How to Organize (Just About) Everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System

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SUNY Press, Dec 15, 2009 - Reference - 576 pages
Professional organizer Peter Walsh presents this witty and enormously practical guide to getting it—and keeping it—all together.

With more than 500 easy-to-follow how-to instructions, How to Organize (Just About) Everything is packed with shrewd advice and insider tips to make your home, your workplace—indeed, every imaginable aspect of your life—run more smoothly. Step-by-step solutions help even the most organizationally challenged take on:
Kids
Schedules
Storage
Photos
Lists
Politics
Education
Remodels
Meals
Weddings
Finances
Holidays
Parties
Vacations
Emergencies
 

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Contents

Set Priorities Write an Effective ToDo List
2
Run Errands Efficiently
3
Hire a Professional Organizer
5
Meet Deadlines
6
Deal With a Flood of Mail
7
Overcome Chronic Disorganization
8
Organize Your Thoughts
9
Set Up a Reminder System Organize Your Contacts
10
Manage Garbage and Recyclables
46
Prepare Grab n Go Activity Bags
47
Keep Your Car Clean and Orderly
48
Deal With a Pack Rat 50 Sell Stuff Online 51 Organize Your Bookshelves 52 Categorize Newspaper and Magazine Clippings
49
Organize Your Photos
50
Arrange Photos and Pictures
51
Arrange an Art Collection 56 End Collection Chaos
52
Live Better Through Labeling
54

Get Rid of What You Dont Want
12
Say No Without Feeling Guilty Balance Home and Work
12
Live With Less Set Goals
12
FOOD ENTERTAINING
16
LIFEs NITTY GRITTY 17 Streamline Your Morning Routine
17
Organize a Chore Schedule for Kids
18
Organize Your Chores
19
Never Be Late Again
20
Schedule Television Watching
21
Design a Healthy Lifestyle
22
Plan to Avoid Junk Food
23
Choose a Weight Loss Plan
24
Design Your Workout Schedule
25
Schedule Doctor Visits
26
Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
26
Get a Drastic Makeover
26
Arrange to Meet an Online Date
29
Plan the Perfect Date
30
Mastermind a Breakup 32 Plan Your Social Calendar
31
Meet Mr or Ms Right
33
Marry
34
DAILY DEBRIS 35 Find Your Keys
35
Tidy Up in 15 Minutes
36
Conquer Clutter 38 Actually See the Bottom of Your Purse
37
Organize Your Shoes
39
Sort Your Sock Drawer
40
Return Rentals on Time
41
Take Control of Your Junk Drawer
42
Organize the Medicine Cabinet
43
Schedule Car Maintenance 45 Organize Pet Supplies
45
Organize Jewelry
55
HEART HOME 59 Plan Your Dream Kitchen 60 Conquer Your Closets
59
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Design a New Home With Feng Shui
79
or Playroom
87
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127
BUSINESS WORK
185
Defend Against a Hostile Takeover
218
FINANCIAL PLANS
226
Organize Important Documents
232
Choose a Health Insurance Plan
236
Plan for Retirement
236
Execute a Power of Attorney
240
Plan Your Elderly Parents Estate
246
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253
CELEBRATIONS EVENTS
322
Set Up a Food Tree
369
Improve Your Childs School
375
459
380
Organize a Film Festival
381
Create an Evacuation Plan
390
Organize a Protest or March
396
Set Up a Nongovernmental Organization
403
THE UNExPECTED
465
IN YOUR DREAMS
485
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Peter Walsh is a clutter expert and organizational consultant who characterizes himself as part-contractor and part-therapist. He can be heard weekly on The Peter Walsh Show on the Oprah and Friends XM radio network, was a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was also the host of the hit TLC show Clean Sweep. Peter holds a master's degree with a specialty in educational psychology. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

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