Monday Book Review: Organizing from the Inside Out

Reading is one of the things that pulled me out of the dark hole of grief, and I love hearing about others’ take on the titles I’ve read. To that end, I’m pulling over one of my reviews from Goodreads each week. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Please note links in this article are affiliate links.

This week’s review: Organizing from the Inside Out
by Julie Morgenstern

Rating: 4/5

Possibly one of the best organization books I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot!).

I’ve seen some reviews that were critical of the book, saying it involved too much writing and not enough decluttering. But I think that’s why Morgenstern’s method will stick. It is based upon finding the system you need, not the system an organizational guru thinks you need. I borrowed the book from the library, but this was one was good enough to buy.

That said, a lot of this book is dated. I skipped over the whole technology section at the end since it revolved around using PDAs and backing up files to floppies or CDs. This book also seems to lean heavily toward work and business organization. Although there is discussion of kitchens and bathrooms, it seems mostly concerned with getting paperwork under control and work spaces set up. All that information was perfect for me since my home office is my biggest challenge, but the book may not be a perfect fit for those trying to streamline their home life only.