Finalist, Bookvana Award: Self-Improvement: Motivational Cohen's (What PapaTaught Me) 90-sq.-ft. Manhattan apartment became the subject of a viral YouTube video. Her subsequent book offers wisdom gleaned both from living in a tiny space and working as a professional organizer. Cohen begins and ends with anarrative about her life, including a nod to Thoreau, while the rest of her book offers 90 fortune cookie-like nuggets of insight and organizing advice: Only keep the clothes you wouldn't mind your ex seeing you in. It's not the advice, however, that animates the book, but Cohen's optimism and exuberance. Readers won't just shed their shoes; they'll reclaimtheir souls.
---BookLife, Publisher's Weekly
I found this book delightful and very helpful...I want to declutter my life now!
---Writer's Digest "...For the 'how to' details, there couldn't be a better book than 90 Lessons: it doesn't explore ideals, but shares actual techniques Cohen crafted from her years of living successfully (and uncluttered) in a tiny space. The idea is to help motivate readers to downsize, get rid of clutter, and live more simply. The real meat of the title lies not just in following Cohen's life adjustments, but in her surveys of the attitudes that lend to downsizing: "Turning a"should" into a positive action and setting an intention can help youavoid entirely the "shoulda, coulda, woulda" syndrome. Then watch howquickly the burden of having to get rid of stuff becomes more about agratifying goal." Armed with the right tools for simplifying life, readers can adopt her strategies to any size space or lifestyle - and that's the real strength of 90 Lessons: its ability to translate Cohen's adaptations to a 'bigger picture' lesson plan for any who would look for keys on adaptation and change. Readers who seek to downsize and simplify not just physical elements but attitudes revolving around possessions will find 90 Lessons a powerful starting point for success." ---D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review "90 Lessons challenges you to get rid of unnecessary "stuff" and clutter, and become a better person through it. Felice writes with clarity and confidence, condensing information into bite-sized pieces with real-world examples. She charms the reader with her life story in the introduction before she even dives into the meat of the book. The voice is frank, friendly, and full of energy that will inspire you to get up and finally get your place in order. For the most part, though, this book is less about organizing your space and more about organizing yourself. Felice dispenses words of wisdom about breaking free from our materialistic nature and making the most of the things (and the space) that we have."--- US Review of books(Yuliya Geikhman)
"Who would have thought organizing could be fun? Well,with Felice Cohen's "90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more)", it can be much more than just fun. This book is for all those who are seeking to downsize their clutter, both physical and emotional that usually revolves around our possessions we no longer need in our life but are hard to giveaway. The book is great for two main reasons: first, it just doesn't share ideas but details out real-time practice tips, and secondly it motivates readers to reconsider their necessities in life by realizing the value of things that are importantand things that aren't. Her tips on better organization don't just apply to trimming down the additional clutter in one's home but also in practical life. To say the very least, it should be considered a requisite guide book for hostels and college dorms so that when young minds walk in, they don't have trouble adjusting to the small space."---SeriousReading.com
From the Author
I didn't set out to write a book about living in 90 square feet, but that's exactly what happened. After a YouTube video of my tiny NYC abode went viral across the globe, people emailed asking for advice on decluttering and praising my philosophy about "living large" in a small place. Not able to help everyone, I decided to write a book. "90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more)" is a self-help/memoir book on organizing and downsizing your stuff so you can live the life you want, no matter what size home you live in. I also talk about the reasons that got me to move into a "shoebox" and how that experience made my life so much larger. I am also the author of "What Papa Told Me," a memoir about my grandfather, a Holocaust survivor. I write the blog "Living Large in Any Size" and have written for many New York newspapers including the NY Daily News, amNew York and Metro. My organizing skills are not just reserved for closets and storage units. I was also the Chief of Staff to the president at Hunter College and am also a Holocaust educator.