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Closets ClutterCrafting
Garages Help For Busy MomsHelp For Students
Help For Teens Home InventoryHome Office
Home Keeping Organizing Your HomeSimple Living & Disaster Preparedness
Storage Ideas



Closets

Organizing Magic: 40 Days to a Well-Ordered Home and Life

Product Description“Every busy, harried woman wants to be more organized. But actually satisfying that desire is another story. Why does organization have to be so difficult? It doesn't! Not according to The Organizer Lady™. She's back with an all new, forty day plan that will help women achieve a well-ordered home and life. Practical and easy to apply, Organizing Magic shows women how to get control of the clutter, chaos, and disorganization of their homes.”

Shelly’s comments: While I have not read this book, I am aware of how good the Organizer Lady™ is. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style

Product Description“Just when you feared your overstuffed, eyesore of a closet was a lost cause, here's the antidote to all your closet woes. Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli is here to help you whip your closet into shape, refreshing your wardrobe and saving you time along the way. With this accessible, stylish guide, you'll find out how to redo your closet and organize your clothes so that you can, yes, go shopping there—sort through shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, scarves, and shoes, all in perfect condition and ready to go. Clearing clutter, organizing clothes, and remaking your wardrobe has never been so easy or attainable. Shop Your Closet is your go-to source for closet nirvana.”

Shelly’s comments: This is a wonderful book for those with too many clothes and not enough closet space. I’ve used many of these suggestions in my own closets. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.




Clutter

The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams

Product Description “The Clutter Cure gives you the power to toss the things that are holding you back from living a full life and finally having a beautiful home--one that's more than a giant container for your stuff. In three steps, you'll learn to:

  • Understand your compulsion to hold on to things
  • Buy fewer but better quality items
  • Envision and create rooms that make you comfortable and happy
  • Take action by donating, discarding, or selling your stuff”

Shelly’s comments: Getting rid of “stuff” is always difficult. This book will give more in-depth instruction on how to over come the clutter in your life. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life

Product Description Product Description“Get your house in shape! Applying just an ounce of the advice in this practical guide saves you enough time and money to pay for itself. You will learn:


  • The actual scientific law of nature that helps you get organized
  • The cure for procrastination
  • Ten types of High Calorie Clutter to avoid
  • Where to start and how to tackle your projects
  • How to successfully add new habits into your life”

Shelly’s comments: When you decide to make changes in your life, it’s always a fresh start. This book will assist you reducing clutter and teach you how to tackle projects. Also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.




Crafts

Organizing Your Craft Space

Product Description “Every crafter wants a work space that's usable, attractive, and well-organized, and here's how to achieve that goal. Inside this spiral-bound guide, with color-coded pages for easy reference, are hints, tips, and dos and don'ts for each individual craft. There are craft categories so that individual problems are addressed (Mosaic and stained glass, knitting and crocheting, needlepoint and embroidery, scrapbooking and paper crafts, painting, beading, stenciling and rubber stamping, and sewing and fabric crafts). Plus, professional artists invite you into their studios to see how they keep things orderly, from smart storage to functional surfaces.”

Shelly’s comments: Very useful resource for crafters of all kinds. Highly recommend this book as a resource tool. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Organizing Your Scrapbook Supplies (Ask the Masters!)

Product Description “For scrapbookers, organizing tools and supplies is a constant topic of interest. Scrappers love to see the working studios of other crafters. Organizing Your Scrapbook Supplies offers an inside look into the studios of some of the Memory Makers Masters, both past and present. In addition to studio photos, readers will find hundreds of tips and ideas submitted by the Masters, providing them with a variety of ideas for organizing their own personal workspace. Plus, no Masters book is complete without fabulous artwork. This title includes 50 layouts by the Masters using the tools and supplies featured in the book.”

Shelly’s comments: I have spent some time scrap-booking (honeymoon cruise), I would like to do more when time permits. Although this book is for those who are scrapbookers, the ideas can inspire other crafters as well. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.




