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Unclutter your life in one week
Doland, Erin Rooney.
Personal Author:
1st Gallery Books trade paperback ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Gallery Books, 2011, c2009.
Physical Description:
xvi, 237 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Foundations -- Monday morning : your wardrobe -- Monday at work : your office -- Monday evening : your reception stations -- Tuesday morning : your bathroom -- Tuesday at work : fixing your files -- Tuesday evening : household chores aren't just for children -- Fall cleaning guide -- Wednesday morning : your bedroom and commute -- Wednesday at work : communication processes -- Wednesday evening : your kitchen and dining room -- Thursday morning : your living spaces -- Thursday at work : working while at work -- Thursday evening : your home office -- Spring cleaning guide -- Friday morning : scheduling strategies -- Friday at work : routine is not a four-letter word -- Friday evening : living with clutterers -- The weekend -- Celebrating and maintaining your success.
From an organizational expert and the creator of comes a fun, accessible, and practical guide for getting and staying organized in all aspects of life, including tips on creating a flawless filing system, simple wardrobe solutions, eliminating meal-time stress and more.


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1 648.8 DOL Adult Paperback NonFiction Book

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Organization expert and founder of Erin Rooney Doland shows you how to declutter and simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve--in just one week.

Simplicity is revolutionary! Doland's down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will help you:

-Part with sentimental clutter
-Organize your closet based on how you process information
-Build an effective and personalized filing system
-Avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process
-Maintain your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort
-And much more!

Includes a foreword from David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done

Author Notes

Erin Rooney Doland is an organization consultant and the Editor-in-Chief of, a popular website that has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, House Beautiful,, and on the BBC and HGTV. She is a twice-weekly columnist for Real Simple online and has written for Ready Made, Woman's Day, and, among others. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Erin's Storyp. xv
Chapter 1 Foundationsp. 1
Why Change?p. 3
Work-Life Symbiosisp. 6
Questions for Your Thingsp. 7
Going on a Sentimental Journeyp. 12
Chapter 2 Mondayp. 17
Monday Morning: Your Wardrobep. 19
Weeding Through Your Wardrobep. 20
Wearing a Uniformp. 22
Closet Clearingp. 25
How You Process Informationp. 28
Clustering your Clothesp. 33
Maintaining Order in your Closetp. 38
Laundry and Caring for your Wardrobep. 39
Monday at Work: Your Officep. 42
Perceptionsp. 43
Organizing and Maintaining your Deskp. 44
Organizing the Rest of your Officep. 50
Monday Evening: Your Reception Stationp. 51
Creating a Reception Stationp. 51
Coming Homep. 54
Maintaining Your Reception Stationp. 56
Chapter 3 Tuesdayp. 57
Tuesday Morning: Your Bathroomp. 58
Define your Bathroom's Purposesp. 58
Organizing your Bathroom by Zonesp. 59
Cabinet Clearingp. 61
Buy the Small Sizep. 62
How Much Is Enough?p. 64
Taking Care of Guestsp. 66
Tuesday at Work: Fixing your Filesp. 68
Stop Stacking Papersp. 69
Qualities of a Good Filing Systemp. 70
Case Studyp. 73
Structuring your Filing Systemp. 74
Creating Order for your Papersp. 79
Sortingp. 80
Scanningp. 82
Filingp. 84
Organizing Old Systemsp. 87
Protecting Your Systemp. 88
Tuesday Evening: Household Chores Aren't Just for Childrenp. 89
Creating Cuesp. 90
Establishing and Maintaining Routinesp. 91
Running Errandsp. 95
Hiring Helpp. 96
Charting It outp. 97
Fall Cleaning Guidep. 100
Chapter 4 Wednesdayp. 106
Wednesday Morning: Your Bedroom and Commutep. 107
Unclutter Your Bedroomp. 108
Sorting Through Bed Linensp. 109
Organizing for Better Sleep and waking Upp. 111
Getting Out the Doorp. 113
Commuting to the Officep. 115
Consuming Media While Commutingp. 118
Wednesday at Work: Communication Processesp. 121
The Four Types of Meetingsp. 121
Participating in Meetingsp. 124
Planning a Meetingp. 125
Phone, Internet, and E-mail Strategiesp. 128
Powerful Presentationsp. 138
Selectively Saying Yesp. 141
Wednesday Evening: Your Kitchen and Dining Roomp. 144
Working the Roomp. 144
Unitaskersp. 147
Tools of the Tradep. 149
Cleaning Out the Pantry and Refrigeratorp. 151
Cookbooks and Recipesp. 153
Meal Planning and Eliminating Mealtime Stressp. 155
Shopping as Sportp. 158
Your Dining Roomp. 158
Chapter 5 Thursdayp. 160
Thursday Morning: Your Living Spacesp. 161
Finding Space for Livingp. 161
Displaying Collectionsp. 164
Slimming Down Your Bookshelvesp. 165
Maintaining Order in your Living Roomp. 167
Thursday at Work: Working While at Workp. 168
Your Productive Day at Workp. 170
Tracking Your Productivityp. 170
Ways to Improve Your Productivityp. 172
Stop Procrastinatingp. 175
Repercussionsp. 177
Thursday Evening: Your Home Officep. 178
Setting Up a Home Office or Workspacep. 179
Work from Home or Live at Work?p. 180
Managing your Homep. 183
Spring Cleaning Guidep. 185
Chapter 6 Fridayp. 191
Friday Morning: Scheduling Strategiesp. 192
Traditional and Technical Scheduling Toolsp. 193
Keeping on Schedulep. 196
You Say It's Your Birthdayp. 197
Friday at Work: Routine Is not a Four-Letter Wordp. 199
Project Managementp. 199
Small Deadlines Are Better Than One Big Deadlinep. 203
When You're Not in Control of the Projectp. 205
Learning from the Lazyp. 206
Routines and Productivityp. 207
Routine Typingp. 208
Friday Evening: Living with Clutterersp. 210
Ten Tips for Living with a Clutterbugp. 211
Chapter 7 The Weekendp. 214
Taking Care of Yourselfp. 214
Preparing for the Worstp. 215
Hobbies and Making the most of your Personal Timep. 216
Vacation and Travelp. 219
Being a Social Butterflyp. 221
Chapter 8 Celebrating and Maintaining Your Successp. 224
Notesp. 229
Resourcesp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 235