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Regina Leeds Author, Teacher, Seminar Leader

New York City native Regina Leeds has brought order to home and work environments across the United States since 1988 when she started her company, Get Organized! by REGINA. Currently based in Los Angeles, her clientele run the gamut from movie stars to business people and housewives. Regina regularly travels throughout the United States to assist her clients.

Regina is the author of two books: The Zen of Organizing; Creating Order and Peace in Your Home, Career and Life and Creating a Place Without Losing Your Space: a Couples Guide to Blending Homes, Lives and Clutter.

A one-hour TV special called ‘The Zen of Organizing' was created for the Fine Living Cable Network and began airing on Mother's Day, 2003. Regina is one of the approved expert guests for ‘Soap Talk' on the Soap Opera Network. She is currently developing an idea for a TV series with Film Garden, a Los Angeles production company,

The ‘Zen Organizer' has been featured in national magazines, including Bon Appetit, Redbook, Delta Airlines' Shuttle Sheet, The Utne Reader, New Age Magazine, In Style and Los Angeles Magazine among others. The latter named her the Best Organizer in LA. Regina was featured this year in the Home section of the Los Angeles Times. In addition, she was the resident expert for the Home and Garden Channel at iVillage.com for over 4 years. Regina had the honor of representing Sears Grand in the media for their opening in Rancho Cucamonga.

Regina's first career as a professional actress (she received a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Hunter College in Manhattan) has made the transition to teacher and seminar leader an easy one. Regina's credits as a professional actress include national commercials, guest spots on TV, theatre roles and three happy years recurring on The Young & the Restless.

The ‘Zen Organizer' has taught classes and delivered speeches on the art of ‘Zen Organizing' to diverse groups around the country. Her audiences have included: Conde Nast, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Offices, the Mile Hi Church of Religious Science in Denver, the Unity Church of Christianity in Houston, The University Club and Doubles in New York City and the City of Hope in Los Angeles. Regina is a spokesperson for the National Search and Rescue Dog Foundation in Ojai.

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The Story of the Grunions

The Story of the Grunions By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Grunions are small fish who appear once a year off California beaches. It is possible to catch…The Story of the Gru…The Story of the Grunions By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Grunions are small fish who appear once a year off California beaches. It is possible to catch them in containers the way children back East might capture fireflies in a jar. Many years ago a friend of mine told me this story. "When I was 18 I took a girl to my high school prom in my father\'s brand new Cadillac. After the prom my date wanted to go to the beach and capture grunions. Like any dutiful 18 year old boy, I took her and we quickly scored a bag of the tiny fish. We tucked th…

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The Beauty of a Quickie: Rock your world in 8 minutes a day!

The Beauty of a Quickie: Rock your world in 8 minutes a day! By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert "Those who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, no…The Beauty of a Quic…The Beauty of a Quickie: Rock your world in 8 minutes a day! By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert "Those who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps." ~~ St. Gregory the Great You live in a world that feels at times as if it\'s moving at hyper speed. You have the best intentions when it comes to making your home a sanctuary, streamlining your To Do list and creating more \'me time.\' But then the doorbell rings, your Instant Message dings, the baby cries, your spouse is cranky, your boss needs a transfusion of humanity and all of that…

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Summer Parties

Summer Parties By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert After Memorial Day Weekend the weather cooperates and we all dream about an outdoor party. We\'ve been coop…Summer Parties By R…Summer Parties By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert After Memorial Day Weekend the weather cooperates and we all dream about an outdoor party. We\'ve been cooped up all winter and it feels like time to release \'ye olde BBQ\' from its winter slumber. You know me: I need a plan. Here are some things to consider before you send out your Evites or pick up the phone. The Devil is in the Details The idea of a party is always exciting, isn\'t it? And here I am about to throw cold water on your plans with mention of the dreaded \'B\' word. Not that word but…

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Now That Tax Season Is Over… Time to Set Up A Better Filing System for NEXT Year

Now That Tax Season Is Over… Time to Set Up A Better Filing System for NEXT Year By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert We all know four letter words that are …Now That Tax Season …Now That Tax Season Is Over… Time to Set Up A Better Filing System for NEXT Year By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert We all know four letter words that are guaranteed to get everyone’s panties in a bunch when uttered in public. One begins with a b, another with an f and then there’s the c word.  I would argue there are equally powerful phrases that can clear a room, cause profuse sweating or even the use of one of those four letter words. ‘Like what?’ you ask. Well, let’s see.  How does the phrase ‘income tax’ grab you?  See wha…

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Welcome Grandbaby!

