One Year to an Organized Life

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The organized way to get organized: a week-by-week plan to forever streamline all aspects of your life. Who would you be if you felt at peace and had more time and money? An organized life enables you to have more freedom, less aggravation, better health, and to get more done. For nearly twenty years, Regina Leeds--named Best Organizer by Los Angeles magazine--has helped even the messiest turn their lives around. Anyone can get organized--she'll prove it to you! 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
* Master time management * Make your kitchen efficient * Permanently organize closets and drawers * Deal with your finances * Reclaim "dumping grounds" like the guest room, garage and basement * Declutter the kids' rooms * Organize your travel plans--and the vacation photos and souvenirs * Entertain with joy

Regina reveals her magic formula for organizing anything, plus her method to stop the chronic cycles of clutter, misplaced items, and lateness. Whether you're living in chaos or just looking for new ways to simplify, this essential book will help you get the whole household organized--and stay that way.

Customer Reviews:

  • Don't you just hate get ting sucked in?
    A couple of creative ideas but mostly I just added to the clutter. SOME day I'll learn. (-:...more info
  • great book to get you started
    I like how she divides things up to a room, group of rooms, or other group to organize your home. This method breaks it down to manageable pieces that don't overwhelm you....more info
  • Life Changing
    This book has changed my life already, and I've only been following it for a couple weeks! I know that may sound dramatic, but along with Regina's support and others via teleseminar, email, and Instant Messenger, I can already feel the benefits. A very interesting plan. Extremely well written.

    The elimination, organizing, journaling, and dreamboarding is creating a new energy that I have not felt before. As I check off my list, I want to continue to do more. A must have for anyone!!!

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  • Get Those Ducks In a Row!
    There's books to help you get organized, and then there's books to help you get organized- and this book is great! I think what makes it so different than your typical book on organization is that is leads you through the organizational steps and process so well....EVERY WEEK FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!! And this, I feel, is its main strength. So how does it accomplish the lofty goal of getting one organized? According to the book, the magic formula is as follows:

    1) eliminate
    2) categorize
    and 3) organize!

    If it sounds simple, it is- or rather should I say that this book makes it about as simple as it can get. Three steps, eliminate, categorize, and organize- and that's about what you can expect to do for each month of the year for a specific disorganized area, easily broken into down steps, week-by-week. Here's some of the areas of your life the book tackles:

    -the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, the home office and living room
    -additionally, the book covers getting organized while traveling, while moving, while entertaining, as well as the busy school time and holiday seasons.

    As you can tell, the book is really complete and will guide you to a more organized life, week-by-week for an ENTIRE year. Get it if you're lazy like me and need to be led by the hand. If you can't get past just reading the steps, try The Sixty-Second Motivator. Good luck!...more info
  • The Suggestions Are Brilliant -- Now How Do I Get Motivated to Start Organizing?
    I loved reading though this book and imagining what my life could be like if I implemented the wonderful room-by-room systems outlined here. The book made me feel as though I could really finally clean out my attic, find time to vacuum under the beds, balance my checkbook, plan ahead for meals, and recoup a large tax deduction from Goodwill after I collected and donated all my family's unused clothes, toys and knick-knacks. And I'm going to do every single one of those things -- after I start my novel and truly dedicate to flossing everyday.

    Unfortunately the book does not come with Dobby the House-Elf to actually perform all of these tasks, or at the very least kick me in the behind until I start doing them.

    But my personal shortcomings aside, this is a wonderful reference for those enterprising slobs who can actually do more than daydream about being able to start each day without digging through the laundry mountain for clean underwear and coming across that earring they lost five months ago.

