When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life

When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life

by Julie Morgenstern

Expert organizer and New York Times-bestselling author Morgenstern offers her loyal readers an extreme organization intervention--a deeper approach to life management for people who crave a change in their lives.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.77
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish Date: June 3rd 2008 by Fireside Books
  • Isbn10: 0743250893
  • Isbn13: 9780743250894

What People Think about "When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life"

Likewise, organize your time according to her ideas in Time Management from the Inside Out and Never Check Email in the Morning, giving priority to things that support the change you have envisioned. The one thing I felt that wasn't covered: how do you figure out what change it is that you should be envisioning?

What was different was the step where you envision your life right now and select a theme. For instance, instead of looking at a ton of childrens books and remembering how much I paid for them, I have to recall that they were purchased during a different time in my life (when I had children that age) and do not fit my current lifestyle. We have heaved so much stuff in the past week, both garbage dumpsters are full for garbage day on Wednesday. After making it across the river on the raft, he carried it for the rest of his life in case he ever needed it again.

Only after identifying what to keep (and why to keep it) does Morgenstern recommend moving forward with the "heave-ho" process.

We can heave the trash and also if we find our theme has changed a lot we can easily lessen our grip on the things we had held on for the old theme. I have found it amazingly liberating to let go of so many books on subjects I was interested in but they do not represent the theme of the next stage.

Then I got bogged down.

I'm not much of a self-help fan, but I do have a lot of clutter and am willing to take steps to reduce it. interesting quotes: "The word enthusiasm is defined by Webster's dictionary as 'a strong excitement or feeling.' Its Latin root, enthios, literally means, 'the god within.' By studying your enthusiasms and accepting them, you will gravitate toward the light, and find the best, most natural, most organically satisfying ways to pursue your theme." (p. Enables you to discover your authentic self, pulling your identity from within, in context with your theme, rather than attaching it to external "stuff." Step 4: Drive Yourself Forward. A time of proactive exploration, which enables your "something more" to come into focus and finally start taking shape, filling the space left vacant by your Heave with new stuff connected to your theme.

Getting ready for a move, I have been trying to clear out junk and it wasn't until I read this book that I could really begin to clean out the house. Morgenstern's point is not to have a sterile, barren home or life but rather to free up your life by getting rid of the irrelevant with some pointed questions: "How much space or time would you free up if you were to release the obsolete items?" "How difficult would it be to let go of the obsolete items?" "Is it invigorating to my life right now?" "What practical value does this item provide?" Every time I was hesitant to clear away what I thought might be clutter, I would ask myself the questions that Morgenstern asks in her book. Reading this book can change your life!

Because it so successfully met such an important need, the man carried it with him for the rest of his life (just in case another river turned up that he needed to cross).

Julie Morgenstern has a way of making you feel good about yourself in spite of your self-described flaws.

Julie Morgenstern, dubbed the queen of putting peoples lives in order by USA Today, is an organizing and time management expert, business productivity consultant, and speaker.