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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Later Printing edition (August 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579545122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579545123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Whether one is a tosser, an accumulator, or a concealer, this book contains a wealth of advice on how to control household clutter. Beginning with a system of quantifying, unloading, isolating, containing, and keeping it up (QUICK), the book examines each room of the house and identifies common problems, such as too many loose recipes or jewelry jumble. It then offers specific, practical solutions, with advice from real people on how they keep organized. Lists of resources for storage products and organizations accepting household items for donation are also given. Similar to Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out, this book will be an excellent purchase for public libraries.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff is the first organizing book to make it easy for readers to solve their most vexing problems. Easy to navigate and packed full of great tips, no other book of its kind is this comprehensible."--Linda Koopersmith, The Beverly Hills Organizer

Customer Reviews

About halfway thru this book.
Shauna V. Brazzell
The book is written with magazine style side-bars on nearly every page.
R. Bennett
This book really changed my ideas about decluttering my life.
Ginger L.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By ken hagen on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I believe this book to be very helpful. IF you are not impaired in the ways of organization, then of course this book would have useless ideas for people who already know them. For those of us with this problem of not knowing how to organize, this book is great. It showed me how to organize space more efficiently, gave me a different outlook on how to use different rooms in my home and gave me some resources for what to buy for cabinets, closets and entryways. It is VERY helpful and full of all different advice in the way of organization. IT points out the psychological reasons we hoard things,,,,what type of clutter person you are and with that information helps you fight the habits that got you to the place where you needed to buy the book in the first place. Reading the other reviews, I believe them to unfairly put this book on a low level, seems maybe these people did not need the help to begin with??? It helps...it has major ideas and a lot of them in an easy to grasp format that is easy and pleasurable to read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ginger L. on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book really changed my ideas about decluttering my life. It has great mix of psychological motivation and practical how-tos. After reading it front to back, I go back and pick it up to read specific sections every now and then. This book is practical, a fun read and helped me change my home for the better.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maurine Gutowski on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading the widely disparate reviews, I got a copy from the library. I found the book to be delightful and helpful, and I have ordered a copy to own. I lead a complex life, producing beautiful, organized work but leaving debris around me as drafts, printouts, and other papers accumulate. The author is very understanding of the thought processes and problems of Accumulators and Paper Pilers. Her humor makes the task of organizing and disposing less of a chore. As a person with some ADD difficulties, often overwhelmed by distractions, I find her methods of working on little parts of a problem a big help.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I personally can't believe someone got a book contract for these obvious and/or lame rehashed suggestions about managing the stuff in your life. Some examples:
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!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book seemed a lot of already-heard organizing ideas rehashed by Rodale to make money. They should have had the person who wrote the marketing piece write the book! Confusing style, not funny - too cutsie, much too wordy... in a word... cluttered.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Bennett on February 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
The QUICK system is: Quantify, Unload, Isolate, Contain, Keep It up. I read the first three chapters, and I got so frustrated, I could not finish it. Here are my gripes:
--"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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Veloci86 on July 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Clutter is often a result of having a busy life. Hence, it wouldn't make sense for a book intended to help you clear clutter to involve a lot of your time. The book is designed of short but extremely helpful tips, so that you can read only a little bit and take 15 minutes to fight clutter. In other words, it helps you keep from being overwhelmed by the daunting task of clearing your stuff. I've always been. and always will be, a packrat, but I'm a more organized packrat now.
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