Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It

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Do you spend much of your time struggling against the growing ranks of papers, books, clothes, housewares, mementos, and other possessions that seem to multiply when you're not looking? Do these inanimate objects, the hallmarks of busy modern life, conspire to fill up every inch of your space, no matter how hard you try to get rid of some of them and organize the rest? Do you feel frustrated, thwarted, and powerless in the face of this ever-renewing mountain of stuff?

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Overview

Do you spend much of your time struggling against the growing ranks of papers, books, clothes, housewares, mementos, and other possessions that seem to multiply when you're not looking? Do these inanimate objects, the hallmarks of busy modern life, conspire to fill up every inch of your space, no matter how hard you try to get rid of some of them and organize the rest? Do you feel frustrated, thwarted, and powerless in the face of this ever-renewing mountain of stuff?

Help is on the way. Cindy Glovinsky, practicing psychotherapist and personal organizer, is uniquely qualified to explain this nagging, even debilitating problem — and to provide solutions that really work. Writing in a supportive, nonjudmental tone, Glovinsky uses humorous examples, questionnaires, and exercises to shed light on the real reasons why we feel so overwhelmed by papers and possessions and offers individualized suggestions tailored to specific organizing problems.

Whether you're drowning in clutter or just looking for a new way to deal with the perennial challenge of organizing and managing material things, this fresh and reassuring approach is sure to help. Making Peace with the Things in Your Life will help you cut down on your clutter and cut down on your stress!

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While both of these books are aimed at people who bemoan the amount of stuff they've accumulated, their approaches are completely different. Glovinsky, a professional psychotherapist and professional organizer, asks readers to examine the underlying psychological issues that they have with "things." She explains different mental glitches that can make organizing harder for some people than others. Quizzes and checklists are offered so that readers can identify their thing issues and compensate for and/or ameliorate them. Basically, she takes Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out to the next level. Smallin, on the other hand, shares some concrete tips and techniques to control clutter. Unfortunately, she strays from that direction and digresses into topics such as personal finance (she gives tips on saving and investing), personal safety (she explains why semiannual fire drills are important), and final arrangements (she provides lists of what must be done when there's a death in the family). This lack of focus, coupled with an annoying tendency to repeat the same hints in different paragraphs, makes her book an optional purchase for public libraries. Glovinsky's book is recommended for any public library where clutter-control books circulate well. Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312284886
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 205,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Glovinsky

Cindy Glovinsky, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a licensed psychotherapist and personal organizer. The program director of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, she has presented at the National Association of Professional Organizers conference. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

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    Finally! A truly in-depth, comprehensive book that tackles the ways to conquer & the WHYs of clutter! If you really have an issue with 'stuff' you also want to know what is behind the issue. This book gives fantastically insightful information - I cannot thank this author enough for this good work. I learned more from this single book than all the workshops, articles & other books combined. Highly recommend - doubly so if A.D.D. is an issue for you, a family member or collegue.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    I found this book to be very helpful in understanding how and why Things end up cluttering and complicating our lives. Understanding our relationships with Things is the first step toward recovery!

    As a person who has fought a lifelong battle with clutter, I appreciated Glovinsky's humorous yet insightful analysis of why the problem occurs and persists. Her proposed strategies start with recognizing how our relationships with "Things" ( and I love the way she refers to Things with a capital letter as if Things were living beings with thoughts and feelings of their own!) get out of control. For Glovinsky, self-awareness of dysfunctional "Thing" relationships allows us to see how best to help ourselves manage clutter and "Thing" chaos, with the right amount of guidance from her as we work out our solutions. For anyone who has ever wondered how it is that "Things" seem to give birth to other "Things" when we are not looking and fill our homes multitudes of "Things" which must then be put away in "homes" that we never seem to be able to find for them, this is the book for you!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

    THE VERY BEST book on FINALLY organizing your stuff!!

    Chock full of SOLUTIONS that WORK! Most helpful book on understanding the reasons and root causes why I've struggled so long with accumulating stuff. Focuses on different areas, including effectively managing paperwork, and overall organization. I've read many books on this topic, and this one stands out in terms of helpfulness, practicality, and more importantly, getting to the root causes. A pleasure to read, too!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    This book WORKS!

    I have a serious clutter problem and have bought a few books on this site. This book by far ....works! It really explains why and how about 'things'. Gets you to realize what clutter really means and how it can take over your life. Finally you can read a few chapters take it all in and try it for yourself. After reading just a few chapters, I went to work and managed to organize a closet, clean my office bedroom and got rid of 6 trashbags of trash and gave 5 trashbags of 'things' away! WAY TO GO! I am getting an extra copy for my parents who seem to have the same problem! this runs in the family, I guess...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Delightful!

    This book is about something more than cleaning out your closets or organizing your junk drawer. Ms. Glovinsky asks superb questions about where things come from in your life, what you do with them while they are with you, and how it all eventually goes somewhere else. Her approach is gentle and full of insight. After all, it's just stuff!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    THIS BOOK WORKS!

    I borrowed this book from my library. Then, I renewed it so many times that I realized I better go to B&N online and buy the book. This book gets to the heart of the matter without blaming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    Ms. Glovinsky begins with a simple idea: that all people have em

    Ms. Glovinsky begins with a simple idea: that all people have emotional responses to their Things.  And she ends with a meditation on life.  Warm, witty, thought-provoking and kind, Ms. Glovinsky gently teaches you to identify your reactions to Things, whether those reactions are fearful, possessive, angry, joyful or a complex mix of many feelings.  She goes on to coach you  to learn detachment from your emotions and Things, to allow you to more easily relate to, organize and even let go of items.  She also teaches that there is no "right" way to organize: there is whatever way will work for you.  This is the first book I recommend to my organizing clients.  Lauren Williams, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA , USA 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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