Synopses & Reviews
Desk drowning in papers? No room for the car in the garage? Santa still sitting on the roof in May? The home office swallows up whole rooms, as does the family computer station. Then there are the cell phone chargers, the remotes, and the play areas, not to mention our collections -- books, DVDs, toys, magazines. Time management experts agree that when the minor things that take up space in the mind are eliminated, there is room to think about the big things. The same goes for the home. The clarity that comes from de-cluttering rooms, finances, and time promotes mental clarity, peacefulness, and contemplation. When everything is organized, it is easier to enjoy the meaningful things in life.
Organizing Plain & Simple is like a course from an expert teacher, grounded in the fundamentals and enriched with philosophy, tips, anecdotes, illustrations - everything necessary to make home and life run more smoothly. Donna Smallin takes a personalized, nonjudgemental approach to explaining how to assess each individual's situation and suggesting where to start organizing - room by room - and then covers how to stay organized. Then she offers advice on organizing time and finances, as well as organizing for the seasons and for special events - the birth of a baby, combining households, a move, kids going off to college, successful downsizing. Smallin presents a broad range of innovative solutions in the running feature "One Challenge, Three Solutions" that includes tips for solving classic organizational issues from a wide range of professional organizers.
"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
Take control of everyday disorder. With strategies for everything from keeping track of mittens and scarves to combining two households, Donna Smallin takes a personalized, nonjudgmental approach as she explains how to assess different situations and decide where to start organizing. Whether you're craving a more functional closet, having trouble planning meals for your family, or trying to make sense of your finances, this straightforward guide offers proven techniques for living an efficient and clutter-free life.
About the Author
Donna Smallin is a nationally recognized organizing expert and best-selling author. She has been a repeat guest on HGTV’s Smart Solutions and on numerous radio programs, including the nationally syndicated Gary Null Show. Her tips have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s World, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, Bottom Line Personal, and other national publications. Donna is a member of The National Association of Professional Organizers.