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Organizing for the Spirit: Making the Details of Your Life Meaningful and Manageable Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0787967598 ISBN-10: 0787967599 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787967599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787967598
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organizing for the Spirit takes you on a journey of self-discovery that can help you find more time for what’s really important to you.” – Michelle Stanten, senior editor, Prevention Magazine

 “Will help anyone who has struggled with organization to create harmony between their possessions and their lifestyle.”– Lisa Kanarek, author, Home Office Solutions and Organizing Your Home Business

 “Sunny has provided us with a road map for self-knowledge and growth, that is as practical as it is inspirational and personal.”– Stephen C. Garbarini, clinical psychologist

 “Organizing for the Spirit is fabulous! I believe strongly in the importance of this work…everything is connected, including the smallest details of our lives.”– Valerie Rickel, founder, SoulfulLiving.com

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There’s No Such Thing as Clutter

Does that sound impossible? In Organizing for the Spirit, organizing expert Sunny Schlenger demonstrates how the "stuff" of our lives–the objects that fill our homes and offices, as well as how we manage our time (whether we are productive or procrastinating)–offers clues to what we really value in life. With simple and practical exercises, Sunny guides you through a step-by-step process to take stock of your life, clearly identify what really matters, and then use that clarity about values and priorities as a guide to organize both your physical environment and your time. The result is a life of meaning and harmony–in the office, the studio, the home, and beyond. Organizing for the Spirit is nothing less than a revolutionary guidebook for creating the life you were meant to live.

"Organizing for the Spirit takes you on a journey of self-discovery that can help you find more time for what’s really important to you."
–Michelle Stanten, senior editor, Prevention Magazine

"Will help anyone who has struggled with organization to create harmony between their possessions and their lifestyle."
–Lisa Kanarek, author, Home Office Solutions and Organizing Your Home Business

"Sunny has provided us with a road map for self-knowledge and growth, that is as practical as it is inspirational and personal."
–Stephen C. Garbarini, clinical psychologist

"Organizing for the Spirit is fabulous! I believe strongly in the importance of this work ... everything is connected, including the smallest details of our lives."
–Valerie Rickel, founder, SoulfulLiving.com


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It's written in an interesting manner and is very easy to read.
J. Siekierski
An easy read, "Organizing for the Spirit is about achieving harmony between our inner and outer selves," says the author.
Terra Wellington
The approach is straight forward with wonderful story-telling that made me feel as if I was having coffee with a friend.
AJP

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book last night and it's really, really wonderful. I cried on the last page!! Nobody does that with a self-help book!!! Sunny Schlenger has created something inspirational, and the writing has Zenlike moments of lucidity that are timeless and gorgeous. If you want to think about your life in a truly new way, this is the book for you.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2004
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This is what I call a birthday present I will give to all of my friends. Finally, someone who realizes the personal reward and power of organizing the spiritual and emotional self. This book gently guides us through our emotional investments and addictive choices, so we can manage our time better. It makes us see how the synergy of our feelings and beliefs can help us actualize our authentic self, or as Sunny Schlenger says Organizing for the Spirit. Get this book and your life will be more simple.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terra Wellington on June 1, 2004
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We've seen so many de-cluttering and organizing books over the last five years that you wouldn't think there was room for anything new. Yet, Sunny Schlenger's Organizing for the Spirit is a breath of fresh air.
Schlenger has always taken a different approach, promoting that each individual has his own organizing style and needs. Her new book helps you take stock of all aspects of your life, identify what really matters, and then set priorities. For example, you end up knowing what your stuff means to you, how it helps or hinders you, and what you can do to make that stuff be part of your personal development.
An easy read, "Organizing for the Spirit is about achieving harmony between our inner and outer selves," says the author.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2006
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Organizing for the Spirit is a good book for the small pieces of wisdom one finds throughout the book that challenge the reader like in Chapter 2 where one finds the suggestion that we enter our place of resident as if a visitor. Then quietly survey the surroundings and ask oneself what the space tells about the person who lives here. And then ask oneself what does one want to project when a visitor enters?

Does ones space tell what you want? Then the author asks the reader to check off from a list what do you value most today? Some of the choices are Adventure, Affection, Autonomy, Challenge, Change, Community, Competence, Contribution, Creativity,Effectiveness...Happiness, Health, Integrity, Location... Privacy, Religion, Security, Wisdom.

Her Organizing As Self Discovery is good because it challenges the reader to savour going thru things and choosing what really matters, as well as becoming self disciplined and actually finishing some unfinished projects that you really wanted and want to do, and the sense of accomplishment one gets from becoming refocused. Maybe this is why Spring Cleaning is so invigorgating to me.

One of my favorite books is Write It Down Knowing What You Want and Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser where she suggests keeping a journal. Same with Sunny Schlenger the author of this good book Organizing for the Spirit. She notes in Pat Attention Through Writing A Column 'Writing a column is a good exercise for sensitizing you to the present moment and enabling you to look at things with a fresh eye. It doesn't matter if you think you can't write. The purpose is to find something --anything--that piques your interest and then explore your thoughts and feelings on the subject'.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AJP on May 13, 2004
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"Organizing for the Spirit" fits perfectly with my hectic, working-Mom, juggling a zillion-things-at-once lifestyle. It's helping me learn to make "me" time and understand and except my personal style. The approach is straight forward with wonderful story-telling that made me feel as if I was having coffee with a friend. I tend to keep a lot of stuff, but now know that thoses things are important extensions of who I am. It's true that the organizing approach highlighted in this book helps the spirit in all of us shine bright.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2004
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Imagine if we could really look at our lives without procrastination. Imagine if we could disarm our defenses and misperceptions. And imagine if we were consumed by this new transformation, all because we explored the possibility of reorganizing the contents of our lives. Much like the way emotional intelligence is the ability to manage our emotions, this book helps you manage your life with a heightened self. Henceforth the evolutionary step of Organizing for the Spirit. I highly endorse this book.
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