Is Clutter Taking Over Your Home and Life?
Stuff. So much stuff! Stuff that may link you to important memories or be needed again someday, but for now just clutters up cupboards and closets and the garage and tables, shelves, and bookcases. Or perhaps paper and miscellaneous stuff is piled on counters...everywhere!What can you do with all of it? You can trust Melissa Michaels, creator of the highly respected and popular blog The Inspired Room and a reformed stuff-keeper. In these pages you will find a friend who empathizes with you and offers insightful ideas for altering your habits while efficiently decluttering and organizing your home so that you can really enjoy living there. With Melissa's encouragement and practical advice, you will be inspired to create a place for the things you love and breathing room to pursue your dreams and engage in life with the people who matter most.
|Publisher:||Harvest House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, voted the 2015 and 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog. With creative, simple ideas for decorating and organizing the home, she inspires more than half a million women each month. Melissa is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Love the Home You Have, Make Room for What You Love, and The Inspired Room coffee table book. She and her husband live in Washington, where they planted a church in 2009.
Table of Contents
Take It to Heart 7
1 Get on the Mission 13
2 Live Beautifully 33
3 Choose Simplicity 49
4 Hardwire Habits 67
5 Evict Excuses 87
6 Be Focused 103
7 Create Order 115
8 Offer Grace 131
9 Enjoy Luxury 147
10 Unpack Your Story 165
Declutter and Organize: The Make Room Challenge 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Such a beautiful book, from cover to cover, and full of great information!! I love all of Melissa's books!
I've read numerous organizational books during the last 30 years, and Melissa delivers a fresh approach, asking me to consider my space and how I want to live within that space. Decluttering isn't my goal, but rather it's the means to help me focus on who and what I love. Tackling home organization can be daunting, especially if we're in the middle of transition or stress. (I thought I was in the empty nest stage of life, trying to downsize years of collected memories and treasures. Then my "kids" returned home, so we're all going through emotional changes as we adjust to sharing space again.) Melissa's approach of envisioning a specific goal and thoughtfully working toward it is like working along side one of my best friends who has known me for years. She understands my heart, my desires for my home, my struggles, and how I can move forward with reasonable expectations. Now that I finished reading Make Room for What You Love during my vacation, I can't wait to return home to begin the Make Room Challenge! Remember, the focus is positive -- making room for rest, pampering, peace, creativity, and gathering with the people we love. Melissa wants to help each person decide how to live beautifully -- not in a restricted, carefully regimented way -- but rather in a manner authentic to each person.
Having read Melissa's other two books, I was super excited to read this book and it didn't disappoint! Her book is filled with practical advice and easy to follow steps for creating an organized home. I could totally relate to everything she had to say and sometimes felt she wrote the book specifically for me! I have taken her 5 week challenge and I already see a huge difference in my home. I have less clutter, more peace, and more TIME to do the things I love to do. I have read a LOT of home organization books, but this will definitely be one that I go back to read again and reference in the future. I feel motivated and inspired to get my entire home in order!
This book is wonderful, insightful and encouraging. As I am entering the empty nest phase of life, it’s sometimes overwhelming to deal with the clutter life has left behind. In Make Room For What You Love”, Melissa Michaels has gently nudged and provided a multitude of ways to deal with this clutter and encourage us to take the time to do what we love and let that be reflected in our homes. She recognizes that the process will be different for everyone and has succeeded in providing an approach that will help everyone tackle their clutter in their own fashion. I am looking forward to putting her suggestions to work on the clutter in my life – both in my home and my schedule.
This book is like having a wise friend help you get started on a journey of cleaning out and starting on the path to make your home the place you always dreamed it could be. One of the things Melissa says is "that it is for anyone who just feels overwhelmed and wants to refocus and simplify their home and life." I agree. I have done 5 weeks of the challenges... and my home is starting to transform into a more peaceful place for me and my family. I highly recommend this for positive practical advice on how to get started and maintain the home you always dreamed of having.