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master the essentials of clutter-busting-in a single evening!

Clutter. The littlest things of life-scraps of paper from the mail, shirts draped over chair backs, odds and ends on the counter-have a way of piling up, getting under foot, gathering dust, and clogging up space.

Don't worry! The Learning Annex Presents Uncluttering Your Space will soon have you bidding farewell to chaos at home and enjoying the clarity of organization. The Learning Annex employs top experts to teach more than 300,000 students across North America each year-so rest assured that their methods are proven, practical, quick, and easy to apply. In the space of these pages, you'll discover:
* How to determine your clutter patterns
* How to whip each room in your house into shape
* How to create a plan to beat clutter and redesign your environment
* The inside scoop from instructor and student experience


Full of sidebars and other special features, The Learning Annex Presents Uncluttering Your Space re-creates the authentic seminar experience to give you the tools and knowledge you need to win out over clutter and keep it from coming back-and all in a single night's reading!
Lesson 1: Why We’re Drowning in Clutter.

Lesson 2: The Benefits of Organizing Your Life.

Lesson 3: Assess Your Mess.

Lesson 4: Principles of Clutter-Free Living.

Lesson 5: Keep It, Refurbish It, or Throw It Away?

Lesson 6: Redesign Your Environment to Prevent Clutter.

Lesson 7: Bins, Drawers, Cabinets, Shelves, and Beyond.

Lesson 8: Clutter-Free Kitchens.

Lesson 9: Clutter-Free Living Areas.

Lesson 10: Clutter-Free Bedrooms.

Lesson 11: Clutter-Free Bathrooms.

Lesson 12: Clutter-Free Offices.

Lesson 13: Clutter-Free Storage Areas.

Lesson 14: Clutter-Free Families.

Lesson 15: Time Management.

Appendix A: Ten Guidelines for Reducing Clutter.

Appendix B: Sources and Suggested Reading.

Appendix C: Emergency Home Preparation Checklist.

Appendix D: Emergency Supplies to Keep on Hand.

Appendix E: Emergency Contact List.

Appendix F: If Your Purse or Wallet Is Stolen.

Appendix G: Planning for Business Interruption.

Index.

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Date de parution

05 mai 2008

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0

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9780470366943

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English

Presents
Uncluttering Your Space
Presents
Uncluttering Your Space
The Learning Annex with Ann Sullivan
Copyright 2004 by The Learning Annex Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY
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PRAISE FOR THE LEARNING ANNEX
Because I m so busy I really don t have time to take a full semester course on anything. The Learning Annex gives me the nuts-and-bolts information I need in just one night. It s great!
-Rick S.
This was my first Learning Annex class and I plan on taking many, many more. I can t believe how much I learned from one seminar!
-Wendy R.
What I really love about The Learning Annex is the easy-to-understand, practical nature of the classes. It s information you can use immediately.
-Susan L.
It s one thing to listen to a teacher on a certain subject but it s much better to hear from a practicing expert in the field. That s what makes the Learning Annex so special.
-Dave L.
The Learning Annex offers classes that you simply can t find anywhere else. The range of subjects they offer is enormous.
-Sandra S.
There s no end to the Learning Annex subjects that interest me. Every single class I ve taken has taught me all sorts of new things.
-George J.
Being in a class with other people with the same interests makes learning a lot easier and a lot more fun.
-Yolanda F.
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-Kenneth J.
ABOUT ANN SULLIVAN

