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Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Peter Walsh is a clutter expert and organizational consultant who characterizes himself as part-contractor and part-therapist. He can be heard weekly on The Peter Walsh Show on the Oprah and Friends XM radio network, was a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was also the host of the hit TLC show Clean Sweep. Peter holds a master's degree with a specialty in educational psychology. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
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Walsh uses a series of mini "pop quizzes" and "audits" to almost self diagnose your own financial issues. I like this idea because it makes you answer your own question with his guidance. It's a clever way to help you reach an understanding and the only one pointing the finger is the one reading it!
He also includes real letters/emails from people he's worked with to show how everyone can be successful by using true examples. I could relate to a lot of these stories so I'm sure there's a situation like most people's found within these examples. It's always easier to understand something when we can personally relate to it.
There is a lot of "work" to this book which makes sense. If you want to change something in your life, you have to do the work! It's not going to change on its own. In addition to the quizzes and audits, there are a lot of pages to be filled out including thought provoking questions, charts related to finances, fill in the blanks etc. He presents suggestions and challenges as to how to change your financial wellbeing.
His philosophies about "stuff" are interesting and how something so simple as minimizing the clutter in one's life can take a burden off your shoulders. We all carry around "stuff" both literal and figuratively. He touches on both and how ridding your life of stuff can free you of unnecessary weight.
Walsh's wealth of experience on the subject is obvious and his viewpoint is a refreshing change from typical books about money. He shares more of his philosophies then simply telling you what to do. It's important to understand ourselves in order to better ourselves and I love that he uses this approach! This is a great book for anyone with financial struggles looking for a way to work them out but be forewarned, you have to do the work!