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"Donna Smallin provides practical advice for eliminating the clutter from your life." -- Barbara Hemphill, author of Taming the Paper Tiger

"This is an excellent source of residential de-cluttering advice." -- Judith Kolberg, Chief Organizer, FileHeads, and Director of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization

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Life Without Clutter!

Can't imagine it? Let Donna Smallin show you hundreds of tips, techniques, and ideas for organizing the worthwhile, getting rid of the obsolete, and making time for what really matters, like friends, family, and personal growth.

  • Eliminate unnecessary belongings without guilt or regret
  • Contain the clutter with simple storage techniques
  • Minimize the paper pile-up in your home
  • Regain your closets, cabinets, basements, and attics
  • Simplify daily routines to keep clutter-free forever!
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    Product Details

    • Series: Simplicity Series
    • Paperback: 192 pages
    • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 1, 1999)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1580171087
    • ISBN-13: 978-1580171083
    • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Donna Smallin Kuper has been on a mission to organize the world for more than a decade. She jokes about sneaking in the back door of the organizing industry when no one was looking. But she definitely found her home there as a bestselling author/organizing expert. In 2006, she was given the Founders Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers for outstanding contributions to the industry. A native upstate New Yorker, she currently lives a life of simple abundance on the road with her husband in their motorhome. They split their time between San Diego, Phoenix, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Northeast. She blogs at www.unclutter.com/blog.

    Customer Reviews

    This is a great tool for anyone wanting to organize their home.
    Sorted Out
    The book consists of 176 pages of these ideas with seven to ten on each page with many being similar and pretty basic in concept.
    Bonnie Sayers
    The book is extremely easy to read and the tips offered are practical and easy to implement.
    Susan G. Parisi, Professional organizer

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    90 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
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    Although a lot of these ideas boil down to common sense, (open the mail each day as it arrives and while standing next to the recycle bin, for instance) I do have to say that reading this book inspired me to do some *SERIOUS* uncluttering. I've only owned it a month and in that time I think I've thrown out, sold, or donated about two dumpsters worth of things I was holding onto for all the wrong reasons. For the first time I'm enjoying getting rid of things, and making room to actually have places to put things away. Let's just say I used to browse for costume jewely in online auctions, but now I drool over storage accessories. Sigh. (Another lifelong clutterbug bites the dust.) In short: yes, I'd have to say that the book was very helpful, at least in providing that intial kick-start that so many of us pack rats need.
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    85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Susan G. Parisi, Professional organizer on January 20, 2000
    Format: Paperback
    This is a really useful book. There are hundreds of quick tips on all aspects of homemaking. The book is extremely easy to read and the tips offered are practical and easy to implement. It does not offer entire organizing systems for the home but if its a quick fix your after you'll find it here.
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    48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By cheryl on October 25, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    I found this book to be very helpful. There were many ideas that are really just common sense but you need someone to point them out to you. For example, just the idea that everything has a place and mail once opened never goes into a pile, but gets filed or thrown out. My piles are now a lot less. There are many other great tips and ideas and it is sometimes helpful to hear things over again. It is also one of those books that you can pick up when you just have a few minutes and get something out of it.
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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    I always prided myself on being an organized person, but when it wasn't just me anymore and I was challenged with keeping a home, two children, four animals, and a too-hectic lifestyle organized, I was feeling out of sorts. This easy-to-read, easy-to-pick-up-whenever book offered me some tips that weren't necessarily complex, but rather ideas that I could put into quick action. Just by implementing a handful of the ideas in this book, I was able to get back in control of those bothersome tasks like paying bills, sending birthday greetings, keeping my kids' school stuff organized, and much more. We're still not chaos free at our house, but at least we know where to find things when we need them most. And what's best about this book is that you can pick it up and find a new idea whenever you want ... no need to read it cover to cover (and in my opinion, that's why it's helpful to have some of the basic ideas repeated under separate sections).
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    46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Sayers on October 24, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    An easy to read format with several tips/ideas on each page covering all the clutter zones with suggested systems to simplify your home.

    Each idea is presented in a paragraph format, about three sentences with basic details. The book consists of 176 pages of these ideas with seven to ten on each page with many being similar and pretty basic in concept. There are some tips that are used for more than one room, so when another room is discussed this tip is presented again with examples.

    I think if someone stopped and tried to come up with ideas for how to organize their house they would easily have the format for this book, because it read like many thoughts jotted down in sentence form.

    Many of the tips make sense and may be overlooked when trying to tackle the task of uncluttering years worth of collections and junk. Finish one room before attempting another, for every new item brought into the home toss out five items, plan activities around garbage day.

    There are a few tips and recommendations that I did not agree with or really understand the need. When going through your home to decipher what is clutter, think in terms that each item is sacrificing space. The question to ponder is do you want the space for this clutter or for breathing space. The tips are presented with suggestions, but I did not get the sense that the author has done all these steps due to the lack of personalization to these ideas.

    Unclutter your home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas is a quick read, good for someone who might need a push in this direction and certainly a wise investment for someone to kick in their new year resolution come holiday time. Most of this is just common sense and not too difficult to begin the process. I had time to kill while at the library and wanted to see what I might have overlooked when arranging my house.
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    I received this book as a (not so welcomed) gift. But after flipping through a few pages, I realized that it was probably the best gift I could've received. I found the ideas extremely helpful and easy to incorporate. The biggest problem I thought I had with eliminating clutter was finding the time, but by following a few simple solutions from this book, I actually save time and have less clutter. My husband is especially glad I was given this book, and I'll certainly give it as a gift in the future!
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2001
    Format: Paperback
    This is a tidy little book loaded with simple, straight-forward ideas, tips and tricks for uncluttering your home and your life. It's packed with good stuff -- there's an introductory "Find Your Clutter Quotient" quiz (my middle-of-the-range score made me feel a LOT better right off the bat!) and a list of 13 things you should throw away RIGHT NOW, and that's just to get started. Overall, I found this to be a quick, easy read that offered a lot of good ideas. In fact, I cleaned out my closet (a rare occurance) before I finished the book.
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