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How to Master Your Muck - Get Organized. Add Space To Your Life. Live Your Purpose! Paperback – September 1, 2009
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More About the Author
Kathi coaches business owners on time management, paper flow, bookkeeping and wardrobe. In addition to working with business owners, Kathi works with individuals in their home environment to clear clutter, maximize their space, and manage their time with organizational systems. She helps clients create an image that matches their full potential through wardrobe design, instruction and personal shopping. Kathi hosts seminars on organizing, time management and wardrobe.
She has more than 20 years of experience in communication, sales and organization and is passionate about writing and public speaking. Kathi has been featured on ABC's Good Morning America and CBN and regularly contributes to magazines like Better Homes and Gardens. NBC Morning News welcomes her as a regular contributing expert, and her syndicated advice column, AddSpace To Your Life offers candid and practical solutions to questions on image, wardrobe, organizing and time management.
Kathi Burns' work with clients has reflected her firm principle: "If you add space and shine a light towards someone's possibilities, they will transform right before your eyes."
Top Customer Reviews
The description said it would be useful for stay-at-home moms as well as business people. It's true that every household has paper to handle, but the system described seems like overkill for a personal or household filing system. In addition, no other aspect of home organizing, child-related or not, is covered at all. I found the author's website, where she has lots of family-oriented tips, but none of them have made it into this book.
I don't agree with another reviewer who said the book was well-organized. There are questions you are supposed to read to determine which chapter to delve into first. Instead of having all the questions at the beginning of the book, they are placed at the beginning of each chapter. So you have to go back and forth through the whole book looking for each set of questions just to try and pick which chapter to start actually reading. Also, there is no index.
In the introduction, we learn that "what Thomas needed most was a pair of incredibly fabulous new shoes." His eventual purchase of a pair of $540 handcrafted Italian shoes apparently changed the direction of his life. The implication that throwing money at a problem will solve it continues throughout the book.
We should buy a $50 system of file folder labels (yes, just the labels, which the author just happens to sell).Read more ›
While there are scores of useful nuggets of information in all of the chapters of "Master Your Muck," I will just mention 3 of my favorite chapters and the information therein which I found most helpful. Chapter Five, "Become the Master of Your In-Box," particularly resonated for me, as I receive far too many email messages and spend far too much time each day processing my email. I identified with Kathi's client, Kyla, who would immediately respond to emails as they came in, only to later realize that she sent 40 emails to her boss in one day! Kathi's advice to check email only 2-3 times per day and to spend the first hour of each day on planning activities is sound. If we move right into email when we start our work day, we quickly enter reaction mode and before we know it, the day is almost over and we have yet to work on any of our top priority tasks!Read more ›
After following the author's directions, I skipped directly to Chapter 6, which resonates beautifully with my life...too much to do in always too little time. The simple "umbrella" technique gives me the illusion or reality of having so much more time in my day, simply by eliminating interruptions.
Chapter 7 was my next challenge and what was most amazing was the fact that these techniques are the ones that I used in the past to manifest in my life. Somehow though, as we get more busy or more successful, we forget the very techniques that helped us to get to that place of success in the first place. What a beautiful reminder.
After this one I decided to look for new or forgotten items in the earlier chapters. And, I have to say that although many of the tips I already practice (some say obsessively), there are plenty of other simple changes that I was able to make which have even more enhanced the flow of my life. As an entrepreneur, financial adviser, single mom, and real estate investor, I have to say that every improvement helps, and the added time just leaves more for myself and my daughter.
Thank you, thank you, Kathi Burns for writing such a life changing masterpiece!
C. Ren Kolar
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an easy to read, straight forward and very helpful book. She recommends products that will help--like the freedom filer. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by margie
How to Master Your Muck - Get Organized. Add Space To Your Life. Live Your Purpose!
I love the Action File System in Kathi's book. Read more
I have been reading organizing books for years and have a collection to rival any book store. I strongly recommend that you add this one to yours. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Susie Q
What I love about this book is that it addresses me as an adult. There are many books out there about home organization that tries to shame and guilt that messy adolescent / cat... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Leela
Kathi Burn's book is one of the most important "how to" books on the market today. Her step-by-step guide was priceless for creating the needed space I needed in my office so I... Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Candace Conradi
I've read many books on organizing and optimizing your life. How to Master your Muck does a good job of laying out the steps in simple, easy to understand language. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Lisa Shea
Being a publisher, I always appreciate a well-designed book. How to Master Your Muck by Kathi Burns hits everything on the list. A "how to" title? Check. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by A Happy Reader