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Clutter Turned Comedy
on October 13, 2005
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. You may have to get a little selfish with your time, but it is "YOUR" time.
I started to read this book while my mother was moving. She is now sorting her office, but we were able to effectively organize the rest of the house while I was there for a week. We had some funny moments sorting through the "junk box" and it was quite the healing experience to see a house filled with boxes turn into "home."
As an organizer at heart who has helped numerous people clean up the clutter and organize their houses, I can highly recommend this book. My mother says I should do this for a living, but currently I'm exclusive.
One of my own secrets for reducing clutter involves giving away things to charity and consistently going through my house to find things I don't use anymore. I think if you take one room or one closet at a time, it is much easier to deal with clutter. I also find that putting a pile of unrelated items in the middle of a room makes it easier to decide what you don't need.
Books organized. Check.
File cabinet organized. Check.
I had to laugh when I noticed the picture on page 144. My mother used to teach me to organize my room as a child by pulling everything out from under the bed and everything that was disorganized in the closets. There I would sit organizing until I had a wonderful sense of satisfaction I never forgot.
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