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- Print Length: 61 pages
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- Publisher: Decluttering and Organizing Lost Woods Publishing L.L.C. (August 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013CSNYZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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DeClutter Magic : Tips for Organizing, Simplifying, and Tidying your Home from my Japanese Grandmother: Organized for Life Series Kindle Edition
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He notes that his Japanese grandmother kept her home tidy and organized, but also serene and comfortable. He asked her about it, and she explained to him that in life, "environment is everything."
This book is built around explaining how the reader can accomplish a pleasing environment by managing the accumulation / decluttering cycle well. The author explains how too much stuff can drag us down, making us feel stressed and fatigued. I could relate to that -- though I love "things" and getting new ones, somehow I always feel better and healthier with fewer of them.
The book is well organized. Chapter 1 is devoted to exploring why we accumulate and hang onto clutter. Suzuki points out that we often become emotionally attached to items in our homes, even ones which don't have any real purpose in our lives anymore. That really resonated for me. Guilty as charged! Suzuki also has some brief but great ideas about dealing with family heirlooms or very sentimental items, which is one of my own most difficult areas to deal with. And, he suggests specific, often-unused items that are found in most households.
Chapter 2 goes into grandma's process of purging the extra stuff. His outline for the purging process is flexible. He doesn't make you feel bad if you don't get the whole house done in a weekend. Suzuki also presents three questions to ask yourself as you declutter; they are a little different than the ones in other books I've read, and are oriented toward the "environment is everything" philosophy.
I haven't read a decluttering book that looks at the issue in quite this same way. As someone with a lifelong love of clutter (and whose summer mantra is "Let's go garage saleing today!" what he said made a whole lot of sense.
Chapter 3 explains what to do with the purged stuff, and chapter 4 deals with how to keep a clutter-free home -- and mindset. He points out that decluttering shouldn't be thought of as a burden but rather as a positive, natural thing that we all need to do occasionally in order to bring our lives and homes back into balance.
It's a fast read - less than an hour for me. The book itself isn't cluttered, pared down to the useful essentials. I should also note that this book is not only well-written is correctly formatted and edited - a big positive to me.
This September's goal (after the weather cools down a bit) is decluttering. And I'm going to be better equipped to do it this time around (and hopefully to stay on track in the future) because of the unique perspective portrayed in this book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book, but my opinions are mine alone. I'm not acquainted with the author and did not promise a positive review, or any review at all. I shop at Amazon a lot and rely upon reviews to make my own purchasing decisions. So I always relay my true opinions in my reviews, whether they are positive or negative.
We previously would try to get rid of stuff and it never was successful in that we couldn't seem to achieve our goals; our keep pile was nearly all of it and we often got rid of things that we shouldn't have and regretted.
Some have said this book is short, but a better description in my opinion is concise. The book itself is not cluttered with useless or overly redundant information. For me, this was a good thing.
This book has given me new perspective on just what was holding me back and why I made poor decisions in what to keep and toss; For example, why was I holding on to sentimental objects that had only negative emotions associated with it? No need for that.
Now after many years of having (and paying for) a storage space we are finally understanding what we truly should keep, getting it into its rightful place, and the rest has to go.
As an additional bonus, the techniques in this book are not only applicable to physical objects; there are other areas of life that can be decluttered.
My family is benefiting for this book greatly. We are not done yet with the initial process, but we have started. I will update this review and let everyone know how it went with our storage space when completed.
My wife read through this book and really enjoyed it. She is a self-proclaimed unorganized person who hates to organize ANYTHING.
Things she enjoyed about the book
- Kept nice & short. About 25 pages. A really easy read
- Simple, easy to follow steps to get organized
- Discussion on ways to approach organizing a cluttered mess
Things she wish it had:
- Examples. She really wanted examples of how the author might organize a bathroom drawer, or a kitchen cabinet
- In some ways it was almost overwhelming as the book was really detailed (the OCD guy in me LOVES that though, not so much on my wife's end)
Overall, she really liked it and is already planning on using some of the strategies she learned from the book to attack some kitchen "miscellaneous" cabinets, drawers, and rooms that need some serious de cluttering. She said it would be an easy book to recommend too. Just don't try to bite off more than you can chew at a time
It works! She cleaned the van out today and used the approach! Great stuff!
Within a few paragraphs, I was hooked, because Suzuki’s barb is sharp: WHY DO WE HAVE CLUTTER? Instead of talking about donations, sorting, or building a custom storage solution, Suzuki goes straight to the root cause of clutter: emotion. Later chapters address sorting with three essential questions.
Don’t skip the introduction, because it that clearly defines the reasons we should have a home that makes us happy instead of adding more stress to our lives. I don’t want to give anything away, but these companion books are more than another treatise on home organization. They un-package the reasons we accumulate clutter and are so hesitant to tackle it.
I am giving these books for Christmas.
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