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Christian Family Guide to Organizing Your Life

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ISBN-10: 002864493X

ISBN-13: 9780028644936

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jeff Davidson, James S. Bell, Michael Clark

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You're always losing your keys and forgetting appointments -- and you're tired of being so disorganized. Learn clutter-conquering strategies for cleaning up your life, so you can spend less time searching for stuff you've misplaced -- and more time on your relationships with loved ones and God. Book jacket.
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC, nbsp;is founder and director of, an organization devoted to helping people live and work at a more comfortable pace. He is the author of fifty-six books,nbsp;includingnbsp;The 60-Second Organizer,nbsp;The 60-Second Self-Starter, andnbsp;The 60-Second Innovator, and the iPhone app Making Your Life Simpler. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

James Scott Bell, a former trial lawyer, is the bestselling author of Try Dying, The Whole Truth, No Legal Grounds, Deadlock, and Sins of the Fathers. A winner of the Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cindy. Visit his website at

When Did the Avalanche Begin?
The Roots of Disorganization
Who's in Charge?
Change and Disorganization
Don't Regard Technology As a Cure-All
Unnecessary Accumulations
Oversimplifying That Leads to Problems
A Commitment Worth Making
Regard Your Quest As Worthy
Make Happiness and Contentment a Criterion
Choose Good Health
In One Fell Swoop
Clothing Your Family
Seek and Ye Shall Have It Delivered
It Is Better to Give...
More, More, More
Less Is More
Stop Being a Prisoner in Your Own Home
Unmomentous Events
Best of the Best
Pack Rat No More
When Multiples Make Sense
Rotation Sensations
Keep the Recipients in Mind
Boxes to Fill
Support Your Local Library
Salvation Army and Goodwill
School Days
Glasses to Go
Bank on This
In God's House
Support for the Red Cross
Community Groups
Get Clear, Feel Great
Reconsider Before You Buy
Your Home Is Your Castle
Organizing Your Kitchen
Optimal Appliance Arrangements
The Work Triangle
Add in the Microwave
Utilitarian Organization
Utensils at Hand
In Reach Is Best
Recipe Tips at Hand
Counter Power
Cupboard Know-How
Replacement 101
Is the Kitchen the Right Place?
No Dumping Grounds
Organized Drawers
Rule Your Utensils
Junk Drawer Be Gone
Tools in a Tool Room
Divide Your Drawers and Conquer
Take Advantage of Deep Drawers
More Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen
The Pantry
Make Some More Space
Pare Down Your Pantry
Apples with Apples
Is Bulk Always Best?
Use It or Lose It
Super-Duper Supermarket Shopping
Preparation and Planning
Organize and Win
Shop for the Immediate Future
Cool Principles for Your Refrigerator
More Fridge Tips
Be a Clean Machine
Stain Removal
Crumb Control
Cleaning Appliances
The Heat Is On
Glassware and Silver
The Kitchen As Message Center
A Refrigerator Door, Not a Message Board
Post Messages in Strategic Locations
Miniaturize, If You Must
Organizing Your Living and Dining Rooms
Make a More Functional Foyer
The Out-Table
The Coat Rack
The Foyer Mirage
The Coffee Table
Rally 'Round the Fireplace
Put Safety First
The Dreaded Magazine/Newspaper Rack
Carpet Care
Hardwood Floors and Rugs
Saving Space in the Dining Room
Taking Charge of the Bathroom
One Section at a Time
Saving Space o'er the Sink
... And Under the Sink
Ready-made Storage System
With a Large Vanity
Hang It Up
Improvise to Organize
Hooks and Racks
Organizing the Bath and Shower Area
Shower Caddies
Vertical Storage Bar
Linen Closet Organization Tips
Organizing the Other Bathroom Items
Quick-Return Linen Systems
A Prescription for Your Medicine Chest
Rx Safety
Bathroom Safety in General
In the Bedroom
Shelves, Drawers, and Tables
Knickknack City
Diminish Dresser Drawer Drama
Nip Nightstand Nightmares in the Bud
When You and Your Husband Work Different Hours
When Your Spouse Travels Often
Supporting Devices
Closet Sharing, Closet Paring
Closet Encounters of the First Kind
Common-Sense Solutions for the Clothes Horse
Box It Up
Organizing the Accessories
It's a Shoe-In
Speedy Setups for the Bedroom
The Kids' Rooms
It's a Small, Fun World
Tackling the Dresser Drawers
Keeping a Child's Clothes off the Floor, Bed, Desk, Chair ...
"Inducing" a Child to Pick Up After Himself
Make Straightening-Up Time Fun Time
Slide a Bit on Standards
The Closet Experience
Closet Organization
Retain and Contain
The Electronic Jungle
TVs and PCs
Sound Off
Dolls, Toys, Sports Equipment, and Other Stuff
Toy Story
Toy Storing
In and Around Your Home
Laundry Room Management
Everyone's Job
Laundry Room Logic
Simple Solutions
Wash Your Clothes the "Right" Way!
No Fold, No Guilt, No Problem
Drying Tips to Protect Your Clothes
Old Machinery for New
The Din In Your Den
Den Basics
Publications Overflowing
When Collections Become Clutter
Your Entertainment Center
Remote Control
Store Extra Tapes or Discs Elsewhere
Label Your Copies
Window Treatments
The Den Office
An Organized Approach to the Phone
Got Phone Books?
A Pad for Phone Messages
The Care and Feeding of Your Personal Computer
All About Breaks
Down to the Basement
Should It Stay or Should It Go?
