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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
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Top Customer Reviews
In the end, in just two weeks I have rid myself of a truck full of old electronics, computers, and junk in a local e-waste recycler, 10 huge bags of recyclables, and 20 cardboard boxes. I have a lot to go and can't wait to get back to it.
I now feel great about the evolution of my home as a peaceful place to spend time with the family. I never knew what agitated me so much in the past, now I do.
Finally, I have stopped spending money on things that I now realize have no long-term value and would probably end up junk. The money on the book has paid for itself hundreds of times over already. This book has my highest recommendation!
Keep in mind when purchasing - this isn't really about organizing yourself. It's about freeing yourself.
Definitely worth reading. You can pass it along when you are done if you are concerned about the clutter!
Here's a quote from the book:
-- "Things are functional. Their job is to make your life easier or to increase your level of fun. Things become clutter when they no longer achieve either of these results."
It doesn't matter if these things are worn out or brand new. If they're no longer useful to you, they're taking up precious physical and psychological space. They'll contribute to why you don't enjoy your home more, why you feel overwhelmed, and why you can't get or stay organized.
The author explains that things are purchased from a hopeful place, the hope being that this object will provide meaning to your life, but it never fulfills that promise. Instead, it provides a temporary high that leaves you longing for more.
To end this cycle of highs and lows, the author retrains you to see clutter as having a heavy weight on your soul. He explains how advertisers train you to believe objects equal happiness and then provides examples of how those objects kept people stuck in the past and caused friction between couples, too.
This author also won't placate you with clever ways to organize clutter. Clutter competes for your attention and organizers are an attempt to quiet the noise, but it doesn't work. In the back of your mind, you know it's still there...waiting to be dealt with. To him, organizers are just "attractive trash cans" that delude you into believing you've dealt with the clutter when really, you've delayed doing so.
So then, what's the wisest way to handle clutter? The author shows you how in a gentle, but also firm way. He shares examples of people who've struggled to get rid of clutter and who came out feeling much lighter.Read more ›
So I had to laugh when I received a copy of Clutter Busting - Letting Go of What's Holding You Back by Brooks Palmer. But then I looked again; Letting Go of What's Holding You Back caught my eye.
Okay, so I didn't think I had a serious clutter problem, but I did know that feeling of being held back! So I opened the book, and started reading.
"Hanging on to things is a way to avoid change... You've been anesthetizing yourself with things to create a false sense of stability; meanwhile, change is going on inside and around you all the time." From the book, page 4.
Alright, so this did make sense. I like stuff. I like my stuff. It makes me feel safe, or at least it distracts me so I think I feel safe.
"Think of it as weeding the garden of your life. Isn't your garden a joy to behold after it has been freshly weeded?" From the book, page 9.
After I read this book I surveyed my own home. I saw knick knacks that did not bring me joy, but rather upset me and made me feel guilty because I felt I had to keep them because they'd been a gift; I saw piles of books sitting on the floor because my bookcase was too overcrowded to hold them. And I felt guilty because I'd bought them, just sure they were going to change my life, yet some of them were several years old and I'd never even bothered to open them after I'd brought them home from the bookstore. I had piles of books from publishers to review, and I felt guilty each time I looked at those!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives the reasons behind the cluttering and solutions to make you free and happy!Published 1 month ago by Darla O'Brian
Really an extraordinarily good book - I was very surprised, because I've read a ton of decluttering books and I had my doubts about paying so much for this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SecondCherry
I have read this book twice, and listened to the audio book several times. I read it once a year to remind myself to practice what I preach (I'm a decluttering coach/organizer). Read morePublished 1 month ago by scubamaki
This book has great ideas and really makes me want to throw about half of my belongings off of a cliff. How great would that be? It is written in very short choppy sentences. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy
This is a fun, practical book--great for those of us who are not naturally organized!Published 5 months ago by Diane Ransom
This book changed my life. Brooks Palmer really gets down to the reasons we hold onto things, unraveling those psychic knots so we can let go.Published 6 months ago by Uliina Koivula
I just started this book, turning it into a New Years Resolution, getting rid of clutter, the year project of 2016!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dorene A. Johnson
He is the kindest, most effective person I have found working in this field. His book is full of inspiration and fun anecdotes.Published 7 months ago by D. Holcomb