Book Reviews

Mary Jane Maffini – fiction takes my fancy

Charlotte Adams, the amateur detective in a series of five novels by Mary Jane Maffini, is a highly accomplished Professional Organizer (for real: the tips in the books are, some of them, quite good and she has awesome “technique.”). She even belongs to my professional society NAPO (page 146, The Cluttered Corpse). She is otherwise…

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Mission: Organization – the book

Mission Organization HGTV show book

Library thrift shop find. Had to. Overcome by the onslaught of nostalgia. The TV show Mission: Organization kept me company when I was home with my then-newborn son.  The startling and pleasing surprise is that the book hasn’t aged. Despite its 2004 publication date, the home decor was timeless, although I wouldn’t want to set…

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The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw

I think ANYONE could read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw in about 30 minutes  if s/he didn’t switchtask while doing it. You expected me to say “multitask,” din ya? Crenshaw explains that people don’t multitask, juggle more than one chore at a time: they switchtask, shifting their attention from action to action to…

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Courage & Anguish – Stuffed, 2006 hoarding documentary

hoarded room

Arwen Curry and Cerissa Tanner produced Stuffed as graduate students at University of California Berkeley’s School of Journalism. It’s only 20 minutes long, and every second is appropriate to their perceptive, informative narrative.  Ms. Curry and Ms. Tanner conscientiously obtained and discernibly listened to the opinions of many of the leading researchers studying this mental…

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Stuff by Mary Lou Sanelli

I’m a Professional Organizer. And that does not, cannot, and will never mean that I make people get rid of their Stuff. Many many many times more often, it means I help people discover their thoughts and feelings, their values, about their Stuff. Decisions about what to keep, or not, follow from those insights. And,…

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The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

This is pure serendipity. As I sit down to write this review of the sixth edition of The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, and pull the book up on Amazon just to check whether it’s the most current, I learn that the seventh will be released on April 1, 2019. So mine is “good enough.”…

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SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life Julie Morgenstern

cluttered room

Ms. Morgenstern has a theory that people with disorganization issues may have developed those habits as emotional responses to particular experiences in their lives.  She coaches her clients to identify those experiences and those responses, to allow her clients to “repurpose” the responses more productively.  She believes there is often positive value, core truths about…

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