Book Reviews of Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life

Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
Organizing from the Inside Out The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home Your Office and Your Life
Author: Julie Morgenstern
ISBN-13: 9780805056495
ISBN-10: 0805056491
Publication Date: 9/15/1998
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 133 ratings
Publisher: Owl Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 18
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.
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Helpful Score: 9
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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.
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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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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!
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Helpful Score: 4
Great tips and insights on how to get organized and stay that way.
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Helpful Score: 4
I enjoyed this book - Julie Morgenstern talks about issues that could be preventing you from gettin organized.
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Helpful Score: 3
Again, ok. I took away a few sound practices that I still use.
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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.
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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!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very detailed book on the subject of organizing every room in your home. Very useful!
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Helpful Score: 2
this book is a wonderful guide on getting yourself ready to organize.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book! Now if my kids could just follow it I would have an organized home!
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Helpful Score: 2
Easy to read ~ has some great ideas.
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Helpful Score: 2
Julie Morgenstern does a wonderful job of helping the person on the inside so that you can be organized on the outside. Very focused and very helpful.
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Helpful Score: 2
Helpful organizing advice; book is well-organized as well!
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Helpful Score: 1
Author has appeared on Oprah, practical help with household, office & life organizing. New.
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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.
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Great book! Now I just need to find the time to apply the principles I've learned from it.
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this is a very helpful book! lots of great ideas.................
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a fantastic book!
It really does change the way you look at organizing.
Much different than other books like it.
If you only get one book on organization then it is this one you NEED!
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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!
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A wonderfully helpful book that enables you to organize your time and your life in a quick, simple, practical series of logical steps. It really works.
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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.
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Excellent book! I have purchased many how-to books - but this one I will definitely keep to reference back to from time to time.
Cookie
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Great organizing book.
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Ugh, great idea and yours truly cannot organize self enough to implement.
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Interesting, informative, organized.
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The foolproof system for organizing your home, your office, and your life.
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This is the most useful book on organizing I have ever encountered. It is brilliant in that when you are done organizing, your things make sense to you! I love it and highly recommend it!
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I love her books and the way she approaches the personal management question.
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This unabridged audio course explains how your inner emotional blocks are a reflection of your outer clutter.

Acknowledging and releasing this emotional garbage inside you is the key. Now you can begin and finish your decluttering process, the easy way.
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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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the best organizing books I've seen. I love her system and and eager to put it into practice in my new apartment. It's very simple and practical. Definitely recommended!
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I like the second edition much better.
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"Julie Morgenstern shows us how to look inside at our own habits and styles to create a foolproof plan that works, and have fun doing it."
Felice Willat, founder, Dayrunner
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This book had great ideas.
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It's okay.
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The cover of this book is different than the one shown here, but it is the same book. Very simple steps, easy to follow.