Garages

Organize Your Garage In No Time

Product Description “Organize Your Garage In No Time provides step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow to-do lists to help you get and stay organized. You will learn how to arrange a garage based on use and budget. You'll even get specific product recommendations to help design the perfect storage solution using shelving, cabinets, peg hooks, wall and rafter hangers. Go from clutter and confusion to having a home for everything in your garage, including your car.”

Shelly’s comments: Organizing is for guys too! Too often the garage becomes the “dumping ground.” This is a great, easy to read book with great reviews. If you’re not into organizing your own garage, this makes a great “guy gift.” Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Help For Busy Moms

The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home: Fast Solutions to Hundreds of Everyday Dilemmas

Product Description “How can I reduce sibling bickering?” “Can I plan a memorable birthday party without breaking the bank?” “How do I display my faith in God to my children?” When busy moms have questions like these, they need answers . . . fast. Kathy Peel, America's Family Manager, offers moms quick solutions and practical advice. Containing a comprehensive index, helpful checklists and charts, and an extensive list of online resources.”

Shelly’s comments: A great Christian faith-based book that answers practical every-day questions and helpful suggestions and solutions for life. Available in book form only – no electronic download currently available.


Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home and Life

Product Description “Eliminate Chaos is a user-friendly system for organizing each room of the house, including the kitchen and pantry, closet, garage, home office, and childrens' rooms. The author’s ten-step system is presented in an easy-to-use, workbook-style layout. Full-color photos demonstrate the various stages of the organizing process, illustrating not just "before and after," but the realistic, messy, all-important steps in between.”

Shelly’s comments: Eliminating clutter helps to eliminate the chaos in your life. I have not personally read this book, but I like the concepts outlined when I took a “virtual” look inside the book. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Home Organizing Planner: Clearing Your Clutter Step by Step

Product Description “An accessible and practical book, this is the ultimate guide to clearing your home of clutter, and to keeping it that way. Fifteen step-by-step projects, of varying levels of skill and time, are included. A comprehensive resource directory enables you to source the perfect organizational items.”

Shelly’s comments: I have not read this book and was not able to garner much information about this book; however, I liked the fact that it had a comprehensive resource directory included. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Ready, Set, Organize: A Workbook for the Organizationally Challenged

Product Description (Park Avenue) Consumer guide to becoming more organized at work, at home and in daily life. Shows how to develop annual, monthly and weekly agendas, and follow them. Also shows how to file and maintain records and papers, and even how to declutter a closet. Softcover. DLC: Time management.

Shelly’s comments: My interest in this book was due to the fact that it outlines a system that you can customize to your needs. It also has a great deal of organizing humor! Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Right Storage: Organizing Essentials for the Home

Product Description “Having the right storage for your home is as important as having the right furniture or the right curtains. It's this behind-the-scenes design and organization that, ultimately, creates a stylish, peaceful, and organized space. This book presents inventive strategies for planning, designing, and organizing your storage in all the crucial areas including family rooms, kids' rooms, and home offices. Fast fixes, storage tricks, and Feng Shui principles all help to get your storage right.”

Shelly’s comments: This is another book that I am not familiar with. This was one of the few books that offered information on Feng Shui (if you’re into that sort of thing). Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


All in Good Time: Real Life Organizing Strategies for Christian Work at Home Moms

Product Description “All in Good Time is full of time-savers for the busy work-at-home mom. Whether you run a sole proprietorship or small company, Debbie's proven time management techniques will help you calm the chaos and discover more hours in your busy day. You'll learn how to use the 4 Steps of AWESOME Organizing to plan, sort, organize and maintain your workspace. Once you've learned this practical system of organizing, you can easily conquer clutter anywhere: your papers, virtual desktop and even in your car! Discover how to build your home business on a solid foundation, with God at the very core of your plans. Put your trust in Him, focusing on what matters most--- God, family, and then work-and soon you'll begin to see how all the other aspects of your home business will fall into place like the pieces of a puzzle. With God's guidance you can strive toward being the very best that you can be, for yourself, your family, and your Heavenly Father.”

