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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805064702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805064704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Another mother/daughter team joins forces in Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern with Jessi Morgenstern-Colon. The comprehensive volume opens by assessing the symptoms of disorganization, providing a diagnosis and offering a prescription for change. Subsequent chapters put readers in "Analyze-Strategize-Attack" mode as they take on messy bedrooms, backpacks and cluttered social calendars. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 7-12. Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out (1998) for adult readers, teams up with her daughter Jessi to offer practical advice to teenagers who want to get organized. After considering what might be holding them back and the three steps to success (analyze, strategize, attack), the discussion shifts to the two major areas of concern: managing space and managing time. Readers who aren't interested in reshaping their entire lives could benefit from reading a section of the book devoted to a specific challenge, such as getting long-term school projects done. To her mother's practical approach, Jessi adds her own comments and experiences as a teenager learning to bring order to her messy room and overcrowded schedule. In addition to small charts and diagrams that bolster the text, occasional cartoon drawings enliven the presentation. Useful advice in an accessible paperback format. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

Julie Morgenstern, founder and owner of Task Masters, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out. Her column, "Getting Organized," appears monthly in O, The Oprah Magazine. A speaker, media expert, and corporate spokesperson, she lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Julie Morgenstern's "Organizing from the Inside Out" is such a fantastic and valuable book.
A Reader
Reading this book and putting these methods into practice has changed the way I deal with the "stuff" in my life and my house has never looked, felt, or worked better.
Joanna Becker
And also this is a perfectly organized book -- it tells you how to get the room clean and then how to maintain.
A. Petrotchenkov

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729 of 739 people found the following review helpful By Jody R Miller on April 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you aren't really fed up with the clutter in your house, or aren't really tired of buying things over and over again because you've lost the item 2 or 3 times in your own house, or don't mind being late to everything. Then don't buy this book. I got fed up. And the book worked a life changing miracle for me. However, I was so pleased with the changes, I told my mom to read it. Because, I just knew it would just make her life so much better. But organizing her home isn't a priority for her. So therefore she read it and it didn't appeal to her one bit. So if you say, "I want an organized home, but I want it to take 15 minutes." Then this book is no good for you. And you must go on with the way things are. If you say, "I have had it, I am ready to light a match to my house and just start over." Then quick read this book. I actually enjoyed the process of organizing my home. And now when I go into ANY room or closet, I just want to sit and stare at all the neatly deliberatly placed items. Everything has a home. Picking up in the evenings takes no time at all and with absolutely no effort. Before I read this book, I never wanted to go in my bedroom. It was impossible to rest in that room, because the piles of clutter was so overwhelming. Now I can finally use the bedroom for what it was intended: rest and relaxation.
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230 of 233 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in desperation & have been using it over the past 2 months, going slowly room by room (started with my garage, which took me 5 days!). It is such a joy to open a cupboard or a drawer and find exactly what I need exactly where it should be. And I'm a star at Goodwill now that the closets are cleared out- boxes & boxes of "stuff" is gone and it feels wonderful! This approach works so much better than the myriad other "systems" I've used in the past to get organized. I now have time for myself and my life without frustrating searches for anything.
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290 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on June 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This currently popular 262 page softbound volume really can help ANYONE become better organized for a better life. This was recommended to me by a friend, but I was doubtful that it could help. The other books I read on this subject didn't do the job for me. I was pleasantly surprised that by followingMs. Morgenstern's recommendations I really am able to put some organization into the clutter that I've learned to live with. She explains systems to use, without the need for all of the store bought gadgets I've tried in the past. By following her simple steps you really CAN get your stuff in order and become more productive with better use of your time. Her Three Step System is useful at home or work, and can be used by anyone, regardless of their level of clutter. The time frames that she presents helps you get started and motivated to carry the tips on to completion. You'll learn why you feel disorganized and why now is the time to act to aleviate it once and for all. It's probably not your fault that you've always been disorganized. All you really need is the expert advice offered in this book to get you onto a better more organized work and home life. Her simple philosophy is SPACE. Mainly sort, purge, assign a home, containerize, equalize. No magic or gimicks, just sound, tried and tested advice. Well worth reading.
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160 of 164 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book about two months ago, and decided to wait on giving it a review, to see if the ideas in the book would work for me over time. I had lived in extreme clutter my whole life -- with paper, books, clean clothes, dirty clothes, old pizza boxes, empty soda cans, you name it -- all over the floor, all over the tables, all over the furniture, all the time. It was so messy that I was embarrassed to invite anyone over for quite some time, and I was convinced it was impossible for me to clean everything up, let alone prevent myself from creating further clutter.
But after reading this book, I got the motivation to get organized, and (finally) learned how to get organized in a way that works for me. And two months later, I'm still organized! I don't have to take time to clean up my messes because I simply don't create them anymore. I have more space now than I know what to do with. And I really don't do things much differently than I used to -- that's the most surprising part of all.
I recommend this book about as highly as I've ever recommended anything. It may sound cliche, but if it can work for me, trust me, it can work for ANYONE!
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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Why didn't anyone think of this before? It seems so obvious. Organization is not something grafted onto your life from the outside--it's a personal issue. If you want to get organized, look to yourself--your needs, your habits, what works (or doesn't work) for you. Once you've dealt with those issues, build a strategy that fits your needs and personal style. Julie's book is a user-friendly, quick and easy read--she guides you step-by-step with the grace and good humor of a friend who understands and is there to help. Parts I and II are essential reading and set the foundation; in Part III you read only what applies to your situation. Simple! Throughout there are hundreds of excellent tips--and they actually work! One of the great things about the book is this: not only did I get organized but in the process discovered a lot about myself and, surprisingly, the strategy for organizing my office became available to me as a resource in all areas of my life! Ignore the internet graffiti from "readers" from Maine and Colorado--these schlemiels didn't even read the book! For those who take their needs seriously, get this book. It's a gift. Thanks Julie.
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