There are dozens and dozens of books available on organization, so what makes this one different? A system! Most organizing books are full of specific suggestions for organizing specific items or tasks. These can be very helpful for those of us who need some ideas to get our creative juices flowing. But what do you do when you need to organize something for which you haven't found an idea listed in a book? You buy a copy of Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie Morgenstern has provided a basic formula of organization which can be applied to any specific situation you encounter. She walks the reader through the organization process, step-by-step. She also points out common errors - both technical errors (going about it the wrong way) and psychological obstacles (reasons we really don't want to get organized) - and offers suggestions for correcting them. If you only buy one book on organization, make it this one.
It's about time! Julie Morgenstern has written an organizing book that covers a new way of looking at the task of organizing effectively without labeling or blaming the person behind the lack of organization. Rather, she says, people who don't organize just never learned how to organize, through no fault of their own--after all, it's not a skill that's taught in school. That said, she gets down to work helping you figure out an organizing system that will really work for you, not a system based on cookie-cutter filing concepts or special storage units.
Morgenstern's "from the inside out" system begins by laying out the possible reasons for a failure of organization: technical errors (like having a complex organizing system that breaks down), external realities (like not enough space for your belongings), and psychological obstacles (like fear of failure--or success). Then, her Analyze and Strategize steps help create a plan of action based on your needs and goals, and the brief chapter called "Attack: Getting the Job Done" offers basic ideas for making space. The largest section of the book, "Applying What You've Learned," addresses the specifics of organizing workspaces, home offices, living spaces, and storage areas. Each section has a "How Long Will It Take?" box that gives a realistic time estimate, and Morgenstern's "Julie's No-Brainer Toss List" for each area gives the permission and encouragement that most of us have been waiting for to get rid of things we'll never use again. The section at the end, "Tackling Time and Technology," is worth its weight in DayTimers and PalmPilots. Whatever your organizing issues are, you're not a hopeless case, and you don't need special equipment--just a little understanding of the problem and a willingness to plan before diving in.
Heather B. reviewed Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Addresses many of the root causes for disorder in your home or office, and gives practical suggestions for creating a personalized system. Much better than the "one-size-fits-all" approach many similar books take.
Excellent book with great tips, tricks, and encouragement for getting your life organized to be functional and to suit your needs. This book is lively and interesting as it tackles organizational problems, offering anecdotes and sympathy that ease the process. This book makes organization seem possible for even the messiest people!
Keri M. (celtfox) reviewed Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life on
Helpful Score: 3
I have adult ADHD, and this book is one of the first books on "organizing" that has EVER been helpful to me. It helps the reader to learn how THEY organize things in their own mind, and to determine how to make that work in everyday life. In other words, it helps you to learn and implement your own unique, functional system of keeping things organized. The results in my personal life have been amazing.
Jennifer F. reviewed Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life on
Helpful Score: 3
Organizing from the inside Out is an excellent book to read on the subject. At least as far as my motivation for tendency to clutter and for ways to not clutter, this writer clearly understands how my mind works. It's uncanny. I will continue to refer to this book as I deal with areas in my home that seem to be clutter magnets!
Excellent source of information to getting organized. This is helpful for everyone, whether you are a full time homemaker, single moms, or working moms. I have had this book for about 5 years and I still refer to it every now and again for a refresher course.
I love it. Found this book to be intuitive. Many of my excuses, foibles, and unrecognized road blocks were right on the page for me to read, and discover that I was not alone. Thank God. I've tried many organizing tips and methods to no avail, but this one is working for me.
This is hands-down my favorite book on organization. It helps you organize your own way, so it makes sense to you, and has more staying power than other methods. Intelligent and easy to read and use. I highly recommend it!
This book is a bible to some but didn't do much for me. I think it would be great for someone just learning the basics of organizing. It seems to have a lot of good information for office and home office organizing.
Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by clutter and chaos will welcome this clear, easy-to-follow guide to organizing a room, home or officeAa companion to Morgenstern's bestselling paperback (Owl, 1998). Professional organizer Morgenstern warmly reassures listeners that organizing is a skill that can be learned and that any mess can be tamed. Most people make the mistake of simply diving in, which Morgenstern compares to driving cross-country without a map. Her strategy: first figure out your goals and how your space can best help you achieve them; determine what obstacles are holding you back (e.g., a subconscious psychological need to hang on to clutter); divide the space into "zones" of activity (a kitchen contains a cooking zone, a dish-washing zone, etc.); and organize the space so that all the supplies for each activity are stored in the appropriate zone. The tape offers quizzes to help listeners define their obstacles, and, as one would expect, the quizzes are well organized and audio friendly. Even better, listeners can grasp the author's solutions immediatelyAwithout having to refer back and forth to different parts of the tape or use a pencil and paper (problems often encountered with audio self-help books). Morgenstern's sense of humor and colorful examples of real-life client case studies make this tape as entertaining as it is helpful. (Sept.)
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