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  1. 8.8 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    The first organizational book inspired by the culinary world, taking mise-en-place outside the kitchen. Every day, chefs across the globe churn out enormous amounts of high-quality work with efficiency using a system called mise-en-place―a French culinary term that means “putting in place” and signifies an entire lifestyle of readiness and engagement. In Work Clean, Dan Charnas reveals how to apply mise-en-place outside the kitchen, in any kind of work. Culled from dozens of interviews with culinary professionals and executives, including world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Alfred Portale, this essential guide offers a simple system to focus your actions and accomplish your work. Charnas spells out the ten major principles of mise-en-place for chefs and non chefs alike:Planning is prime,Arranging spaces and perfecting movements,Cleaning as you go,Making first movesFinishing actionsSlowing down to speed up,Call and callback,Open ears and eyes,Inspect and correct, and Total utilization. This journey into the world of chefs and cooks shows you how each principle works in the kitchen, office, home, and virtually any other setting.

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    Work Clean

    8.8 hrs • 5/3/16 • Unabridged
  2. 6.0 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition featuring never-before-seen content, Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than the “crash diet” approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success. Her easy-to-follow “streamline” method works in any space from a single drawer to a closet, room, or entire house. What’s more, it can be called upon during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married, having kids, or downsizing. The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.

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    The Joy of Less

    6.0 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
  3. 5.5 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing—and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo’s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home—and life—that sparks joy.

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    Spark Joy

    5.5 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
  4. 10.1 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    A houseful of clutter may not be the only reason people pack on extra pounds, but research proves that it plays a big role. A recent study showed that people with supercluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. In Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, organizing guru Peter Walsh comes to the rescue with a simple six-week plan to help listenersclear their homes of excess “stuff” as they discover their vision for their personal space;clear their bodies of excess pounds as they follow a healthy, simple eating and exercise plan; andclear their minds and spirits of the excess weight of too many possessions. Rodale took the program for a testdrive with two dozen volunteers who followed his plan. All reported great results—from significant weight loss to calmer minds and more organized, happier, and more efficient lives.

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    Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight

    10.1 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
  5. 7.4 hrs • 3/31/2015 • Unabridged

    From New York Times bestselling author Regina Leeds comes her new guide to downsizing and decluttering when moving. Moving is rarely considered an enjoyable or relaxing experience. There’s the planning, the packing, the hauling, the unpacking, the misplaced or missing items, and the chaotic clutter of boxes. The overall stress can overwhelm even the most easygoing person, but does it have to be that way? For almost twenty-five years, Regina Leeds has helped her clients prepare for new spaces with practical support and a fresh perspective. She sees moving as an opportunity to start fresh, downsize, and simplify. In Rightsize…Right Now!, Leeds outlines her eight-week plan to clear clutter, organize, and relocate without stress. From making a plan and taking the first steps to addressing unmade decisions and final details, Leeds turns the stress of moving into the excitement of a life-changing opportunity.

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    Rightsize…Right Now!

    7.4 hrs • 3/31/15 • Unabridged
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    4.8 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    This bestselling guide to de-cluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Despite constant efforts to de-clutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed—and she still has a three-month waiting list. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” and which don’t, this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

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    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    4.8 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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    2.8 hrs • 12/16/2014 • Unabridged

    Stuffology 101 is for those of us who want to get the clutter out of our lives without being featured on reality TV. We can still use our bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, but we harbor secrets.Do you race around to pick up piles when someone’s at the door?Do you close the door to hide your stuff in the spare room?Do you still have boxes to unpack from your last move a dozen years ago?Are you unable to focus because your mind is so frazzled? Stuffologists Brenda Avadian and Eric Riddle share four decades of experience dealing with stuff—or rather, clutter. Inside Stuffology 101, you’ll find fun and flexible approaches to get your mind out of what you define as clutter. Funny, serious, and humbling stories are woven in with tips to help you clear the toxic clutter out of your life. At the end of your life, what will matter most—things or people? Are you ready to manage the stuff in your life?

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    Stuffology 101 by Brenda Avadian, MA, Eric M. Riddle

    Stuffology 101

    2.8 hrs • 12/16/14 • Unabridged
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    10.0 hrs • 5/7/2013 • Unabridged

    If you graduated from college but still feel like a student, if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store, if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean, it’s ok. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, Adulting makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable, and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn: ·  What to check for when renting a new apartment, not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. ·  When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world: it involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening. ·  How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office. Imagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps. ·  The secret to finding a mechanic you love, or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

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    10.0 hrs • 5/7/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 12/27/2012 • Unabridged

    Does your work-life “balance” feel anything but balanced? Most people will probably tell you that you need to be more strict about separating your office and home lives, and whatever you do, do not take the office home with you! To this, husband-and-wife authors Caitlin and Andrew Friedman say, “Think again!” In Family, Inc. they share how they were able to use the organizational strategies they’d relied on in their professional lives to bring the joy—and yes, the sanity—back into their home. Caitlin and Andrew met while working at a thriving midsize PR firm. Fifteen years of marriage, twins, a house, and three career changes later, they found themselves overwhelmed by their daily responsibilities. In this invaluable guide to making your household run more smoothly, the Friedmans take listeners step by step through a process of reenvisioning their domestic lives as well-run, successful business ventures. According to the Friedmans, by introducing such simple activities as family meetings, job descriptions, and regular “employee evaluations,” it’s amazing how simple and stress-free life suddenly can become. Using the tools offered in this audiobook, you will soon see tensions eased, household tasks completed, and family downtime rediscovered.

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    Family, Inc.

