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Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World | [Sandra Felton]

Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World

You'll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You'll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter - guilt, fear, rebellion, habit - so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can't keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past.
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Publisher's Summary

Say goodbye to the stress of mess - for good! You can find the order, beauty, and peace you desire - and deserve - in your home. Organizing for Life reveals the secrets of keeping your house neat, clean, and organized without spending every minute of your life working on it.

Finally, an audiobook that goes beyond the how-tos of cleaning and looks right at the heart of messiness so permanent change can take place. You'll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You'll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter - guilt, fear, rebellion, habit - so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can't keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past.

©2007 Sandra Felton; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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    Sapphira Alberta, Canada 12-17-09
    Sapphira Alberta, Canada 12-17-09 Member Since 2009

    Sapphhira

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    "Sorry I Wasted My Money"

    I was hoping this audio book may give me some good tips on organization. Wrong. I not only had the Bible preached to me but there was a suggestion that disorganization in the house 'may have my husband threatening to leave, or maybe had already left.' I'd like to know if the husband referred to had a piano tied to his butt because he wasn't able to help, or heaven forbid, maybe the almighty lord and master of the house was part of the problem? I gave the book two stars because the choice of narrator was good. In my opinion, this is a poor excuse for a self help book.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Minneapolis, MN, USA 12-28-09
    Susan Minneapolis, MN, USA 12-28-09
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    "This book is not about organizing for life..."

    This book is VERY disappointing. The description on audible.com does not capture the nature of this book.
    Focus is on "woman's job" to maintain a clean organized household. This book is not about organizing for life. Life is much more than keeping a home. "An organized house is closely tied to womanhood". Attitudes in book are from the 1950's.
    Plus, bible verses and regressive preaching are not appropriate for this type of book. Especially, since they were not mentioned in the description. The author suggests that every good "Christian" woman should have a clean and orderly house to keep her husband satisfied. This is closed and archaic view of being a Christian woman of the 20th century.
    I would not recommend this book for any reader. Wish I could give it zero stars.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J. Herman Philadelphia, PA United States 09-10-12
    Robert J. Herman Philadelphia, PA United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a horrible book reader but audible has changed my life. I now feel like I have access to what the "smart people" know. I also have a new level of confidence based on my new knowledge.

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    "Messies? Children's book?"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    To be fair, I didn't make it past the first several chapters. I tried to stay with it but I believe that the writer was referring to the reader as a "Messy" (i.e.,"Messies have problems throwing things away"). I tried not to let it bother me but the style of writing made me feel like I was a '50's housewife who barely graduated from kindergarten. I also got the feeling that part of the problem that "Messies" suffered from was OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) associated with "hoarding" but the book didn't refer to the actual psychological classification. The author seemed to lump every potential pattern of a "messy" without actually identifying the psychological condition. In general, seemed like the author may have missed the time period when mixing pseudo-science and condescending grade school teaching passed for helping people. I truly couldn't stomach wasting more time with this nonsense. My apologies if the book somehow improved after chapter 2.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I need to screen reading material better. I am glad I didn't waste more time on this book.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Quality of Audible app is excellent; however, book is less than good


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Made me feel like I was sitting in kindergarten class being read to out of a book that had 10 words per page and a lot of pictures.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I saw the book at the airport book store under "best sellers" which I am assuming was used to sucker people into buying it. Shame on me for not reading the other reviews.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Ayubi Seattle, WA 10-31-09
    A. Ayubi Seattle, WA 10-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous book for the serious Messie!"

    This is great for anyone that wants to understand WHY they are a messie and what to do to get started on a road to a happier, peaceful life without the Chaos. If you have tried traditional organizing books and the systems don't work for you, go deeper and listen to this one before trying again. Quick, easy listen, you can't go wrong!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Laguna Hills, CA, United States 06-14-11
    Jeannie Laguna Hills, CA, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Helpful"

    My favorite part is her explanation of the possible causes of my disorganization. I thought the things around me was the only thing wrong with my messy life... I was wrong after listening to this audio. I learned to approach cleaning differently and started making improvements. Thank you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mindi 08-10-14
    mindi 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, it's a psychology book for messy people that will give you insight of why they live the way they do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    i can see myself in this story in so many ways.


    What does Melinda Schmidt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being read the story instead of reading it myself, i can do other things while listening.


    What did you learn from Organizing for Life that you would use in your daily life?

    why I am a messie.


    Any additional comments?

    and now I'm going to clean my house.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan 07-13-14
    Morgan 07-13-14
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    "Great praticle insight."
    Where does Organizing for Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this very much. One of the books I will listen to again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made sense. Practical and down to earth.


    What about Melinda Schmidt’s performance did you like?

    Oh, she's great! She has a happy bounce to her voice that I find likable and enjoyable.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Organizing for Life?

    I hope to organize and stay that way and not feel bad throwing all that stuff out that others insist I keep. I seem to be the family storage unit! NOT ANYMORE!


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to be warned that this was Christian based. Throwing the bible verses in there without warning was inconsiderate and insulting to other peoples spirituality. If I wanted to listen to bible verses I would have bought a book on that subject. Other than that, this book is worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen 03-03-13
    Jen 03-03-13

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    "Enjoyed but it was NOT unabridged..."
    What made the experience of listening to Organizing for Life the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book. It brought out some simple but profound truths about those of us who are "born messie". Felton has a compassionate understanding of so many of the aspects of our problem with organizing our lives and our houses. My only bone to pick is that this audio is not unabridged... several times whole lines or paragraphs were left out. I noticed because I like to do "emersion reading" where you look at the book as the audio reads it. If a book is advertised as "unabridged" then the entire book should be present. Otherwise I would have given it the other star. It is a simple read, but a compassionate one with an understanding which can only come from someone who's been there.


    Any additional comments?

    Not unabridged as advertised... paragraphs and sentences were missing from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "brilliant psychology on clutter"
    What made the experience of listening to Organizing for Life the most enjoyable?

    Sandra really gets deep inside the psychology of why messies have trouble letting stuff go and getting a grip on their lives. Hearing these excuses rather than reading them has a great impact; like she's getting in your head! Sandra has really unlocked some of my thought habits for me, and I'm so grateful - it's enabling me to break the physical habits that create chaos.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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