5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
Everybody needs beauty, clutter is ugly but clean and clutter free is inspiring. The author shows you in 5 days how to pack up everything, in neat containers get the house clutter free and then deal with the mess later. Their approach is a way to bring order to house relatively fast then shows you how to deal with the excess and organize it. They walk you through a 5 day plan that is done as a team effort. Then show you how to develop daily habits by to keep up with housework on a regular basis. This approach would also be a great youth group or outreach program. A overall good book full of usable ideas.
5 Days to a Clutter Free House is stuffed full of information for the worst disorganized home to one that just needs a little assistance. The authors share their sure-fire program that can help anyone who admits they need some help. They provide stories of others in various situations and how they became liberated from the clutter. The authors also provide sure-fire advice for clutter after care. The information is invaluable for permanently escaping the bonds of clutter. I highly recommend this book to one and all. Even the most organized can learn from this book.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
5 Days to a Clutter Free House by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims is not your typical de-cluttering book.
The book is divided into two sections. Section one deals primarily with the way to de-clutter, whereas section two deals with how to develop habits to keep your home clutter free.
Section one is brimful of incisive de-cluttering tips. For example the authors urge us to divide room cleaning into stages, using the body as our guide - feet to knees, knees to shoulders and shoulders up. As I read section one, I realized my problems are at the level of about my waist. Counter tops, tables and desks are cluttered. Interestingly enough the floors, top of cabinets, refrigerator, bookshelves, etc. are free of clutter. Paper, not mail or newspapers, is on almost all available surfaces.
My Mom was the classic hoarder and emotional buyer personality described in the book. As I was growing up, I determined I was going to keep my house in better shape (and I have). I have no paths from room to room, no stacks of newspapers everywhere, and no boxes and packages of "sales" purchases. However, like her, I struggle with emotional attachment to things. I cherish letters, cards and kid's school work. The authors address this issue in a way that helps ease the discomfort and sadness of letting go of emotional "clutter" items. Also, like my Mom, I start projects I never finish. The results are "piled" on and in every available space.
I now realize my qualities, as listed in the first section of the book, are what lead to the cluttering aspect of my life. The authors show how different good qualities are the cause of disorganization.
I'm not into the team aspect of section one, so I plan to apply the ideas to one room at a time until everything is corralled and controlled.
This book was provided to me by Revell a division of Baker Publishing through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
The book had some great ideas: having five friends come and help, each day for five days, fill boxes from the room and then leave for you to sort later. So basically you box the stuff. I used to bag it as a kid.
Personally, I could not have someone come in and touch all my stuff, even to box them, but then again my house is no longer full of clutter. What I do need is tips and ideas on how to keep it clean vs. cleaning one day, creating later that day or next and having a big mess everywhere. And there were plenty of these as well as ways to deal with those whom don't work with you.
Lots of great ideas in here, as well as a list of helpful resources at the end.
I intend to start putting into practice stuff learned, once I get through taxes and other things needed doing that require lots of paper stuff around.
I was given this book free from Revell books in exchange for a review, and I am happy to give them 4 stars!
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House is a liberating joy to read. The authors not only tell how to declutter but also why the living space got so cluttered. I loved reading the positive spin on the personality types that tend to be organizationally challenged. They described me perfectly, unnamed of course, in black and white print on the pages. And they let me know I am in good company. Never before have I understood that positive personality qualities, set loose to thrive, can lead to a thorough cluttering of one's environment. Thank you, authors Sandra Feldman and Marsha Sims, for showing me the possibility of improvement, in only five days time, by using the Mt. Rushmore microwave recipe to freedom from clutter.
A team approach, worked from a well thought out plan, gives the needed momentum to transform living spaces to cleared out areas leaving only neatly stacked boxes that are small chunks to be tackled later as time allows. Listings on the boxes tell what surface the items in the boxes came from so needed items can be located. In the past I have used some of these ideas on my own for smaller projects, but I have never seen how the approach could be used large scale to tackle a whole house. Awesome!
I highly recommend this book to all who want to know a quick approach to initial overcoming of a cluttered environment. Additional information is included to maintain the new look of clean surfaces throughout the home. Take time to read the book, build a team (can be a team of one if necessary) and get your boxing gloves on! You can knock out clutter by the time the microwave timer beeps.