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Clutter Clearing Choices: Clear Clutter, Organize Your Home & Reclaim Your Life Paperback – January 16, 2010
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Funny, thorough, and not the least bit intimidating, this book is a godsend for the organizationally challenged. It makes keeping the clutter manageable seem manageable after all. -- Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life
When I began my organizing business 30 years ago, it was based on four simple words: Clutter is Postponed Decisions®. Few of us (even professional organizing consultants!) ever reach the point of being satisfied with their ability to get rid of clutter as it just seems to keep pouring in. Barbara Tako has done a wonderful job of giving her readers practical suggestions for getting rid of the clutter in their lives. Less is more! -- Barbara Hemphill Author, Taming the Paper Tiger at Home
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Rather, they are full of it.
The author immediately opens with full nuggets of inspiration on a subject I thought I'd have to push myself to want to read. (Afterall, I blame my clutterdom on lack of time to fix it anyway.) I love this paragraph for example, that sums up so much:
"Clutter comes from our behavior. We shop. We keep gifts out of respect and affection for the giver. We cling to old organizing habits in spite of life changes that would be better served by new organizing techniques. We hang onto stuff because we "paid good money for it," or it still has some "life in it," or it "could" still be "useful" or just because we "should." We put weeding out and oraganizing low on our priority list. And after a while, we find ourselves buried in our clutter."
It's funny that I am clutter-free in many areas then in others like my work spaces and studio are surrounded with TOO much...so is my garage...cabinets...
Yes, it was time to herd my shopping habits, change my mental outlook, and learn the phrase "minimalism". HA! That will never happen...but I can at least deal with the clutter.Read more ›
She admits her weakness for saving and being sentimental over things, and yet she finds quick and easy ways to deal with clutter. She even admits to being lazy, but getting rid of clutter allows time to do the important and fun things in life.
I avoid home-improvement shows because I feel like I should get off my butt and do whatever they are doing. It is overwhelming. Tako takes the guilt out of it. Nothing has to be done all at once; I can do it at my own pace and when I feel like it. The short chapter format helps me find what I want quickly. Her topics range the gamut from underwear, yard work, travel, and diet.
This book is not about a chore to do; it is how to treat yourself to the time you deserve.
Tako's book reads more like a journal of one person's effort over the course of a year to declutter her life. She divides up the material into four "seasons": Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. As you might expect, certain seasons have different clutter challenges. Winter has New Year's resolutions which often involve cleaning up areas of your life. There's also cleaning up the air in your house (less stagnant), learning to live with less, and (if you have kids) cleaning up the massive numbers of toys that aren't played with on a regular basis. Spring gets into the traditional "spring cleaning", how to more easily maintain a clean home, and even decluttering your diet to eat more healthy. Summer moves to the outside realm, with yard clutter, kitchen organization, and family vacations. There's also the focus on decluttering your schedule (especially with kids) so you can focus on stuff that is important, rather than just being "busy.Read more ›
This set of topics will make sense for you if you're the type of person to go back and re-read a book several times over a year. That was as fall approaches you can read the Fall section, and re-set yourself for taking on the challenges of fall. However, it can be a bit off-putting if you're the type to sit down and read your way through a book. Yes, if you're reading it in spring the spring section will be helpful - but then the entire remaining 3/4 of the book will talk about things which don't help you much at all. Also, as you might imagine, things that end up in "summer" might apply to other seasons as well, in a more generic way. So if you try to focus on reading Fall items in the Fall season, you could easily miss out on some great tips in Spring that could apply to you too.
So this leaves you re-reading the entire book every season and having to skim large parts of it. I'm just not sure I'm keen on the layout of the book for these reasons.
Another issue hits me right away. In Chapter 1, you have 2.5 pages, and in that content she's already recommended 3 other books for you to buy plus 2 websites for you to go read. If you're trying to relax and read this book curled up in your favorite chair, it feels like you need a notebook at your side and a credit-card, to build up your giant library of content. It frustrates me when you are reading a book to learn something and they say "Here's step 1 but to get the rest of the story, make sure you go out and buy book Z.Read more ›
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Think not just about how to get rid of clutter, but WHY it came into your home and WHY you're resistant to getting rid of it. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Diana Faust
THE BOOK HAS SOME GOOD INFORMATION (NOTHING I DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW). IT MAKES YOU GET BACK ON TRACK TO CLEANING OUT & HAVING MORE TIME FOR OTHER THINGS IN LIFE.Published on April 2, 2014 by Lori Dadamio
She gives helpful advice that she herself uses along with other ideas for the common clutter problems most of us face. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Pam P.
A good comprehensive view on how to de-clutter everything in your life. Things you may not even think about that when you clear them makes so much difference. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by KTA Contact
Barbara Tako has written a book that is conversant, funny, and real. She's not a super mom or a super person; she is real. Her thoughts and encouragements spill out in her pages. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Kat
After staying in a variety of bed and breakfasts for a few weeks, and enjoying the clutter-free environment that allowed me to place my personal belongings and grooming products in... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Diana Faillace Von Behren
This is a well-written, humorous book that contains many practical, helpful ideas for clearing clutter from your home and life. Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by A. Johnson
In this book, Tako defines clutter as anything we have too much of, whether that's stuff, obligations or weight. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Deb Nam-Krane
I was excited to read this book as I have always had challenges with clutter and the stress that ensues as a result of it. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Julie Conzemius