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It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff Paperback – November 6, 2007
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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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"The best organizing advice we've ever heard!" -- Woman's Day
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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!
I love Peter Walsh on "Clean Sweep" and Oprah! I really took to heart the day he held up a stained, torn, crappy looking sewing basket and asked a lady if it accurately represented her Grandmother or her feelings for her Grandmother. The book is an expansion of what we have seen him do on TV.
This book wasn't life shattering, but reinforced some of what I have been feeling to be true over the last few years. Pointing out that sometimes we buy something with a purpose in mind, but it never seems to fulfill that purpose. To get rid of it feels like failure, wasting money; holding on to it feels like making it somehow worth the money spent. I am trying to make wiser purchases to avoid that feeling.
Family heirlooms deserve honor and respect. If they are covered in dust, at the bottom of piles, buried somewhere you don't even remember, are you treating them appropriately? What would it mean if they were never discovered again? If you keep them, take care of them. If they aren't worth the time to do that, it's time to give them up. What are you clinging to?
Clutter, dust, disorganization, guilt are weights on our body. They are a toll we pay daily.
You should love the rooms you live in.
I try to not fall into the Self-help book syndrome. But, I really like what Peter has to say, and will probably buy more by him. I definitely should re-read this book periodically to keep my rooms on track!
One of the hardest parts of de-cluttering, especially if you're sentimental, is letting things go. This wonderful book helps you establish what things you truly want to keep, and what things are dragging you down with maintenance - with finding a place for them when they no longer have any function or meaning. It doesn't encourage you to get rid of everything. It does help you to determine the things you really love and want to keep, and to give those things a place of honor instead of stowing them in a box. It makes it clear that the thing is not the person or place... that the memories are far more important than the item that sparks the memory.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs help in deciding what and what not to keep. There is a great deal of peace that comes with a lack of clutter, and this book helped me immensely to reach that peace.
I am an ANXIOUS person. My two teenagers are too. The real miracle that came from reading this book is the anxiety relief. Buying stuff, moving stuff, storing stuff, cleaning stuff, organizing stuff and sitting in the middle of piles of stuff really makes a person anxious. I didn't even realize it until my mom bought me this book. I was always telling my mom that I didn't mind having a messy house because I was focused on my kids and job. When the kids moved out I would focus on cleaning, but until then, it wasn't priority. I was wrong! Getting rid of the clutter made life for our family much better. We actually enjoyed being home.
It feels like a huge weight has been lifted!