Welcome to www.OnlineOrganizing.com -- A World Of Organizing Solutions Your Order Your Shopping Cart About Us Contact Us Site Map
Do You Need Help Getting Organized?Shop For Organizing And Business Development ProductsProfessional Organizing ServicesFind A Seminar, Workshop, Or Keynote SpeakerRead Our Two Free Monthly NewslettersFree Organizing Tips And AdviceResources For Professional OrganizersLearn How To Become A Professional OrganizerUseful Organizing Website LinksUseful Organizing Website Links

Search for:


You Are Here: Home - Blogs

NEW! - Keywords For This Page:   Organizing Articles - Clutter

Blog: Organize This!
Book is culmination of organizing resource research

After a year of writing, researching, editing, and rewriting, my first book has been sent to the publisher! The title is "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP". CRAP is an acronym I created that stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure. It will be available in mid-March on Amazon.com in print or downloaded as an eBook for any electronic device.
My book is a culmination of the "Organize This!" columns from The Reading Eagle with additional ruminations about CRAP, personal stories, lots of ideas on how to go green with your CRAP, and client success stories to give you hope (names have been changed to protect the "clutter challenged"). In the book, I ruminate on why we have so much CRAP, why we don't throw it out, why we can't get to it, and why we don't want to deal with it. I'll try to answer those questions and suggest that if you organize your home even in small ways, it will change your life in big ways.
I use CRAP to describe stuff that does not bring joy, pleasure, usefulness, or life to a home. It is also owner-specific, which means that one person's CRAP could be another person's treasure. CRAP also holds people hostage in their homes and prevents them from living the lives they want to live.
There are many resources in my book to assist readers with organizing their homes and their lives. These resources include over a dozen smartphone apps, almost 40 books, and over 90 websites. A few of my favorites include:
Smartphone Apps
--iDonatedIt-Track non-cash charitable deductions
--Meal Planning-Meal planning and saving money at the grocery store
--Mint.com or Pageonce-Manage and pay bills
--My Baby Today-Resource for every new parent
--My Library-Personal media collection organizer
--OfficeDrop-Scan, search, organize, and store paper files
Organizing Books
--Absolutely Organize Your Family: Simple solutions to control clutter, schedules and spaces by Debbie Lillard
--ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau
--Being Productive: Learning how to get more done with less effort by Chris Crouch
--Enough Already by Peter Walsh
--Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-Mail Excellence by Marsha Egan
--Organizing for the Creative Person by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Lamping
--Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
--Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin
--www.clutterersanonymous.net-The "clutter challenged" share their struggles and successes
--www.ocfoundation.org-International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation
--www.onlineorganizing.com-Written by Professional Organizers
--www.thecluttercrew.com-Tips and past columns by yours truly
--www.theclutterdiet.com-On-line help from Professional Organizers
Finally, to add a little levity to my book, I was fortunate to have a talented graphic designer, Bob Rios, owner of Visual Strategies, illustrate eight cartoons to highlight each chapter.
I want to thank the readers of my newspaper column and my blog who have given me so much positive feedback over the years. You are an inspiration to me as you aspire to organize your best life. When it comes to getting organized, some people find it hard to get around to doing it. I hope these resources and hopefully my book will help you do just that: get around to it!
Organizing Quote: "In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order." Will Durant, American writer and philosopher.

posted on: 3/24/2012 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips

Organize This!: < Previous Post - Next Post >
Blog Central: < Previous Post - Next Post >

Discuss This Post

There are no comments.

Add a comment about this post:
(Note: To reduce blogspam, HTML tags are not permitted in blog comments and will be removed)
Please Enter The Following Code:
In order to cut down on SPAM, we ask that you enter the code exactly as shown in image below. If you can't read the code, simply select "Load New Code" and a different graphic will appear. Cookies must be enabled on your web browser.
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code Load New Code
Powered by Web Wiz CAPTCHA version 2.01
Copyright ©2005-2006 Web Wiz


Organize This!

by Vali Heist

View This Blog

   Subscribe To This Blog

About Vali:

Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

Vali's Website:


Add this page to your Bookmarks!

E-mail this page to a friend!

www.OnlineOrganizing.com is a service mark of Bradford, LLC.
Content on this site is © Bradford, LLC, All rights reserved.

If you notice any problems with this site, please contact our webmaster.
And if you don't see what you need you are welcome to "ask the organizer" any question!

To see what people are saying about www.OnlineOrganizing.com, check out our visitor comments.

Click here to view our privacy policy.

Calendar Of Organizing Holidays And Events Blog Central Sign Up For Our Free Online Newsletters Join The Conversation At Our Organizing Discussion Board Advertise Your Company On Our Website Be An Affiliate Of www.OnlineOrganizing.com
Check Us Out On FaceBook