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ClutterFree Revolution: Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World Paperback – September 11, 2015
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"A must read for every household in America."
-- Casey Sheahan | former President & CEO, Patagonia, Inc.
"ClutterFree Revolution guides us through an honest conversation about what matters most."
-- Dr. Melva Green | psychiatrist & host of the TV series Hoarders
"ClutterFree Revolution delivers with heart."
-- Xorin Balbes | founder of the world-renowned design firm, TempleHome
"Elegant. Apply its sage-like and practical wisdom, and watch your life soar on the wings of new possibility."
-- Rod Stryker | American yoga master & bestselling author of The Four Desires
From the Author
We consider ourselves reasonably informed, responsible, intelligent, independent-thinkers - right? We tout our nuanced understanding of what's good for our emotional well-being, our health, our relationships, our children, our schools, our businesses, our economy, our environment, our country, our planet. We talk casually about these things the way we talk about the weather and our favorite sports teams. But there is a subversive influence omnipresent in our everyday lives that has a deceptive hold on us. It shapes our behavior in a way that undermines what we know to be true.
As citizens of a modern world, we have been deceitfully enrolled in a paradigm that encourages three ubiquitous evils. These things have become so pervasive, we take for granted how closely they influence our values and control our behavior. Like water to the fish, we have forgotten what we're swimming in - or that we're even swimming at all; and like fish, we go about our day-to-day floating with the flow. From time to time we sense something is amiss, but find it too difficult to identify - too close to navigate away from.
Of course, I'm talking about consumerism. The three evils I speak of are what I call, 1) the cheap, 2) the toxic and 3) the too much. We're saturated in it. Like multi-generations of engorged geese, we have been force fed by a relentless corporatocracy consumed by profits. To get our attention, they inventively created what I call the big lie, a string of subliminal myths designed to reinforce a global consumer-base towards feelings of inadequacy and power. And we bought it - hook, line and sinker.
Most of the stuff we buy is made cheaply, largely from toxic materials, and shrink-wrapped in plastic with the message that we're not good enough until we have the 'newest model.' As we get fat on junk food, gas guzzlers, gadgets, and yoga pants - bloated by the toxic stuff in everything around us, a small handful of con-artists got rich. Very, very rich. With all the Crossfit and yoga we do, we've not yet demanded a commonsense system of health care that treats wellness, no matter the cost. We're funding prisons faster than we're funding schools. We have no idea where our food comes from, or what known-carcinogenic chemicals went into making them. We've stopped caring about who makes our stuff - or what conditions they had to endure for their meager slave wages.
Conscious consumerism is a movement to revolutionize what we buy, why we buy it and from whom. It inspires a curiosity about the origins of the goods we consume, and a commitment to ensuring those purchases support sustainable life. The result of this movement is not just good for us individually as consumers and collectively as members of the human race, it's also good for business and supports macro-ecosystems and economies on a global scale.
How do we become conscious consumers? First, we must simplify. We must look inward and discover that the intentional absence of excess creates the tangible space for abundance. We must cleanse ourselves and our homes of the cheap, the toxic and the too much, for they are killing us - all of us. We must learn to value the virtues of being nimble, flexible, adaptable, and resourceful; virtues that come from a lifestyle that promotes sustainable life above profit margins.
In the midst of the information age where everything moves at the "speed of business," we have lost sight of what matters most, and that is: who we love, what we do, how and why we live - because everything else is just stuff. Yes, we are all hypocrites to one degree or another. We must do what we can. Start locally. Shop second-hand. Invest in your own community's ability to deliver goods and services. Relative to the vast majority of people in the world, first world luxuries afford us the flexibility, indeed the obligation, to consider how we might bring a little consciousness to the global solution. Collectively, this is the ClutterFree Revolution.
Top customer reviews
The process is difficult, but completely worth it. I have recently gone through so many boxes and piles of "stuff" that all I can think about is simplifying and clarifying everything I touch.
It feels so good to move through a clutter free space. I don't know how I used to function being constantly suffocated by things.
They're just things. The important parts of life are the people I care about and the experiences I have. Clearing out was one of those precious experiences. It has enabled me to spend more quality time with the ones I love and that has made all the difference.
Thank you Evan! Your inspiring words, fresh outlook, and simple framework have forever changed my thought process and my life.
I recommend this book to anyone feeling overwhelmed. It is not just the items that occupy your space, but the thought clutter we also house in our minds.
Evan also has a course available and the extra help was the boost I needed to change my life and the lives of my family. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Evan's book can be summed up with this quote: "The clutter-free revolution is not about tidying up. It's about opening our eyes, and individually taking responsibility for our unintended and careless actions." What we own matters, often more than we think. Think about what a family in the developed world throws away every day--and multiply that by the hundreds of millions of families throwing away similar stuff. And think about the disconnected and the distressed who couldn't afford half of what's in that trash can.
It's a somber thought--and it's a thought often overpowered by the media cycle driven by consumption. Evan's book starts with closets and consumption--but grows into a life-spanning manifest on how reducing clutter physically mentally releases us to be more creative. We are not what have; we are what we experience. And who we experience it with.
Through the story of Hope, Evan connects us to why he's the perfect person to tell the story. And why he's driven to inspire revolution in all of us. His model "Simplify, Clarify, Inspire" helps readers make a transition that can often seem counter-cultural, but it's not. We only need one bed, or one roof. And the clearer we are about the best experience we want for each, the less we'll need to keep aside "just in case".
Evan's book inspired me for the first time in many years. I feel inspired not to pretty things up, but rather move them OUT. As I type this review, I'm looking at things that are sitting on top of an armoire in my bedroom, most of which have been there since this house was built 12 years ago. I could be wrong, but there's a chance I don't need those things since they've never been touched, other than their twice-a-decade dusting.
Simplify. Organize. Inspire. Got it. Gonna do it. Thanks, Evan!