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“I have needed this book for years, and I loved it! Brooks’s advice helped me clean up clutter, which gave me more time, energy, and creativity.”
— Robert J. Kriegel, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!

Clutter Busting literally changed my life. Brooks’s gentle yet firm voice inspired me to act, to widen my eyes and take a fresh look around — and undo pockets of clutter, not only in my closet and the trunk of my car but also in my heart. This book is filled with practical, useful wisdom.”
— Marc Lesser, author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less

“If you want to make your space into a transformative tool that supports your life and work, you need Clutter Busting.”
— Julia Mossbridge, PhD, author of Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul’s Work

About the Author

BROOKS PALMER helps people get rid of things they no longer need. He has been featured in national and local media and has performed stand-up comedy for many years. A popular speaker to diverse groups, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago. www.clutterbusting.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316596
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his fourteen years of Clutter Busting in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, Brooks Palmer realized the intense emotional connection most people have with material possessions, and that internal clutter must be addressed before external clutter can be discarded. He created his Clutter Busting method to help people let go of those things they no longer need and to open the doors for new possibilities.

Brooks Palmer's Clutter Busting business took off by word of mouth when people began calling, usually out of sheer desperation. He has since been featured on the TV show Raising Whitely on the Oprah Winfrey Network, in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Business Journal and Daily Candy, and on Living Live, Chicagoing and the CBS Channel 2 Nightly News. Brooks travels between Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, working with clients and offering seminars on getting rid of the clutter in our lives. He lives in Chicago.

Brooks speaks regularly to diverse groups around the country, including: businesses, women's groups, Rotary Club, health expos, senior citizens groups & yoga centers. Brooks also enjoys writing cartoons, drawing pastel paintings, and performing comedy at live venues. Brooks is also a singer-songwriter. His alternative folk albums, Brooks Takes His Time, and Shake the Sun are available on Amazon MP3 downloads.

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138 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Gautam Desai on March 22, 2009
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I must say I wasn't expecting much out of the book. I knew I had a problem with organization and a tendency to acquire things that I quickly grew tired of. This book has changed the way I view my home, people around me, and life in general. It's premise that if something isn't adding value to your life may mean it's clutter is a critical revelation. The only negative is that you start noticing the clutter-rich behavior of those around you (read: your family) and I find myself asking them to get with the program.

In the end, in just two weeks I have rid myself of a truck full of old electronics, computers, and junk in a local e-waste recycler, 10 huge bags of recyclables, and 20 cardboard boxes. I have a lot to go and can't wait to get back to it.

I now feel great about the evolution of my home as a peaceful place to spend time with the family. I never knew what agitated me so much in the past, now I do.

Finally, I have stopped spending money on things that I now realize have no long-term value and would probably end up junk. The money on the book has paid for itself hundreds of times over already. This book has my highest recommendation!
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Digital Dori on November 17, 2009
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I have read a lot of clutter books over the years and this one is clearly the best. The author does not start out with the typical "get 4 boxes for keep, charity, trash, recycle..." He also does not talk about plastic containers, except to promote the concept that once you declutter, you won't need them; plastic containers are just expensive trash cans. Rather he delves into the mental/emotional aspects of clutter. He enables the reader to view clutter as ...well... clutter. I found my perspective change from seeing an item I might need to keep, to seeing an item I realized was clutter and I could easily toss. After reading the first few chapters, I was able to fill an entire roll out container in a couple days. I am eager to do more and work 30-45 minutes each day on decluttering with the goal of filling the roll out container each week. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in decluttering. And to avoid adding more clutter, I got this book at the library.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Candyce C. Fleming on December 20, 2009
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If you are just going to start clutterBusting - this is the first book you should read. If you are clutterbusting challenged, like I found myself, this is the next book you should read. I saw myself in quite a few chapters, and felt as if the author was there with me, talking me through it all. An unexpected gift in reading the book, aside from my personally directed benefits, it helped increase my benevolence toward others that I know are clutterers. This book helped me increase my understanding of myself on many levels.

Keep in mind when purchasing - this isn't really about organizing yourself. It's about freeing yourself.

Definitely worth reading. You can pass it along when you are done if you are concerned about the clutter!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth on June 16, 2010
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The goal of this book is to reconnect people with the true purpose of things.
Here's a quote from the book:
-- "Things are functional. Their job is to make your life easier or to increase your level of fun. Things become clutter when they no longer achieve either of these results."

It doesn't matter if these things are worn out or brand new. If they're no longer useful to you, they're taking up precious physical and psychological space. They'll contribute to why you don't enjoy your home more, why you feel overwhelmed, and why you can't get or stay organized.

The author explains that things are purchased from a hopeful place, the hope being that this object will provide meaning to your life, but it never fulfills that promise. Instead, it provides a temporary high that leaves you longing for more.

To end this cycle of highs and lows, the author retrains you to see clutter as having a heavy weight on your soul. He explains how advertisers train you to believe objects equal happiness and then provides examples of how those objects kept people stuck in the past and caused friction between couples, too.

This author also won't placate you with clever ways to organize clutter. Clutter competes for your attention and organizers are an attempt to quiet the noise, but it doesn't work. In the back of your mind, you know it's still there...waiting to be dealt with. To him, organizers are just "attractive trash cans" that delude you into believing you've dealt with the clutter when really, you've delayed doing so.

So then, what's the wisest way to handle clutter? The author shows you how in a gentle, but also firm way. He shares examples of people who've struggled to get rid of clutter and who came out feeling much lighter.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Joseph VINE VOICE on March 10, 2012
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Over the years I've run across my fair share of books on clearing clutter. Everyone knows you should clear your clutter. I mean, who wouldn't know that? Besides, my house isn't all that cluttered. And well, yes, though there are little piles of stuff here and there, they really aren't a problem.

So I had to laugh when I received a copy of Clutter Busting - Letting Go of What's Holding You Back by Brooks Palmer. But then I looked again; Letting Go of What's Holding You Back caught my eye.

Okay, so I didn't think I had a serious clutter problem, but I did know that feeling of being held back! So I opened the book, and started reading.

"Hanging on to things is a way to avoid change... You've been anesthetizing yourself with things to create a false sense of stability; meanwhile, change is going on inside and around you all the time." From the book, page 4.

Alright, so this did make sense. I like stuff. I like my stuff. It makes me feel safe, or at least it distracts me so I think I feel safe.

"Think of it as weeding the garden of your life. Isn't your garden a joy to behold after it has been freshly weeded?" From the book, page 9.

After I read this book I surveyed my own home. I saw knick knacks that did not bring me joy, but rather upset me and made me feel guilty because I felt I had to keep them because they'd been a gift; I saw piles of books sitting on the floor because my bookcase was too overcrowded to hold them. And I felt guilty because I'd bought them, just sure they were going to change my life, yet some of them were several years old and I'd never even bothered to open them after I'd brought them home from the bookstore. I had piles of books from publishers to review, and I felt guilty each time I looked at those!
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