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Organizing for Dummies


Organizing for Dummies

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Publisher: IDG Books Worldwide

Author: Eileen Roth
Elizabeth Miles

List Price: $19.99

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Tammy Cardwell

Paperback, 378 pages

What does one do when one is 48 hours from publishing a featured collection on organization and a book like Organizing for Dummies hits one's desk? It doesn't take a dummy to figure out that one reviews it, of course! I shoved a few other things aside, turned to the introduction, and discovered right away that Eileen Roth and Elizabeth Miles were two I could hang with.

What do I mean by that? Well, first Roth writes like I talk (chatty and with parentheses). Second, she's a realist (she knew that if this book wasn't easy to use her readers would be outtathere). Third, she has undoubtedly got her act together, a fact that became clear before I hit Chapter One. Bottom line: From the first I felt as if I was holding a book that a knowledgeable friend had written with me in mind. I like that!

Organizing for Dummies is laid out as 26 chapters divided into six sections. Three chapters comprise Section 1: Basic Organizational Tools and Tenets. This is your starting point?where you'll learn how to deal with clutter; train your mind to be organized; and pull together all the tools, supplies and systems you'll need. Having studied these chapters (which, like vitamins, only work when you use them), you'll be ready to take on your world--in any order you desire. The book flows in such a way that you need not read straight through from beginning to end. Indeed, Roth recommends that you turn directly to the section (or chapter) that tackles the area you feel most strongly inclined to deal with.

The book's chapter organization is fantastic. Information makes its appearance in bite-sized pieces that encourage you to really think about what you're reading, to consider how to put it into practice. There is also plenty of room for your own margin notes--an absolute must whenever I use a how-to book. Too, Roth makes liberal use of checklists and icons. These icons that lead you in your way are?

TIPS - extra ideas to aid the points made
WARNING! - warns you of possible problems
REMEMBER - points to remember that will save you time and trouble later
TIMESAVER - shortcuts to shave time off tasks and leave more for living
CLUTTERBUSTER - cut-to-the-chase ways to clean up that mess
ULTRAORGANIZER - high-level hints for advanced organizing

Hey, that last icon makes it clear that this book isn?t just for dummies!

Seriously, though--whether you are an organization novice or an organization nut, Organizing for Dummies will earn its place on your shelf. The authors? expert advice, paired with an exceptional presentation format, helpful drawings and photographs, a wealth of notes and tips, and an extensive index, could put you well on your way to completely organizing your home, your office and your time. Chapter 26, 911: Emergency Strategies even helps you prepare for emergencies before they happen. Organizing for Dummies is one smart buy!
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Tammy Cardwell
Tammy Cardwell may be retired from homeschooling, but not from the homeschool arena. She is here at EHO to stay and actively serves her readers through and her publishing company, CJ Press, as well as her blog, From a Cluttered Desk.
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