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Posted by Elena del Valle on March 13, 2009

Clutter, Chaos and the Cure

Clutter, Chaos and the Cure book cover

In her 98-page paperback book, Clutter, Chaos and the Cure or Why You Never Misplace Your Toothbrush (Kiwi Publishing, 9.95) Rosemary Chieppo, a professional organizer, explains why we have clutter in our lives and how to deal with it. The easy-to-read book is divided into 27 short sections addressing related topics.

She promises to help readers develop habits to find what they need when they need it; gain time to do other things (instead of searching for misplaced items); eliminate time wasters; control interruptions; develop a system to determine what to keep and what to discard; reduce clutter; and prevent a clutter relapse.

“Organizing just means having a place for everything and making sure everything is in its place,” said Chieppo, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. According to her, many people think of organizing in terms of physical space but they should remember that there is an emotional and mental side. “They don’t own their stuff. Their stuff owns them. Bringing themselves to donate or discard an item of sentimental value takes a certain amount of self-reflection.”

The book includes illustrations by Ernie Conte, a 30-year veteran illustrator and graphic designer. He was formerly staff artist and art director at Lender’s Bagels. Since 1999, Chieppo, of Born to Organize, has made a living helping people get organized.

Clutter, Chaos and the Cure

Clutter, Chaos and the Cure

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