A Few of my Favorite Organizing Books

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Get caught reading

When the weather’s nice, it can be hard to stay indoors working on your business, when you’d rather be outdoors having fun! Fortunately, there’s an activity that will let you do both at the same time – reading organizing books! Since May is officially Get Caught Reading month, it seems like the perfect time to share with you a few of my book recommendations.

Organizing from the Inside Out

by Julie Morgenstern

One of the things I like about this book is that it suggests various ways of organizing each area in the home. This can be very helpful when working with clients with different personalities and lifestyles than your own. It also includes time estimates for various organizing projects. Although this will naturally vary depending on the situation, it’s a useful guideline when you’re quoting on a job, especially when you’re new and haven’t worked with enough clients to come up with your own estimate. In addition, there are a number of handy lists, such as suggested categories for household files.

Time Management for Unmanageable People

by Ann McGee-Cooper with Duane Trammell

This book is fun, and so is McGee-Cooper’s approach to time management. She encourages the reader to make important information stand out on his or her calendar by using highly visual cues such as colors, pictures, symbols, or stickers, and to reduce stress by incorporating play time into daily life. With self-assessments, helpful hints, time-related quotes, and humorous illustrations, even left-brained professional organizers are sure to enjoy reading this book and to find some ideas for fine-tuning their own time management systems as well as those of their clients.


by Sandra Krebs Hirsh and Jean Kummerow

Although not technically a book about organizing, this has been one of my most valuable resources, so much so that when I lent out my copy and didn’t get it back, I ordered another one. It provides an excellent introduction to the subject of personality type and has sections describing the organizing and work styles of each of the 16 personality types. It’s a great tool for understanding how other people tick!

What’s your favorite organizing or business book?

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  1. Avatar Jacki Hollywood Brown on May 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    What men don’t tell women about business – Chris Flett
    Tribes – Seth Godin

    ADD Friendly ways to organize your life – Kohlberg & Nadeau
    Buried in Treasures – David Tolin
    Making Time work for you – Harold Taylor

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on May 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Jacki! The only one on your list that I’ve read is Harold Taylor’s Making Time Work for You, which is definitely a good one.

  3. Avatar Jennifer Rai on May 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Although we are not professional organizers, we do take on a lot of tasks to free up the time of small business owners. I am very intrigued by the Life Types read and am looking forward to what I can gather from it to help my interaction with clients. Thank you for the fantastic blog and wealth of information.

  4. Avatar Janet Barclay on May 26, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Jennifer, another book you might find useful is The Art of Speed Reading People by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger. It helps you identify other people’s personality types, and gives tips for communicating successfully with each type.

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