Storage Options
Converting Your Basement into Something Else
Unsacred Burial Grounds
To Remodel or Not to Remodel? That Is the Question
Dealing with Damp Basements
Troubleshooting 101
Hungry Pests
Musty Smells, or Worse ...
Other Storage Areas
Pet Management 101
"Buy Me" "... No, Me"
Canine Training
Ply Them with Milkbones
"Accident" Avoidance
Canine Mental and Physical Health
Shoo Flea, Don't Bother Me
Puppies Galore
Organizing Dog Food Purchase and Storage
Cat Crazy
Scratch Management
Feline Grooming and Health
Lost and Found
House Guests
Organizing Your "Weekend Children"
Safe Home and Safe Kids
Their Home Away from Home
Out of Sight but in Touch
A Work-Free Zone
Gracefully Negotiate Redefined Relationships
Organizing Your Guest Bedroom and Bathroom
Those Little Extras
Avoid the Bathroom Blues
May You Never Run Out
Accommodating Guests
Longer Stays
Prepare a Schedule
Additional Ground Rules for House Guests
Entertaining and Gift Giving
Throwing a Party Requires Details
As Party Day Approaches
Crowd Control
Plan Some Surprises, Forbid Others
Holiday Party Planning
Cook in Advance
Get Some Help
Organize Your Gift Shopping
Gift Shopping Smarts
Double Payoff
Other Present Ideas
Organizing Your Car
Map Your Course
Spare Change and Keys
A Well-Stocked Car
A Well-Stocked Glove Compartment
Extras for the Well Organized
The Grand Old Trunk
Back Seat Potential
Tips to Keep You Rolling
Fluids and Your Car
Tune-Up Time?
Cell Phones
Your Portable Office
Back-Ups in Place
Garages and Other Storage Areas
Clean Your Garage Like a Pro
Reclaiming Your Garage
Three Basic Options
Be a Wall Wizard
Creative Containers
Garden Tools in a Barrel
Other Hangups
Safety First, Always
Attacking the Attic
Exterminate and Air Out First
Box It Up and Roll It
Hang 'Em High
Novel Storage Areas
Organizing Your Vital Documents
The Files and Piles of Life
Filing: A Great Notion
Tools to Organize Your Files
More on Fasteners
The Battle That Never Subsides
Swift Resolution
The "C" Drawer
Larger but Fewer Files
Lean and Mean
Clarifying Questions
Reclaim Your Home
Face Piles with Smiles
Ready, Set, Tackle
Advance File and Pile Management
File Headings Are the Key
Creating Files in Advance
Sort for Similarity
A Four-Pronged Variation
Rotating Tickler Files
Review Often
Maintaining Perspective
Shelve It
Nearby or Away
Holding Bins
Alternatives, Just in Case
Paid Storage Space
You Control the Files and Piles
Life Is a Desk, So Keep Yours Organized
A Shipshape Desk
Paper Is Still the Culprit
A Workable Desk Arrangement
Elbow Room
Assess and Reassess
Newsflash: Your Desktop Is Not a Filing Cabinet
Planning at Your Desk
Top Achievers Agree
Clear Your Desk
Boost in the Morning
Your PC, Your Friend
Your Desk and Your Files
Organizing New Information
Reading and Information Aids
Approaching Reading in New Ways
Extract the Best, Leave the Rest
Read and Discuss
Look It Up!
Let Go of Subscriptions
Key Newsletters
Traveling and Reading
Listen Instead of Read
An Organized Approach to E-mail
Send and Receive
Spam in a Can
The 6-D System
Be Precise
Unknowingly Curt
Responsiveness Under Pressure
Quick Considerations
See and Send
Some Response Is Better Than Stone Silence
Receiving Before Sending
Sometimes Your Answer Appears
Organize at the Outset
One-Way or Two-Way?
Coming to Your Hand Soon
All Too Easy
Search and Ye Shall Find
The Internet Prevails
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Search Engine Strategies
How Results Are Derived Stands Apart
Use the Best and Forget the Rest
What Time Is It?
Specialty Information Sites
A Little Privacy Please!
Buying Online
These Are My Rules!
Newsgroups: An Alternative Information Source
Start Your Readers
Discussions Abound
Organizing in Everyday Life
Organizing Your Income Tax Receipts
Get Organized Before the Tax Year Begins
The All-in-One File
Delving into the File
Reviewing Your Itemized Statements and Checkbook
About Your Income
Slugging It Out Manually
Tax-Preparation Software
Commonalities Among Tax Software Programs
What If ...?
Roll Forward
Help That Actually Helps
TaxCut by H&R Block
TurboTax by Quicken
Handling State Income Taxes
To File Online or Not to File Online
Filing the Old-Fashioned Way
Avoid the April Rush
Time, Not Payment, Extensions
Support the IRS
Organizing Your Purchases
The Show Room Floor Is Too Late
Test-Drive It There and Then
Too Complex for You? Don't Blame Yourself
Eschew Thick Instruction Manuals
Designed for Ease of Use
Are PCs a Special Case?
Instructions Designed for Ease of Use
Keep Your Purchases Organized
Use Plastic See-Through Notebook Sleeves
File the Documentation and Keep the Instruction Manual Close By
Farm Out the Manuals
Laissez Faire (Hands Off)
More Tips on Using the Web for Consumer Instructions
Service Contracts, Guarantees, and Warranties
Service Contracts
On Occasion
Stay Organized and Win
The Odds Are
Use Guarantees to Your Advantage
The Secret Price You Pay
Guarantees: The Bad and the Good
The Bogus Warranty Card
Code Your Address
Warranties and the Timing of Product Failure
Parting Advice
Make Time for Living
"No" for an Answer: A Parable
Organized Enough for Leisure
Creative Leisure
Join the Church Choir
The Rainy Day File
Spectator Sports: Taming Longer Games
Engage in Creative Writing
Teach a Course You've Mastered
A Grander Notion
Some Parting Ideas
It All Starts with You