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Stephanie Winston's Best Organizing Tips


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Contents Acknowledgments How to Use This Book "Where Do I Start?" -- An Organizing Inventory PART ONE THE PAPER TRAP 1. Conquering Paperwork Gridlock * The TRAF System: Toss, Refer, Act, and File * Streamlining and Simplification Tips and Tricks 2. Following Up and Following Through * Two Easy Follow-up Methods: The Calendar/Holding File and the Tickler File * Other Ways to Follow Up 3. How to File It -- and Find It Again * How to Figure Out What to Name a File * Making Files Easy to Find and Keep under Control * Addresses and Business Cards 4. Organizing a Home Office 5. Reading Expeditiously -- Zipping through Newspapers, Magazines, and Catalogs 6. The Paperwork of Money: Making Short Work of Bill Paying and Taxes PART TWO GET TIME ON YOUR SIDE! 7. How to Set Priorities and Get Things Done * When Two Lists Are Enough: The Master List and Daily List * Setting Priorities 8. Organizing the Day: Figuring Out What to Do When * Finding Your Peak Time -- and Taking Advantage of Your Biological Rhythms * Power-Packing Your Days * Looking Ahead 9. Coping with Interruption Overload * Private Time without Guilt * Making Your Contacts Productive...and Crisp * Telephone Tactics 10. Combating Procrastination and Perfectionism -- and Finding Your Optimum Workstyle * Procrastination and Perfectionism * Finding Your Optimum Workstyle 11. Too Many Things to Do and Not Enough Time to Do Them? -- A Cornucopia of Timesaving Tips * Power Packs -- Getting the Most Out of Five Minutes * Up and Out and On Time * Too Much to Do? Do What You Do Best -- Find Ways to Delegate the Rest PART THREE CLUTTER AND CLOSETS 12. The Clutter Crisis -- Eliminating Distressing Disarray * Three Strategies for a (Reasonably) Clutter-free Future * The Seven-step Deep Clutter De-clutter Plan * Hanging On to the Little Losables and Other Convenience Tips 13. Storing Stuff * Closets, Cupboards, and Cabinets * Outside the Closet -- Finding Storage Opportunities throughout Your Home * Books, Recordings, Films, and Videos 14. The Organized Clothes Closet * The Organized Clothes Closet -- How to Make It Happen * Space-Stretchers * Planning Your Wardrobe * Accessories PART FOUR HOMESTYLES AND LIFESTYLES 15. Recipe for an Organized Kitchen d * Making Your Kitchen Space Work * The Fine Art of Stashing and Storing * Groceries, Meal Planning and Preparation, Recipes, and Kid-Wise Kitchen Tips 16. Lightening the Load of Household Chores: Cleaning, Laundry, Errands, and More * Tips for Hassle-Free Housecleaning * A Few Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Tips * Living with Linens * Shopping, Errands, and Chores: A Roundup of Tips 17. Family Organizing -- How to Make It Work * Getting Everyone Involved * Your Kids Can Get Organized! 18. Rooms and Other Spaces -- Adding Comfort to Your Home * The Family Room * The Bedroom * The Bathroom * The Workroom -- Sewing, Knitting, and Crafts * Some Ingenious Solutions for Small Spaces * The Organized Auto Send us your best tips! Bibliography Index

About the Author

Stephanie Winston is a bestselling author, professional organizer, and the founder of The Organizing Principle, a time-management consulting firm whose clients include American Express, Xerox, and Campbell Soup. She lives in New York City.


Professional organizer Winston follows up her Getting Organized (Warner, 1994. rev. ed.) and The Organized Executive (Norton, 1994. rev. ed.) with this collection of Heloise-like hints and tactics on organizing our lives. She covers the paper shuffle, using calendars and time management, office and home clutter, cleaning up the home and organizing chores, and even organizing your kids. This is an A-to-Z assortment of suggestions that are nicely designed for easy surfing, but it misses the more difficult, fundamental issue of controlling one's life that is very effectively covered in Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (LJ 3/15/90) and First Things First: To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy (LJ 4/1/94). This is a rehash of Winston's previous work, and although it may be of limited use, it is recommended only if you haven't yet acquired her other books.‘Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.

The New York Times This book is the next best thing to a pile of stuff animating itself and disappearing.

Winston, founder of the consulting firm Organizing Principle, doesn't promise to add more hours to the day, but she does present practical guidance on doing things faster and more efficiently. Setting priorities and ``getting it done'' are the focus here. Winston profers advice on handling ``paperwork gridlock,'' filing, paying bills and taxes, even dealing with junk mail. She suggests ways to manage your kitchen, clean your house and tidy up car clutter. Oddly, the book is addressed to women, but men would profit as well from Winston's tips. Fortune Book Club selection; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour. (Jan.)

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