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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439155143
  • ASIN: B005UVR4OY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organizational guru Walsh (Enough Already!) coaches readers in dealing with psychological clutter tied to money and finances so they can live thrifty lives that are also liberating, pleasurable, and rewarding. In a book brimming with case studies, pop quizzes, letters from Walsh's fans testifying to the joys of living with less, and exercises probing what readers want from their financial lives, careers, and relationships, Walsh says we must discern our wants from our needs so that the overpurchasing of goods and services doesn't just consume our energy and bank accounts but also our happiness and our chances of achieving peaceful lives At the crux of this book are three audits designed to instigate life changes: a financial audit combined with assessments of the physical junk filling our homes and the emotional junk causing tension in our lives. Throughout, Walsh challenges readers to face not just the physical clutter overwhelming their homes but also the psychological underpinnings to their habits and attitudes, to confront family members, and to establish tough boundaries within the limits of their family's means. Although the advice is familiar, motivated readers will find plenty of helpful tips to jump-start their self-transformations. (Jan.)
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"With the help of John Lee's enthusiasm and consistency, Walsh's inviting wisdom creates the hope that we can rein in our excesses and recast what it means for us to be happy." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Peter Walsh is a clutter expert and organizational consultant who characterizes himself as part-contractor and part-therapist. He can be heard weekly on The Peter Walsh Show on the Oprah and Friends XM radio network, is a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was also the host of the hit TLC show Clean Sweep. Peter holds a master's degree with a specialty in educational psychology. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

Customer Reviews

I have read several books on clutter clearing and Peter Walsh is definitely the best.
Jackie
He really helps you to put things in perspective as far as why you are holding on to things.
Rose
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is going through financial hardships currently.
Chi

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dan Herman on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book and ended up reading it--not for me, but for my sister-in-law. It is everything --and much more!--that I have told her she needs to do for years! And yes, I picked up some valuable info, even though I do live fairly frugally.

Lighten Up Love What Your Have, Have What You Need, be Happier with Less, by Peter Walsh, is a book to written to help us understand that that money does not buy happiness and hwo to live within our means and still find happiness!

Walsh writes about people who are financially suffering because of the Great Recession--who, while riddled with anxiety and depression about money problems, still spend money as a (short) term way of making themselves feel better. He explains that many of us feel that buying stuff makes us happy--but it doesn't.

Walsh writes about how many of us are now "getting it"--we understand that we don't need the biggest house or car or to buy more than all the neighbors do.

Just a little side note...in college I studied this phenomenon and can tell you that buying to find happiness (security, status, etc) has been around a long time--as in, since the late 19th Century with the rise of the Industrial Revolution! With the increase of goods came the need to sell them...thus, advertisements were born and with them, powerful messages to consume. Point is--we have been brainwashed into believing that buying makes us feel good for a long time!

Walsh attempts to smash all these erroneous beliefs and does a good job of it. The book instructs on how to set priorities and learn the differences between needs versus wants and entitlements. He asks: "How do you live a life of abundance on less?" --and explains how to do that.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By aareed on February 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Peter Walsh is such a positive force; he really cares about helping people. He also gets into the psychology of why we have too much clutter. Usually it is tied to some emotional need. People use clutter to fill some gap in their life, but it actually keeps them from moving forward in life. If you have too much clutter, please give this book a try. Going shopping and buying more stuff is not going to make you happy, instead it ends up making you feel a lot worse because the clutter builds up and you feel like you are losing control of your environment. Peter is great, his writing style is friendly, positive and serious. If you ever get a chance to watch his program on the Oprah Winfrey Network... do it! You will see what having too much clutter can do to people. It is too bad Amazon won't let me give Peter 10 stars because he deserves it for how much he has helped people. I know this book can help you.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Courbois on January 20, 2011
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Loved this read along with the two other books I bought that Peter wrote - each contributed to my change in understanding just what my stuff was contributing to my stress.My "stuff" and I now live together in better harmony and I love the space that is now opened up in my home and in other ways also..
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chi on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Peter hits the nails in my head and tells it as is. It's like the light has finally turned on for me as I've been sitting in the dark for a long, long time. I really like the questions and exercises that come with each chapter. They got me thinking and revisiting my habits and my thought patterns. I must admit that the questions Peter has for the readers are hard to answer. OK, speaking for myself. Really, if you are like me got hit by this recession, what Peter talks about in this book will touch you in every aspect of your life, just as mine has been touched by his wisdom. Ever since my husband was laid off by his job almost 2 years ago, we've been forced to live with only one income. But it's hard to change the way you've been living for the past 10 years to suddenly realize that you do not have that much spare money to spurge whenever and whatever you feel like. Honestly, it took me about more than a year to finally change my spending habits. I didn't love what I have and I constantly thought I need more and more would bring me happiness. After reading this book, I understand the simple and happy way of living is to live simply. Appreciate life and look at life differently. Stuff will not make me happy. Stuff does not define who I am. I have been cleaning out all of my clutters mentally and physically one day at a time and it is so liberating. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is going through financial hardships currently.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deb on August 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sure, we all know (at least on some level) that money can't buy happiness. But, the costly truth that many people don't realize is that "we tend to spend money on very little that has lasting value and that can truly add to the quality of our live over the long term." In fact, the true cost of the purchases that once promised a better life comes in the form of the emotional, physical, and financial clutter that gradually smothers--and devastates--lives.

In his timely book _Lighten Up_, Peter's mission is to "show you how to make space for what really matters by facing those fears and ditching denial once and for all." This book helps you get real about your financial habits, and offers a step-by-step way to work towards the vision you have for your life. Highly readable and usable, this book offers plenty of profound insights that are likely to change your relationship with money:

*"It's better to collect money, space, time, and energy than any single item." (p. 205)
*"Once you move away from falsely thinking that more stuff creates more of what you want, you can appreciate the value of less. When you acquire less stuff you will actually get more of want you really want--more money, greater security, peace of mind, more time, more energy, and deeper relationships." (p. 212)
*"We frequently acquire things we think we need for survival, but there are very few things we actually need in order to survive." (p. 137)
*"Break the association between spending and happiness, between love and receiving more, and between the acquisition of stuff and self-fulfillment." (p. 226)

One of my favorite parts of the book is the pause-before-purchase questions Peter suggests asking yourself before checking out (p.
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