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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
 
Websites
--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


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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.

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