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By August 22, 2016 3 Comments

Donna Smallin is a sentimental favorite with me. When I first read her books and visited her website, I discovered that there was a special group of people called professional organizers.  And I wanted to be a part of that group! Now I am proud to be a NAPO colleague!

Therefore, I am excited to announce that the next selection for the Organized by Olive Book Club will be Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin (Storey Publishing;  2014; $10.95). This collection of practical tips and encouraging words follows in the tradition of her other best-selling books. She offers 288 pages of quick tips that can be implemented in less than 1 minute.  The tips clearly explain how you can declutter, organize, clean, and relax, with the result being a greater measure of happiness in your life. Who doesn’t want that?

Consider this easy example:

  1. Start.
  2. Start with the most visible thing.
  3. Start with something small.
  4. Start with one thing.

She begins the book by saying,

“If you want a cleaner, happier home stop wishing for a magic wand; become the magic wand.”

Dorothy (the Organizer) Breininger, offers this endorsement,

“Donna’s done it again. This book is like the lottery, and every page is a winning ticket. “

You have absolutely nothing to lose by reading this book—except a bunch of clutter!  

Donna concludes the book by saying,

“You can choose to create the life you want or you can continue to deal with the life you don’t want.”


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The Organized by Olive Book Club will meet at Olive’s house, 1303 Greenfield Drive in Troy on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM –8:30 PM.  Copies of the book are available and in stock at Jay & Mary’s Bookstore.  Please RSVP to olive@organizedbyolive.com with subject line “Sept Book Club” if you plan to attend.

Discussion Guide Questions are listed below.



Donna Smallin has contacted me and would like to make a personal discussion video for us to watch during our meeting!! How cool is that! 








How has clearing clutter helped you find happiness? Please comment below!

If you need extra help clearing that clutter, please contact Organized by Olive for a free phone consultation.


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