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Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space Paperback – January 1, 2015
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About the Author
Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker and the author of several books, including The Husband Project, The Cure for the “Perfect” Life, and The Get Yourself Organized Project. She and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four young adults.
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That is the first topic Lipp covers in this book. She helps us understand the why of clutter. She explores why we are hesitant to get rid of stuff. Reasons include fear, guilt, not wanting to admit defeat – and those are just a few. She also writes about why we buy and the longing we have that cannot be fulfilled by stuff. She helps us when we need to deal with other people's stuff and avoid mistakes.
Her philosophy includes making room for what's really important. She relates our accumulation of clutter to the state of our spirit. Clutter leads to a lack of peace and to stress. She shares the advantages of neighborhood sharing and not owning everything ourselves.
Yes, she does finally give us her strategy for clutter management and the three question test. Her plan is a little different in that it concentrates on what we want to keep. (She has included her three-box, two-bag system from a previous book in an Appendix.) She also includes a clothing strategy on how to get to a minimum yet useful wardrobe. She provides a strategy for paper clutter in an Appendix.
She finally reminds us that the de-cluttering process is not simply to get rid of stuff but to uncover and appreciate the treasures we have, making room for the best things in our life.
The important part of this book is the reasons we have clutter. If we don't address those reasons, even though we de-clutter once, it will be back. Reading this book will hurt but we'll be better for it. Reading the reasons why we buy and why we keep stuff was very insightful.
If you are ready to be intentional about your stuff, read this book.Read more ›
At last year's conference, I laughed and cried through her workshop on organization and then picked up a copy of her then-most-recent book, "The Get Yourself Organized Project", and I loved it so much that I absolutely jumped at the chance to get a preview copy of "Clutter Free". Both books are among the best organization books I have ever read. Because Kathi GETS it. She's not some neat-freak organization guru issuing proclamations from her perfectly-organized office in her magazine-cover-worthy home, telling us mere mortals that if we would only do X and maybe Y, our homes would stay clean, and we would be more worthy as human beings. No, Kathi has struggled with clutter and organization, and she understands what it's like to be the mother of young kids and trying to keep the clutter from consuming the house and absorbing the children. She's tried and failed at the methods the "experts" recommend, and then she regrouped and figured out that, even if she bought a cute shoe cabinet to go behind the couch, her family's shoes were still going to end up in a pile by the door until she found a system that would allow the shoes to be organized by the door.Read more ›
I received this book for free in exchange for this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read a little bit each day and it is helping me to remember things are just things and it is so nice to see things going out the door! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jessica Savage
The writing style, organization, topics covered, and presentation of information make this a book that is well worth reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara
I read a lot of Christian living and self help books, but so far this year Clutter Free has been the most inspiring and practical for life change. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynetta Smith
Kathi Lipp describes herself as a cheerleader and that she is. I will be re-reading this book whenever I feel the need to declutter - to remind myself why its ok to get rid of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SL
Not overly preachy, but good, simple advice that can be applied immediately and relatively painlessly. A good companion to Japanese Art of Decluttering.Published 2 months ago by austinmama
Excellent book to help me get rid of clutter. Thank you Kathi for your approach to clutter. It's not overwhelming. The more clutter I clean out, the better I feel I can breathe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Mac
I really enjoyed reading this book. Some of her descriptiona fit me to a T and it's nice to know that there are other people struggling with the same issues. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victoria Lucas de Rodríguez
I love this author, I found myself in the pages I bought two more for my daughter and a friend and recommended to so many of my friends So Far I'm up to 1300 "just stuff"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy Beck