Book Reviews

Buried in Treasures – David Tolin Randy Frost Gail Steketee

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee is playful. It refers to “good guys,” positive habits for controlling hoarding impulses, and “bad guys,” negative habits exacerbating hoarding. There are jokes scattered among the pages. It’s well-written – there are passages that are…

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Treatment for Hoarding Disorder – Gail Steketee & Randy O Frost

The Treatment for Hoarding Disorder Workbook by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost, one publication in the Treatments That Work catalog of Oxford University Press, is, ideally, a tool used collaboratively by a person with hoarding disorder and his/her clinician to allow the afflicted client and the clinician to tailor treatment as concretely as possible…

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Digging Out – Start with Forgiving

Hoarded room Casual Uncluttering project

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. offers a methodical, scrupulous, comprehensive and clinically-developed program for a support team to attempt to help a person with hoarding disorder clear his or her environment to an extent which will make that…

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Fugen Neziroglu and the Bio-Behavioral Institute

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu and colleagues at her Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA wrote Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop in 2004. Her book is tremendous potential self-help for people who suspect they have, or know they have, hoarding disorder. She offers step-by-step, carefully designed, vigorously tested, achievable exercises…

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A Happier Ending

I’m studying for my next Level II Certificate of Study with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD): Aging. And I’m on the Board of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter. We have a lending library, and I just finished a tedious project of re-indexing our offerings. And “the Great Material…

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Marla Cilley the FlyLady – Sink Reflections

Marla Cilley, the FlyLady, www.FlyLady.net, nurtures a millions-strong online community of people who share organizing tips and tools, motivation, and comradeship.  They support and empower each other in countless ways.  Ms. Cilley is the bedrock of that community, who over the course of her own struggle with chronic disorganization developed a very simple, very gradual,…

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Standing on the Shoulders of Sidetracked Home Executives

When Casual Uncluttering LLC was so new I was terrified of making mistakes rather than confident that I would make them, I read organizing books as quickly as I could discover them. Marla Cilley, FlyLady.net, author of Sink Reflections (my review is here) was one of the first Organizers I studied – I wrote that…

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Diary of an Organizer – Mary Jane Maffini fini

I’ve read the last of Mary Jane Maffini’s Charlotte Adams series: Death Loves a Messy Desk, Closet Confidential, and The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder. If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek, you will enjoy these. Charlotte Adams is an enduring, endearing nitwit who ought to consider it a wonder she and her friends are still alive after…

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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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