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New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) Paperback – Illustrated, January 12, 2016
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“Less stuff. Less paper. Less digital. These are some of the ingredients for a decluttered life to be found in New Order.”—Los Angeles Times
“New Order seriously changed my life.”—Emily Deschanel
“Fay Wolf is some kind of superhero.”—Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“Full of millennially minded tips that will help you clean-attack your space.”—Refinery29
“The KonMari alternative you’ve been waiting for . . . [Wolf’s] approach is about reducing chaos so you can focus on more important things, like creative pursuits. . . . The New Order method resonates with me.”—PopSugar
“Fay Wolf is living proof that being highly organized doesn’t have to mean being sterile and rigid.”—Apartment Therapy
“Her message is about fun and freedom, rather than healing and fixing.”—The Guardian
“How can one possibly be productive when faced with so many obligations? Enter: The Triangle of Productivity.”—InStyle
“A smart, accessible, sensitive and charming book about clutter.”—Hello Giggles
“Wolf has helped individuals clean out and create space in their lives for decades . . . and now she’s sharing her best tips with the world in this book.”—Romper
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101886196
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101886199
- Dimensions : 6.98 x 0.51 x 6.99 inches
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (January 12, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #289,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I opened the book just to thumb through it so I could tell her I liked it and LITERALLY (and I do mean that word literally) 5 minutes later, the book was on the coffee table and I was riffling through my book cases removing lots of my old theatre plays that I haven't touched in 16+ years. Fay has a way of framing decluttering that's inspired and truly inspiring. In essence, if you're holding on to tons and tons of things from your past, then there's little to no room for your future. In truth, I've not been a theatre actor in YEARS. I'm transitioning into being a film and TV director. But all of my film and TV directing books where in a pile way under my desk because I had no room on my shelves for them. In minutes of thumbing thru Fay's book, I realized holding on to my past was literally in the way of the future I'm creating for myself. (Side note: I didn't get rid of all the plays... and Fay would back me up on this...because a FEW of them still have sentimental value for me. She's all about keeping what's important to you. Just not FIVE shelves of "important")
I still have not finished New Order. Every time I pick it up, I go thru another purge. Yesterday, I picked it up and the next thing I knew I was going thru an old stationary box filled with business cards. I didn't even know who half of these people where NOR what they did for a living. I got rid of half of them. (side note: Fay set me up with that box to put my business cards in about 9 years ago. FAY- I KNOW I should put all of the contact info from those cards into my computer and get rid of ALL the cards... But like you said, Small Steps, right?! :-)
You can not HELP but be moved to action by this book.
And that is the honest to God truth.
I strongly prefer this approach to the Japanese approach, mostly because this approach is more gradual and forgiving. The Japanese book simply set the bar too high for the likes of me. With this book and its lower standards, I'm actually making some progress for the first time. Also,this one's a great source of app recommendations, and it also covers electronic decluttering.
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Fay mentions the three box system (give away, throw away and put away) but also suggests being creative with it. I found this approach intriguing because my problem with the three box method (as a creative) is which box to choose. For example an old skirt could be given away or put away in my studio to be turned into a lampshade. In addition putting things away is a problem in its own right when Every drawer, shelf and cupboard is stuffed with stuff I might need for a creative project!
So, using Fay's suggestions, I devised a more personal approach. I labelled two boxes 'good stuff' and 'annoying stuff'. This method worked better. For example Annoying Stuff included decent leather boots that I've hung on to for years. They are annoying because they are frumpy. This time I put them in the annoying pile and (to my astonishment) found myself driving with a car full of annoying junk to donate to charity. I felt drunk with glee.
Another good thing is Fay's section on filing. She includes photos so we creatives can actually SEE how to do it. I immediately saw the reason why it goes wrong when I use 'normal' filing methods. Subsequently I've copied her method and filed loads of paperwork. I feel very smug about my tidy files.
So in summary I think this book can stimulate creative thinkers into finding solutions for organising and decluttering.