Shelly’s comments: We are all accountable to our Heavenly Father whether we realize it or not. This books puts organizing into perspective with Biblical principles. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Help For Students

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond

Product Description “Hands-on strategies for teaching your disorganized child how to organize for school success! This practical book is full of hands-on strategies for helping parents identify and teach organizational skills. Educational consultant Donna Goldberg has developed these methods by working with hundreds of students.”

Shelly’s comments: This book gets rave reviews and rightfully so! A must for parents. Highly recommended. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Help For Teens

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life

Product Description “Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out (1998) for adult readers, teams up with her daughter Jessi to offer practical advice to teenagers who want to get organized. After considering what might be holding them back and the three steps to success (analyze, strategize, attack), the discussion shifts to the two major areas of concern: managing space and managing time. Readers who aren't interested in reshaping their entire lives could benefit from reading a section of the book devoted to a specific challenge, such as getting long-term school projects done. To her mother's practical approach, Jessi adds her own comments and experiences as a teenager learning to bring order to her messy room and overcrowded schedule. In addition to small charts and diagrams that bolster the text, occasional cartoon drawings enliven the presentation. Useful advice in an accessible paperback format.” Carolyn Phelan Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.

Shelly’s comments: Another wonderful book by Julie Morgenstern. A practical guide for parents of teens. Great advice from the teen’s perspective as well. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Home Inventory

The Ultimate Home Inventory Guide: How to Organize, Document and Protect All Your Valuables

Product Description “If your home had a break-in or suffered from a natural disaster such as a wildfire, flood or earthquake- could you provide an itemized list of your possessions, their serial numbers and receipts for the insurance company? Probably less than 5% of the population keeps these necessary records. The Ultimate Home Inventory Guide makes cataloging your valuables fast, easy and user-friendly- even for the most disorganized. Like a personal organizer, this stylish book's tabbed pages include all the space necessary to record important information in one, smart system. Follow the room-by-room sections to get a little bit done at a time.”

Shelly’s comments: This is another great book to use to prepare for disasters of any kind. It really doesn’t take that long and will save your grief and headaches should disaster strike (but let’s pray it doesn’t)! Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Home Office

Home Office Design: Everything You Need to Know About Planning, Organizing, and Furnishing Your Work Space

Product Description “For those unfamiliar with the design considerations involved in setting up an efficient, comfortable home office, he gives advice on everything from where to set up an office to the type of electrical power needed to supply all the gadgets. He includes an extensive section on furniture and product resources as well. Through numerous color photographs, Paul shows everything from small offices to ones in converted out-buildings.”

Shelly’s comments: I have not read this book, but it received mostly good reviews. If you need help planning your home office, you might want to look into purchasing this book. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Organizing Your Home Business (Made E-Z)

Product Description “Use this complete time/space management system to operate your home office efficiently and productively. Don't waste precious time searching for lost files and misplaced paperwork. Stay focused and avoid distractions while balancing your work and family life.”

Shelly’s comments: Very useful for people (yours truly included) who have a home business and need help organizing. Very practical suggestions. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Home Keeping

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home

Product Description “In Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, Martha shares her unparalleled expertise in home maintenance and care. Readable and practical–and graced with charts, sidebars, illustrated techniques, and personal anecdotes from Martha’s decades of experience caring for her homes–this is far more than just a compendium of ways to keep your house clean. It covers everything from properly executing a living room floor plan to setting a formal table; from choosing HEPA filters to sealing soapstone countertops; from organizing your home office to polishing your silver and caring for family heirlooms.”

Shelly’s comments: Martha fans will revel in this book. Many practical room-by-room suggestions for cleaning and caring for the “stuff” you keep (after you get organized, of course)! Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Organizing Your Home

The Beverly Hills Organizer's Home Organizing Bible: A Pro's Answers to Your Organizing Prayers

Product Description “At last—an easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual guide to organizing your home room by room and piece by piece. Most organizing books are too complicated to actually use—you have to read them cover-to-cover, search for the information you need, then try to remember it once you finally find it. And after all that, it may be useless! Linda’s practical strategies and smart storage systems help you clear out the clutter and stay organized for good.”

