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Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space Paperback – January 1, 2015
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Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker and the bestselling author of several books, including Clutter Free, The Husband Project, and The Get Yourself Organized Project. She and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four young adults.
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That is the first topic Lipp covers in this book. She helps us understand the why of clutter. She explores why we are hesitant to get rid of stuff. Reasons include fear, guilt, not wanting to admit defeat – and those are just a few. She also writes about why we buy and the longing we have that cannot be fulfilled by stuff. She helps us when we need to deal with other people's stuff and avoid mistakes.
Her philosophy includes making room for what's really important. She relates our accumulation of clutter to the state of our spirit. Clutter leads to a lack of peace and to stress. She shares the advantages of neighborhood sharing and not owning everything ourselves.
Yes, she does finally give us her strategy for clutter management and the three question test. Her plan is a little different in that it concentrates on what we want to keep. (She has included her three-box, two-bag system from a previous book in an Appendix.) She also includes a clothing strategy on how to get to a minimum yet useful wardrobe. She provides a strategy for paper clutter in an Appendix.
She finally reminds us that the de-cluttering process is not simply to get rid of stuff but to uncover and appreciate the treasures we have, making room for the best things in our life.
The important part of this book is the reasons we have clutter. If we don't address those reasons, even though we de-clutter once, it will be back. Reading this book will hurt but we'll be better for it. Reading the reasons why we buy and why we keep stuff was very insightful.
If you are ready to be intentional about your stuff, read this book. You will not only receive a good strategy to manage clutter, you'll find out why you've accumulated all that stuff in the first place. I highly recommend this book.
Food for thought:
“The easiest time to say no to clutter is at the store.”
“Everything I own must earn the right to be there.”
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
I received this book for free in exchange for this review.
She's the best yet at getting to the root of Why all this stuff is still here. And offers practical guidance on how to stop more from coming in while moving the rest out.
Clutter does get in the way of life...and I'm through with the "treasure hunts" for documents or stuff I need in a hurry. The 2000 Thing Challenge is too ambitious for me, but I'm already a year into my own minimum of One Thing A Day challenge. (Consumables don't count.) Kathi is on the right track with goal setting.
Her perspective on the high cost of clutter and how to make my home larger...without having to move...borders on brilliance. And I can again watch Hoarders without worrying that my daughters will put me on that show.
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