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BOOKS —

• “LET GO OF CLUTTER,” BY HARRIET SCHECHTER, MCGRAW-HILL COS., 2000. THIS BOOK PROVIDES INSIGHTS AND STRATEGIES ON HOW TO DECLUTTER THE HOME, INCLUDING WAYS TO SHED SENTIMENTAL STUFF WITHOUT FEAR OR REGRET. IT ALSO PROVIDES FORMS AND CHECKLISTS THAT HELP READERS DECIDE WHAT TO GET RID OF AND WHAT TO KEEP.

• “NEAT MOM, MESSIE KIDS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE,” BY SANDRA FELTON, FLEMING H. REVELL CO., 2002. THIS BOOK OFFERS ADVICE ON HOW A MOM CAN BECOME THE COACH OF A FAMILY ORGANIZING TEAM AND TRANSFORM THE HOUSE INTO A HOME OF ORDER AND DIGNITY. THIS BOOK ALSO CONTAINS LETTERS FROM OTHER MOMS, LISTS OF RELATED BOOKS AND WEB SITES, CHORE CHARTS, AND OTHER PRACTICAL TOOLS THAT KEEP THE HOUSE ORGANIZED, NEAT AND VISITOR-READY.



• “ORGANIZING FROM THE INSIDE OUT FOR TEENS: THE FOOLPROOF SYSTEM FOR ORGANIZING YOUR ROOM, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR LIFE,” BY JULIE MORGENSTERN AND JESSI MORGENSTERN-COLON, HENRY HOLT & CO., 2002. THIS BOOK ADDRESSES THE SUBJECT OF ORGANIZATION AS IT RELATES TO YOUNG PEOPLE. THE BOOK OPENS BY ASSESSING THE SYMPTOMS OF DISORGANIZATION, PROVIDING A DIAGNOSIS AND OFFERING A PRESCRIPTION FOR CHANGE. SUBSEQUENT CHAPTERS PUT READERS IN “ANALYZE-STRATEGIZE-ATTACK” MODE AS THEY TAKE ON MESSY BEDROOMS, BACKPACKS AND CLUTTERED SOCIAL CALENDARS. APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND OLDER.

• “CUT THE CLUTTER AND STOW THE STUFF: THE Q.U.I.C.K. WAY TO BRING LASTING ORDER TO HOUSEHOLD CHAOS,” BY LORI BAIRD (EDITOR), RODALE PRESS, 2002. THIS BOOK CONTAINS 1,237 CLUTTER-CUTTING TIPS, PLUS HUNDREDS OF INSIDER SECRETS FROM AMERICA’S CLUTTER-CONTROL EXPERTS. IT GIVES TIPS ON HOW FIND STORAGE SPACE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD, CLEAR OUT THE CHILDREN’S ROOMS WITHOUT STARTING A WAR AND MAKE ALL THOSE PILES OF PAPER DISAPPEAR LIKE MAGIC.

• “SINK REFLECTIONS: FLYLADY’S BABYSTEP GUIDE TO OVERCOMING CHAOS,” BY MARLA CILLEY, FLYLADY PRESS, 2002. THIS BOOK OFFERS ADVICE ON HOUSECLEANING AND ORGANIZING TIPS LACED WITH HOMESPUN HUMOR AND DAILY MUSINGS ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE. IT SHOWS HOW TO CREATE DOABLE HOUSEKEEPING ROUTINES AND BREAK DOWN OVERWHELMING CHORES INTO MANAGEABLE MISSIONS THAT WILL RESTORE PEACE IN THE HOME AND THE PSYCHE.

ASSOCIATIONS —

• NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS, 35 TECHNOLOGY PARKWAY SOUTH, SUITE 150, NORCROSS, GA 30092. PHONE: 770/325-3440. WEB SITE: WWW.NAPO.NET. THIS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION GIVES REFERRALS TO CLIENTS INTERESTED IN THE SERVICES OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER.

ONLINE —

• AUTHOR AND CLUTTER EXPERT MARLA CILLEY GIVES ORGANIZING ADVICE FOR THE HOME ON HER WEB SITE (WWW.FLYLADY.NET). ONE SECTION, CALLED CRISIS CLEANING 101, PROVIDES TIPS ON HOW TO CLEAN QUICKLY IN ANTICIPATION OF HOUSEGUESTS.

• THE CLEAN TEAM (WWW.THECLEANTEAM.COM), A SAN FRANCISCO-BASED CLEANING SERVICE THAT’S BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS, OFFERS MORE THAN A DOZEN CLUTTER-CONTROL TIPS, INCLUDING THE IMPORTANCE OF LABELING THINGS AND THE “WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT” STRATEGY ON ITS WEB SITE. THE COMPANY’S FOUNDER, JEFF CAMPBELL, ALSO HAS WRITTEN BOOKS ON THE TOPIC.

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