Shelly’s comments: This book is layed out in a practical fashion and is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Common Sense Organizing: A Step-by-Step Program for Taking Control of Your Home and Your Life

Product Description “In Common Sense Organizing, Williams shares how to customize home and life management to meet our needs, instead of trying to fit ourselves into the latest system. The author shows how a one-size-fits-all organizing mentality can quickly lead to frustration. Instead, she shares her common-sense approach that any reader can adapt, to take control of their home and their life—once and for all!”

Shelly’s comments: I like the fact that the author does not subscribe to the “once-size-fits-all organizing concept. I heartily agree. Every person is a unique individual. Common sense tips are the best way to pick what works best in your life. Currently available only in book form – no electronic download is currently available.


Good Things for Organizing (Good Things with Martha Stewart Living)

Product Description “Who wouldn't like their living space to be more organized? Tapping into the popularity of the "Good Things" column in Martha Stewart Living, Good Things for Organizing provides practical, efficient, and pretty solutions for organizing just about everything, from spools of thread and the silverware drawer to your entire wardrobe and home office.”

Shelly’s comments: Martha Stewart is the quintessential “guru” of the home. While many of the ideas in this book requires a great deal of expense and may not be practical for those with a limited budget, it does give very good ideas and, in true Martha fashion, the photos are excellent. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Home Organizing Idea Book

Product Description “With more than 500 photos and storage solutions, this valuable resource will help you get– and keep – an organized home. Written with a common-sense approach, practical advice is paired with creative ideas for spaces – and budgets – large and small. Inside you’ll find ways to organize and store stuff throughout your home, from the kitchen and bathroom to closets, kids’ rooms, living spaces, work spaces, and garage. Special emphasis is given to quick fixes for organizing spaces. Resources provide readers with sources for helping them stay organized.”

Shelly’s comments: I respond well to visual images to give me ideas. The photography and ideas are great. You might want to consider using this book for inspiration. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Creative Ideas For Organizing Your Home

Product Description Paperback: 128 pages“This is a great book full of great ideas. They are easyto do too. I am always going back to this book when I run into a clutter problem and it always has an answer fo me. There is bound to be something for everyone in this book.” [this is a customer review]

Shelly’s comments: This book is well worth the price. Many great customer reviews. Great resource. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life, 5th Edition

Product Description “The fifth edition of this highly successful guide emphasizes how organization helps people survive tough times, assists them with life's challenges, and can lead to a happier, more peaceful life. New in this edition are: green organizing; getting things done in the electronic age; and loads of new products that help people organize.”

Shelly’s comments: You can’t go wrong with the “Idiot” books (not that I’m suggesting anyone’s an idiot!). They start at the most basic level. If you don’t know where to begin, this may be a great book for you to get started with your home organizing. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good

Product Description “The organized way to get organized: a week-by-week plan to forever streamline all aspects of your life. One Year to an Organized Life is a unique week-by-week approach that you can begin at any time of year. Regina helps you break down tasks and build routines over time so that life becomes simple, not overwhelming.”

Shelly’s comments: I have not personally read this book yet but I have heard it is worth the read. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Organizing for Dummies

Product Description “No matter what life stage you’re in, getting organized can make every day better and help you achieve your long-term goals. Organization isn’t inherited. Getting organized is about unstuffing your life, clearing out the dead weight in places from your closet to your calendar to your computer, and then installing systems that keep the good stuff in its place. Organizing is a liberating and enlightening experience that can enhance your effectiveness and lessen your stress every day – and it’s all yours simply for saying “No” to clutter.”

