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The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life Paperback – February 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
There are many excellent books on Clutter and organization. This is one of them. Lorie helps you understand how the clutter is aquired and how to get it out of your life forever. It's not an easy task but this book helps you each step of the way.
The book is broken down in to four main sections, Getting Motivated, Clutter Prevention, Clutter Reduction, and Maintenance. Prevention helped me as much as the actual decluttering sessions. I learned to see "what enough looks like" - sounds simple but I did not know. So my "homes" for my items were overflowing. I am now learning what enough looks like.
The final section in the book breaks it down to suggestions on a room by room basis. She suggest products to help you along the way but you don't need to buy anything (other than the book) to implement Lorie's system.
This book is very easy to read and well organized.
First, I really liked the graphic design of this book. It's paperback format is oversized and the pages have a spacious, inviting feel. The lines are spaced with extra leading so large sections of copy don't feel ponderous and overwhelming. Generous amounts of white space enhance the approachability of this 260 page book. In short, it's an easy read.
Another intelligent element of this book is the author's knowledge that any form of habit-breaking program needs outside support in order to succeed. Unless there are others providing some oversight to our efforts, it's human nature to back-slide. She accurately points out that 95% of people will likely achieve a goal if they have specific accountability with a person to whom they are committed (think Alcoholics Anonymous here). A website [...] provides support and tools, including a free downloadabale companion workbook, to help keep your decluttering efforts on the straight and narrow.
Marrero spends a considerable portion of the book devoted to the psychological aspects of cluttering. Procrastination is, she says, the major reason why people clutter. Procrastination robs you of your energy (it's called the karm of incompletions). Specific exercises are provided to overcome the various mental barriers to leading an organized life.Read more ›
I have decided not to let the repetitive "commercials" prevent me from getting my money's worth out of the book I already paid for though. After eleven chapters of the propaganda, I just took a minute to get a piece of card stock and a marker and am "editing" out the references so I can use the information without the insinuations that i need to spend more money on the author's website subscriptions or services or cannot apparently apply the information without them!
This book contains some great ideas and resources. Basic common sense rules. If you are willing to do the exercises, it will work for you.
My main gripe other than the kindle version is the way she hawks her website and services.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book provides the tools and motivation necessary to de-clutter a house and life! I have used this to officially organize my office space and spare bedroom. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mere
I was very precise as to how to mentally and physically end clutter...Published 3 months ago by Teri Rosenbaum
Meh. Strikes parallels with weight loss programs--having a friend clutter diet pal. Nothing too new or convincing here but she is very nonjudgemental.Published 4 months ago by Penelope Barrett
I needed a book on how to declutter my home and myself and this book is it. It is easy to read and gives you the steps you need to start the job of decluttering your life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nan
This book is AWESOME! It helps step by step to get rid of clutterin your life you dont need. It helped me even with a busy life to still get organizing and clean for spring... Read morePublished 5 months ago by tina
A bit overwhelming. Good ideas but I got exhausted by the end of the book. It made de-cluttering even harder to start.Published 5 months ago by Donna L. Sako