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Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life Paperback – August 12, 2004
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Morgenstern's "from the inside out" system begins by laying out the possible reasons for a failure of organization: technical errors (like having a complex organizing system that breaks down), external realities (like not enough space for your belongings), and psychological obstacles (like fear of failure--or success). Then, her Analyze and Strategize steps help create a plan of action based on your needs and goals, and the brief chapter called "Attack: Getting the Job Done" offers basic ideas for making space. The largest section of the book, "Applying What You've Learned," addresses the specifics of organizing workspaces, home offices, living spaces, and storage areas. Each section has a "How Long Will It Take?" box that gives a realistic time estimate, and Morgenstern's "Julie's No-Brainer Toss List" for each area gives the permission and encouragement that most of us have been waiting for to get rid of things we'll never use again. The section at the end, "Tackling Time and Technology," is worth its weight in DayTimers and PalmPilots. Whatever your organizing issues are, you're not a hopeless case, and you don't need special equipment--just a little understanding of the problem and a willingness to plan before diving in. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But after reading this book, I got the motivation to get organized, and (finally) learned how to get organized in a way that works for me. And two months later, I'm still organized! I don't have to take time to clean up my messes because I simply don't create them anymore. I have more space now than I know what to do with. And I really don't do things much differently than I used to -- that's the most surprising part of all.
I recommend this book about as highly as I've ever recommended anything. It may sound cliche, but if it can work for me, trust me, it can work for ANYONE!
Many of us try hard to be organized and end up cluttering our house with organizing books, baskets, filing cabinets, and other gadgets. We get our house almost organized, yet find there's one room or task we just can't do. Are we sabotaging ourselves?
Yes, according to Morgenstern. She quotes, "You can't fix it till you know what's broken" and explains that until you know why you stray toward disorganization, you will never master it. Psychological obstacles are one of three factors in clutter, according to Morgenstern (the other two are errors in your "organizing system" and external realities. But she deals with the psychological aspect in a brisk, energizing chapter that actually motivates you.
Her actual organizational tips revolve around three essential steps: 1. Analyze (evaluate your current situation and what's not working.) 2. Strategize (Create plan and realistic estimate of how long it will take.) 3. Attack (Dive into the work.)
The Analyze and Strategize sections are actually very useful and are easy to tackle. You will need a notebook, and will go from room to room answering 5 questions: What's working? What's not working? What items are most essential to you? Why do you want to get organized? (i.e.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm still reading this book, about 1/3 the way through now, not very useful. The author talks about her clients problems, that she solved that are not the problems I have. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sandollar
I read this book for a class I took. It makes you think about WHY you are disorganized instead of quick fix options of going and getting more containers. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Family of Five
Great help as a Professional Home Organizer for ideas for my clients.Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
For this book, Morgenstern focuses on creating a system to get organised and stay that way. She helps you help yourself find the causes for being disorganised in the first place,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Japheth
Bought this for my very disorganized step teenage daughter in the hopes it would help her understand why organization is beneficial to her especially since she has ADD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ksilk
This book is a must if you have problems with organizationPublished 2 months ago by Penny K D'Andrea
What a waste of time, if you have clutter open a window and throw out what is bothering you. That is essentially the advice you are going to get but you will not waste hours of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karin B.