Book Reviews

The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh

I’m unhappy that I didn’t post this review in August 2015, when I first stumbled on the book in a thrift shop. The review only went up on Amazon, grrrrr. Better late than never? It offers techniques for helping children with Sensory Processing Disorder stay organized. Someone in my family has Sensory Processing Disorder, which…

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How to organize just about everything by Peter Walsh

I love Peter Walsh and I loved Clean Sweep, but…. How to organize just about everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System is not as useful as I’d hoped.  Great on some basics: “how to organize a school locker” was…

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An Oasis in Time by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D.

An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest can Save Your Life, like It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys is a gentle, good-natured look at human tendencies. But the books couldn’t otherwise be more different. It’s Hard focuses on STUFF, anything from the paperwork for paying the bills to…

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Step Aside, I’m a Professional

“Step Aside, I’m a Professional!” I know there’s a joke somewhere which started that expression. I can’t find it, which is making me nuts. “Step Aside!!!” was the first thought popping into my head when I finished Clutter Control: Useful Tips for Getting Rid of the Mess, compiled and edited in 1991 by Susan Wright…

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The H Word

It’s bad for me to be bored in a library. I will unfailingly wander to the “For Sale” racks and I WILL find something. This time it was A Pint of Murder, written by Charlotte MacLeod under the pen name Alisa Craig and published in 1980. I vaguely remembered the name Charlotte MacLeod – turns…

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Smart but Stuck by Thomas E. Brown

Dr.  Brown is a clinician and Professor with Yale University who specializes in the treatment of people with attention and related disorders. He is an insightful, highly creative and patient healer. In Smart but Stuck Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD, he offers portraits of 11 people suffering because of an overlooked, underappreciated facet…

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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life 2017 edition

Once upon a time, new Organizer slaying dragons, I read the 2002 edition of “ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life” by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau. This was my review:   “I had an unusual reaction to this book by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen G. Nadeau. This is an excellent resource for ADD-abled people because…

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Sandra Felton, Founder of Messies Anonymous

I may start a shrine to Sandra Felton, a pioneer in the Organizing world. She’s written TWENTY, 20, XX, 普通话, २०   books, founded Messies Anonymous, has been intimately involved in the National Study Group for Chronic Disorganization which became the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.   I’d…

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The Beales of Grey Garden

I think I’ll always consider this one of the most difficult posts I ever write. I have no idea when I first heard about the cinéma verité Grey Gardens. But it is (perhaps) obligatory, even de rigueur, maybe a rite of passage, for Professional Organizers to watch this 1975 documentary about Edith (“Big Edie”) Ewing Bouvier…

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