Ann Sullivan, founder of Ann Sullivan, Inc., provides innovative organizational services to corporations, small businesses, and individuals nationwide. Ms. Sullivan brings to organizing 14 years of experience in the field of legal services where she learned the necessity of maintaining client confidentiality and developed skills that include analytical thinking, problem solving, and attention to detail.
Ann Sullivan, Inc. provides evaluation, organization, and coaching services. This empowers clients with the systems, resources, tools, and training that build order and lead to freedom and peace of mind. Ms. Sullivan s unique philosophy of Organizing People For Life , combined with her comprehensive approach to organization, has enabled clients to truly transform the way they live and work.
Ann Sullivan relocated to Manhattan from the midwest nine years ago, downsizing from a three-bedroom home to a typical New York City apartment. That move taught her firsthand the benefits of streamlining and organizing one s life. She now owns 60 percent less stuff than before and is guided by the advice of artist William Morris: Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
Inspired by the possibilities of helping people transform their lives, Ms. Sullivan created her own residential organizing company in 1997. The business quickly expanded to include executives and small businesses and now serves a full range of business and residential clients.
Using her degree in sociology and psychology to build her understanding of how people think and behave, as well as her understanding of the principles of organizing, Ms. Sullivan works to create customized systems to complement her clients individual styles. By furnishing them with information, products, and services, she brings order and manageability to their daily lives.
Ms. Sullivan is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Organizers (New York chapter) and serves as chair on the chapter s community service committee. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Ms. Sullivan s proven methods for successful organizing have been featured on both network and cable television: The Montel Williams Show, Sheila Bridges Designer Living, Your Morning, and in a series of interstitials that run on the Fine Living Cable channel. She has also been featured in print: Modern Bride, The Chicago Tribune, Bottom Line Personal, and Dance Retailer News.
welcome to the Learning Annex
The Learning Annex is North America s largest provider of adult education, dedicated to enhancing the quality of people s lives through informative and inspirational seminars. We offer short, inexpensive courses that provide nuts-and-bolts information on a variety of topics, taught by respected leaders and luminaries in each field. The Learning Annex operates schools in numerous major cities across the United States and Canada, and through its monthly publication, it has emerged as a cultural barometer of what is of interest to the American people.
acknowledgments
The author wishes to thank the Writers Lifeline, Inc.: Ken Atchity, Andrea McKeown, and especially Julie Mooney. Also thanks to Roxane Cerda and Cindy Kitchel of John Wiley Sons, and Tim Ryan of Ryan Publishing Group.
table of contents
Lesson 1: Why We re Drowning in Clutter
Lesson 2: The Benefits of Organizing Your Life
Lesson 3: Assess Your Mess
Lesson 4: Principles of Clutter-Free Living
Lesson 5: Keep It, Refurbish It, or Throw It Away?
Lesson 6: Redesign Your Environment to Prevent Clutter
Lesson 7: Bins, Drawers, Cabinets, Shelves, and Beyond
Lesson 8: Clutter-Free Kitchens
Lesson 9: Clutter-Free Living Areas
Lesson 10: Clutter-Free Bedrooms
Lesson 11: Clutter-Free Bathrooms
Lesson 12: Clutter-Free Offices
Lesson 13: Clutter-Free Storage Areas
Lesson 14: Clutter-Free Families
Lesson 15: Time Management
Appendix A: Ten Guidelines for Reducing Clutter
Appendix B: Sources and Suggested Reading
Appendix C: Emergency Home Preparation Checklist
Appendix D: Emergency Supplies to Keep on Hand
Appendix E: Emergency Contact List
Appendix F: If Your Purse or Wallet Is Stolen
Appendix G: Planning for Business Interruption
Index
introduction
People often call me out of desperation. I feel like my life is unraveling, one of my students lamented. I can t seem to get a single bill paid on time. Another student admitted, My house is such a mess, I can t even invite friends over. There are never enough hours in the day, a working mom told me. I spend forever answering phone calls and dealing with paperwork, and I never find time for the most important stuff, like hanging out with my kids.
It s practically an epidemic in our culture today: We have more money, more possessions, more means of communication, and more conveniences than ever before-far more than our parents or grandparents could ever have dreamed of-yet so many of us feel as though our lives are careening out of control. Our time doesn t belong to us anymore, and our possessions have somehow begun to possess us.
How did our lives get so crazy?
With the widespread use of cell phones, e-mails, pagers, and faxes, we ve made ourselves far more accessible. People now expect us to be available immediately, anytime, anywhere. It s no longer acceptable to get back to someone within 24 hours. Now, everyone expects a response within a few hours, if not minutes.
Technology in the home and workplace was supposed to make our lives easier, simpler. In many instances, however, it s done the opposite. Marketers and advertisers have convinced us that the right gadget will make life more manageable; in fact, many of these devices simply add clutter to our homes, offices, minds, and lives.
We re bombarded. We ve allowed others to take control of our time and our lifestyle. No wonder we re overwhelmed.
It can be even worse when home and work collide. Take a peek in the average home office, and you ll find a mountain of paperwork waiting to be filed. The average disorga

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