    I recommend purchasing this volume and keeping it on your bedside table -- for the shaming factor, if for nothing else....more info
  • Organized !!!
    One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good Good book. Haven't had time to put it to use yet, but am planning on moving, so I'll be able to start from scratch....more info
  • One year to an organized life
    It did not unfortunately include a maid or a person to do the work.
    *sigh*...more info
  • Need help organizing - this makes it doable
    I own over 30 Get Organized books and by far this is the 1 that has made it finally happen for me. The author is witty and straight forward. Organization Tasks are broken down into categories (i.e. kitchen, bedroom, etc.)and are assigned to you to do during a specific month of the year. However, where this book made a difference for me is each month is broken down into weeks, and each week we are given assignments to be completed that are not overwhelming ... just baby steps that are part of the huge overwhelming mess we have created by being unorganized. I highly recommend this book as it holds your hand and never allows you to have to decide "what am I going to do next". It takes the guess work out of organizing, and where my hiccups come in, is trying to decide where to start - well this book removes that by braking everything down for you. Very simple organizing education, it is like having your own personal organizer with you every step of the way, every day....more info
  • A No Brainer
    This book is for people who work and try to keep a home organized too. The ideas are pretty much things we probably already know. This book didn't apply to me or my situation. I was hoping for some real eye opening ideas....more info
  • Disappointing. This didn't help at all
    Boy, was I disappointed with this book. It's clearly aimed at housewifes and house husbands. Almost nothing about organizing paperwork, calendar, your office...etc. This was an utter waste of time for me....more info
  • One Year to an Organized Life:From Closets to Finances-week by week guide to getting completely organized
    Some very good tips. Some did not apply for me but could be used as guides for other areas...more info
  • It's a great book, but...
    This author really knows her stuff. As a long-time sufferer of adult ADD, I am always interested in tools to keep my household organized, not to mention my life. The monthly projects are great, not too overwhelming. The only problem is...I read the book 3 months ago and it is still on my nightstand because I like the way it looks there!...more info
  • Finally a Great Book About Organizing!
    Regina Leeds has done it again. She writes in a manner that draws you in right away and gives guidance in a caring, understanding manner. She is an expert story-teller, drawing experiences into play to gently help the dis-organized to become organized -- with no shame or guilt. Not sure what book the other gent read who provided his POV, it wasn't this one. I've read everything Regina has written and can't wait for her next book. Write another book soon Regina!...more info
  • May be a little too organized for the hopelessly unorganized
    Very well written, but a bit much for this mom with full-time job, active kids and a lazy streak....more info
  • This book is life-changing!
    I just finished organizing my entire home, including the garage, using this amazing book! I've read several other organization books that have not even come close to this one! I've already purchased other copies as holiday gifts for my friends and family! I love the fact that it gets into the psychology of why and how we get into the bad habits we have, but in a comical way that makes you laugh and wonder how she knows me! My whole family is excited about how neat and organized our home is! We now have much more peace in our lives....more info
  • Great book
    The author has a good plan and a positive outlook on why it is important for people to get organized. ...more info
  • Helpful
    A picked up one helpful "jewel" from this book. That you need to understatnd what, in your past, makes you behave the way you do in order to change your behavior. This tidbit made it worth the cost of the book and the time to read it. You can staighten things up, but if you don't change your behavior, then it won't last. Other than that, the "Just Do It" attitude and the importance of taking things a step at a time are well presented in this book....more info
  • ..............
    Excelent book, love is very, very, very helpfull to learn how to be an organize person!...more info
  • Just what i needed!
    This is a great book when you need a bit of help with the mess you are in... It breaks up the disorder into orderly projects, which are fun to do and easy to follow. And it gives you the very positive feeling about the house and the chores you have to do to make it your home....more info
  • Love This Book
    This book has great ideas. It gives good examples of how to organize certain spaces. You don't have to start organizing on January 1st. You can jump in any day of the year. It's a nice motivating tool....more info
  • One year to an organized life
    This book is very helpful. It also has different topics for each week and you can start where you like....more info
  • Excellent and inspiring resource
    Out of all the organizing books I've read--more than I'd like to admit--Regina Leeds' "One Year to an Organized Life" stands out as the most comprehensive and inspiring book yet.

    The book is organized into 12 sections--one for each month of the year, starting with January, although as Regina points out, there's no time like the present to get started. She takes you through not only the main areas of your home--the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom all get their own sections, as well as "common rooms" and, intriguingly, "hidden areas" which includes the attic, basement, garage, laundry and guest rooms--but also devotes sections on travel, entertaining, creating a festive atmosphere, and paper organization. I'm especially drawn to July's section, titled, "Fun in the Sun: Scrapbooks, Memorabilia, Greeting Card Collections, and Your Address Book." There are also sections on Back-to-School and Moving, both of which offer general tips and strategies anyone can apply--even those who don't have kids or are planning to move.

    The sections contain an introduction, a summary, and four chapters that correspond with the weeks in a month. Each chapter opens with a bulleted list, encouragingly titled "This week you can," followed by a time estimate for how long it takes to complete the task. The short essay at the beginning of the section introduces the "Habit of the Month," while a week-by-week summary, followed by a "Bonus tip," and "Affirmation of the Month," provides review and closure.

    It's been two months now since I received "One Year" and the difference in my home is evident in almost every single room. Just following the "Habit of the Month" alone can make a significant difference. While some reviewers apparently are uncomfortable about the spiritual aspect of organizing that is part and parcel of Leeds' approach, I LOVE this about the book. It's obvious that organizing is so much more than learning "tips or tricks." The perils of chaos--and the benefits of organizing--are undeniably linked to one's emotional health. If you want to get organized and treat yourself in the process, I recommend curling up with a nice cup of tea and plotting your own year to an organized life.

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  • Not worth the time
    I bought this book thinking that it would help me get more organized. It was of very little help. The author asks lots questions such as "does your home need new carpet? Should it be painted? etc. These questions are of little value. The author offers very little in the way of helpful advice.

    I was particularly turned off by her suggestion that people moving into a new house have a ceremony such as Feng Shui or (her favorite) use the American Indian tradition of burning a stick. She says (page 214) "Walk from room to room asking that the energies of all previous residents and their experiences leave this space. You can trace the outline of all doors and windows as a way of sealing in the good energy you are creating with this ceremony."

    To be honest, I didn't (couldn't) read the entire book.
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  • not finished, but loving it so far!
    This is the first book by Regina Leeds for me.
    So far, so good!
    At first I was worried that I bought it in May and not in January - "oh no!! I'm already behind!!"
    But after reading the forward (and you must) my fears were put to rest. You don't have to DO the month IN the month.
    What has worked for me so far is this: I did January first because it deals with alot of why, etc. Now I've moved on to managing paper.
    I enjoy hearing the personal side from the author. I, too, have a golden retriever. Enough said!
    I even emailed her with a question, never expecting a personal or quick response. I got both the former and the latter!!
    I say: Enjoy the ride, it is definitely worth the price of admission!
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