Shelly’s comments: “Dummies” books are always popular – why? They start people off in the right direction and they don’t assume you know anything about the topic. This “Dummies” book does the same thing. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life

Product Description “Julie Morgenstern has written an organizing book that covers a new way of looking at the task of organizing effectively without labeling or blaming the person behind the lack of organization. Rather, she says, people who don't organize just never learned how to organize, through no fault of their own--after all, it's not a skill that's taught in school. That said, she gets down to work helping you figure out an organizing system that will really work for you, not a system based on cookie-cutter filing concepts or special storage units. Morgenstern's "from the inside out" system begins by laying out the possible reasons for a failure of organization: technical errors (like having a complex organizing system that breaks down), external realities (like not enough space for your belongings), and psychological obstacles (like fear of failure--or success). Then, her Analyze and Strategize steps help create a plan of action based on your needs and goals, and the brief chapter called "Attack: Getting the Job Done" offers basic ideas for making space. The largest section of the book, "Applying What You've Learned," addresses the specifics of organizing workspaces, home offices, living spaces, and storage areas.”

Shelly’s comments: Julie Morgenstern is well known in the home organizing industry. You can’t go wrong with her books. This book is very highly rated and for good reason. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Organizing Magic: 40 Days to a Well-Ordered Home and Life

Product Description “Every busy, harried woman wants to be more organized. But actually satisfying that desire is another story. Why does organization have to be so difficult? It doesn't! Not according to The Organizer Lady™. She's back with an all new, forty day plan that will help women achieve a well-ordered home and life. Practical and easy to apply, Organizing Magic shows women how to get control of the clutter, chaos, and disorganization of their homes.”

Shelly’s comments: While I have not read this book, I am aware of how good the Organizer Lady™ is. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


The Organizing Sourcebook : Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life

Product Description “The nine habits of highly organized people. Organizing consultant Kathy Waddill demonstrates how the simple act of being organized can improve your quality of life. In The Organizing Sourcebook, she presents nine organizing principles that can easily be applied to any situation, activity, or environment. The book gives you the tools for managing time; decreasing stress; and dealing with cultural, personal, and emotional change. Case histories illustrate how each strategy solved a specific problem.”

Shelly’s comments: More practical theory on organizing, although the author does provide tools and suggestions for personal change. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Knack Organizing Your Home: Decluttering Solutions and Storage Ideas (Knack: Make It easy)

Product Description “Proven techniques for getting your stuff under control. You’ll see how to clear the clutter and efficiently deal with everything from clothes and towels to tools and bills. You’ll create systems that work and learn the best ideas for storing your belongings. Step-by-step full-color photo sequences and information-packed, clearly worded instructions help you get the job done quickly and easily.”

Shelly’s comments: I have not read this book, but it has a five star rating and rave reviews. There is even a section about organizing your pets. You may want to consider it part of your home library. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Real Simple: The Organized Home

Product Description “The Organised Home, the new book from Real Simple magazine, is a practical, inspirational guide to streamlining your home and creating a more peaceful and productive life in the process. Whether it inspires a fine-tuning or a complete makeover, this lush hardback book has something for everyone. Building upon the incomparable world of the magazine, it provides valuable step-by-step advice on everything from organising kitchen shelves and cleaning the refrigerator to setting up a versatile livin room and creating a peaceful bedroom. A celebration of the liberating pleasure that comes from a clean, well-organised living space, Real Simple, The Organised Home.”

Shelly’s comments: Real Simple magazine is a wonderful publication. However, this book may not suit everyone. I would use this more as a visual “guide” than a step-by-step instruction book. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


The Well-Ordered Home: Organizing Techniques for Inviting Serenity into Your Life

Product Description “Organizing the home is one of those desirable and beneficial activities that remain elusive for many. This practical guide explains the many benefits - physical, emotional, and spiritual - of an organized home and shows how to attain them. Breaking down the process into 50 steps, the author uses her own experiences as a psychologist and professional home organizer to help readers clear away not only the physical clutter but the psychological blocks that encourage it and hinder organization. She tells where to start, encourages small steps, and explores the psychology of organizing. Next she addresses fundamental principles, including keeping tools where they will be used and making the most of active storage space. Finally, she shows how to get rid of excess stuff, including how to attack those never-ending piles and junk drawers, and stem the inflow of junk into the home. These easy exercises, tips, and stories will truly help readers organize their homes for efficiency, peacefulness, and well-being.”

