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While both of these books are aimed at people who bemoan the amount of stuff they've accumulated, their approaches are completely different. Glovinsky, a professional psychotherapist and professional organizer, asks readers to examine the underlying psychological issues that they have with "things." She explains different mental glitches that can make organizing harder for some people than others. Quizzes and checklists are offered so that readers can identify their thing issues and compensate for and/or ameliorate them. Basically, she takes Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out to the next level. Smallin, on the other hand, shares some concrete tips and techniques to control clutter. Unfortunately, she strays from that direction and digresses into topics such as personal finance (she gives tips on saving and investing), personal safety (she explains why semiannual fire drills are important), and final arrangements (she provides lists of what must be done when there's a death in the family). This lack of focus, coupled with an annoying tendency to repeat the same hints in different paragraphs, makes her book an optional purchase for public libraries. Glovinsky's book is recommended for any public library where clutter-control books circulate well. Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH
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Cindy Glovinsky, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a licensed psychotherapist and personal organizer. The program director of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, she has presented at the National Association of Professional Organizers conference. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The book is an excellently written, humorous track to run on for getting your things and Things either stored, tossed, recycled or found to be reused. Read morePublished 2 months ago by russell wilcox
As a professional organizer I appreciate the authors non judging language and her "this won't be quick or easy" approach. Great because of her self coaching content.Published 2 months ago by C. Doht
a great approach/attitude to Stuff, and some new ideas of how to sort and discard.Published 7 months ago by Kay Louise Cook
This is a very helpful book that guides the reader on a journey of self discovery in the process of organizing and de cluttering one's space. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. A. Card