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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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About the Author

Kathi Burns is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Image Consultant who is known for her innate ability to help people realize their dreams by showing them how to remove the muck that blocks them from achieving their full potential. Kathi appears regularly on television and radio, and often speaks to organizations and corporations throughout North America. She is the founder of addSpace to Your Life!, a professional organizing and North America. She is the founder of addSpace to Your Life!, a professional organizing and image consultancy located in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lemongrass Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981955401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981955407
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathi Burns,CPO(R) founder of addSpace To Your Life!, is a Board Certified Professional Organizer and Image Consultant. Her mission is to empower people to master their environment and personal image by assisting them in taking control and organizing their lives. She believes that becoming organized allows people to have more freedom to create and work with his or her true passion.

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."

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JerseyTomato VINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
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Perhaps my expectations were too high after reading all of the 5-star reviews, but frankly I'm disappointed in this book. I've tried to give it a chance several times over a couple of days, but can't get over my distaste for it. I get the distinct impression that it was written mainly to promote the Professional Organizer industry and sell the author's own products.

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).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2009
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I love books about getting past feeling stuck and managing my time and my space. I have read probably dozens of them over the years and have frequently used the included tips to help me better manage my life. One might think I wouldn't want to read any new books on the topic, but I am always on the lookout for new and compelling information. "Master Your Muck" is unique in that it doesn't just address one main topic, such as time management, getting rid of clutter, or refining one's image. This book addresses ALL of the potential areas of "stuck-ness" in our lives and offers helpful advice on mastering the various types of muck in which we may find ourselves mired. And better yet, the book is concise and easy to read, enabling busy professionals to gain valuable knowledge in a short period of time. All of this combined constitutes a win-win as far as I'm concerned.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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"How to Master Your Muck" is essential reading for anyone who owns a business or who works from home and has an office that needs organizing. As someone who cleans and organizes for a living I gained a new understanding of what it takes to organize an office much more effectively. I am always on the lookout for books that give me new ideas that will impress my clients.

This book also helped me immediately with some small things I should have been paying attention to in my own home. Like I had the hard drive tower on top of my desk because it was easier to turn it on that way. Since my husband and I share the same office and he works on the computer daily removing the hard drive tower freed up some needed desk space and he was able to work more efficiently than before.

Kathi Burns is a professional organizer who has worked with thousands of clients. She not only organizes offices she can also help you select clothes for your wardrobe. She believes that outward actions like organizing and buying a new wardrobe can lead to increased confidence and therefore more money. There is also a section on how to stay on top of your schedule and keep business cards organized so you keep bringing in new business by staying in contact with the people that matter.

There is some information on how to handle email that will free up a lot of your time. For me the simple advice to make up a draft copy of a letter I seem to keep retyping in various ways freed up some of my time. Each time an author writes me about a review I seem to always be retyping the address for where they should send the books. I guess I've always thought it was important to write an original letter to each author.
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