Welcome Grandbaby! By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Your baby, your way OK so your baby (or maybe even his baby!) is now an adult having his or her own …Welcome Grandbaby! …Welcome Grandbaby! By Regina Leeds, The Zen Organizer NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Your baby, your way OK so your baby (or maybe even his baby!) is now an adult having his or her own children.  You want to share your wisdom without coming off as everybody’s meddling nightmare mother-in-law or Grandma Nightmare... What’s a boomer to do? I’ve got your answer: give the newly pregnant in your family my newest book One Year to an Organized Life with Baby! Babies are precious gifts and we’re all captivated by the many items created just for them.  Unfortunately tiny…

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How to Make 2011 a New Year

How to Make 2011 a New Year By Regina Leeds NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Here are some important steps to get you organized for the year ahead. Start with Work It\'s always impor…How to Make 2011 a N…How to Make 2011 a New Year By Regina Leeds NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert Here are some important steps to get you organized for the year ahead. Start with Work It\'s always important to have an organized workspace.  But now with downsizing and job loss spreading throughout the work sector like a fever, being organized is a great insurance policy.  You can use your organizing skills to demonstrate to your employer how invaluable you are to the day-to-day operation of the business. If you are the owner of the establishment, you can just as easily show your employees by…

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Think Ahead this Holiday Season

Think Ahead this Holiday Season By Regina Leeds NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert At this time of year most people are trying to keep their heads above water.  The TV airwaves and newspapers…Think Ahead this Hol…Think Ahead this Holiday Season By Regina Leeds NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert At this time of year most people are trying to keep their heads above water.  The TV airwaves and newspapers are full of ways to celebrate.  What if we did something a bit radical?  What if we looked beyond the holiday and found a few ways to save time, space, energy and money before the clock strikes midnight and it’s 2011? Here are some ideas to get you started. Chances are good that you store your holiday decorations in the attic, the basement or the garage. As you take them down this year, …

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Holidays on the Horizon!

Holidays on the Horizon! By Regina Leeds, NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert As a nation we’re all feeling the pinch financially.  It’s difficult to find the line between all out celebra…Holidays on the Hori…Holidays on the Horizon! By Regina Leeds, NABBW's Organizational Skills Expert As a nation we’re all feeling the pinch financially.  It’s difficult to find the line between all out celebration and being responsible, isn’t it?  I don’t think we have to have an either/or situation. We can celebrate this festive time of year and keep a lid on spending.  How?  With an organized plan of attack and a well crafted budget. Are you ready to begin? I have a few questions for you. Why not grab your Zen Organizing Journal or just a few sheets of 8 ½ by 11 paper, your writing tool of ch…

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The Guest Room

The Guest Room By Regina Leeds If you’re lucky enough to have a guest room, you’ll want to take some time to make your guests feel welcome. Now that seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? …The Guest Room By…The Guest Room By Regina Leeds If you’re lucky enough to have a guest room, you’ll want to take some time to make your guests feel welcome. Now that seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? You’d be surprised!  Here’s what I find in most guest rooms I’m asked to organize: The room has become a dumping ground for items no one in the family uses but can’t seem to part with like outdated office equipment, toys and clothing. Someone had the brilliant idea of a multi-purpose room and now gym equipment all bur crowds out the bed. Family members have been in…

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Change is in the air…

No matter what stage of life you’re in, the end of summer is a time of transition. During the month of August parents will be getting children ready for the new school year. Many folks will be o…No matter what stage…No matter what stage of life you’re in, the end of summer is a time of transition. During the month of August parents will be getting children ready for the new school year. Many folks will be on vacation thinking about the return to home, work and ‘real’ life. Lots of teens will be leaving home and heading off to college. And still other folks may be dreaming about how to use retirement to enrich their lives come fall. What do they all have in common? An organized plan will make all these transitions a bit easier. Let me ask you a few questions: Is your environment…

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The \’Stuff\’ of life and the chaos it creates

I\'ve spent more than twenty years helping people eliminate the \'excess stuff\' they\'ve accumulated. But it isn\'t just \'stuff\' that needs to go from the physical environment. From time to time it…I\'ve spent more tha…I\'ve spent more than twenty years helping people eliminate the \'excess stuff\' they\'ve accumulated. But it isn\'t just \'stuff\' that needs to go from the physical environment. From time to time it\'s also people, places or jobs. We sometimes hold onto relationships for years after they have ended. We all know one sided friendships or marriages that are dead. We witness destructive relationships that seem to go on forever. What\'s the old saying? \'The devil you know is better than the one you don\'t.\' I think someone who was frozen with fear must have stated this. After all, what if …

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The Organized Way to Entertain

