Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Change = Chaos

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from chapter 2 of Julie Morgenstern's book, Organizing from the Inside Out.

  • One of the most fundamental principles of organizing from the inside out: understanding the cause before seeking a remedy. (14)
  • I haven't found one case in all my years as a professional organizer where the clutter was caused by sloppiness, laziness or incompetence. (15) [**!!!**]
  • Self-awareness is your most powerful tool in getting and staying organized. (15)
  • [Julie has a whole list of technical errors, external realities, and psychological obstacles that lead to clutter. This list is worth the price of the book!] (16-33)
  • [on dealing with the speed of life] Apply the brakes from time to time, ...think before you jump and be willing to say "no" occasionally. (20)
  • Every time we go through a major change [in our life], we experience a breakdown in our organizational systems. It's inevitable. (21) [emphasis added] [**!!**]
  • If you have a need for abundance, it is often better to organize what you have than try to force yourself [or others] to throw stuff out. (25)
  • Taking on too much and feeling scattered in a million directions are typical symptoms of having unclear goals and priorities. (26)
  • Disorganization is a convenient way of holding yourself back. (27)
  • Work slowly to overhaul your system. (27)
  • Design your system to be simple, fun, and visually appealing so that it reflects your creative personality and feeds it. (30)
  • Objects can remind us who we are, or who we want to be, but the real truth is inside us and doesn't go away. (32)
  • Free up space by letting go of the old. (32)
  • There are a hundred ways to organize a filing system [or any system]; the one you choose is less important than sticking to it. (33)
  • Don't get so caught up in the process that you never see the result. (33)

*[...] = commentary added by me.

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