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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book!, April 12, 2009
This review is from: Enough Already!: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You (Hardcover)
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This book was mainly about mental clutter. It's the first book by Peter Walsh that I've read and it got me clearing out some of the physical clutter that I've been avoiding for at least 10 years. Seven years ago when I moved to the house I live in now, I just moved the clutter from the old house to the new one. Part of the reason was that we sold the old house sooner than we expected and I didn't have a lot of time to declutter, but there was also the mind clutter thing that just froze me whenever I thought about it. I work for a company on the other side of the country and have a home office, so not only do I have personal clutter, but I have work clutter as well.

I love reading books and articles on organization and it's big fun to order them on Amazon and then have an impressive pile of books to read. It puts off the process of actually doing anything because after you've received all the books, you have to decide which one to read first. Then, it takes time to actually read the book. Then you have to process in your mind what you've read and decide whether the author is another hack or if the advice is really doable. Or worth your while. (Usually it isn't and by then you've found something infinitely more fun to do). The next thing is to get motivated enough to actually go into the room and start to physically move, like opening a file folder full of outdated junk and deciding to make a pile of it to be shredded. Then, of course, the shredder can't handle two hours worth of constant shredding and burns out and you have to buy a new shredder. But you have to do a lot of research to know what shredder to buy, one that's going to last and can handle three hours or more of shredding once every 10 years and maybe 2-1/2 minutes worth every so often in between. (You procrastinators know what I'm talking about). So all the books I bought on organization usually fizzled somewhere between "Where do I start?" and "Why isn't this shredder making a shredding sound and what's that big clump of half shredded paper stuck to the roller?". This book was different. Peter Walsh isn't preachy and his ideas are all down to earth and not impossible for your average slacker to initiate.

Clearing clutter is more than a physical problem and this book convinced me of that. But it wasn't a big, long psychological dissertation on the subject. It was short, common sense, and to the point. It was also entertaining to read and not too long on any one point. It wasn't preachy (Don't you just hate preachy books?) and it got me moving. I guess I might have heard of Peter Walsh before, like from a Tivo'd Oprah show, but didn't really know him by name and hadn't read any of his other books. But now, I'm a believer. Anyone who can get me to actually go beyond good intentions to organize even a small amount of my office has to be a genius. (I'm not an easy person to motivate to clear out things that are perfectly well hidden in a drawer). I even ended up buying another one of his books, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More (Don't you just love that title?) that I thought might give me a little more detail and keep the motivation going. So far it looks like a keeper.

So two big thumbs up for this book and a big thanks to Peter Walsh for making my home office a less stressful and more fun place to spend time.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2011 4:03:48 AM PST
Rosie Hirst says:
I love your review, you are just like me!!
On the basis of your satisfaction and acknowledged action as a result of this book, I'm in!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 10:31:43 AM PST
PT Cruiser says:
Rosie, I think there are a lot of us out there, many will just not own up to it. I hope you enjoy the book. It's been a couple years since I read that book, and my procrastination habits aren't completely gone, but I'm doing a lot better. My kitchen drawers are organized pretty well and my shredder is getting a lot more use!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 12:48:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2011 12:49:21 PM PST
Rosie Hirst says:
Thankyou for the update. Given books can take a month to get to Australia, (customs more than packing time I think), I was delighted to discover this one in the local library, so I even get to try before I buy. Will keep you posted. BTW I do think part of our problem, mine at least, is that I'm interested in so many things; am now developing my interest in simplicity.
Library also has "Does this clutter make my butt look fat?" so I've reserved that one too.
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