When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life

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Are you eager to make a change but unsure what's next?

Organizing works when you know where you're going but don't know how to get there. But sometimes organizing isn't enough. When you're eager to make a change in your life but are unsure of your new destination, you need to SHED.

Expert organizer and New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern has developed the four-step SHED plan to help you get unstuck from the defunct, obsolete ...

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Overview

Are you eager to make a change but unsure what's next?

Organizing works when you know where you're going but don't know how to get there. But sometimes organizing isn't enough. When you're eager to make a change in your life but are unsure of your new destination, you need to SHED.

Expert organizer and New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern has developed the four-step SHED plan to help you get unstuck from the defunct, obsolete objects and obligations preventing you from living a richer, more meaningful life. SHED picks up where other organizing processes leave off—helping you purge the physical and behavioral clutter holding you back so you can finally create real change in your life.

But it's not just about throwing things away! The SHED process is more about what comes before and after you heave the clutter so that the changes you make really stick in the long term. The SHED plan involves four key steps:

Separate the treasures—What is truly worth hanging on to?

Heave the trash—What's weighing you down?

Embrace your identity—Who are you without all your stuff?

Drive yourself forward—Which direction connects to your genuine self?

Whether you're facing a move, a promotion, an empty nest, a marriage, divorce, or retirement, When Organizing Isn't Enough provides a practical, transformative plan for positively managing change in every aspect of your life.

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"With natural diction and phrasing that is sensitive to the energy flow of the writing, [Karen White] gives an appealing interpretation of the author's best advice yet on the well-managed life." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400157877
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3, 10 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Julie Morgenstern is an accomplished speaker, the bestselling author of Time Management from the Inside Out, and the founder and owner of Julie Morgenstern's Professional Organizers.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    A proven system on organizing

    Almost everyone wants to become better organized. Thorough reorganization involves getting rid of the assorted rubbish that weighs you down and prevents you from moving ahead efficiently. Some of this junk is physical, but not all of it. Your junk can include an overbooked schedule, a mountain of action items that never get done and bad habits that steal your time. Organization expert Julie Morgenstern developed the ¿SHED¿ system to help people eliminate the messes that accumulate in their lives. Do you want to get rid of the bulky load of bricks you¿re carrying? Morgenstern can teach you how. Her approach to organizing is pragmatic and highly useful. She doesn¿t dwell on working smarter, improving your schedule or completing action items. Instead, she focuses on ridding yourself of your heavy load of junk, whatever it is, so you can start over fresh and light. getAbstract believes her book is perfect for anyone who wants a new, uncluttered start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

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    When Organizing Isn't Enough: SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life, by Julie Morgenstern is a about getting rid of the physical stuff and the tasks in our schedules that keep us stuck. Julie Morgenstern is an organizational and time management coach and puts her talents into this ingenious book. Morgenstern believes that organizing is what gets us unstuck. In the introduction, she promises that: 'reading this book will dislodge you from your current state of paralysis and help you figure out what's next.' She introduces her theory, SHED--which means letting go of attachments of old and useless stuff to allow you to gain 'energy, insight and the clarity to male decisions.' SHED is letting go of stuff in your past to allow you to move forward. Morgenstern believes we should study the reason we feel attached to certain objects and advises: * Separate treasures ^ Remove trash * Embrace your identity * Drive yourself forward She suggests we apply the same process of getting rid of stuff to removing tasks in our schedules that are simply habits and that do not support our current lifestyle. Throughout the book, Morgenstern presents case studies of her clients to illuminate her theories. I discovered the importance of letting go of stuff to allow my life to move forward in the book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet. I think Morgenstern is spot-on with her SHED system.

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