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Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back Paperback – March 1, 2009
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Robert J. Kriegel, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!
Clutter Busting literally changed my life. Brooks’s gentle yet firm voice inspired me to act, to widen my eyes and take a fresh look around and undo pockets of clutter, not only in my closet and the trunk of my car but also in my heart. This book is filled with practical, useful wisdom.”
Marc Lesser, author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less
If you want to make your space into a transformative tool that supports your life and work, you need Clutter Busting.”
Julia Mossbridge, PhD, author of Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul’s Work
About the Author
BROOKS PALMER helps people get rid of things they no longer need. He has been featured in national and local media and has performed stand-up comedy for many years. A popular speaker to diverse groups, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago. www.clutterbusting.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The most important takeaways were to break down the task into very small chunks... either one item at a time, or one small section of your home at a time. For me, it worked to break it down either into sections of the house (bathroom medicine cabinet, cabinet under the kitchen sink, entryway table), or to break it down into a type of item (craft supplies, old papers, shoes). Additionally, I found it very helpful to confront some of the resistance I felt toward getting rid of items... once I addressed those issues, I found it easier to let something go. A great example was a second-hand travel-across-Europe backpack I bought on eBay a decade ago, and haven't used for 8 years. I'm in my 40's, and I think it's safe to say that I will not be backpacking and staying in youth hostels any time soon, or ever again. However, MAYBE I would! Well you know what? In the extremely unlikely event that that ever would happen, I could either borrow a backpack, or buy a new one that wasn't also peeling off its protective waterproof finish. So, I donated it to a local high school outdoor program, and I don't regret doing so.
I would recommend this book, as well as Mr. Palmer's blog, to anyone who is having a hard time getting started decluttering the house. As a personal update, I DID manage to get rid of 40 bags (13 gallon kitchen bags) full of stuff in 40 days. I also have some stuff left to sell on eBay so am not completely done, but wow, what a dent I made in that cumbersome project!
I teach decluttering classes, and one of the topics we discuss is what "camp" we are in when it comes to facing an item that might be clutter... Are we in "Camp Brooks" or "Camp Mari" (as in, KonMari). In other words... Are we treating the item in question like it has feelings (admittedly a wonderful technique for some of the more creative/right-brained/emotional students), or are we treating it like a collection of molecules? Because Brooks would say that stuff isn't sacred- we are. And KonMari would say that stuff deserves respect, even if we are parting with it. I like both ideas, but I believe that we run into danger when we imbue too much of our emotions into the stuff, which is what made it hard to part with in the first place! So I believe that I am personally "Camp Brooks". :)
My clients and students always have wonderful things to say when they actually take the time to read this book. "I couldn't believe that story about ____!"
I can honestly say that when somebody actually does read this book before a decluttering session with me, they are far more likely to donate/toss/recycle as opposed to keep. This book has created some very pleasant and productive sessions for my clients and myself!!