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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to clear the clutter, February 25, 2009
This review is from: Enough Already!: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You (Hardcover)
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I had not read Peter Walsh's previous books, and honestly didn't realize that he was the host of TLC's "Clean Sweep" show. I've seen the show a few times before, and while my house and life are nowhere like the ones on the show, there is plenty of clutter I'd like to clear away (in both).

The book is a very easy read. I finished a cursory read in under an hour. That being said, I went back to fill out the numerous quizzes and questionnaires when I had more time to think about them. I considered them very valuable (instead of just a way to fill pages). For instance, in the Work section, he has quizzes like "Is your work life cluttered?" and activities like "Define your vision for your career" and "Quick Desk Purge." Unfortunately, as a consequence of all the clutter in our lives, we never quite get around to asking ourselves these questions or giving ourselves permission to take control...having it in front of me helped.

Because the author's background is actually in educational psychology (instead of just show business), he seems to understand how to make the information accessible to the reader. I also really appreciated that he didn't beat us over the head with the fact that he has a TV show (some books out there by TV personalities are so weak and really just marketing ploys). He does use letters he has received from listeners/fans/viewers to compliment the points he is making.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels overwhelmed with life at times. The books covers all possible parts of "life" like relationships, work, and health, so if you've got one or more area that is cluttered, it could really help. Based upon this book, I will also be seeking out his previous books he has written, to see how they may be useful.

Here's a breakdown of the chapters:
Introduction
The challenge
Look to yourself first
What does it take to make changes in your life?
Choice and change
1. Relationships
You can't make love in a pigsty
Imagine the relationship you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your relationship
And then there's the stuff...
2. Work
To-dos...or not to-dos? That is the question.
Imagine the career you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your career
And then there's the stuff...
3. Family
Learning to juggle
Imagine the family life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your family
And then there's the stuff...
4. Money
Live for today and tomorrow
Imagine the financial life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your finances
And then there's the stuff...
5. Health
The cluttered body
Imagine the body you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your health
And then there's the stuff...
6. Our Sense of Well-Being
What's so difficult about peace, love, and understanding?
Imagine the inner life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your internal life

[note: I received this book prior to its release through Amazon Vine. The book and its cover appeared to be the final copy, so I do not anticipate much will change before the release.]
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2011 5:35:54 PM PST
Actually, Walsh wasn't the host of "Clean Sweep," he was one of two professional organizers on the program. He's probably the best-known person from that show since he's been in the media so much since it was on, but it was actually hosted by two different women, not him. He does have a new show on OWN now, titled after this book.
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