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SHE -- Side-Tracked Home Executive
DH, DW, DD….Dear or Darling Husband, Wife, Daughter…
MIL, FIL and the other ILs – in-laws
BWP – Basic Weekly Plan

What is a Felix Award?

The Felix Award is a self-awarded prize for successfully becoming organized in one or more areas of you life or home. It's named after Felix of Oscar and Felix, the neat one of The Odd Couple.


Clutters Last Stand: Its Time To De-Junk Your Life!, by Don Aslett

How to Handle 1,000 Things at Once : A Fun Guide to Mastering Home & Personal Management, by Don Aslett

The Office Clutter Cure : How to Get Out from Under It All!, by Don Aslett, John Caldwell (Illustrator)

Organizing From the Inside Out, by Julia Morgenstern

Living More With Less, by Doris Janzen Longacre

Taming the Paper Tiger at Home by Barbara Hemphill

Taming the Paper Tiger at Work by Barbara Hemphill

Get Your Act Together! : A 7-Day Get-Organized Program for the Overworked, Overbooked, and Overwhelmed, Peggy Jones and Pam Young

Sidetracked Home Executives : From Pigpen to Paradise (1983) Peggy Jones and Pam Young (The Slob Sisters).

Websites: is more about the Slob Sisters and also has a place to sign up for the FlyLadyMentors email if you are interested. covers the topic thoroughly.


and the 21 Essays for learning the SHE system:

Miserly Moms Recommended De-Clutter Reading List

Steps to an Organized Home

More Stretcher Articles on an Organized Home scroll down to Cleaning and Home Organization scroll down to links on clutter and organizing

Lunetta's Organization Links

To locate all the web links on this board, do a search of the board for ".com" You will pull up a list of posts that all have website links in them.

Email resources:

Fly Lady is a woman who has taken the Slob sister's ideas to heart and now through her no-nonsense emails wants to help others to do so too. She is not for everyone. to sign up directly. This is 5 to 10 emails a day, digest form may be more manageable. She has only been decluttered for a year or so herself, there's hope for the rest of us!

This paragraph appears at the end of all of her emails and gives you an idea of her style:

“You Need to read all of this because I don't allow whining and expect you to get off your butt and do something. If you don't like my technique then you will not hurt my feelings by leaving. This approach is not for everyone, but it has worked for hundreds. Put on lace up shoes! Get ready to work! Even if you have to take baby steps. put your shoes on. Your BEFORE BED AND MORNING ROUTINES are the key. Do them! START NOW! SHE means Sidetracked Home Executive. It is a book written by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. In fact they came up with this system and endorse the way I teach it. Pam & Peggy have changed my life, through their books, humor, wonderful attitude toward living. I recommend that each of you Subscribe to their monthly tapes and Go to their website and order their products. I look forward to their words of wisdom every month.We should continue to support all that they are doing for us. To Subscribe to Pam & Peggy's monthly tapes or order their planner or other goodies call 1-800-238-8840 They have bulletin boards that you can talk to SHEs just like you. Go find a challenge buddy. My Website: Then enter FlyLadyMentors in the box.The webpage for this list is here. From this page you can look at files, past messages and go to the Chat room. See you there sometime. You are not behind. I don't want you to try to catch up, I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.”


Don't let it come into the house in the first place:

1)Don't buy it if you don't need it and don't already have a place for it.

2)Don't subscribe to it if you won't be able to read it RIGHT AWAY.

3)Opt-out of junk mail and informational mailings.

4)Learn to say "No thank you, we have everything we need." Unless you can immediately pass it on to someone who really needs it.

Organizing strategies:

"Three things a day" is a good place to get started if you don't have a lot of time.
When you have a block to time to declutter, the three-box (or bag) strategy can help. Choose your spot – a closet, drawer, floor area, tabletop…- and fill three containers, one for trash, one for giving away, and one for stuff that belongs elsewhere in the house. What's left goes back in an orderly manner. It's important not to drag out more stuff than you can reasonably process and put away in the time you have available. Otherwise you just end up with an even bigger mess.

Keeping at it is the key.
A little bit at a time keeps you from becoming overwhelmed. Set a timer for 15 minutes and start.
Lists help, if you can organize your lists in a binder or other form.

Deciding what is most valuable to you is also important. Keep only those things you value. This is particularly important if you realize that things aren't particularly important.
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