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A step-by-step, concrete solution to overcoming household clutter, this book is full of helpful hints and resources. The easy-to-follow program is designed to take the reader through a whole year of clutter control. Barbara Tako's book is loaded with common sense, humor, and good advice. -- Barb Szyszkiewicz of FamilyCorner.com Magazine, Inc

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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Since 1998, Barbara Tako has been a motivational clutter clearing and home organizing speaker and author. Barbara is the owner of Clutter Clearing Choices LLC and the web site clutterclearingchoices.com which features a monthly clutter clearing tips newsletter. Barbara is based out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area where she has spoken at corporations including 3M, Target, Medtronic, and Securian, as well as numerous womens' groups, parenting groups, and church organizations in the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: O Books; Original edition (January 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846942624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846942624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chandler #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
It seems ironic that I grew up in a home where everything was "cleared out" and "redecorated" so often that I never got to keep trophies, my highschool yearbooks, or anything else that might be deemed "clutterworthy". (**cue violins**)While I still clean out cabinets and closets often as per my "upbringing", I am not clutter-free. To the contrary, many rooms--especially work areas like my office seem to never be free of clutter.

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."

Bullseye, baby.

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.
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Martha Stewart she is not. Ms. Tako wraps "gems" of simplicity in Maxine-like humor.

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.
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I was contacted by Barbara Tako asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her book Clutter Clearing Choices: Clear Clutter, Organize Your Home & Reclaim Your Life. Being someone who is continually plagued by the clutter bug (both my own and my kids'), I was of course interested. I'll admit I was expecting some type of methodology on how to eliminate clutter, but that's not what this is. Instead, it is a realistic view on how clutter affects your life and how "fixing" it is not as easy or as quick as experts might lead you to believe. She also has a definition of clutter than went beyond what I normally think, and that single idea was worth the reading by itself for me.

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.
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Where other clutter books are divided up by topics - the garage, the kitchen, and so on - Barbara Tako's book "Clutter Clearing Choices" is divided up by season. You have your spring, summer, fall, and winter chapters - and then you get a special area on Christmas.

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.
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