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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized Fast-Track by Cynthia Ewer

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Building Routines into Daily Life

Behind each organized life, you’ll find a posse of routines at work to keep things running smoothly. Yes, I know—routines sound about as exciting as housedresses and sensible shoes, but their mundane nature belies their power. Trust me, you’ll come to love them, homely or not.

A morning routine speeds parents of small children out the door (without forgetting the diapers, pacifier, or naptime blanket). A pretravel routine shuts off the hot water, stops mail and newspaper delivery, and alerts the neighbors to your absence so that you leave for vacation with an easy mind. Cleaning routines for each day, week, and season ensure that the house never slips too far from the happy state of “clean enough.” Routines are ...

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