- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (December 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780743292641
- ISBN-13: 978-0743292641
- ASIN: 0743292642
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 362 customer reviews
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It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff Hardcover – December 12, 2006
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Veteran "organizational consultant," TV show host and author Walsh (How to Organize (Just About) Everything) has more ideas in his latest book on clutter management than the spare closet has junk, and, even better, it's organized, in-depth and entirely user-friendly. Part One examines the "Clutter Problem": how it happens, how it hampers and how to face it without excuses or discouragement. Part Two presents a step-by-step approach to "Putting Clutter in its Place," which begins with "surface clutter" and developing a household plan before moving on to the bulk of the book, a walkthrough of each room in the home. Also included are ideas for involving other family members, letters Walsh has received from viewers of his TLC show "Clean Sweep," vignettes illustrating how real people deal with common organizational challenges and plenty of charts, checklists and sidebars ("Clutter Quiz," "Yard Sale Planning") for added utility. Walsh is upbeat and funny throughout, treating the task at hand like "a thrilling archeological dig," a "positive and exciting" way to unlock your "ideal home" and "unearth those things that are most important in your life." Entertaining and instructive, this is one guidebook readers should place in their "keep" pile.
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About the Author
Peter Walsh is an organizational consultant and the author of How to Organize (Just About) Everything. His media exposure includes appearances on The Early Show and Fox News, as well as in such publications as USA Today, The New York Times, and Real Simple. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. For more information about Peter visit www.peterwalshdesign.com.
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This book really gets into the "whys" of clutter:
- Why we have it?
- Why it's a problem?
- Why we know it's a problem and don't do anything about it?
- Why it holds us back from the life we could have?
- Why we should strive to remove it from our lives?
If you've never thought deeply about your possessions and why you have them, you should probably read this book.
Anyone can teach you how to put paper in a file cabinet. This book goes beyond that, and I look forward to living it instead of just reading about it.
I have the proverbial "guest bedroom". I make it so comfortable and clean for those over night guests that come, what, maybe 2 or 3 times a year? But this book gets you to ask yourself what the use you would truly need for each room in your home. Why dedicate an entire room for people who are rarely here 365days a year while other areas you live in are cramped and cluttered. I reevaluated all my rooms as this book directs you to. Such great advice!
For me, I decided my bedroom, which should only bring comfort and rest for you and your partner as this book tells you, shouldn't have the big ole treadmill in it, and the family room shouldn't have the big ugly desk cluttered with bills, magazines and paper work, so made the spare bedroom into the office and treadmill room! I added a comfy sofa bed to handle the rare over night company, but you could also just have a fold away.
In the kitchen I stripped of all the stuff you have to dig in to find what you really want to use like unused pots, pans, plastic, and cooking contraptions and ideas "As Seen on TV" items. Gone. And my family loves it. So clean and straight forward for use, not storage forever.
This was such a wonderful book and every page was filled with great advice!
It's been 5 years and we've since gone back to a bigger place but I don't miss the stuff. I reread this book when I need to declutter....again. It's amazing how stuff just seems to multiply. Peter Walsh is compassionate and kind. I love this book. It's one of my favorites.
Peter doesn't address "stuff" like most books and organizers. Instead, he asks what your family wants in life, and if the stuff you have is doing that for you. More than likely if you're reading this book, it's not!
Have you ever looked in magazines, and now pinterest, wishing for that perfect room to be in your house, but feel discouraged before you even get started and quickly give up? Me too!
Peter teaches you to look at your "stuff" differently and helps you throw out whatever excuse, fear or uncertainty you have to get started. I believe most people who have a problem with stuff are not lazy. I'm not. I am a wife, mother, commuter, full-time employee and I have to clean my own house. There isn't room for lazy, but there is room for clutter and "stuff" in the corners of my life.
You may think sitting down and reading Peter's book is a waste of time and that you should be cleaning instead. Trust me, I believe the time you invest in the book and exercises will increase your chances for success. Like we all know and Peter emphasizes, it didn't get this way in a week, so it probably won't clean up in a week. Keep going, we are!