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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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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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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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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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Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-brain styles for conquering clutter, mastering time, and reaching your goals Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping make it easier for people who aren’t comfortable with “traditional” folder-and-cabinet organizing structures to understand why those systems don’t work for them. And why that’s OK!! This book was published waaay back in 2005…

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Organize Create Discipline The OCD Way I have TREMENDOUS respect for Justin Klosky, who has taken what can be a crippling disorder and turned it into a source of amazing strength. And I can’t begin to explain how much I admire his courage in admitting that he is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. But…

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion I believe that some women have a better chance of filling their closets wisely, thus avoiding clutter, by gaining knowledge about how to dress and shop. Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion (publication date 2010) is one of the books I…

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Good Housekeeping Clutter Rescue! This tiny book is filled with ideas, tips and encouragement for getting every space in your home organized. There is a slight disregard for cost, an “oh of course you can just buy a pretty solution” optimism to the book, but it does also supply many ideas for home-made, recycled, inexpensive…

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Eat That Frog Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog is a source for techniques which may help some people organize their creative thinking in a manner which will help them use it more productively. It is a book which advocates common-sense time management habits. Some examples are: write checklists of your tasks; start, first thing in…

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Easy Closets This 2010 publication from Creative Homeowner, authored by Joseph R. Provey, is an excellent reference for anyone considering a home remodel or an addition, absolutely worth getting your hands on somehow. It speaks to the do-it-yourself OR anyone who will be hiring a contractor. Provey hasn’t forgotten a thing, not how to determine…

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