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Messie No More: Understanding and Overcoming the Roadblocks to Being Organized Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Want a neat and orderly home but don't know how to organize? Need to reduce stress and clutter? Would you like to spend less time cleaning-and still have an inviting house? You can have all of these things, with the help of Sandra Felton, the Organizer Lady! Her foolproof advice on home organization will show you how to become Messie No More. Uncover emotional and physical causes of messiness and how to break away from the behavior patterns that keep you from being a "cleanie." Arrest the stress that results from disorganization and discover, in this expanded edition, the latest information on messiness-makers such as depression, A.D.D., fatigue, and compulsive perfectionism. Messie No More abounds with hope for even the most hopeless Messie. Highly practical, encouraging, and humorous, it will bring about a permanent change for anyone who longs for a beautiful, well-organized home.

About the Author

Sandra Felton, the Organizer Lady, founded Messies Anonymous in 1980 and has since helped thousands of people organize themselves and their homes. She is a frequent guest on national radio and television shows and is the author of Neat Mom, Messie Kids and The Messies Manual, which has sold nearly 400,000 copies. Felton lives in Miami, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Rev Exp edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800758277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800758271
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1982 Sandra Felton was a disorganized wife and mom with three kids
and a full time job. plus a chronically messy house. Desperately seeking
relief from clutter, she sought help from information in books and from friends.
She found the "secrets" that finally worked for her. Sandra's first book, The
Messies Manual unlocked how naturally disorganized people could apply those
secrets successfully to their lives. More books followed. With humor and good
will, Sandra reaches out to those she calls Messies with words of hope and with
practical techniques that really work.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Merchant on November 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for an instruction manual on how to clean up your house/car/office/life, then this is NOT the book....this book goes soooo much deeper than that and explores the root causes of why some people are messy and disorganized and some people are not. I orginally bought this book because I WAS looking for that quick fix - a "do this, do that and poof! your house will be clean!" kind of thing, but even though that is NOT the service it provides, I found the book to be incredibly informative and thought-provoking. I had never considered some of the things that Sandra Felton suggests. Basically, she asks the reader to explore the "disease" instead of the "symptoms"...because as we all know, it's much better to heal when the disease itself is fixed. I had no idea how much psychology was behind the big giant messy pit in my house. And you know what? After reading this book, I was did exactly what one of the earlier reviewers said to do: rented a giant dumpster (and I do mean GIANT). Could I have done so before reading the book? I doubt it...because I wasn't PSYCHOLOGICALLY ready to do so yet. SO - five stars from this MESSIE (working on staying reformed!)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Pohner on August 25, 2003
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If you are a "Cleanie" looking for organizational how-to's, this book is NOT for you. If you are a 'Messie' desperate for in-depth answers to help understand your paralyzing and embarrassing problem, EUREKA!! Sandra Felton, a former Messie, clearly identifies the psychological characteristics of Messies and why we fail in our efforts to organize our lives. Understanding what drives our ineffective thought patterns is a huge step toward overcoming them. For me, this book -- which answers 'why' -- combined with "The New Messies Manual" (also by Sandra Felton) -- which contains a detailed 'how-to' -- give a Messie a real chance to transform our world.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Perpetual Student on October 15, 2005
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I agree with Siouxsan k. This book is not for everyone, but it was great for me. My house isn't all that messy, but I wanted it to sparkle, and I wanted to know what mental blocks were holding me back in this area. I'm writing a review to share my experience as someone who doesn't have a serious problem. I was amazed to find my mixed up thinking on nearly every page! This book, coupled with the FlyLady website, (which I discovered through another Amazon review) have made a big difference in my life. Sandra Felton, thank you very much!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sara Petersen on April 25, 2010
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Okay, I admit it--when I got to a certain point in this book, I cried. For so many years, I had thought of myself as just plain lazy. I mean, what else could it be? I was a lousy housekeeper. I did not WANT to be that way, I did not WANT to think of myself as lazy, but I couldn't seem to change, so there it was. I must just be lazy, and too hopeless, too bad to change. But this book told me flat-out it WASN'T laziness. I cried. For so long, I had been looking for a reason to believe that wasn't it. But I couldn't believe there was any reason, any other root cause to why my house was so messy. At that point, I was hooked. If this book, this system, could find a way to change me without me being lazy, I would do it. And I did. And you can, too. In three months I went from having no family come over in 12 years to having an online friend I'd never met before stay the night. If I can, you can. It really works.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patty P. on January 16, 2008
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I read this book as a companion to her "Messies Manual" book. I find that they fit beautifully together. I needed to understand that I'm not just a lazy slob- or a hopeless failure at making a home. I have a personality that is shared by many other wonderful women. Learning to work with and not against myself has given me help and HOPE.

I agree- if you are looking for a how to organize your home- this won't meet your needs. If you have tried and failed at homemaking and need to figure yourself and your needs out- this is a great place to come.

I feel it needs the companionship of "The Messies Manual" to be complete.
I'd buy and read it first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen O. Williams on September 1, 2006
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I found this book very insightful in why I tend to lead a disorganized life. It has helpful suggestions for becoming more organized. Sandra's books do not condem you for being messy, they help you understand why you tend to be messy & help you take baby steps towards a more organized life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenden McDaniel on February 25, 2007
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This book puts in plain English the challenges of getting organized and staying that way. Sandra explains from her own experiences the challenges of life's curve balls. I recommend this book to anyone that struggles with the constant nemesis of getting organized.
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