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Don Aslett's Clutter-Free!: Finally & Forever Paperback – September 1, 1995
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This is the first Don Aslett book I've read. Especially in the beginning, it is something like 95% reader's stories of their clutter and junk. It is laugh-out-loud funny. These stories are so extreme that I had to stop reading and immediately started going through my own things and getting rid of stuff. I'd go back and read more and then go back to de-cluttering. It took me 6 weeks to read the book because I have spent hours and hours de-junking my house in between. There are also some funny quizzes and poems, those that didn't interest me I simply skipped over.
The overall approach with this book is that it presents many readers's stories of what they save and collect and how they got rid of some of it. Then Aslett chimes in with his two cents and sometimes some tips on how to decide whether to save something or keep it or other words of wisdom regarding the subject at hand. Then back to this format over and over. I actually loved the format and felt that it was not preachy in nature. It was also easy to read in small bits and pieces, something nice for a busy mother like myself.
Aslett focuses on getting rid of most everything that we are not currently using or using within the last year. While I can't get that radical, it is inspirational. He deems a "collection" as anything we have three or more of, and he recommends having no collections.Read more ›
Some of the stories are downright amusing -- my favorite, a story by a woman cleaning out her recently-deceased grandmother's home, who found oatmeal boxes and all kinds of other boxes, even boxes in the attic, full of metal disks. She finally realized that the disks were the ends off biscuit cans -- grandma made biscuits for breakfast every day for over twenty years. A woman described her husband, who saved every school paper he ever had, because "when he's President it will be necessary for history." There are notes from a woman who saved all of the shoulder pads she had removed from her clothing, even though she looked ghastly in shoulder pads, another woman whose clothese are so tight in her closet she doesn't need hangers -- "They're just suspended there by compression."
In addition to the testimonials, Aslett includes all sorts of silly poetry about clutter that will have you laughing, poems about "The Junk Drawer" and "Purse of the American Wife.Read more ›
That said, if you want to feel massively superior to people who've saved sixteen years' of National Geographics, the entire contents of the city dump, or a barn full of fluorescent light fixtures, this book is a hoot. Once you've started decluttering, read this book during your drink breaks. It's easy to put down, thanks to all the short sections, and the vision of not being like these people will keep you going.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of Don Aslett and his cleaning systems .... fun read!Published 7 months ago by Lauralynn A. Knight
It was not as easy to follow as the other books written by Don Aslett, though it was still thought provoking.Published on May 17, 2014 by J Lee
This is a collection of letters from Mr. Aslett's readers, telling about their decluttering experiences. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Chara
I have had a book of Don Aslett's in the past and when I realized he had more books I got excited. Especially fun getting it here on my Kindle and enjoy the option of it reading to... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Jeannine
The perfect follow up to Clutters Last Stand. Don Aslett is the expert....all others learn from him. I'm also reading For Packrats only.Published on July 9, 2013 by Philip T. Newton
Don Aslett is an author of choice for organization and de-clutter books, paperback, easy to read, adequate price, I would check out a library before ordering. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Lana Floyd
I recommend "For Packrats Only" as a prerequisite for this one. This is like having extra add-ons. He says, you asked for more about... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Lisa Jackson
This was the first Don Aslett book I read; I had checked it out from my local library. I found it really motivating -- in fact, I went back and ordered his most popular past two... Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by avid reader
I'm writing primarily to take exception with the most recent reviewer who returned the book. It's more a matter of preference than he or she is wrong and I'm right. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by Stephen Hoff