About Julie Morgenstern
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Restaurant Cook, Waitress, Switchboard Operator, Dancer, Theatre Director
Q. Favorite job
A. My current Job--Professional Organizer, Productivity Expert
Q. High school and/or college
A. Parkway program--High School. Temple University-College
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Songtress, Ella Fitzgerald
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Full of adventure, amazing people and good fortune
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Find the truth-it will always set you free
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness is being surrounded by the people I love, in the city I love (New York) in my apartment that I love, and having a sense of security, freedom, value and good fortune.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right where I am!
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. iiiiiiii KNOW!!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to sing and belt out a tune to a crowd of thousands!
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising a grounded, happy and loving daughter
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who play the victim.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Helping clients organize their time, space, lives and companies!
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Edamame...or beets!
On Books and Writing
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I rarely re-read books
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Create an outline, then write every day, at the exact same time, so that the "muse" knows where to find you. With discipline and diligence, the book miraculously comes together.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. That my books feel like I am talking right to them.
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.