Julie Morgenstern quotes

  • We all get attached to frayed towels, mismatched sheets and shapeless pillows, associating them with years of comfort, but they have ceased to be functional! As for the plethora of hotel freebies, gather them in a basket to be offered as a hospitality service to your overnight guests. They'll be pleased by your thoughtfulness-and amazed that you're so organized.
    -- Julie Morgenstern

    #Years #Comfort #Guests

  • Each time we go through a major life change (getting married or divorced, moving, having a family, switching careers, starting a new business, going back to school), we experience a breakdown of our organizational systems. It's inevitable-we are dealing with a new set of realities-and it takes time to process the information and to actually see what there is to organize.
    -- Julie Morgenstern

    #Life Changing #Moving #School

  • Organizing time is exactly like organizing space. Just as a closet is a limited amount of space into which you must fit a certain number of objects, a schedule is a limited space into which you must fit a certain number of tasks. Each day and each week is simply a container, a storage unit with a definite capacity. The trick is to treat time not as an abstraction but as something solid that you can hold on to and move around.
    -- Julie Morgenstern

    #Moving #Numbers #Space

  • Clean and restock your car at the end of each trip. No matter how tired you are, resist the temptation to let that empty muffin bag wait until mañana. Tomorrow turns into next week, next month.
    -- Julie Morgenstern

    #Tired #Next Week #Car

  • I always thought the name of Utah’s major newspaper was some sort of weird misspelling of the word “desert.” But no, Deseret is the “land of the honeybee,” according to the Book of Mormon. I guess I should have figured they would have caught a typo in the masthead after 154 years.

  • In 1917 European history, in the old sense, came to an end. World history began. It was the year of Lenin and Woodrow Wilson, both of whom repudiated the traditional standards of political behaviour. Both preached Utopia, Heaven on Earth. It was the moment of birth for our contemporary world.

  • In an emergency, what treatment is given by ear? Words of Comfort.

  • That's a big part of my life - doing things that I'm not prepared to do. Doing things that I don't know how to do, and keep doing them until I get good at them. I always try to put myself out of my comfort zone and out of my depth, and hopefully somewhere along the line I'll catch up.

  • During negotiations nothing is gained by attacking people's comfort zones.

  • Guests are the delight of leisure, and the solace of ennui.

  • For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best, Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.

  • Like when I host a party. I hope my guests get along. But if not, how interesting!

  • How different a loved and familiar spot appears, when viewed with the eye of probable guests.

  • Sleep is your friend. Dreams are your unwelcome guests.