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Publisher's Summary

Hundreds of thousands of people have broken through the clutter and streamlined their lives with Julie Morgenstern's proven techniques. There's no magic, no mystery. Getting organized is a skill that anyone can learn. The beauty of Julie's system, honed during her many years as a professional organizer, is that it enables you to design a unique organizing plan based on your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs; a plan that will work with your personality rather than against it. Let Julie Morgenstern set you free to live the life you dream about.
©2000 Julie Morgenstern, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

  • Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, 2000, Self-Help

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  • Timothy
  • Ormond Beach, FL, United States
  • 06-21-11

Meh ...

I didn't get much out of this book. It is too short and didn't give me any tangible tips on organizing. It seemed to be more the internal psychology of messiness ... asking you to write down goals and seeing which "type" of messy personality you fall into. I kept waiting to hear about actual systems I could use - it wasn't until the end that she discusses putting things in attractive containers and using nice labels.

I got much more out of Dave Allen's 'Getting Things Done' which talks about filing techniques, 43 folders, task list management, etc.. Perhaps the unabridged book has more? The author does an excellent job narrating, however.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Excellent - Real Results

This book was great. I followed the steps and have cleaned up my home office area, and kept it neat! When I go to do another area, I'll listen to it again. Really made a difference from the other times I have tried to organize.

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Keeler
  • Acworth, GA, United States
  • 09-01-11

Short, to the point and effective

If you could sum up Organizing from the Inside Out in three words, what would they be?

Effective, practical, informative.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Organizing from the Inside Out?

It gave me an exact process to follow with examples that pertained to all different areas of my life.

Which character – as performed by Julie Morgenstern – was your favorite?

Narrator was great and pleasant to listen to.

What did you learn from Organizing from the Inside Out that you would use in your daily life?

How to take each and every room in my home and areas in my life and attack them one at a time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Buy the book to reference

There are a lot of checklists and questionaires so I would recommend having the book. There's only so much you can actively do when walking or driving listening to an audio book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Practical and enlightening!

Would you listen to Organizing from the Inside Out again? Why?

I have read through this book twice and have bookmarked places I want to read again. Not only do I love how simple it is to apply the principles, but the author gives examples that help with clarification.

What about Julie Morgenstern’s performance did you like?

Julie was easy to understand and her inflections varied so I did not get sleepy listening to her.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Organizing from the Inside Out?

Organizing from the Inside Out gave me a vision for how I want to live and steps to follow to achieve my dream!

Any additional comments?

I love, love, love the questions to ask myself to keep this vision all about what works for ME, not some magazine photo or project on TV that works for someone else!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Organizing

Very good audiobook for getting life back on track...if you buy Time Management from the same author then you won't find much difference in the two books though the ideas are very useful.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • Freedom, CA, United States
  • 04-14-11

Organizing From the Inside Out

I like this so well that I bought the hard cover book as well. It is short and to the point. I listened to it on a trip to the city in an afternoon and back. I have been trying to organize a friend's house for about a year, and will have her read it before I do any more work for her. I am sure it will make the difference.







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Get the book instead

This abridgment is WAY too short. Now I have to read the book, which is less expensive than this short summary.

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Loved this book!

I give this book a listen every time I am going through a decluttering session. The background motivation gets me through the task.

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Useful and Practical.

This book helped me overcome my overwhelmingly disorganized spaces by breaking the process down into bite size chunks that were easy to swallow.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful