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A clean, organized, and restful home is only 5 days away.

If you've picked up this book, you want to reduce the clutter in your home, organize what's left, and keep it that way. But does the sheer scope of the project give you an anxiety attack? Don't let fear stop you! Organizing and time management experts Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims show you how, with the right game plan and a healthy dose of adrenaline, you're just 5 days from your goal.

With their proven team-based approach, even the most overwhelming de-cluttering job becomes doable. Section one shows you how to de-clutter, with each day of the week focused on one reachable goal. Section two shows you how to cultivate time-tested habits that keep your house in the clean, well-ordered state you've just achieved. You'll even learn how to deal with common obstacles such as
•filing
•storage needs
•health issues
•space restrictions
•the car
•even family sabotage!

So what are you waiting for? The home of your dreams is just a week away.

About the Author

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady®, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous, the author of many books, including Organizing Magic, and the coauthor of Organizing Your Day, Smart Office Organizing, and
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a new approach. The Mount Rushmore plan suggests gathering a team of 5 friends to meet at your house for a set period of time for 5 days to methodically pack up all the clutter in a 5 step plan. The owner will have bought white boxes with lids to hold the stuff.

I was very dubious about this book for much of the first half. It's asking a lot of 5 friends to donate this kind of time if, in fact, you can round up 5 friends who are willing to come and do this task. It's also expensive to buy all of those white boxes. Your friends are not to voice their opinions on your stuff, but if they put it in the box, it is indeed an assessment of your stuff unless it is labeled to go to another room. The owner has the final say in the matter. What of the larger items that aren't going to fit in the boxes? And clothing-wise, I really don't think this method will work. Your friends aren't going to know what fits you well and can't take the time to check items for wear. Dealing with clothing is not mentioned.

Part 2 touches lightly on organizing with general tips on organizing centers and labels for filing paperwork. I re-organized 2 file drawers; re-did the labels uniformly and tossed out the worn files. She's right! It is so much more effective to use now. The author really does like neat containers and even goes so far as to suggest covering shoe boxes for prettier storage. I'll have to think about that one. I do like her "if it takes less than 30 seconds to deal with it, then don't put it down - deal with it!" And I liked her suggestion to leave space around things for easier access. She suggests doing 3 things a day to keep up with housework on a regular basis so people can drop in on the spur of the moment and you won't be embarrassed.
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Recently, I received this book about decluttering your home--with a big 1-2 punch. I was curious about their advice. What can you do when you find yourself with a cluttered home? But, also, how can you help a friend who wants to declutter their home?

In the introduction, the authors start off with what I think is a great approach! They explain that it is the characteristics of creative, disorganized people that make them such wonderful people to be around. In the same chapter, they go on to answer the question-- "What about guys?" on pg. 11. Their answer "Whether we like it or not, women usually care more and carry more responsibility for the house than men." They take a very gentle tone towards the reader of this book and I like that--a lot. They approach decluttering from a positive angle.

Their approach is to gather a team to be in this with you, the reader. In 5 days, the team boxes up everything that is causing the clutter. Then, you go through the clutter one box at a time. When I declutter my home periodicaly and packed before we moved last year, I purged as I went. I know that works for me. My one concern about this method is--where do you put the boxes? Not all homes are big enough to stack boxes out of the way.

How to purge the boxes is something the authors cover and I thought they had a great list of questions to ask yourself as you purge.

At the beginning of the book, God is mentioned. The scripture about two being better than one is cited as a good reason for decluttering as a team. And later in the book, the authors talk about taking care of things being for God's glory. Mostly, though, they focus on the primary goal of decluttering being greater happiness and enjoyment of beauty.
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I was immediately turned off by this book because of the constant quoting of scripture and interpretations of the Bible. If I wanted to read about someone's religious views, I would have borrowed a book on that subject, not a book on decluttering my house.

Also, I think that the book is geared more toward hoarder-type folks than just general clutterbugs, because the authors go on about how you'll need about $150 worth of banker's boxes to start the decluttering process. Spoiler alert: moving clutter from surface areas to boxes that you stack around the perimeter of a room is not DECLUTTERING, it is DELAYING THE INEVITABLE. Someone still has to deal with the problem.
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5 Days to a Clutter-Free House is a great book geared toward someone (or a family) that is overwhelmed with their clutter and needs a direct strategy and instruction on how to get your place cleaned up. I really liked how the authors were very loving and encouraging when they were addressing the people who may be struggling with clutter issues and why they may be struggling. It truly offered insight to me into the motivations of people who hoard or are extremely messy. I am undeniably a neat freak and was hoping to possibly learn something I didn't know. Although I did not find anything in the book that was applicable to me, I did learn some tools to help others become cleaner and more organized. This book really is geared toward someone who has a very large task ahead of them, and who may have people who are willing to help them. This book would be perfect for an adult chid of a parent who has a hoarding issue, or a concerned friend who would like to come alongside someone who needs assistance. I learned a lot about why messy people are messy. The psychology behind why people have a hard time being clean and organized is really fascinating. By reading this book, I have a deeper understanding of the struggles and thought processes of people with messy homes. I am walking away feeling more compassionate towards people who struggle with cleanliness, and for that I think this book is well worth buying. The strategies outlined in this book are practical and doable, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a game plan for cleaning. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".
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