Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
Organizing from the Inside Out The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home Your Office and Your Life Author:Julie Morgenstern Veteran professional organizer Morgenstern has spent years honing the principles of organization into a simple, and universal system. Organizing from the inside out--developing a plan tailored to each individual's psychological needs--ensures, once and for all, a system that won't break down. — Morgenstern explains the basic concepts--ana... more »lyze, strategize, attack--then provides tips gleaned from her years of experience with offices, home offices, mobile offices, children's rooms, kitchens, garages, and storage spaces. Organizing From the Inside Out will be welcomed by corporate executives, entrepreneurs and the self-employed, working parents, students and city dwellers in small apartments--anyone facing an overwhelming amount of clutter, both physical and psychic. Also provided are useful chapters on time management and taming technology, critical elements in any modern organizing scheme.« less
There are dozens and dozens of books available on organization, so what makes this one different? A system! Most organizing books are full of specific suggestions for organizing specific items or tasks. These can be very helpful for those of us who need some ideas to get our creative juices flowing. But what do you do when you need to organize something for which you haven't found an idea listed in a book? You buy a copy of Organizing from the Inside Out. Julie Morgenstern has provided a basic formula of organization which can be applied to any specific situation you encounter. She walks the reader through the organization process, step-by-step. She also points out common errors - both technical errors (going about it the wrong way) and psychological obstacles (reasons we really don't want to get organized) - and offers suggestions for correcting them. If you only buy one book on organization, make it this one.
It's about time! Julie Morgenstern has written an organizing book that covers a new way of looking at the task of organizing effectively without labeling or blaming the person behind the lack of organization. Rather, she says, people who don't organize just never learned how to organize, through no fault of their own--after all, it's not a skill that's taught in school. That said, she gets down to work helping you figure out an organizing system that will really work for you, not a system based on cookie-cutter filing concepts or special storage units.
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.
Heather B. reviewed Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System of Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Addresses many of the root causes for disorder in your home or office, and gives practical suggestions for creating a personalized system. Much better than the "one-size-fits-all" approach many similar books take.