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Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff: The Q.U.I.C.K. Way to Bring Lasting Order to Household Chaos Paperback – August 24, 2002
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--"Quantify" really means make an inventory. They spend a lot of time helping to motivate the reader to do it, but they never answer two very important questions: WHY? and HOW? Why should I make this list of my stuff? How will it be used later? How much stuff should I inventory--just the things I think are clutter, or everything? How detailed should it be--5 shirts or blue dress shirt, tee shirt, etc?
--"Unload" means get rid of it. OK, fine, but how to decide? Why couldn't I do that WHILE I was quantifying? The authors say "don't pitch things while you are quantifing," but not why?
--The book is written with magazine style side-bars on nearly every page. The pages are too busy and distracting. Some of them contribute to the main text (why not just include them?), but many don't (put them somewhere else!).
In a nutshell, I'm very glad I borrowed this from the library so that it wouldn't add to the clutter of my home.
One guy saved space in his bathroom by getting rid of his hairdryer when he went bald. That one's headed "No Longer in Dryer Straits."
If you have more than one bathroom, keep a clothes hamper in only one of the bathrooms.
When you clean out the bathroom cabinet, "take a big plastic trash bag and a couple of big boxes with you to your bathroom battlefield and keep them in easy reach. Be sure that the bag is sturdy enough to handle the weight of all the items that you'll discard. Tops on the list: old tubes of toothpaste, the empty carton that used to be full of cotton swabs, the cologne your husband never, ever wears. When the job is done, tie it [I'm assuming she means the sack, not the husband or the cologne] up and make one trip to your trash cans."
"....As you unearth spare stands of dental floss, odd buttons, old pantyhose, and other items in your bathroom cleaning binge, Courtney Watkins [a former kindergarten teacher whose creds golly gosh include appearing on The Donny and Marie Show and doesn't that impress us all?] encourages you to use those materials to boost your child's creative powers. 'I think I have the most fun cleaning and organizing when I look at my collection of things and say, "What else can this be?" ' says Courtney. 'Playing the game of What Else, you push that muscle of creativity and ingenuity both in your child and you.' "
I submit to you that Courtney and author Lori Baird don't know what real clutter is. Buy Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui instead. It works and it's interesting!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I haven't yet read the entire book, I have already come across a lot of useful info & ideas.Published 10 months ago by Sharon Marti
He best book ever to help you let go of stuff you have and will never use.Published 16 months ago by C. Stephens
It takes time to read this book but it is full of helpful hints. Since reading it I've given away some household items that I never used. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ann Guenther
This is a great book to get good ideas for storing and cleaning your "stuff". I keep referring to this book over and over. Would purchase again.Published on October 7, 2013 by amazon lover