SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck

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Expert organizer and New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern teaches you how to get rid of the physical, mental, and time clutter that’s keeping you from the life you want.

Julie Morgenstern has made a career out of helping her clients get organized. But in the process, she discovered something surprising: for many of her clients, organizing isn’t enough. For those who are eager to make a change in their lives—a new job, a new relationship, a new stage in life—they need to get rid of the old before they can organize the new. They need to SHED their stuff before they can change their lives! So Julie created the SHED process—a four-step plan to get rid of the physical, mental, and schedule clutter that holds back so many of us. But SHEDing isn’t just about throwing things away! Julie teaches that its just as important to focus on what comes before and after you heave the clutter, so that the changes you make really stick in the long term. Learn about:

• Separating the treasures (figuring out what really matters)
• Heaving the rest (undertaking the tough work of eliminating excess)
• Embracing your true identity (figuring out who you really want to be)
• Driving yourself forward (achieving real change now that the past isn’t holding you back any longer)

Whether you’re facing a move, a promotion, an empty nest, a marriage, divorce, or retirement, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life provides a practical, transformative plan for positively managing change in every aspect of your life.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743250900 | 
  • March 2009
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Julie Morgenstern: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Julie Morgenstern helps readers change their lives by SHEDing their stuff—because sometimes organizing just isn’t enough and clutter has got to go.

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Chapter 1
What Is SHED?


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.

—Henry David Thoreau

As an organizing and time management guru, my work over the past twenty years has been dedicated to delivering practical and insightful solutions that transform the way people and companies function. My “inside-out” philosophy lies at the heart of my mission—building systems around the unique personality, style, and goals of each individual and company so that they can make their greatest contributions to the world.

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Julie Morgenstern
Q. how did you come to write SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life?

A. For my whole career as a Professional Organizer, I watched people confuse organizing with getting rid of things. When in fact, one has nothing to do with the other. Organizing is about creating systems that make you more efficient. You don’t have to get rid of anything to get organized. As long as you can find what you need when you need it, and are comfortable in your space, then you are organized. Decluttering is about getting rid of the obsolete in your life so you can get unstuck. Throwing things out will not get you organized at all. It will, however, open up space, energy and insight so you can move forward, and proactively manage your way through change. Two totally different processes, with totally different purposes. My early books focused on dispelling the common myths about getting organized. I felt it was time to dispel the myths about decluttering as well. Getting rid of things is profoundly difficult--and I wanted to provide insight into what's holding people back, and what could help them succeed. The answers are in this book: 1-You have to be doing it for the right reason. (to get unstuck; not to get organized) 2-You need to stop thinking of your clutter as "junk"--it's a point of entry--an opportunity to gain insight into an old attachment you are struggling to release. Once you identify it, it's much easier to let it go. 3-Success depends entirely on what you do before and after getting rid of things to ensure lasting results and true transformation. This book, therefore is about way more than getting rid of things. It’s about managing change in a proactive and positive way….using the decluttering process I call SHED as the vehicle for transformation.

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