Item description for Organizing For Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton & Melinda Schmidt...
Overview Reveals how to get rid of compulsive clutter for good, helping inherently messy people change their mindsets to overcome the barriers that keep them in a permanently messy state.
Publishers Description Say good-bye 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 audio book 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.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 150.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 13, 2007
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598592157 ISBN13 9781598592153
Availability 0 units.
More About Sandra Felton & Melinda Schmidt
Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, is the founder of Messies Anonymous, a group established to help women organize their households. She is the best-selling author of several books, including Organizing Magic."
Sandra Felton currently resides in Miami, in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Organizing For Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World?
This is the book I have been looking for May 2, 2008
I have bought, and sometimes read, books about organizing and cleaning, and each one has given me a tip or two. This book is the one I needed to make the leap from being out of control to learning to change my lifestyle. Sandra Felton not only understands my psychological makeup as a person who could not accomplish simple housekeeping chores (yet I'm successful in all other areas of my life), but she also provided insights into my own thought processes that I have not come across before. You have to do the work yourself, but she provides the road map.
psychological approach to organising Apr 6, 2008
If you want a book that explains the psychology of clutter and messies (in a sometimes wordy way) then this is the book for you. Offers little in the way of practical, instructive organisation tips.
Mental declutter breakthrough! Jan 24, 2008
I picked this up hoping it would be different from the usual "How-to" books with anal retentive lists of tasks and 1000 ways to make household chores that much more complicated. And it was!
It's been such an eye-opener, and has helped me break through emotional blocks, and so many of my lifelong bad habits and misconceptions about neatness, messiness, etc. I had no idea how much of a perfectionist I was, and how THAT'S what was holding me back from being the organized, reasonably efficient person I was meant to be. That realization alone has touched and changed every aspect of my life for the better.
She's just very good at assessing the hows and whys of clutter, in a gentle, enlightening, and non-judgmental way. I can't recommend this book enough.
True Help Indeed Sep 20, 2007
I thought I was getting a "how to" clean and organize your home. I WAS DEAD WRONG!
I ordered this book, on CD, because my house and life were spinning out of control - and I didn't have time to read a book! I live surrounded by clutter in a home where finding the floor is like striking gold! I was working non-stop cleaning and trying to keep up - and achieving NOTHING!
Sandra Felton is a "former messy", and from that vantage point she explores why "messies", that's me, are messy. How they think, how hard they work while accomplishing nothing, and what habits/thought patterns keep them in this constant state of disarray. I could identify with nearly every point in the book.
This has been my inspiration to decluttering and cleaning my house room by room, which I have done many times in the past, but now I have the knowledge of how to keep it that way! I have also joined her online support group, "messies anonymous", and have ordered many of her "how to" books to help me in this process.
I will recover from my "messy" lifestyle, and I will live in a peaceful, harmonious home, thanks to this wonderful author's past struggles, current success, and her willingness to share with anyone in need.
Inspiring Jun 10, 2007
Sandra Felton spends the first part of her book defining the three types of messies and listing specific obstacles that hinder each type. They are the saver, the clutterer, and the time-waster. These three chapters helped me to identify why I can't ever get my home completely under control. This book does not give the hows as much as it gives the whys regarding the housekeeper's personality and preferences. Several chapters are devoted to detailing more serious causes of disorder such as depression, an alcoholic family background, adult ADD. Being on the lower end of the messie scale, many of these issues did not apply to me, and it sometimes felt as if she were insinuating that there is a serious reason behind why all messies have a disorganized home.
I have always known my problem-I'm lazy! Actually, she helped me define some of the causes of "laziness" or actually a lack of motivation, while giving steps to overcome them. While reading, I was inspired to go ahead and tackle some of the clutter in my home. I find that reading a book such as this one (or Don Aslett's Clutter's Last Stand: It's Time To De-junk Your Life!) helps to give me that additional motivation that I need to tackle a room or a closet that is in great need of being purged.