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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777171
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone has a corner in his or her home or office that has become a catchall for a wealth of "stuff." In this entertaining read, Emmett (The Procrastinator's Handbook) aides clutter collectors in identifying "When Enough Becomes Too Much" and doles out advice on how to achieve and maintain an inviting and airy living space. A "Recovered Pack Rat," Emmett argues that living or working in a cluttered environment can take a toll on one's physical and emotional well being: "When you are surrounded by confusion, you feel confused; when you are surrounded by junk, you feel junky." This slim but thorough book helps readers tackle problem areas like closets and garages, and also includes tips on emptying e-mail accounts and clearing out ordinary paper clutter. Emmett lists 50 ways to get rid of and limit unwanted items, naming various charities and online auctions and making suggestions such as share magazine subscriptions with friends. Throughout, she includes helpful "clutter quizzes" that identify bad habits and gives readers practical tips on how to remain focused. With its sound advice and upbeat, encouraging tone, this book will motivate readers to get a jump on their spring cleaning.
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"Rita Emmett's writing possesses the same clarity and spirit as her message. Her book has transformed by life and I continue to live her clutter-busting lessons — as a result, my environment is becoming light and beautiful."
—Story Musgrave, former NASA astronaut --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very easy reading.
Kiri Cook
I think if you take one room or one closet at a time, it is much easier to deal with clutter.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in decluttering.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
According to Rita Emmett, the Deadly SINS of Clutter require just a little repentance. If you are saving everything, insisting on bringing stuff into your house that you don't need or setting things aside until you "decide about it," then you will definitely want to read this hilarious book about clutter. She believes there are only four steps to eliminating clutter and gives the four primary causes of clutter.

She explains how you can prevent clutter from returning, forever. If you are tired of sorting, wondering how you accumulated so much "stuff," or just need to organize your house, then this book gives excellent advice and even a "clutter quiz."

The book begins with a funny letter and then introduces you to the clutter generation. There are wonderful bits of information like the inspiring:

"Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of the housework in an average home."

Rita Emmett is also the author of "The Procrastinator's Handbook" which only took her 38 years to write. She is a recovered "Pack Rat" who knows how to motivate with humor and insight. She gives advice on how to organize books, notes, greeting cards, paper clutter, business cards and clothes. She delves into creative storage ideas and give excellent advice on how to sort a closet. She also addresses issues like:

What do I do with all this furniture I just inherited?
Do I really need to put some things in storage?
Will removing clutter lower my stress level?
What do I do with all these holiday decorations?

Her advice on e-mail has been very useful on a day-by-day basis. I like her idea of not even opening some e-mails. If I see "FW" it is gone.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
My name is Don. I'm a Clutter-a-Holic. I come from a long line of Clutter-a-Holics. Can we be saved?

My wife was so thrilled when she saw this book come in the mail that I thought she would jump into my arms with joy.

The only reason that we can see the floor in our house is because my delightful wife is a neat freak . . . and she constantly takes action to contain my piles and clutter.

If I leave town for a few days, many piles will permanently disappear. I can't find anything when I return, but they do disappear.

Rita Emmett uses humor to deal with us Clutter-a-Holics. I assume that she believes that if she can help us laugh at ourselves we'll do something about the clutter. I found that her best jibes describe my relatives, leaving me feeling superior for being so much less of a Clutter-a-Holic than they are. I'm not sure that was her intention.

The book points out the close ties between procrastination, wishful thinking and negligence . . . all of which contribute to clutter.

If you really want to get rid of clutter (without getting rid of your Clutter-a-Holic) this book offers a good plan: Be the Clutter-a-Holic's buddy in erasing clutter.

Although ostensibly aimed at the Clutter-a-Holic, this book is more for the Clutter-a-Holic's co-inhabitants.

I came away from the book feeling like I knew a lot more about how to get rid of clutter (such as replacing my piles with files), but not feeling much more incentive to eliminate clutter than before.

Now if a book can make me want to get rid of clutter, that would be something.

The best method for me is to simply have to move every so often. Every time we move, a lot gets thrown away.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
We all accumulate some amount of clutter over time but some of us gather much more than our share. This book is for those people who tend to have clutter lying about consuming any and all flat surfaces available in their home. The author takes a light-hearted look at the clutter problem while still offering good advice, specific techniques, and encouragement to help not only clean it up but change your lifestyle so it does not become a problem again. For those who have chronically cluttered homes, offices, garage, or whatever, The Clutter-Busting Handbook is a recommended read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Victoria M. Wall on August 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
To much unused - unneeded junk. Clothing I out grew (if I loose the weight - I'll get something new!) Also the question when making purchases--do I "need" this? Where will I put it? Paper, magazines and tons of other accumulated clutter- Rita with humor gives lessons on how to start the process of unloading the heavy burden of too much stuff.....she's a great teacher! Her terrific seminars are reflected in her books! I started with "The Procrastinating Child", then got her "Procrastinators' Handbook" after attending a seminar, he latest book is another fine piece of help in my house. As I get things in order- other members of my family are following her directions too - I am so grateful - GREAT FULL!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erin on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
The books is great...and I can personally attest she lives what she writes. Even her 1/8 tsp. measuring spoon has a perfect little hook it hangs on ready for use. This book was funny and full of tips to help you unclutter areas not commonly addressed...like your car. Pick it up...enjoy the read...feel better about your stress free space.
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