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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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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!
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.
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!