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A Booksmart Review: Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern

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Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life
Julie Morgenstern (Henry Holt and Company, 2004)

Being organized may be the Holy Grail of the twenty-first century. Many of us have too much stuff, too little time, and are lacking the bandwidth to keep it all orderly and tidy. To make matters more confusing, we are deluged with images of perfect homes and offices, kitchens to die for, and even garages and basements that are visions of perfection.

Enter Julie Morgenstern, organizing guru and author of several best-selling books, including Organizing from the Inside Out. While this book is technologically dated, its basic principles are still relevant and helpful to almost anyone—from those of us who are organizational disasters to those whose lives and spaces just need a little tweaking.

In Organizing from the Inside Out, each area of home and workplace is tackled systematically with helpful tips and time breakdowns for the suggested stages of “sorting, purging, assigning a home, containerizing and equalizing, i.e., maintaining order.” This timetable can help you schedule your organizational tasks (which may be the most difficult part of the whole endeavor), while minimizing frustration and maximizing energy expenditure.

Written from the welcome perspective that organizing is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, Julie says, “Being organized has less to do with the way an environment looks than how effectively it functions.” She also proposes, “When we are organized, our homes, offices, and schedules reflect and encourage who we are, what we want, and where we are going.”

Organizing from the Inside Out will make you want to roll up your sleeves, buy a labeling machine, and get to work untangling the snarls of clutter that may be holding you back from getting where you want to go.

Reviewed by Kerry Michaels

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