Shelly’s comments: Another practical step-by-step book that gets good reviews. You should consider this for your home reference library. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Simple Living & Disaster Preparedness

Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural Or Unnatural Disaster

Product Description “Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster. This book will help you engage that danger head-on. It advises preparing for disasters as part of everyday life instead of as an urgent event in the heat of the moment. Organize for Disaster provides organizing tools including shopping lists for purchasing disaster provisions, storage ideas, sample plans for communicating, evacuating and escaping, and checklists. The book recognizes the entire family can be involved in preparedness and includes a What Children Can Do section. Organize for Disaster is current with information about terrorism as well as natural disasters. It is exactly what every busy family needs to be prepared for any disaster.”

Shelly’s comments: I firmly believe in being prepared. Disasters, natural and man-made are occurring with more frequency. This book will help you get started planning ahead. You may not think all sections apply to you and/or your family, but it is always good to be prepared. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More

Product Description “Filled with tips on how to uncomplicate your daily routine, eliminate stress at home and work, and more, this book will help you free up your time so you can once again enjoy doing the things you love. Divided into sections for easy reference, this book will show you ways you can eliminate stress in your home, your personal life, and in your professional life. You will learn the six questions you should ask yourself before buying something new, the most efficient way to clean your pots and pans, the pay-ahead technique to get yourself out of debt, ways to make your commute more comfortable, and advice on hassle-free vacation planning for you and your family.”

Shelly’s comments: I’m all for living more simply. This book is a companion to a homesteading book by the same author. While I’m not personally into the homesteading thing, I believe you will find some practical use for this book. Many good reviews. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


The Ultimate Home Inventory Guide: How to Organize, Document and Protect All Your Valuables

Product Description “If your home had a break-in or suffered from a natural disaster such as a wildfire, flood or earthquake- could you provide an itemized list of your possessions, their serial numbers and receipts for the insurance company? Probably less than 5% of the population keeps these necessary records. The Ultimate Home Inventory Guide makes cataloging your valuables fast, easy and user-friendly- even for the most disorganized. Like a personal organizer, this stylish book's tabbed pages include all the space necessary to record important information in one, smart system. Follow the room-by-room sections to get a little bit done at a time.”

Shelly’s comments: This is another great book to use to prepare for disasters of any kind. It really doesn’t take that long and will save your grief and headaches should disaster strike (but let’s pray it doesn’t)! Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.




Storage Ideas

Good Things for Organizing (Good Things with Martha Stewart Living)

Product Description “Who wouldn't like their living space to be more organized? Tapping into the popularity of the "Good Things" column in Martha Stewart Living, Good Things for Organizing provides practical, efficient, and pretty solutions for organizing just about everything, from spools of thread and the silverware drawer to your entire wardrobe and home office.”

Shelly’s comments: Martha Stewart is the quintessential “guru” of the home. While many of the ideas in this book requires a great deal of expense and may not be practical for those with a limited budget, it does give very good ideas and, in true Martha fashion, the photos are excellent. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Home Organizing Idea Book

Product Description “With more than 500 photos and storage solutions, this valuable resource will help you get– and keep – an organized home. Written with a common-sense approach, practical advice is paired with creative ideas for spaces – and budgets – large and small. Inside you’ll find ways to organize and store stuff throughout your home, from the kitchen and bathroom to closets, kids’ rooms, living spaces, work spaces, and garage. Special emphasis is given to quick fixes for organizing spaces. Resources provide readers with sources for helping them stay organized.”

