While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.
In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out - for good!
But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the listener's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter - the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent - as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter.
Sections of the book include:
Why You Need This Book (You Know Why)
Your Unique Home
Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life
Change Your Mind, Change Your Home
Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions
Working It Out Room by Room
Helping Others Declutter
Real Life Goes On (and On)
As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.
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By Ms. L. J. Branch on 09-03-18
Real help for the messies of this world
I think exactly the way this author describes her brain. We ‘messy’ people may be brilliant in numerous ways but we struggle with our homes because of the way that we think. This book gives a simple 5 step strategy to improving your home in a mode that will work for those of us who think differently from most. She goes over the same strategy a number of times to ensure by the time you are done listening - you’ll have the strategy ingrained. So far, my house is DISTINCTLY better since deploying the strategies. Even 3 or 4 minutes has an impact and that’s because the system doesn’t rely on the fact you’ll have longer to devote to it. Well worth your credit.
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By Michelle on 01-03-18
Love this book!
I never thought I’d write a glowing review about a de-cluttering book yet here I am. LOVE this book! Fantastic analogies, heartfelt understanding and realistic tips! Plus, it’s funny! I’ve read several books on de-cluttering but this book is by far the best!
Id recommend reading or listening to her first book as a prelude.
35 of 35 people found this review helpful
By Catrina Minter on 09-03-18
You know when you know you need to do something, but you just need/want someone to tell you to do it? And you do want to start, but you don't know how? Dana's book helped me past this paralyzed state. I also welcomed the ideas of recognizing the difference among cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. All very different. I have already begun to o declutter my home, and it feels oh so liberating.
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