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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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Walsh also doesn't give specifics about how to keep items out of your home. Heck, I went online to my local library and ordered his book along with five others, a book on tape, and two DVDs, which were then delivered to my door free of charge. Libraries are a fantastic media resource; you can check out more than just books at most; periodicals, videos, DVDs, audio books and more. Some audiobooks are even available as free downloads to card holders. And if you just HAVE to have an article in a certain magazine, then scan it and save it on your computer before you return the magazine. Other ideas; set up a media lending circle with friends and neighbors (just be sure to type out and email what each has borrowed so you both know where items have gone), swap wardrobes with a same sized close friend, do a neighborhood garage sale instead of one on your own (more customers), give unused or barely used unwanted bath and cleaning products to newlyweds or college students, and do a toy swap with another family instead of buying new stuff; also, give excess toys to battered women's shelters or children's hospitals. ALWAYS shop with a list and give yourself a strict time limit when in a store to discourage impulse buys. Tell your friends that a thoughtful card means more to you than a material possession, or that a dinner out with them would be gift enough. A video like "Affluenza" or reading "Your money or your life" can help hoarders to resist new acquisitions, which is the key to staying clutter free.
What I found most valuable with this outstanding book was that it was about the motivation behind excess accumulation and cluttering. Unless you address this motivation, the clutter is bound to come back, even if you hire a professional organizer and everything in your home is perfect. All of the clutter will creep back.
There are so many outstanding points in this book. For example, with sentimental-type clutter, the author says that the most important thing is to separate the memory from the item. Then the item can be dealt with appropriately. You are not discarding the memory, just the item. Thus, if you have an overabundance of momentos, you can divorce the memory from the item, pick a few items that you want to represent the memory and truly honor them by displaying them in your home (rather than storing them in boxes in your garage), and discard (or digitally scan and then discard) the rest.
In my house, my husband has a wealth of pictures of his children when they were small. These pictures are filling boxes in the garage and our barn. We have all of their schoolwork and many personal items because he loves his children and feels as though throwing away one of their things is throwing away a part of them. They are now adults; however, until this underlying motivation for hanging onto things is addressed, all attempts at decluttering will be futile. For me, the whole book was profound. I'm great at organizing techniques, but the idea of looking at the feelings and problems sourcing the whole hoarding behavior was most helpful.
I am getting ready to declutter my house, as we are bursting at the seams and can no longer function well in our home. This is the perfect book to read to understand the emotional work and the letting go that must go on so that the process of decluttering can take place. Then whatever vision and purpose you have for your home can be implemented, and you can enjoy the space you have in your home. The book targets a huge consumeristic flaw in our American culture, and gives solutions.
I cannot imagine who would not benefit from this important book. Highly recommended.