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SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    If you feel stuck in any way, read this book

    I have to admit, I love Julie Morgenstern's books, and I regularly recommend them to friends and family. Every time I start to lose focus in life, I come back to the now dog-earerd pages of her books on my shelf and bring my life back under control.

    Morgenstern's "kindergarten classroom" approach to organizing time and space is absolutely spot on, no matter your age, occupation, background, etc. In this book, Morgenstern takes a step back and helps you to answer the question - not just about your relationship to space and time and what's working and what's not - but about what it is you really WANT out of life to start with. Then, once you start to uncover that, she helps you design your time and space to make that happen.

    Before I picked up this book, I didn't even know what I needed - I just knew my life was out of balance. I was trying to do too much and nothing felt like it had a proper place in my life. This had to do mostly with my use of time (full time mom, wife, manager of a global technology services team...) but also with my physical "stuff" (many years as a single young professional and within the last couple of years, a wife, mother of a toddler...from apartment to one house and then another...).

    SHED helped me to take the steps (in the right order and with discipline!) to figure out what I wanted my "next chapter" to be about. It helped me to see that just like my identity had grown and changed, my time and my "stuff" needed to grow and change too.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANYONE who needs to get unstuck or just to find their bearings. It is an easy read and is perfect for reading in short spurts - even 15 minutes at a sitting is enough - which is great for moms, dads, students, and anyone else who's trying to cram too much into each day. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I have (and continue to do).

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

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    Ms. Morgenstern has a theory that people with disorganization is

    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 the person who uses the habits, in the emotions underlying the habits. This idea may not be exactly true for those people whose disorganization is organic – people with ADD or brain injuries, for example. But this theory can also help people with inborn or physical challenges examine the additional emotional responses they have developed to their circumstances as they have lived cluttered or chaotic lives because of their disability.

    Her SHED process refines her insight. It is simultaneously a tool for designing incentives to get organized, a structure for organizing, support against backsliding, and a mechanism for making the fullest possible use of your improved space. SHED is designed to allow its users to redesign their physical and virtual spaces, including time management. And as always, Ms. Morgenstern writes with warmth and humor. This is the second book I recommend to my clients. Lauren Williams, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA, USA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Finally Unstuck

    Julie's best book yet!!

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