If you’ve ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp’s new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control.
Do any of these descriptions apply to you?
- You bought a box of cereal at the store, and then discovered you have several boxes at home that are already past the “best by” date.
- You bought a book and put it on your nightstand (right on top of ten others you’ve bought recently), but you have yet to open it.
- You keep hundreds of DVDs around even though you watch everything online now and aren’t really sure where the remote for the DVD player is.
- You spend valuable time moving your piles around the house, but you can never find that piece of paper when you need it.
- Your house doesn't make you happy when you step into it.
As you try out the many easy, doable solutions that helped Kathi win her battle with clutter, you’ll begin to understand why you hold on to the things you do, eliminate what’s crowding out real life, and make room for the life of true abundance God wants for you.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Clutter's Last Stand 9
Part 1 Uncovering the Costs of Clutter
1 Why Your Home Is Cluttered 15
2 Finding Contentment with Living Small 21
3 The Spiritual Side of Clutter 27
4 Recognizing the Real Cost of Clutter 37
Part 2 Why We Buy Stuff
5 Why We Buy 45
6 So Really, Why Do I Keep Doing That? 49
7 Yet More Compelling Reasons to Buy Things 57
8 There's a Whole World of Better Stuff Out There or So We Think 63
Part 3 Why We Keep Stuff
9 What Your Head Tells You About Clutter 71
10 Just in Case 75
11 But So-and-So Gave It to Me 81
12 I'll Put It Here for Now 87
13 But I Spent So Much Money on It 95
14 Dealing with Other Peoples Clutter 101
15 I Want to Be the Kind of Person Who 109
16 It Might Be Worth Something Someday 117
17 But I Have So Much Invested in It 121
18 What If I Don't Have Enough? 131
Part 4 How to Get Rid of Stuff
19 A New Approach to Cleaning Clutter 141
20 Clear Your Decks: The 2000 Things Challenge 151
21 Adopt a Uniform 157
22 Use It Up 163
23 If You Don't Know It Exists, You Will Never Miss It 169
24 50 Things to Get Rid of Today 173
25 50 Ways to Reduce the Stuff Coming into Your Life 181
A Final Word 193
Appendix 1 The Three-Box, Two-Bag System 195
Appendix 2 A Simple System for Dealing with Paperwork 199
Appendix 3 Cheri's Packing List 207
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think we all feel that how-to books are a dime a dozen as the saying goes. Oh, this book went so beyond a how-to book. This book, through witty stories I could very well relate to, made me really think about the decisions I make regarding what's in my house and what I bring in to it. There were plenty of chapters I finished with the thought, "How did Kathi know me so well? Has she been snooping in my house?" Obviously not. But, to me it was obvious that she'd had a lot of real experience with clutter and finding freedom from it.
This book changed the way we operate in our home. Our kids are doing it too. By getting to the root of why we clutter, we can find out how to remove it and keep it away. Now everything has a place and all the things we don't love, use, or wouldn't buy again have been donated to those who will use and love those items. Our clutter is blessing others! It's freeing to know where everything is because life has been simplified by getting rid of stuff we didn't love, need or even really want anymore.
Kathi Lipp has amazing instincts about the emotional issues surrounding people’s efforts to get organized. She is extremely sympathetic, and her Christian viewpoint might be particularly comforting and empowering to women of faith. And she’s just plain sensible: her ideas are easy to understand, and gentle to try to implement. But she isn’t, to the best of my knowledge, a Professional Organizer, and so she doesn’t go far enough in her counsel. Ms. Lipp’s ideas aren’t easily adapted to “unemotional” issues: what if ADD is a root cause of someone’s disorganization, or being a highly visual thinker, or illness, divorce, multiple moves…? Each of these “actions” has emotional impact, but different solutions. And I wish she’d go farther in other aspects of her work as well: for example, I wish she’d given her audience the list of the organizing books she may have studied, so they could explore other approaches and techniques. Gail Blanke wrote “Throw Out Fifty Things,” which may have inspired one of Ms. Lipp’s chapters. Cindy Glovinsky wrote “Making Peace with the Things in Your Life,” a wonderful complement to Ms. Lipp’s work. I intend to get Ms. Lipp’s “The Get Yourself Organized Project.” I think I’m going to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed “Clutter Free.” But I hope her readers will seek out multiple perspectives. Lauren Williams, Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA, USA
Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space Kathi Lipp Book Summary: If you’ve ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp’s new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control. Do any of these descriptions apply to you? You bought a box of cereal at the store, and then discovered you have several boxes at home that are already past the “best by” date. You bought a book and put it on your nightstand (right on top of ten others you’ve bought recently), but you have yet to open it. You keep hundreds of DVDs around even though you watch everything online now and aren’t really sure where the remote for the DVD player is. You spend valuable time moving your piles around the house, but you can never find that piece of paper when you need it. Your house makes you depressed the moment you step into it. Review: This was an interesting take on clutter. Unlike previous books I have read this one took on the reason for collecting. I liked the approach of compare and contrasting done between the Author and her friend. This was a readable approach. While some of the ideas may be the same the reasoning behind it is fresh and made me thing through things differently. The last time I decluttered there were things that had a place and was still loved but it was discarded due to a more streamline way of thinking. I now hold a little tighter to things because I had not read this book. I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Even if