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Let Go of Clutter Paperback – December 25, 2000
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Stop being a slave to stuff!
An internationally acclaimed expert provides a total program for conquering ALL the clutter in your life
Maximize your life by minimizing what's in it with "Miracle Worker" Harriet Schechter's tried-and-tested techniques for eliminating clutter. Let Go of Clutter answers the most frequently asked question, "Why do we keep all this stuff?" and shows you how to let go of clutternot just reorganize it.
Based on Schechter's two decades of helping thousands of people worldwide get uncluttered, Let Go of Clutter explains why "stuff" seems so hard to let go of and demonstrates how to shed objects and information without anxiety or regret. This fresh approach to clearing our cluttered lives provides a painless process for letting go and shows you how to overcome future clutter by managing the innate urge to acquire and accumulate.
Discover new ways to:
- Quickly plow through piles of paper
- "Speed Weed" your files
- Manage mementos and memories
- Clear out wall-to-wall clutter in the garage and other areas
- Get rid of excess clothes, supplies, and "To Do's"
- And much more!
Dispensing equal doses of help, hope, and humor, Harriet Schechter provides effective and realistic options for anyone juggling too much stuff, too many decisions, and too little time. Featuring easy-to-use forms and checklists to help you decide what to jettison and what to keep, Let Go of Clutter also includes action plans to lighten your load by conquering all types of clutter past, present, and future.
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't realize this was an obsessive compulsive disorder and may really require professional intervention.
I love all the helpful hints like..."Use large waste containers that stand up" instead of itty bitty ones or just a floppy large plastic bag. There is real joy in tossing "lotsa" dust collectors away in a sturdy container. All of these gems (and there are many) of info really do add up to a happy successful clutter purging. I also like the fact that she does not go into things like "how to organize your closet" etc. You come to realize that your precious time will be free of "organizing" when you are free of all the overabundance in your life. Since I do clean my own home "decluttering" makes this job much easier. Any surface that has no knicknacks takes just seconds to clean and dust. If Harriets book doesn't motivate you to happily want to "declutter" I dont think that another book out there would. I have read many others, and I feel this one is the best.
What would your life be like if you could accomplish these three things? How much happier would you be? How much more peaceful would your life be?
Author Harriet Schechter gives you a step-by-step solution in her book, Let Go of Clutter.
In the first chapter, Why Letting Go is So Hard to Do, Schechter explains why we may be biologically programmed to accumulate, why the fear of regret keeps us from discarding stuff, and how society encourages us to gather more and more.
Chapter 4, Purging Paper and Preventing Piles, is another favorite chapter. The author walks us through the method she uses with her clients to quickly sort and purge paper piles. She recommends a File Index, and shows you how to set it up for your household.
The last part of the book looks to the future and explains how to keep your home clean once you've decluttered it.
This book is filled with lots of fill-in-the-blank forms and step-by-step pathways to take you from clutter-filled to clutter-free.
If your clutter is taking over and you've reached the end of your rope with no idea where to start, check out Let Go of Clutter.
One of the ideas I liked best was to take "before" photos of all your cluttered areas. In my case, I photographed my entire house! The photos really open your eyes to how much clutter you really have, and serve as a wonderful comparison when you've finished with an area.
The book has helped me tackle one of my most difficult areas - my office. In a few days, I threw out several boxes of papers and other useless clutter. I never thought I would get this room in order again, and just seeing my progress has given me motivation to tackle other areas.
I recommend this book for anyone just embarking on de-cluttering, as well as people who have read other books on the subject without success. Whenever I feel myself backsliding and need inspiration, I just re-read parts of this book. It keeps me on track, and I can't wait till the rest of my house is finished.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book so much I gave mine to a friend and had to buy ANOTHER! She gives great insight to hoarding and tries to give realistic advice on going through belongings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. Janicki
I feel so much wiser and more effective after reading this book.
I can now throw things out with out the guilt, because I know why or why I don't keep something. Read more
I love the common-sense approach to handling clutter and the humor that helped me see how I could apply the steps in this book. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Joan H Edwards
Useful if you need to do organization research or you are doing a project. Wouldn't spend too much on this though as it was of limited value to me once I finishedPublished on January 10, 2013 by J. Rabbit
This book goes over all the ways to get rid of your clutter. It help a lot.
Try it today.
I was so relieved to get this book. I actually got it for a school project, but I found that it could do so much more. With a large family, clutter is everywhere. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Rebecca Graf
I found this book amazingly helpful and another person who saw me read this, it never dawned on her that she might actually be rid of stuff in her life. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Yukio