books can help you start to visualize what your space and your life
will be like when your organizing goals are met.
are some of our favorites:
Organizing from the Inside Out... This
great book by the renowned Julie Morgenstern. Top of our list.
"People who don't organize just never learned how
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."
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
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."
David Allen, Getting Things Done - The Art of
Stress-Free Productivity... Since
it was first published this book
has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and
the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for
an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has
spawned a culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and
"Warning: Reading Getting Things Done
can be hazardous to your old habits of procrastination. David Allen's
approach is refreshingly simple and intuitive. He provides the systems,
tools, and tips to achieve profound results." - Carola Endicott,
director, Quality Resources, New England Medical Center
for the Creative Person
was the first book on organization and time management to draw on the
startling discoveries made about right-brain and left-brain dominance.
Creative people - whether they are artists, homemakers, or executives -
often have particular problems with organization. As scientific studies
have shown, creativity resides in the right hemisphere of the brain.
However, the right hemisphere lacks any concept of time, structure, or
detail, and has no analytic ability; these traits reside in the left
you're the kind of person for whom conventional checklists and filing
systems don't feel natural, you're probably right-brain dominant. Organizing for the Creative
offers dozens of practical, down-to-earth techniques to help you find
the organizing style that works for you. And since opposites attract,
the book has a special section on how to deal with left-brained spouses
or coworkers (and how they can deal with you). Note: This book is available in
two different editions that have the same content but different covers.
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
is such a time-honored manual that Businessnews Publishing created
Summary: Time Management from the Inside
Out: Review and Analysis of Morgenstern's Book
with the comment "...the author explains that the objective of time
management from the inside out is to design a scheduling system that
fits your needs like a glove. The
real measure of success in time management isn’t how much you achieve –
it’s how you feel about how you’re spending your time.
Erin Rooney Dolan, Unclutter Your Life in One Week...
infinitely resourceful Doland walks the reader through the uncluttering
process with patience, understanding, and more organizing tips than you
ever imagined. We all need a friend like Doland to give us a good jump
start." -- Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor, "Real Simple".
Up! Free Yourself from Clutter...
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. If those piles of stuff are draining
of energy, if they′re not supporting and nurturing you, then get out
from under them! Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter is a practical
yet inspirational guide that encourages you to approach clutter
cleaning as a fun, creative, soul-enriching endeavour.
Go of Clutter...
Organizing expert Harriet Schechter presents a fresh approach to
overcoming the natural urge to accumulate objects and information.
Dispensing equal doses of help, hope, and humor, she provides effective
and realistic options for anyone who juggles too much stuff, too many
decisions, and too little time. Featuring the innovative insights and
time-tested techniques that have helped thousands of Schechter’s
clients and seminar attendees worldwide, Let Go of
shows how to shed sentimental stuff without fear of regret - Provides
easy-to-use forms and checklists that help readers decide what to
jettison and what to keep - Includes action plans with systems for
conquering all types of clutter―past, present and future.