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Good books can help you start to visualize what your space and your life will be like when your organizing goals are met. Here are some of our favorites.

 



Organizing from the Inside Out... This is a great book by the renowned Julie Morgenstern. Top of our list. "People who don't organize just never learned how to organize." You can read a useful, insightful review of this book at thesimpledollar.com. Trent Hamm, the reviewer, says this "..is one of those books that's so sensible that while you're reading it, it seems almost like common sense, but when you sit down and actually apply it, it's as smooth as a hot knife through butter."




Sandra Felton, The Messie Motivator: New Strategies to Restoring Order in Your Life and Home... A fast-reading, uplifting tome that has motivated many to change their lives. Uplifting, inspiring, charming and witty are some of the words use to describe Sandra's writing. One reviewer on Amazon.com states: "If you're chronically messy and you're not sure why & even worse, you're not sure how to deal with it, this may be just what you need."



 

Skye Alexander, 10-Minute Clutter Control: Easy Feng Shui Tips for Getting Organized... From Skye's 10-minute Feng Shui series - a different approach to the subject of organization. This book can be read in small inspirational bites. Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art, involves a lot of pure common sense, and "one of the easiest... and most important feng shui cures is clutter control and organization."



 

Karen Kingston, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui... "Clutter is the manifestation of negative inner states such as ambiguous purpose, unfinished emotional business, negative family traditions, and conflict with others. But unlike psychotherapy where you do the inner work first, with this approach you organize first and then look at what your reactions tell you about yourself. Down to earth, remarkably practical, and delivered with charming sincerity and conviction, this is an almost certain cure for any clutter addict..."



 

 

Denise Linn, Sacred Space- Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home... "In this fascinating and unusual book, Denise Linn shows you how you can dramatically change your life by changing the environment in your home or office. She combines information from her own Native American heritage with material she has personally collected from native traditions around the world to bring you practical, easy-to-use exercises for balancing the physical, emotional and spiritual energies in your home."



   

Karen R Carter, Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life : How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness... "With wisdom and humor, Karen Rauch Carter has taken the best-kept secrets of feng shui and made them accessible for everyone. Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life is funky, fun, and filled with practical information to create harmony and balance in life." (review by Denise Linn)




 

Judith Kolberg, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life.. I find this book a terrific manual. It has helped make my work with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)-affected clients the most rewarding. Here it is summed up by an Amazon.com reviewer, Bolo Gorkman: "I bought this book hoping it would help me sort my stacks of papers that constantly threaten to topple off my desk, kitchen table, etc. And it has, but it is so much more. It gives hints on how to organize all aspects of your life to make living with ADD easier. I've highlighted and dog-eared it up, and have started applying a lot of things from the book; something that I can't say for other books I've read. And unlike a lot of so-called ADD-friendly books, this one is easy to stay in tune with almost all the time."




 

Michelle Passoff, Lighten Up! : Free Yourself from Clutter... "takes you step-by-step through the process of lightening up. First Michelle helps you identify what you want to make room for in your life, then she outlines how to overcome the physical obstacles that get in the way of achieving your goals."



 

Julie Morgenstern, Time Management from the Inside Out... Julie applies her acclaimed space-management system to managing time! From Publisher's Weekly: "What makes her program work, she attests, is that instead of trying to change people's natural behaviors and preferences, she encourages them to expand upon whatever is working already, no matter how overwhelmed they may feel. It all starts with knowing what one's big picture values and goals are (e.g., maintaining a happy marriage, excelling at one's career) and prioritizing those with the help of an ingenious device she's created called a "Time Map."




 

Stephanie Culp, How to Conquer Clutter... A clutter questionnaire, clutter checklists... how to wage war on clutter, practically speaking. Stephanie has a sharp (and sometimes caustic) sense of humor. But the majority of readers make comments like "This book is like a best friend encouraging you to declutter. Her organizational recommendations are simple and require little overhead."





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