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Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It Paperback – May 3, 2002
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While both of these books are aimed at people who bemoan the amount of stuff they've accumulated, their approaches are completely different. Glovinsky, a professional psychotherapist and professional organizer, asks readers to examine the underlying psychological issues that they have with "things." She explains different mental glitches that can make organizing harder for some people than others. Quizzes and checklists are offered so that readers can identify their thing issues and compensate for and/or ameliorate them. Basically, she takes Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out to the next level. Smallin, on the other hand, shares some concrete tips and techniques to control clutter. Unfortunately, she strays from that direction and digresses into topics such as personal finance (she gives tips on saving and investing), personal safety (she explains why semiannual fire drills are important), and final arrangements (she provides lists of what must be done when there's a death in the family). This lack of focus, coupled with an annoying tendency to repeat the same hints in different paragraphs, makes her book an optional purchase for public libraries. Glovinsky's book is recommended for any public library where clutter-control books circulate well. Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Cindy Glovinsky, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a licensed psychotherapist and personal organizer. The program director of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, she has presented at the National Association of Professional Organizers conference. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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My house is neat, but I had this nagging feeling that I was hanging on to too many things for not good enough of a reason. She made me think about the often knee-jerk decisions I make about getting, keeping, saving, and inevitably storing things. More than anything, this book will broaden your thinking about the why behind the everyday decisions you make about your relationship to the objects in your life.
I didn't know it yet when I reached for the book (almost 8 years ago now). Then I only knew that I wasn't as tidy as some of my friends & I didn't want to seem so childish any more. I felt strongly apprehensive about losing my belongings if I let them out of my sight. (Like where in the world I'd stuck my high school mortar board 4 nights before my sister needed to borrow it for her graduation. I specifically put it "Someplace Special", yet when I needed it, I couldn't recall.) For me, I had always had *reasons* why those recipes didn't/wouldn't work.
But Ms. Glovinsky's descriptions of what my Things are doing (to my thoughts, my environment, & how they arrive into my environment) allowed my creative thinking to *finally* resolve how to store Things so that I am confident I can use them again after I've put them away. (In a nutshell: Things should have *homes*. And those Homes should make sense to Me.) Give a fish or Teach to fish? This book is definitely "Teach". Thanks again Ms. Glovinsky!
Surprisingly, as soon as I understood what I wanted my relationship with Things to be, other relationships began to make much more sense! This book has made me much happier and I am very grateful to Ms. Glovinsky for writing it. (Got more benefit from this book - even regarding non-clutter ideas - than a couple years seeing a psychotherapist! Turns out, I didn't need to talk about it; I just needed explanations of what the heck was happening.) :D
This lovely wee book helps you feel better and I liked the example that if a shirt is just a shirt you can easily hang it up alongside its brothers and sisters in a millisecond.
They also say that there may be people much messier than you who don't mind the way they live, but if you do then it's not an issue for the more messy person, but it is for you, so treat yourself to this help!