Making Peace with the Things in Your Life
Why Your Papers, Books, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You-and What to Do About It
By Cindy Glovinsky M.S.W. A.C.S.W.
Platform: Paperback (Available through Madison Public Library)
This book really geared towards the casual reader in tone, but offers some really great insight into Thing management techniques for the professional organizer as well.
Cindy breaks the book down in to four sections
Part I: Rethinking Things
Part II: You and Your Things: Taking Inventory
Part III: Why Things Keep Overwhelming You
Part IV: What to do About Things
She really helps you try to determine why Things (capitalized on purpose!) are difficult for some. It feels a little like a history lesson. If you learn why you are holding on to things, or why you manage things a certain way, then you can avoid repeating that in the future. She makes some really great points about becoming aware of our surroundings and how it became to be the way it is. I often feel like I could write a book about organizing for my clients, but now I feel like I don't have to! This is a great book for the person trying to get organized, their families, and professionals.
"…time is time, however you chop it up. It's all about learning to make best use of whatever your brain does naturally, setting limits when you must and going with the flow whenever you can." (p139)