For too many of us throwing a party is just that … throwing a number of elements against the proverbial wall and hoping enough of them stick to make the party a success. Let\'s not, as they say, go …For too many of us t…For too many of us throwing a party is just that … throwing a number of elements against the proverbial wall and hoping enough of them stick to make the party a success. Let\'s not, as they say, go there. Take a few minutes to answer some questions in your Zen Organizing Journal.Do you like to entertain? If the response is ‘yes,\' when was the last time you gave a party? Was it a success? What were the key elements that made it successful? If the answer is ‘no,\' where did you fall down? Are these correctable mistakes? We all learn through trial and error. Do you do it regularly? Are …

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Uncle Sam and Ye Olde Junk Drawer

As beautiful as spring, Easter and Passover are with their messages of renewal and hope, in the back of your mind is one date: April 15th. Remember you have to pay by the 15th but you can file an exte…As beautiful as spri…As beautiful as spring, Easter and Passover are with their messages of renewal and hope, in the back of your mind is one date: April 15th. Remember you have to pay by the 15th but you can file an extension if you simply can’t make time to tally up those columns for your tax preparer. The secret to an easy tax time is to have a Cracker Jack file system. There must be a place for every tax-deductible receipt that comes your way. Yes, I know, your mother told you that when you were 5. She was probably talking about your toys but the advice holds true for all the ‘stuff’ in your life. (…

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How to Relieve Tax Time Stress

Nothing I have to share is going to make your date with Uncle Sam on April 15th pleasurable. There is something about preparing for one\'s taxes that is the emotional equivalent of being called to the…Nothing I have to sh…Nothing I have to share is going to make your date with Uncle Sam on April 15th pleasurable. There is something about preparing for one\'s taxes that is the emotional equivalent of being called to the principal\'s office when you are in grammar school. (I presume you let a pro do the actual return.) Let\'s take some of the sting out of the process. If you have all of your receipts and papers organized, the process is reduced to a few hours of mechanical arithmetic. Let\'s get started with these easy to follow steps. You will find detailed instructions in all of my One Year to… books. …

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Nine Tips for Getting Organized in 2010

It wasn\'t until New Year\'s Eve that I realized the importance of this particular holiday: not only was midnight ushering in a New Year but a new decade as well. This is an opportunity to change your…It wasn\'t until New…It wasn\'t until New Year\'s Eve that I realized the importance of this particular holiday: not only was midnight ushering in a New Year but a new decade as well. This is an opportunity to change your life for the better. Don\'t allow yourself, however, to get swept up into media hype. In other words, you don\'t have to revamp your entire life all at once. That endeavor is a sure fire invitation to fail! Now that I have the first three books out in the ‘One Year to…\' series covering an Organized Life, Work Life and Finances, I thought I\'d share three tips to jumpstart the process in eac…

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Ask the (Zen) Organizer ™ – Looking Ahead to the New Year

Ask the (Zen) Organizer tm Newspapers, magazines and the airwaves will be filled this month with ways to save this holiday season. In “One Year to an Organized Life,” I devote the lion share of…Ask the (Zen) Organi…Ask the (Zen) Organizer tm Newspapers, magazines and the airwaves will be filled this month with ways to save this holiday season. In “One Year to an Organized Life,” I devote the lion share of instruction in December to just these issues. In this forum, I\'d like to take a peek at something else that may be on your mind: looking ahead to the New Year. It beckons to us like a blank piece of paper, inviting us to create something fresh, new, nurturing and inventive in place of our current reality. While it\'s easy to dream about a fresh start, it\'s very often difficult to do the wo…

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Ask The Organizer . . . How can I have a more conscious and relaxed Thanksgiving?

As if it were yesterday, I can vividly remember Thanksgivings at my Brooklyn, New York brownstone. My mother didn\'t fancy herself a cook or a great hostess. She also had no interest in learning any n…As if it were yester…As if it were yesterday, I can vividly remember Thanksgivings at my Brooklyn, New York brownstone. My mother didn\'t fancy herself a cook or a great hostess. She also had no interest in learning any new skills in this area. The holiday was therefore always marred by her negative energy. She made no bones about letting my dad and I know what a big project this holiday was and how little she enjoyed it. In retrospect of course I understand that she was run by her fears and sense of inadequacy. Too bad my mom missed the era of self-help books, Dr. Phil and the Food Channel. Who knows what might h…

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Ask the Organizer. . .

What is priceless, irreplaceable and fleeting? Yes, that\'s right…time. As I write this month\'s column I am home in New York City on business. Time is on my mind for many reasons. I\'ve changed…What is priceless, i…What is priceless, irreplaceable and fleeting? Yes, that\'s right…time. As I write this month\'s column I am home in New York City on business. Time is on my mind for many reasons. I\'ve changed time zones. I have work to do and friends to see. And it feels like there isn\'t enough time to do it all. I spent a day traveling and observing people at airports. So many had too much luggage! Why, I wondered, did they not take a little time and do some planning? This month I have some advice on time management, especially for those who are chronically late. Why would some have issues with …

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