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Home organizing workbook : clearing your clutter, step-by-step
Starr, Meryl.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2004]

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190 pages ; 24 cm
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TX309 .S73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TX309 .S73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TX309 .S73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Failing the Mary Poppins' snap-the-fingers approach to cleaning, here's the next best thing: an utterly practical handbook that offers lasting results for anyone looking to banish clutter from every room in the house. Home organizer par excellence Meryl Starr offers up her hardworking organizing solutions in The Home Organizing Workbook , a straightforward guide to getting organized. The room chapters begin with targeted questionnaires that help the reader identify specific organizational problems, followed by hundreds of hardworking solutions and strategic maintenance tips. Those itching to get started can dive right in with step-by-step organizing projects ranging from quick-and-easy weeknight jobs, like overhauling the spice cabinet, to more intensive endeavors such as reorganizing the bedroom closet. Accessory lists atthe end of each chapter feature dozens of the best products available, from lazy susans to shelf dividers, and explain exactly how they can be used to optimum effect in each room, while the extensive resource list shows where to get them. It's a package as tidy as its solutions: concealed Wire-O lay-flat binding, tabbed chapters to take readers straight to their problem area du jour, and full-color, solution-oriented photographs sure to inspire action. Ready to clear that clutter and keep it that way? The Home Organizing Workbook is the ultimate guide to preserving open spaces.

Author Notes

Meryl Starr, owner of Let's Get Organized, has done more than her fair share of tidying up, from humble apartments to the homes of Holly-wood celebrities. Her tips and ideas for home organizing have appeared in Woman's Day, Seventeen, In Style, and Rosie. She lives in New York.

Wendi Nordeck is a San Francisco based commercial photographer. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bon Appet t, Health, Oprah, Sunset, and Victoria.

Victoria Pearson is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her photographs have appeared in several books including Sangria (0-8118-4290-8), Party Appetizers (0-8118-4292-4), and The Cheese Course (0-8118-2541-8).

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Starr, owner of Let's Get Organized, a personal organization business, gives readers the tools to organize each room of their home in this user-friendly guide. Divided into such categories as bedroom, bathroom, storage and utility, the book uses a clean layout with helpful full-color photos and convenient tab dividers. Each section begins with a list of questions (e.g., "Are piles of bills, lists, and mail kept in several locations scattered about the house?") and are answered by a series of solutions (e.g. "Dedicate a work surface"; "the importance of having a comfortable chair cannot be overstated"). Throughout, Starr poses potential problems and tips to solve them, as well as various projects to help create order. In the chapter on bedrooms, for instance, she instructs on "Cleaning Your Drawers": "Empty the contents of your drawers and put everything on the bed. For each item, ask yourself: Does it fit? Will I really wear it again? Is it in style? Is it in good condition?" In all, this is a simple, encouraging guide for reining in the chaos. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.