When Organizing Isn't Enough: SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life
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 fou...more
- Envision the outcome of your change.
- Does your current status and/or stuff support this change?
- If not, get rid of it.
Organize what's left over according to the "kindergarten" cubbyhole method outlined in JM's Organizing from the Inside Out:
- Everything has a home
I liked that it went beyond the normal "organizing" or "throw it all out" books out there. The first step is to separate out your treasures. Next, you heave the trash. What was different was the step where you envision your life right now and...more
getting rid of "stuff." The basic premise was:
S eparate your treasures
H eave your trash
E mbrace your identity
D rive yourself forward
Morgenstern encourages 'material detachment and radical generosity.'
Maryann Hershey: "May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter
and every window open to great possibilities."
William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be
useful, or believe to be beautiful."
I really like her approach, which starts *not* with tossing stuff out out willy-nilly, but with figuring out which "treasures" we want to keep--the stuff and activities that genuinely enrich us and support our vision for the direction we want our lives to take. Only after identifying wh...more
Julie Morgenstern offers important insights and but her key ideas are based around SHEDing: Separate the treasures, Heave the trash,Embrace your identity and Drive Forwards.
Simple and logical but difficult to do. Until she suggested that we should look at this as a change in life. Which of course it is! But to give this change a sense of change we should give the life before a theme or a name. We should...more
I saw this book on a shelf and grabbed it on impulse. My mother is a fan of Julie Morgenstern from seeing her shows on television, so I picked it up.
This book shows the process she goes through with several people to clear out their junk--emotional baggage making a physical presence in a person's home, or cluttering up their schedules.
I didn't read the whole book cover to cover (it's not nece...more
"How much space or time would you free up if you were to release the obsolete items?"
and bad habits that have become burdens in your life so you can start anew.
• Use the program to make a change or when unwanted change is thrust upon you.
• SHED stands for “separate” your treasures, “heave” your trash, “embrace” yourself,
and “drive into the future.”
• Before you shed, develop a new theme for the life you want in the future.
I almost think it would be a valuable book to have on everyone's shelf as a reference guide for clearing out home and head.
She advocates a slower approach to tossing your stuff, That if you keep certain things, that they are inspirations and clues to your new life ahead. She has you name a theme for your life previous and your life in future. She has you keep only 10 percent of a type of thing, like 2 things from your...more
Having said that, the practical stuff worked for me. The idea here isn't a didactic How You Organize Your Stuff, it's ideas on how to SEPARATE, HEAVE, EMBRACE and DRIVE your stuff. And not just your physical clutter stuff (like those old tax receipts, the thimble "collection" you picked up when trave...more
It concerned me a bit that she seems to delve into something close to a therapist with helping her clients figure out what is the emotional/mental road block holding them back. But she never suggests to her readers (or he...more
SHED: S is for separating the Treasures (practical, meaningful)
SHED: H is for Heave the Trash - trash, recycle, donate, sell; chose 1 category to get started (ie books, magazines, clothes, time attachments (list of backlogged tasks). She offers interesting exercise to determine what the task represents to you, the potential time gain you will have by completing the task,
SHED: E is for Emb...more
original thoughts in 2010: This would have been a better read than listen, because of how the chapters were laid out. Still, good advice, and a creative way of looking at the whole organization thing. Her focus on goals, and how our stuff plays into those said goals really is something to get you mov...more
But I do like the idea of Separate the treasures (what is worth keeping?), Heave the trash (so it doesn't weight you down), Embrace your identity (who might you be without the junk) and Drive yourself forward -- Hence SHED.