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How to Master Your Muck - Get Organized. Add Space To Your Life. Live Your Purpose! Paperback – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

Kathi Burns is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Image Consultant who is known for her innate ability to help people realize their dreams by showing them how to remove the muck that blocks them from achieving their full potential. Kathi appears regularly on television and radio, and often speaks to organizations and corporations throughout North America. She is the founder of addSpace to Your Life!, a professional organizing and North America. She is the founder of addSpace to Your Life!, a professional organizing and image consultancy located in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lemongrass Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981955401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981955407
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JerseyTomato VINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
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Perhaps my expectations were too high after reading all of the 5-star reviews, but frankly I'm disappointed in this book. I've tried to give it a chance several times over a couple of days, but can't get over my distaste for it. I get the distinct impression that it was written mainly to promote the Professional Organizer industry and sell the author's own products.

The description said it would be useful for stay-at-home moms as well as business people. It's true that every household has paper to handle, but the system described seems like overkill for a personal or household filing system. In addition, no other aspect of home organizing, child-related or not, is covered at all. I found the author's website, where she has lots of family-oriented tips, but none of them have made it into this book.

I don't agree with another reviewer who said the book was well-organized. There are questions you are supposed to read to determine which chapter to delve into first. Instead of having all the questions at the beginning of the book, they are placed at the beginning of each chapter. So you have to go back and forth through the whole book looking for each set of questions just to try and pick which chapter to start actually reading. Also, there is no index.

In the introduction, we learn that "what Thomas needed most was a pair of incredibly fabulous new shoes." His eventual purchase of a pair of $540 handcrafted Italian shoes apparently changed the direction of his life. The implication that throwing money at a problem will solve it continues throughout the book.

We should buy a $50 system of file folder labels (yes, just the labels, which the author just happens to sell).
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I love books about getting past feeling stuck and managing my time and my space. I have read probably dozens of them over the years and have frequently used the included tips to help me better manage my life. One might think I wouldn't want to read any new books on the topic, but I am always on the lookout for new and compelling information. "Master Your Muck" is unique in that it doesn't just address one main topic, such as time management, getting rid of clutter, or refining one's image. This book addresses ALL of the potential areas of "stuck-ness" in our lives and offers helpful advice on mastering the various types of muck in which we may find ourselves mired. And better yet, the book is concise and easy to read, enabling busy professionals to gain valuable knowledge in a short period of time. All of this combined constitutes a win-win as far as I'm concerned.

While there are scores of useful nuggets of information in all of the chapters of "Master Your Muck," I will just mention 3 of my favorite chapters and the information therein which I found most helpful. Chapter Five, "Become the Master of Your In-Box," particularly resonated for me, as I receive far too many email messages and spend far too much time each day processing my email. I identified with Kathi's client, Kyla, who would immediately respond to emails as they came in, only to later realize that she sent 40 emails to her boss in one day! Kathi's advice to check email only 2-3 times per day and to spend the first hour of each day on planning activities is sound. If we move right into email when we start our work day, we quickly enter reaction mode and before we know it, the day is almost over and we have yet to work on any of our top priority tasks!
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So I have to say that as I consider myself to be a highly organized business person, I rarely will purchase a book on how to manage my stuff. But, for whatever reason, this one prompted me to see...what could I be missing? And let me tell you, there was plenty.

After following the author's directions, I skipped directly to Chapter 6, which resonates beautifully with my life...too much to do in always too little time. The simple "umbrella" technique gives me the illusion or reality of having so much more time in my day, simply by eliminating interruptions.

Chapter 7 was my next challenge and what was most amazing was the fact that these techniques are the ones that I used in the past to manifest in my life. Somehow though, as we get more busy or more successful, we forget the very techniques that helped us to get to that place of success in the first place. What a beautiful reminder.

After this one I decided to look for new or forgotten items in the earlier chapters. And, I have to say that although many of the tips I already practice (some say obsessively), there are plenty of other simple changes that I was able to make which have even more enhanced the flow of my life. As an entrepreneur, financial adviser, single mom, and real estate investor, I have to say that every improvement helps, and the added time just leaves more for myself and my daughter.

Thank you, thank you, Kathi Burns for writing such a life changing masterpiece!


C. Ren Kolar
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