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“Brooks Palmer is an expert at helping people discover the freedom that comes from de-cluttering their lives. In the process, he helps them discover who they are and the life they should really be living. Read this book...it may just change your life!”
Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Off Balance and The Rhythm of Life

“Brooks Palmer wisely reveals that clutter is a state of consciousness, one that we can transform into a profound awareness of what lies beneath the fortress built of stuff, be it physical, psychological, or even spiritual. Fortunate are those who apply his compassionate methods for growing in self-love, self-respect, and self-trust.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation

“Filled with interesting stories and useful guidance about replacing physical and emotional baggage with freedom and joyful relationships.”
Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want

“Brooks Palmer provides inspiring examples, humor, and encouragement to help readers let go of clutter, along with small steps that can help people create a new and joyful life. If you’re looking for ways to let go of clutter, then this book is for you.”
Tammy Strobel, author of You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) and RowdyKittens.com

“Clutter is so much more than the physical objects we cling to. Fortunately, Brooks Palmer is so much more than a clutter buster. The defenses, anger, and general dopiness we use to protect our tender selves are no match for his gentleness, humor, and insight....I’m beginning to think that Brooks might be able to clutter bust us all the way to world peace.”
Colleen Wainwright, writer, speaker, and creator of Communicatrix.com

About the Author

Brook Palmer uses compassion, awareness, and humor to help clients get rid of clutter. He has been featured in national and local media and offers clutter-busting workshops. Also a stand-up comedian and member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, he lives in Chicago and Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680795
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Maxwell on May 10, 2012
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No one understands and explains our connection with clutter better than Brooks. His thoughts and words are brilliant in their simplicity. He is like having a kind parent or loving friend at your side to support you. I never really "got it" until reading his books. And along with that understanding comes the inspiration to change. The transformation I've experienced is nothing short of amazing.

It's about so much more than physical clutter. You could benefit from reading this book even if your living space is in order. It really is a book about loving and accepting yourself and being free to just be - like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. It is the exact opposite of someone telling you what to do or what you should do. You get to be yourself without having to please anyone or follow any rules. You get to listen to your heart. Reading this book is a gift to yourself.
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The physical aspects of clutter are like the tip of an iceberg. Brooks provides beautiful examples of the emotional attachment we can have to our clutter representing what's under water and not seen. Through his methodology, compassionate approach and stories, he helps us release what no longer serves us. I've been on a clutter busting roll since I've read this book and am so excited about the new energy and liberation I feel!
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Until I discovered Brooks Palmer, Peter Walsh was my favorite inspirational, you-can-declutter-your-life guru. In fact, the methods used by Brooks and Peter are a lot alike. Both men have a respectful but no-nonsense approach to make the reader "feel okay about letting go" of STUFF. All that STUFF that has accumulated for (sometimes) decades.

I'll admit it. I'm a clutter bug who owns a massive collective of decluttering and organizing books. (Yeah, yeah, I know...) I have over 200 of them. I have read almost all of them more than once, and have never given any of them away. I also own CDs and DVDs on organizing and play them over and over. By now, one would expect my home would be spotless. Ah, but one would be wrong.

Admit it---you're like me. You watch Peter Walsh on Oprah, buy books, Google tips, etc. So the concept of decluttering should be simple, right? So why don't we get up off the couch or bed and actually DECLUTTER to make a difference in our own lives? Because we need motivation. Brooks Palmer is that motivation.

Though it's a question I've heard before, phrased in various ways, Brooks's question "Do you love this, or can you let it go?" was enough to make me release my grip on some treasures. Since reading his books (this one and his previous one), I have given away more and more items on Freecycle to other people who will actually USE THEM. My decluttering has also been motivational to my mother, much to the delight of the Boy Scout troop she gifted all her camping and fishing gear to.

Brooks says that many people declutter as a defense against being hurt by others---I came to that realization myself about 10 years ago, and I do believe that self-protection is part of the reason I have kept a cluttered home.
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"Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others" in a word: BRILLIANT! I have read stacks of self-help, organization, and relationship books through the years; once you've lost your authentic self, it can be a long and complicated journey back. Brooks Palmer "gets it"! He provides many simple, useful and encouraging strategies for clutter busting all kinds of physical and emotional blockages. Do yourself a favor, and buy this book.
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As a parent of several daughters I've watched numerous times as "important life lessons" I've shared with them have fallen on deaf ears, only to hear someone else say the exact same thing and they act like they've heard it for the first time.

Several months ago a friend who knew I'd been struggling with de-cluttering recommended Brooks Palmer's first "Clutter Busting" book and I had that same experience. Everything he said in that book was something I'd heard before, only this time, for whatever combination of reasons, I actually heard what was being said! Palmer has a talent for taking the things we already know and expressing them in a way that resonates in such a fashion that it actually produces action. As a testament to this, I actually sent almost forty liquor cartons full of books out the door and to my local library book sale!

His latest book, "Clutter Busting Your Life" is just as effective. It's not just physical "stuff" that clutters our lives, but emotional clutter can take even a greater toll on our happiness. Relationships that don't serve us well, how we are in relationships, our relationship to our own physical clutter and the physical clutter of those around us, how we perceive that clutter, all affects our well-being. Palmer addresses these issues and many more through stories of his own life and those of his clients. No matter who you are, how organized or successful you perceive yourself to be, I guarantee you'll find at least one story where you say, "Wow. That's me. I didn't realize I was doing that."

If you read nothing else in this book, read the first two paragraphs of Chapter Four, "The Urge To Change Others." Those two paragraphs alone are worth the price of the book. I look forward to whatever Palmer writes in the future.
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