Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life

Julie Morgenstern, Author, Julie Morgenstern, Read by Simon & Schuster Audio $18 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-1777-5
Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by clutter and chaos will welcome this clear, easy-to-follow guide to organizing a room, home or office--a companion to Morgenstern's bestselling paperback (Owl, 1998). Professional organizer Morgenstern warmly reassures listeners that organizing is a skill that can be learned and that any mess can be tamed. Most people make the mistake of simply diving in, which Morgenstern compares to driving cross-country without a map. Her strategy: first figure out your goals and how your space can best help you achieve them; determine what obstacles are holding you back (e.g., a subconscious psychological need to hang on to clutter); divide the space into ""zones"" of activity (a kitchen contains a cooking zone, a dish-washing zone, etc.); and organize the space so that all the supplies for each activity are stored in the appropriate zone. The tape offers quizzes to help listeners define their obstacles, and, as one would expect, the quizzes are well organized and audio friendly. Even better, listeners can grasp the author's solutions immediately--without having to refer back and forth to different parts of the tape or use a pencil and paper (problems often encountered with audio self-help books). Morgenstern's sense of humor and colorful examples of real-life client case studies make this tape as entertaining as it is helpful. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/02/2000
Release date: 10/01/2000
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 262 pages - 978-0-8050-5649-5
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7435-1992-2
Compact Disc - 2 pages - 978-0-7435-1778-2
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