How to Clean Practically Anything

How to Clean Practically Anything Alright, I’m cheating here.  I have the 1996 edition of How to Clean Practically Anything, by the Editors of Consumer Reports  – WHICH I still use, and which was already in its fourth edition waaay back then.  So the 2019 edition can only be even better. This guide gives advice…

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Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space – Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp, author of Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space and several other organizing books, has amazing instincts about the emotional issues surrounding people’s efforts to get organized. She is extremely sympathetic, and her Christian viewpoint might be particularly comforting and empowering to women of faith. And she’s just plain sensible:…

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The ICD Guides

Casual Uncluttering Hoarding Situation 2

The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers, Kate Varness, CPO-CD, MA, Editor This book, written and edited by organizing specialists, ADHD experts and psychologists, is a primer for people who are trying to understand individuals who suffer from particularly complex organizing challenges.  Its primary audience is professional organizers, but it can be of…

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J. Gordon Lippincott – super genius

J. Gordon Lippincott – evil visionary? Consummate consumerist, unapologetic con man of capitalism? Astoundingly Renaissance-Man-gifted artist, engineer and acutely-observant social scientist. I stumbled on Lippincott’s name while reading Garbology (pps. 66 – 68, 292), author Edward Humes. Humes assigns decisive credit to Lippincott for the invention of conspicuous consumption, defined by the online Encyclopedia Britanica…

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Storage Made Easy – Candace Ord Manroe

Decoupaged travel trunk

Storage Made Easy I wish there were a new, therefore easy-to-find edition of Candace Ord Manroe’s 1995 work – not January 1, 1820, which, WORD-OF-HONOR, is the publication date Amazon currently assigns the book. I was hoping Uncluttered: Storage Room-by-Room might be newer, but sadly, not really – 1997. Amazon lists Uncluttered as published December…

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Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life – Mike Nelson

Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life Mike Nelson has written a painfully honest autobiographical account of his life as an extreme clutterer. That honesty is something that other clutterers MUST read, because I think it can give them hope. Nelson convincingly documents that a very disorganized person can gain control of his/her situation with a…

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Simplify your space – Marcia Ramsland

Simplify your space create order & reduce stress Marcia Ramsland’s book annoys me. I unfortunately find it an “Of course you can” book. “Of course you can” books always work on a premise of “this is simple, there’s no reason on Earth why you can’t do this.” They also tend to be one-size-fits-all. So they…

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Grandma Organizer

Cane over chair

Granny Frump. Grandmama Addams. Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephine. Nana Fern Schaeffer. Grandma Moses. And now Margareta Magnusson, who I dub “Grandma Organizer.” Ms. Magnusson is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, and best I can tell the first to illustrate this particular decluttering philosophy for the rest of the world.…

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Organizing Idea Book – John Loecke

Organizing Idea Book John Loecke’s Organizing Idea Book is beautiful.  An interior decorator’s book. Because Loecke is an interior decorator who understands organizing principles and who employs them creatively, playfully and with great care. AND, best of all, he understands budgets, and is as comfortable with repurposing a big-box-store laundry hamper to hold sports equipment…

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Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens – Jessi & Julie Morgenstern

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens I’m writing this as a 50+-year-old, not a teenager. But for my money at least, this is NOT just a reprinting of Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie’s daughter Jessi offers an independent, spirited and insightful young person’s fresh opinions about Julie’s techniques which hopefully make…

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