The Help Wanted Board and Chore Sheet are two ideas of many mentioned in the book that I have implemented with great success. The Organizing Challenges keep you motivated and allow you to celebrate little successes as you work your way to complete organization. A must have in our fast paced world. Highly recommended.

Organization Life Saver
The cover says very little about how this book tells you so many different ways and things to do to finally throw out the chaos of all the things in your life from clothing, kitchen and files. Everything you can possibly think of is covered in this book on how to get all of your life and home organized and off your nerves.
A few of the great ideas that I've seen inside of the book are located in Chapter 4 section 1. Help Wanted. The idea of posting a Help Wanted on the fridge. She's right, sounds silly, but think on it for a moment. Would you want to post a sign and offer to let your children earn either money or an extra privileges, or have to do it all yourself and never get the house organized to where you have any time to slow down and not be able to unwind and rid yourself of some stress?
Mrs. Scalise mentions that this is also a good thing for you and them. They learn responsibility by doing this (those are my words). (Her words, but not exact words.) They earn a little extra money for something that they want, a new privilege or even a new movie or CD, game or something. Either way, they can earn their way to one of those items by helping with the Help Wanted. On the Help Wanted sign that you post in the kitchen, be sure to put down things you need done.

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