Storage, a 1997 DK Home Design Work Books, by Dinah Hall & Barbara Weiss, is sumptuous. The kind of book you wish magically came with fabric swatches, paint chips and squares of the wickers used in all the baskets. In other words, it’s gorgeous, wonder-and-envy-inducing and an awfully good example of what I call “Of…

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Every specialty has its secret language. A serger is a machine which finishes the edges of projects. I think. A bobbin is a wheel-shaped anchor that attaches and guides a spool of thread to a sewing machine. Maybe. And by the time I finished Dream Sewing Spaces by Lynette Ranney Black, published by Vancouver, WA-based…

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How do I love The Complete Home Office by Alvin Rosenbaum? Let me count the ways. It’s taught me a significant number of features to look for while evaluating the physical and technological functionality of my Casual Uncluttering LLC clients’ offices, so much so that I may carry it with me when that’s the project.…

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Yes, Stacy London of What Not to Wear. For those very very very few of you who may not know – and you are forgiven if you don’t – What Not to Wear was a NYC-based TV show which ran from 2003 – 2013 in which Ms. London and her co-host Clinton Kelly led chic-challenged…

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One of my highest words of praise for any book is “lyrical.” Dennis McCullough’s My Mother, Your Mother is lyrical, meditative and compelling. Dr. McCullough dissects the current state of medical care for Seniors with authority: he is a family physician and geriatrician in practice for over 30 years, faculty at Dartmouth Medical School, and…

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There is a bewildering selection of “how to care for the elderly” books. Paul and Lori Hogan, in Stages of Senior Care, wrote one which is worth finding. They teach their readers about critical potential resources for the challenges: professional, non-familial service providers, for example through home health agencies which can provide in-home nursing assistance,…

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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move is a book. But it’s also a plea, spoken by someone forced to hastily move out of his/her home because a complication of aging has caused him/her catastrophic harm. Vickie Dellaquila, a Certified Professional Organizer(R) of the National…

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I’m preparing for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Level II Aging Specialist Certificate. I found Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home by Lynda G. Shrager while I was looking for another book entirely. That was my momentous good fortune. I think so highly of this book…

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How to Say it to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders by David Solie is one of the required reading books on the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s list for its Level II Aging Specialist Certificate. Mr. Solie teaches us how to finetune our conversational style to match the unique, long-term perspective of Seniors.…

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Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee is playful. It refers to “good guys,” positive habits for controlling hoarding impulses, and “bad guys,” negative habits exacerbating hoarding. There are jokes scattered among the pages. It’s well-written – there are passages that are…

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