Organizing expert will speak in Gainesville

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 7:03 p.m.

Organization ranks among the most popular new year's resolutions. But getting one's personal items - and ultimately, one's life - in order can be daunting.


Deniece Schofield


Organizing seminar

What: "Get Organized," two seminars by home maven Deniece Schofield

When: 10 a.m.-noon and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29

Where: Quality Inn, 3455 Williston Road

Cost: $25, includes handouts at the door. No reservations are required.

Info: (800) 835-8463

Gainesville residents who want a cleaner, more structured life can gain some advice from Deniece Schofield, author and nationally renowned home management expert, who will lead two seminars at the Quality Inn on Williston Road Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 7 to 9 p.m. for $25.

Schofield can relate to the masses struggling to tidy up.

"After my third child was born, I realized I had hit rock bottom," she said. "I'd lay awake at night and stress about the toys on the floor, the wet laundry I forgot to put in the dryer, the papers piling up on my desk."

Schofield recognized that work was necessary, and made an effort to do so, but felt it never showed. The constant upkeep without any visible results meant she could never relax.

"I felt like I was just putting out fires," Schofield said. "But I wasn't catching the person with the matches."

So she started brainstorming.

She tried having her children put their toys in drawstring bags, but that ended up more hassle than help. Then they tried a toy box. That required too much digging to find the desired toy.

Next she took any open containers - bowls, cups, cleaned out cans - she could find and labeled them.

It worked.

"Basically, you want to have a place for every single thing," Schofield said, "because clutter is usually a sign of postponed decisions."

Her husband pushed her to write a book, and she gave him a manuscript "so he'd quit talking about it," she said. Her husband self-published the manuscript, which was eventually picked up nationally by Writer's Digest in Cincinnati.

Her first book, "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" (Betterway Books), was published in 1982. Her later books include "Confessions of a Happily Organized Family," "Kitchen Organizations: Tips and Secrets," and "Springing the Time Trap: Managing Time and Getting Rid of Floating Pieces of Paper" (Deseret Book Co.)

Her seminar in Gainesville will take ideas from all four books and will include slides, props and a question and answer session.

In addition to her books, Schofield has been a spokesperson for Proctor and Gamble, and has contributed to Woman's Day Magazine. She also tours the country, delivering about 150 talks on organization a year.

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