By Julie Morgenstern (Fireside, 2008)
Is it possible to have a perfectly organized closet that’s full of clutter? Yes, says organizing guru Julie Morgenstern: If that closet is packed with clothes you never wear, it is cluttered indeed. In her new book, When Organizing Isn’t Enough, Morgenstern moves beyond her usual categorization strategies to take on the psycho-emotional side of clutter. Rather than simply dealing with the junk on the surface, she sheds light on our deeper attachments — including our time-wasting, hoarding and self-limiting habits — thereby empowering us to bid our junk a more lasting goodbye. Our old “stuff” traps energy that’s needed for creative change, Morgenstern explains, and shedding it allows the momentum of positive shifts to take hold. Indeed, SHED is the acronym for the book’s full-scale decluttering program: Separate the treasures, Heave the trash, Embrace your identity, and Drive yourself forward. Morgenstern walks readers through a step-by-step process that begins with assessing a theme for the life they want, like “discovery” or “healthy interdependence.” This makes the subsequent aligning of one’s current space, stuff and behavior a much easier task. Specifically geared toward people in transition, this is a fantastic tool for anyone wanting to free up stuck energy for a great leap forward.