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Unclutter Your Life in One Week Paperback – December 28, 2010
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"One of the biggest questions people have about organizing is "where do I start"? Erin's wonderful book provides that answer-telling you exactly where to start, and what to do next, and next, and next. Very practical and accessible!" -- Julie Morgenstern, author of "SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life"
"Simple, practical advice that makes one week truly life changing. A great resource!" -- Peter Walsh
"The infinitely resourceful Doland walks the reader through the uncluttering process with patience, understanding, and more organizing tips than you ever imagined. We all need a friend like Doland to give us a good jump start." -- Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor, "Real Simple"
About the Author
David Allen is an international author, lecturer, and founder and Chairman of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. His two books, Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything were both bestsellers. He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of personal and organizational effectiveness.
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When I read a book on this topic, I want a solution. I don't want to be entertained with silly jokes and I don't want a therapist to try to work through my issues with clutter. I'm not looking for an overly familiar, dear-friend type (in an author I've never met) to douse me with warm fuzzies while I get rid of my stuff. Most of the books I've read aren't bad, per se, but there's often quite a bit of fluff (clutter?) in the way of the message.
Erin Doland's book really is different. It's accessible and casual in tone, but to the point. She also acknowledges that different methods and systems work for different people. For each step along the way, she offers several approaches so you can choose the way that best fits your life and your style.
I was impressed by the way she manages to cover home clutter, work clutter and general life clutter. I came away from reading the book with a definite sense that I can actually do this -- and isn't that the point of this type of book anyway? Save yourself a lot of time and money and read this one first.
She goes from assuming we are tech-savvy folk who know about or may be interested in using expensive project-management software like Backpack (which is most effective for people who work online with other people who are online), yet feels the need to explain how RSS feeds work. That's speaking to wildly different audiences.
She also spent time giving us tips for how to give an "uncluttered" office presentation, which is really not what anyone picked up the book hoping to get, I don't think.
Then, in the middle of some pretty good, if basic tips about decluttering the home, she stops to give a lecture about having an exterminator visit if you have rats and roaches. EEW! I think anyone who has rats and roaches will know that it is a priority to get rid of them, and won't be reading the book going, wow - it never occurred to me that getting rid of roaches should be important enough to call a professional in to help with!
Little things like that really annoyed me through the whole book. She'd be kicking along with some simple, encouraging advice, and then would talk down to us with stuff that sounded like she was imagining we were extremely dumb. That's not so annoying to have some dumb tips if the others are mostly high-level, non-intuitive things, but most of the book felt like warmed-over advice from other decluttering books, and not like the really interesting, lifehack-style things she recommends on her blog.
I have read two other books on decluttering to help me balance living with someone who likes to hold on to stuff, and to encourage me in a more minimalist lifestyle.Read more ›
The other issue I had was that she's speaking to a very narrow group of people, but she isn't upfront about that. She clearly has no clue what it's like to have children, and the comments she makes on life with children are laughable at best. "Just sit reading the paper unless you're needed" (in the mornings while your children are getting ready for school) or the suggested 20 minutes for bedtime, which includes simply "tucking your kids in." Granted, my children are small, and they'll presumably require less of my time as they age. She really should have given the book a sub-title that indicates she has no experience with or understanding of children and that the book is for adults living in a strict 9-5 world. I don't think this book even applied to my life before kids when both my husband and I work obscene hours without the predictability of arriving home at the same time daily, which is what Doland assumes throughout the book.
The reason I can give the book 3 stars is that she does have a few nuggets of information that I think I can use. I didn't know about Instapaper, for example, though I read often for my job, and this system could be beneficial to me. I also enjoyed thinking through her laundry tips and how we can conquer that beast in our house. Most of the book, though, is incredibly unrealistic.
Less is not really about decluttering so much as Zen. The book is more about less busyness than less stuff. It is about mindfulness. It is about facing fears. It is business-oriented. For someone interested in cultivating a minimalist approach to living, Less does not have that much to offer.
The 100 Thing Challenge is more the sort of book I had in mind to buy. Written by a man who spent a year living with only 100 possessions, it is an anti-consumerist tract. It has some limited practical advice, but it is more about the experience of doing without things than a how-to.
The Joy of Less and Unclutter Your Life in One Week are both how-to books, but they are rather different in focus. The Joy of Less takes a single systematic approach to decluttering (represented by the acronym STREAMLINE) and shows how it might be applied to decluttering various parts of your home. Unclutter Your Life in One Week has a more shot-gun approach, suggesting a variety of different methods for organizing and reducing clutter. Both books are written by women but their focus is quite different.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Raising a family and entering the grandparent years, I've accumulated a lot of 'stuff' along the way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Manly
I read some of this book, but there is no way to unclutter my life in one week. As I sat down to unclutter, I became very overwhelmed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephanie Cole
Impossible for me personally to uncluttered my life in one week .. Some very good ideas included in this book .Published 11 months ago by Misha
shipped quick as snot. The book leaves a lot to be desired.. Kind of nothing new compared to other books making similar promise. But the seller is top notchPublished 12 months ago by Dennis Vander Houwen
This book was okay to me. I think there was way too much personal information and stories that were added to make the book longer. This is the biggest reason I disliked the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Diana Nagy
I found it helped me to read it off and on as a motivation to unclutter and organize.Published 17 months ago by S from Santa Barbara