Shelly’s comments: I respond well to visual images to give me ideas. The photography and ideas are great. You might want to consider using this book for inspiration. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Creative Ideas For Organizing Your Home

Product Description Paperback: 128 pages“This is a great book full of great ideas. They are easyto do too. I am always going back to this book when I run into a clutter problem and it always has an answer fo me. There is bound to be something for everyone in this book.” [this is a customer review]

Shelly’s comments: This book is well worth the price. Many great customer reviews. Great resource. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Right Storage: Organizing Essentials for the Home

Product Description “Having the right storage for your home is as important as having the right furniture or the right curtains. It's this behind-the-scenes design and organization that, ultimately, creates a stylish, peaceful, and organized space. This book presents inventive strategies for planning, designing, and organizing your storage in all the crucial areas including family rooms, kids' rooms, and home offices. Fast fixes, storage tricks, and Feng Shui principles all help to get your storage right.”

Shelly’s comments: This is another book that I am not familiar with. This was one of the few books that offered information on Feng Shui (if you’re into that sort of thing). Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


The Organizing Sourcebook : Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life

Product Description “The nine habits of highly organized people. Organizing consultant Kathy Waddill demonstrates how the simple act of being organized can improve your quality of life. In The Organizing Sourcebook, she presents nine organizing principles that can easily be applied to any situation, activity, or environment. The book gives you the tools for managing time; decreasing stress; and dealing with cultural, personal, and emotional change. Case histories illustrate how each strategy solved a specific problem.”

Shelly’s comments: More practical theory on organizing, although the author does provide tools and suggestions for personal change. This book is also available as an electronic download at a less expensive price.


Ideas and How-To: Storage and Organizing (Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself)

Product Description “This book gives you unique ideas and innovative tips for making every room in your home organized and efficient. Brilliant photographs give inspiration while instructional illustrations provide the information needed to tackle organizing and storing everything from toys and sports equipment to clothing, kitchenware, and home office supplies. Kitchen and dining area projects show you how to make the most out of every square inch, with how-tos for constructing built-in and freestanding cabinetry and banquettes, plus projects for adding glide-out shelves, baskets, and turntables to existing cabinets. The sections on bedroom and bath projects include diagrams showing you how to build platform beds with built-in storage space, closet systems, toy storage, and storage for linens and bath supplies.”

Shelly’s comments: This is a Better Homes and Gardens book. Unfortunately, many did not give it rave reviews. I have not personally read the book, but it’s up to you. Check it out and decide for yourself. From the “virtual” pages I read, there may be some nuggets in there. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


Cabinets, Shelves & Home Storage Solutions: 24 Storage Projects Plus Ideas for Organizing Your Home

Product Description “Today's homeowners are looking to create additional storage space in the home with the most design flair possible. Home Storage addresses a problem that is common to all homeowners: lack of adequate storage. The book presents the reader with the latest in storage solutions from some of the country's leading designers. The book also covers the latest in storage ideas and products. For the do-it-yourselfer, there are 24 fully illustrated projects for the kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room, and utility room to improve the storage possibilities of any home. An extensive techniques section provides the novice handyperson with the skills they will need to complete the projects.”

Shelly’s comments: A good and practical book that offers do-it-yourself ideas to improve cabinet and shelf storage. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.


301 Stylish Storage Ideas (Better Homes and Gardens(R))

Product Description “With more appliances in the kitchen, the increase in home entertainment centers and offices, and the popularity of collecting, no wonder there is a shortage of space in homes today. These books provide solutions for where to fit more things without having to add a room. Better Homes and Gardens, with photographs and captions, points out 301 ideas for creative storage alternatives in every room of the house. House Beautiful looks at the high-end of storage with polished, professionally styled interiors and their storage solutions. Better Homes and Gardens is recommended for public libraries because the explanations are more accessible to the amateur; however, professional and design school collections will want the House Beautiful book as well.” Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Shelly’s comments: This is another Better Homes and Gardens book that got good reviews. Great pictures and ideas for creative storage. Currently only available in book form – no electronic download available.



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