One Thing At a Time: 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2004 - House & Home - 191 pages
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Simple, effective ways to put things in their place

Those piles of papers, clothes, and other things you thought you'd successfully de-cluttered have returned, and this time they brought friends. What's the use of trying to fight the clutter? Is there a better way?

This powerful and useful guide delivers solutions that work, no matter how overwhelmed you feel. The answer isn't an elaborate new system, or a solemn vow to start tomorrow. Instead, psychotherapist and organizer Cindy Glovinsky shares 100 simple strategies for tackling the problem the way it grows--one thing at a time. Here's a sampling of the tips explained in the book:

*Declare a fix-it day
*Purge deep storage areas first
*Label it so you can read it
*Get a great letter opener
*Practice toy population planning
*Leave it neater than you found it
Written in short takes and with a supportive tone, this is an essential, refreshing book that helps turn a hopeless struggle into a manageable part of life, one thing at a time.
  

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Review: One Thing At a Time: 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day

User Review  - Tina Razzell - Goodreads

One Thing at a Time Book Review The book contains 100 simple ways to live clutter free every day. The chapters are short, but contain a lot of useful advice. Here are a few ideas from the book that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ruthmgon - Goodreads

I really really like this one...it has some good ideas. It is laid out so you can stop and start at any section, after the introduction which goes over one or two of the authors basic tenants. Most ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
ONE THING AT A TIME
7
THINGS DONT MOVE THEMSELVES
9
BREATHE DONT RUN I I
11
DECLUTTER YOUR BODY
13
CARRY A CLIPBOARD
15
POST CHECKLISTS OF ROUTINE TASKS
17
ROLL BACK YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE BY HALF AN HOUR
20
LABEL IT SO YOU CAN READ IT
107
TUCK IT IN
109
MAKE A SHARE LIST
110
ITS JUST A PROBLEM I 12
112
MAKE A CONTAINER STASH
113
ON TASK OR OFF TASK?
115
USE BINDERS AND PLASTIC SLEEVES
116
KEEP THE PAPERS MOVING ON
118

STOP PERFECTING START BETTERING
22
MAKE YOUR BED EVERY DAY
24
OPEN THE WINDOWS
26
MAKE A LIST OF MINITASKS
27
STEM THE PAPER INFLOW
30
ALPHABETIZE
32
SPEED UP YOUR HEART
34
DESIGNATE AN ERRAND DAY
36
THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW
38
GET A ROLODEX
40
KEEP THE CLOTHES MOVING ON
42
THROW AWAY COUPONS
44
MAKE A HOME FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND WARRANTIES
46
LOOK WHAT I JUST DID
47
DECLARE A FIXIT DAY
49
WRITE IT DOWN
52
SWEEP AND VACUUM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
55
CHOOSE WHILE YOURE STILL IN THE STORE
57
LET THE PHONE RING
59
PRACTICE THE ART OF SYSTEMATIC SCANNING
61
PUT UP PICTURES NOW
63
DO A LOOSEPAPER HUNT
64
RATE YOUR MEMORABILIA
65
KEEP A PHONE LOG
67
FIND A CLUTTER MATE
69
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ACTIVE?
71
DIVIDE AND SUBDIVIDE
73
PURGE DEEP STORAGE AREAS FIRST
74
USE PLEASURES AS REWARDS NOT AS ESCAPES
76
MAKE USE OF THE SNOWBALL EFFECT
78
IS IT WORTH IT?
80
BREAK THE CLIPPING HABIT
82
GET A GREAT LETTER OPENER
84
MOVE FROM QUANTITY TO QUALITY
85
KEEP THE DISHES MOVING ON
87
DO A TRASH SCAN
89
LOOK INSIDE
91
MAKE A TO SORT BASKET
93
ONE TYPE OF THING ONE HOME
94
ASSESS YOUR INFORMATION NEEDS
96
POST REMINDERS
99
PLAN YOUR WARDROBE
101
BREAK THE TACTILE CONNECTION
104
SAY ANYTHING BUT YES
105
PUT UP A PEGBOARD
120
PUT THINGS BACK EVEN WHEN YOURE RUSHED
121
CLEANUPTIME
122
PLAN A DINNER PARTY THREE MONTHS FROM NOW
124
STORE IT WHERE YOU USE IT
126
WHAT DO I REALLY NEED?
128
DO IT THE EASY WAY
129
KEEP THE BOOKS MOVING ON
131
MAKE A HOME FOR OFFICE SUPPLIES
134
USE BRIGHT COLORS
135
LOOK UP
137
KEEP THE MAGAZINES AND CATALOGS MOVING ON
138
PUT A TRASH CONTAINER IN EVERY ROOM
140
MAKE A PETCARE PLACE
142
PURGE YOUR TOILETRIES
143
DONT PILE CONTAINERIZE
145
CATCH PEOPLE BEING GOOD
147
SQUARE THE CORNERS
149
SCHEDULE A REGULAR READING TIME
150
PURGE AND ORGANIZE YOUR PHARMACEUTICALS
152
RETHINK YOUR PHOTO HABITS
154
SET NUMERICAL LIMITS
156
SAY WHAT YOU WANTTHE VERY BEST WAY
158
SET A TIMER
161
ITS JUST A GLITCH
163
EVERYTHING HAS ITS PRICE
165
WHEN WILL I START AGAIN?
166
PRACTICE TOYPOPULATION PLANNING
167
PUT INACTIVE FILES IN STORAGE
169
TAKE A WALK AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE
171
DO A READYTOGO SCAN
172
PIGGYBACK YOUR HABITS
173
DESERVE THE BEST
174
GATHER SUPPLIES AHEAD OF TIME
175
LEAVE IT NEATER THAN YOU FOUND IT
177
SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT
178
SET UP RECYCLE STATIONS
179
LAY THINGS OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE
181
AM I COMFORTABLE?
182
HOW MUCH NOISE DO I NEED?
184
CHART YOUR PROGRESS AT LIVING CLUTTERFREE
186
Resources for Help with Organizing 18 9
189
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Cindy Glovinsky, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is the author of Making Peace with the Things in Your Life. She is a licensed psychotherapist and professional organizer. A frequent lecturer and expert in the fields of chronic disorganization and attention deficit disorders, she is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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