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The Spirit of Getting Organized: 12 Skills to Find Meaning and Power in Your Stuff [Paperback]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Red Wheel
ISBN  1590030249  
EAN  9781590030240  

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The papers on our desk are connected to the universe, and in fact are the universe in part. When we work with them we are working with the cosmos. On one level, The Practical Matters is about sorting papers and using file folders. But, there's more to life than a neat office. After years in the field of professional organizing, Pamela Kristan realized that organizing was a doorway, an opportunity to find personal power and meaning. Organizing is an intimate encounter with life's everyday details that has the power to engage us profoundly - with our soul, with our world, and with the farthest reaching, grandest patterns of Nature. Rather than pulling us away from spiritual work with mundane chores, organizing can draw us into the cosmos. The heart of The Practical Matters offers twelve skills that will help you take care of the external clutter in your life including sorting, shredding, observing, and storing. To build these seemingly simple skills, Kristan has developed exercises and reflective tools that reveal hidden feelings and attachments and allow us to get organized and get on with our real purpose in life. Including pages for recording observations and exercise results, as well as a vast section of resources for developing order both internally and externally, The Practical Matters can transform a dreadful chore like cleaning out your closet into an opportunity for an intimate encounter with your true self.

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The thoughtful organizer's book  Oct 18, 2007
This book stands apart -- WAY apart -- from the usual how-to on the subject. If you need advice no deeper than "buy a broom," go for the oversimplified approach of other books on the subject. But if you appreciate the deeper side of disorganization and clutter and how that keeps you stuck, this one's for you.

It's appropriately shelved in the Self-Help section in bookstores and libraries, but it is definitely not a psychology book and doesn't claim to be. The author's role is that of a gentle and encouraging coach who advocates slowing down, cultivating awareness, and finding meaning in what is essentially an overwhelming, dreadful task. It's also a well-written, well-organized read.

Far from the usual how-to, The Spirit of Getting Organized was the only one that gave me the courage and practical advice to start and keep going. For example, using objective observation skills in looking at your mess, setting up active staging areas, and giving deeper consideration to how and where to begin. The subject of "shedding" digs deeper than the chuck-it-if-you-haven't-worn-it-in-a-year rule. It's hard to jump right in and purge like crazy if you have no understanding of why you're hanging on in the first place. Very helpful to me was the discussion on how and when best to "gracefully disengage" from the work. Knowing when to set a project aside avoids guilt and burn-out that will keep you from finishing.

I refer to the book often like an understanding and encouraging friend to keep myself on track. This one's never going in the "purge" pile.
Getting organized  May 13, 2007
I found this book to be too superficial for my needs. I do not regret its purchase because to learn it was not going to give me info I needed was also important. I will pass it on to someone else.
Disappointing  Feb 3, 2005
I very much wanted to like this book. But... while there is good material herein, it is sporadic and buried. I find the book ultimately hard to use, particularly the way one is encouraged to flit back and forth throughout the book. The information is not presented in a clear, easy-to-access manner. Which is too bad, because the author comes across as a very likable person.
Where's The Spirituality????  Feb 24, 2004
I bought this book in the hopes of finding out the meaning behind the clutter in my home and how it connects to myself in a spiritual manner. I thought the focus would be on awareness of what it all means and enpowerment to change. Unfortunately, what I got was how to file. Very disappointed since I purchased 2 books and gave one to a friend, who feels the same way. A total waste of money.
Understanding your mess and yourself!  May 11, 2003
Kristan offers guidance - with no judgment - about how to understand why we have trouble getting organized and what to do about it. This book works for the collector of huge amounts of junk to the occassionally-my-desk-gets-too-messy and I don't know where to start person. There are how-to's for filing and sorting and making decisions about stuff. On a more involved level, Kristan helps one prioritize and feel less stressed managing a life or job that requires constant multi-tasking. On the deepest level she offers spiritual or philosophical perspective on the relationship between us and our stuff.

I don't usually read how-to or self-help books, but this was a real find and has something for everyone.


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