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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oh, So Publishing!; 1ST edition (December 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984169903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984169900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Samuels, CPO-CD® is a compassionate, enthusiastic professional organizer. In January 1993, she combined her visual arts expertise, business background, love of helping people, and organizing abilities to launch Oh, So Organized! In addition to hands-on organizing, Linda presents seminars, writes, produces an organizing newsletter, and consults for other professional organizers. She has been featured in The New York Times, Woman's Day, Ladies Home Journal, and Westchester Magazine.

She lives between two rivers in Croton on Hudson, New York with her husband and daughters.

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Samuels has written a book that is down-to-earth, engaging, and inspiring.
Charlene Rubush
She writes in a way that we all think and feel with a personal perspective that makes the process real and clear.
epales
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to become more organized.
Victoria A. Dellaquila

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teresa L. Belardes on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
At first glance, one might guess that 'The Other Side of Organized' would read more like a text book with instruction on how to stack your closet or find that perfect storage container... but don't let the title fool you. This little book, which can be read in just a few sittings, is a rare gem in an ocean of organizational guides. It's filled, not only with constructive ideas, but extremely eye-opening glimpses into the ways we sabotage ourselves with clutter, all with the goal of finding some real balance in this messy situation we've found ourselves in.

If you are slightly organizationally challenged, or even frozen in time by the chaos around you, this book just might inspire and ease your pain. Written with empathy coupled with pure resourcefulness, this author looks at the art of organization from a whole different vantage point, and what the reader takes away are workable solutions to break free. There is something for everyone here, with simple, yet powerful insight in every chapter and genuine pearls to be found on nearly every page.

If you are looking to let go of, or just tidy up your stuff... take a look at what's offered here. You just might find an answer you've been looking for, and walk away with a plan and a sense of calmness you haven't felt in a long time. I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Elliot VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
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With gentle suggestions for finding balance through the chaos, you'll become organized "enough" after reading this gem of a book that isn't preachy or obsessive.

There are so many tips and tricks that help create a calmness around you, The Other Side of Organized just begs you to start fixing the little messes that surround you. Just this past weekend, I cleaned out a corner of my office, and even though it was just ONE little corner, it had caused so much angst in my every day. And that tiny bit of organizing led me to a larger project -- the garage! It snowballed and now my garage is immaculate! I just want to go out there and SIT and look at the beautiful place I created, and what's a garage?? A gross place for men!!

Linda's book offers helpful, easy ways to get back on track to organized so you can start focusing on the important aspects of life. Seriously, this is the organizational must-have book for everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronit on June 16, 2010
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With its short, easy to read chapters and its no-nonsense approach, The Other Side of Organized is a wonderful get-off-your-tush-and-get-moving book. Rather than being a how-to, it keys into many of the philosophical and psychological reasons we procrastinate our organizing tasks or simply can't let go of our "stuff" and gives us the positive reinforcement, the gentle nudge, that we all need to get it done in manageable chunks, without feeling overwhelmed by the desire to accomplish everything at once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By epales on May 22, 2010
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Linda's book; The Other Side of Organized is a great read for those of us in the profession, the chronically disorganized as well as those who are just wondering why to organize. She writes in a way that we all think and feel with a personal perspective that makes the process real and clear. Loved this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell VINE VOICE on March 8, 2010
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"The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection" by Linda Samuels may be only 148 pages, but there's plenty to digest. Digest, easily, that is. Linda organizes her closets in the same manner she organizers her book. Bravo! She divides the book into four seasons, three chapters in each section, which, of course, equals a total of 12 chapters from "Fresh Start" to "Life Balance"; no Alka-Seltzer break here; actually, you may be motivated enough to take a reading break and organize a sock drawer.

Sometimes just the thought of organization can be stressful. However, the book's layout and the easy-to-read graphics take the pinch out of the topic at hand. The whimsical cartoons inspired by the author's beloved Black Labrador Retriever, Norton, add a flavor of charm. The real allure comes from Linda's charisma that shines through on every page. The strategies and formulas that she cites will not clobber you on the head. Instead, the author weaves her own personal trials and tribulations into the book. Not only does she get her super doable organizational tips and approaches across, she brings them home with ease. By the time I was halfway through the book, I felt that Linda was a wise friend or motivational coach, who after each encounter, says, "Okay, now you're as perfect as your humanness will get...will you go out and play, laugh and live joy for a while."

That's the best thing about "The Other Side of Organized: Finding Balance Between Chaos and Perfection," it probes, instructs, motivates, but never forgets to give you breathing room.

Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kenner on January 14, 2010
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I have read dozens of books about organizing, but never has one touched me on a spiritual level the way Linda Samuel's book has. Linda's book is not as much of a "how to" book, but a "why" book. She writes as if she's having a caring conversation with a close friend and her full disclosure is both soothing and inspiring.
This is a book I will pick up and read parts of over and over again. I plan to pass it on to special people in my life whom I know would benefit from Linda's wisdom and the whimsical way she shares it.
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