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review 2014-04-26 22:50
Review: Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life - Julie Morgenstern

Quick review for a quick read. This was a very helpful productivity guide as far as an organizational guide is concerned. I would say Morgenstern did a fine job of breaking down some of the barriers and identifications for people who don't have an organizing system, and she addresses specific steps to tackle spaces and places in one's life where people can improve on this. She moves into specifics on how to tackle organizing certain spaces, from workspaces to rooms at home, but there's also a nice time management section towards the end of the book to round the discussion out.

I honestly think her "Time Management from the Inside Out" was more practical to my needs, but I think anyone who needs a boost in helping to have their homes, workplaces and how to keep to that venture would do well to pick this up.

Overall score: 3.5/5 stars

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text 2014-04-24 00:15
Reads from my university library
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection - David F. Dufty
Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life - Julie Morgenstern
Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction -

I know Grim will probably like a few of the books mentioned in this post, but I grabbed a few books from my university library since I filed for checkout privileges and got approved.  I expect there will be more, since I definitely plan to put as much mileage to my uni library as I possibly can.

 

I wasn't going to say anything about it until now because I wanted to get settled first, but I just recently started another position at my uni and I'm really enjoying the people and work so far. (*happy dances*)  My training and getting adjusted for the position is part of the reason why I've been in and out of my book communities and not getting through as many books as I would like, but now that I'm acclimated, I'm hoping to get back to a normal flow for reviews and reading.

 

Plus I'm almost to 50K for Camp NaNo.  So I've been keeping on my toes with multiple things.

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review 2013-03-11 00:00
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life - Julie Morgenstern

Rating: 4 of 5

 

Something finally clicked for me while reading Organizing from the Inside Out. Over the last 10 years, after reading mountains of pages on organizing my life, this was the first author who helped me figure out where my once orderly and well-managed life went hinky.

 

Morgenstern advised to work with natural habits and tendencies instead of against them. For example, if I constantly have a pile of books beside my bed instead of the reading chair in the library, it's probably time to put a bookshelf close to or next to my bed rather than forcing myself or hoping I'll eventually keep all those books just in the library.

 

I appreciated Part One (Laying the Foundation) and Part Two (Secrets of a Professional Organizer) almost as much as the how-to, activity-focused Part Three (Applying What You've Learned) and Part Four (Tackling Time and Technology). Morgenstern included lots of examples which I always like to see in a how-to book. And I've already made several copies of Appendix A, "Organizing Your Project worksheet."

 

Projects/areas covered in detail (with examples for each step of her "program" as well as estimated time needed to complete the project) include:

 

* Handbags, briefcases

* Suitcases

* Traditional offices and filing systems

* Home offices

* Cubicle workstations

* Mobile offices

* Home information centers

* Attics, basements, garages

* Bathrooms* Bedrooms

* Closets

* Kids' rooms

* Kitchens

* Living rooms

* Photographs

 

Pay attention to the book's title, though, as it truly does put a strong emphasis on pinpointing why your past attempts at implementing organization have failed or, in other cases, why you haven't ever even attempted to get organized. If delving into the reasons behind your actions and habits turns you off, then skip this book.

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review 2008-03-05 00:00
Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life - Julie Morgenstern Some really good, useful tips, and it's good for motivation.
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