you don't think you have clutter, read this book! I didn't think I had clutter, and I really didn't have much, but I sure did have a lot of things that I'd hung on to for sentimental reasons. I ended up having eleven bags of things to donate to charity and about six bags of things that needed to go into the trash! Kathi's book helped me to see the reason behind why we keep things. Besides sentimental attachment, I discovered that part of the reason I hung on to so many things was for practical reasons. You know...what if I need it...what if I can't afford to buy this later...what if I can use it to make something else with it. Who needs six old tubes of mascara? Who needs six sheet sets for one Queen bed in your house? Who needs twenty pairs of black or brown socks? What I also discovered after applying Kathi's principles in Clutter Free is how much you gain by giving stuff away. You gain satisfaction that you've helped people who don't have as much as you. You gain the peace of mind that your house is no longer a hazard to your health because you won't trip on the things all over the floor and hurt yourself. I highly recommend Clutter Free! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Don't organize your clutter...get rid of it! Kathi's book is a fresh approach to creating order out of chaos. Most books look at how to organize your clutter, "'have neater messes", but Kathi's book takes you to a whole new level...how to get rid of clutter. How much more freeing to rid yourself of all the stuff that weights down your home, your work space, your life. Kathi looks at why we collect things, buy things, keep things. She looks at the cost of clutter, not just financial, but emotional cost. This book is not about buying matching files, and boxes, and other organization tools...this book is about re-claiming the space in your home. This book is about eliminating clutter and finding peace. This is not a passive read, you will have to ask yourself some tough questions in your quest for eliminating clutter. Kathi's approach to getting rid of clutter is practical and simple. This book is not about finding a quick fix to the problem of clutter, but rather, this book helps you understand the heart and head issues associated with clutter. Kathi's book is designed for a long-term solution to the issue of clutter and the chaos that comes with it.
This book got to the crux of why I have clutter in my home. It isn't just because of the children or the crazy schedules - it is because I have unique reasons for having it be so. Thankfully, using Kathi's awesome- and easy - system, I am not a "Stash and Dash" cleaner any more! I have been able to clean up for guests so much quicker- and cook meals for my family with ease now that my kitchen and living areas are more streamlined. I cannot quantify how wonderful this is for me. I highly recommend this book!
Join Kathi on a journey through WHY we allow Clutter to enter our homes. Learn WHAT constitutes clutter. Then find out HOW to deal with the mess. Do not expect the usually slew of do this, do that recommendations found in other clutter or organizing books. Kathi approaches this topic as a trusted friend who shares openly about her own struggles and of others she knows. With so many different reasons for clutter and the types of clutter that form Kathi has provide a guideline that will fit any situation. She also included many suggestions on how to begin navigating your own clutter that will leave you motivated and ready to tackle the task before you. Having read quite a few organizing, become clutter free books in the past, I can say that Kathi's book "Clutter Free" has changed the way I look at the clutter in my home. I know why I let the clutter in and can see the reason behind the clutter others bring into my home. I have been able to let go and begun to get a handle on the clutter so it no longer rules my life. I hope you will join me in the journey to be Clutter Free * I received a copy of this book to review, though the above opinion is completely and truly my own thoughts on this book.
Kathi has an amazing way of writing and it seems like she can speak right to me. Clutter free is no different. We recently moved to a bigger house and now maybe if I had our clutter under control some (but that's not the only reason we moved) maybe our house wouldn't have felt so small. Kathi has found there are three areas of clutter: the why, what and how, and uses these to help identify the problems with clutter and how to deal with it. I never really thought of clutter being a spiritual problem, but when Kathi lays it out in the book, I can totally see that. (High clutter means high stress). She and her family did a 2000 thing challenge where they got rid of that many items, It seems kind of scary, but I'm sure it's totally possible if you work towards it and need to do it. Kathi is also doing a 21 day clutter free challenge, which I'm going to do as well. This is a great book to start out the new year with if you are in need of becoming clutter free. I was provided with a ebook copy to post a review of my own from the publisher. The opinions are my own.
Very practical information about why we buy what we buy, and what happens when we have to deal with the clutter it creates. Even better are the suggestion for getting rid of clutter. Written in an easy-to-read and understand format.
Kathi Lipp gives a fantastic personal and faith based way of looking at the clutter in our lives/homes. While reading this book I felt Kathi was actually speaking to me and not just spewing the same information that so many "self-help" type books seem to do. Kathi has an amazing way of getting to the root of your spirit and why you have the clutter. I wasn't even a quarter of the way through the book and was up and getting rid of the clutter and able to feel the peace of being clutter free just outside of my grasp. Peace and clutter free living will soon be fully not only in my grasp but in my heart. You will be challenged as you go through the book to do things that you might not have thought of or been able to do before but by the way it is presented to you in this book you may also feel peace. By following what is being spoken in this book you will not only free your home/life of the clutter but you will help to maintain the peace of clutter free.