    5.9 hrs • 12/27/12 • Unabridged
  10. 12.7 hrs • 4/23/2012 • Unabridged

    From professional organizer Regina Leeds comes the organized way to get organized: a week-by-week plan to forever streamline all aspects of your life. Who would you be if you felt at peace and had more time and money? An organized life enables you to have more freedom, less aggravation, better health, and to get more done. For nearly twenty years, Regina Leeds—named Best Organizer by Los Angeles magazine—has helped even the messiest turn their lives around. Anyone can get organized—she’ll prove it to you! One Year to an Organized Life is a unique week-by-week approach that you can begin at any time of the year. Regina helps you break down tasks and build routines over time so that life becomes simple, not overwhelming. This audiobook will help youmaster time management;make your kitchen efficient;permanently organize closets and drawers;deal with your finances;reclaim “dumping grounds” like the guest room, garage, and basement;declutter the kids’ rooms;organize your travel plans—and the vacation photos and souvenirs; andentertain with joy. Regina reveals her magic formula for organizing anything, plus her method to stop the chronic cycles of clutter, misplaced items, and lateness. Whether you’re living in chaos or just looking for new ways to simplify, this essential book will help you get the whole household organized—and stay that way.

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    One Year to an Organized Life

    12.7 hrs • 4/23/12 • Unabridged
  11. 3.6 hrs • 3/1/2009 • Abridged

    Throw Out Fifty Things is truly an eye-opener. According to Blanke, our lives are so filled with junk from the past—from dries up tubes of crazy glue to old grudges—that it’s a wonder we can get up in the morning, never mind get to work, care for our children and parents, and just put one foot in front of the other. Blanke wants to start a movement across America of people throwing out fifty things (magazines count as only one!) that will help liberate us from the stuff—both physical and mental—that clutters our lives. It’s the physical stuff that keeps us from being happy and calm in our house—not to mention keeps us from finding our keys in the morning! And it’s the clutter in our mind that drags us down and holds us back from living the life we want to live. Blanke takes us through each room in the house and helps us get rid of ‘toxic’ possessions that remind us of failed relationships, bad jobs, etc., then she’ll help us figure out what to keep so we can move forward and find out who we really are!

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    Throw Out Fifty Things

    3.6 hrs • 3/1/09 • Abridged
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  12. 6.2 hrs • 2/5/2008 • Unabridged

    Get Rid of the Clutter Inside You and Live the Life You Want Peter Walsh, the bestselling author of It's All Too Much, believes that the secret to successfully losing weight is to forget about calorie counting and weekly weigh-ins. Instead you need to focus on how, why, and where you eat. When it comes to clearing clutter (the fat in our homes) it isn't about the stuff itself, it's about the life you want to live. The same is true for losing weight: It's not about the pounds, it's about living the life you deserve in the body you want. Using his expert techniques honed from years as a clutter expert and organizational consultant, Peter demonstrates how the clutter in your home is directly related to the clutter on your body, and how clutter negatively affects your ability to lead a full and healthy life. This plan shows you how to clean up not just the spaces where you eat, but the routines around them: from planning meals and shopping to dinnertime rituals. Peter knows all the pitfalls and in Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? he gives you the tools (and courage) you need to get over all your excuses, face the issues, and create the healthy life and body you have always imagined for yourself.

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    Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

    6.2 hrs • 2/5/08 • Unabridged
  13. 2.7 hrs • 4/13/2007 • Unabridged

    Say goodbye to the stress of mess for good! You can find the order, beauty, and peace you desire, and deserve, in your home. Organizing for Life reveals the secrets of keeping your house neat, clean, and organized without spending every minute of your life working on it. Finally an audiobook that goes beyond the how-tos of cleaning and looks right at the heart of messiness so permanent change can take place. You’ll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You’ll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter: guilt, fear, rebellion, and habit, so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can’t keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past.

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    Organizing for Life

    2.7 hrs • 4/13/07 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.0 hrs • 1/9/2007 • Unabridged

    When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, “It’s all too much”? If somewhere along the way you’ve simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It’s All Too Much has the solution you’ve been searching for. Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC’s hit show Clean Sweep, shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It’s All Too Much shows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities, It’s All Too Much will set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter. At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.

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    It's All Too Much

    7.0 hrs • 1/9/07 • Unabridged
  15. 3.5 hrs • 1/1/2001 • Abridged

    According to Mike Nelson, a recovering clutterer who knows first-hand what clutter can do and how it can be controlled, clutter is not just a minor annoyance or an organizational challenge. It can hurt self-esteem and relationships, contribute to financial problems, and even lead to unemployment. Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life gives you the practical advice you need to declutter your life and get yourself on the path to recovery. The tips you’ll find throughout, such as clutter-free zones or establishing systems and filing habits will get you organized—for good!

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    Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life

    3.5 hrs • 1/1/01 • Abridged
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  16. 1.1 hrs • 12/1/2000 • Abridged

    Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean LET HER ROYAL HIGHNESS OF HOUSEKEEPING SHOW YOU HOW TO TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SPARKLING PALACE -- IN NO TIME AT ALL! Step aside, Martha...Here comes the Queen of Clean, and her down-to-earth housekeeping tips for those of us who live in the real world. The Queen loves to talk housework. But she hates to do it. That's why she's assembled an audio program packed with humorous, off-the-cuff tips about how to best clean your home. Expediency is The Queen's goal. Get the job done so that you can get back to your life. But get the job done well. Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean is perfect for people who want a clean house and a full life.

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    Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean

    1.1 hrs • 12/1/00 • Abridged
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