"This isn't another Kondo-clone, because she dives into the heart of why decluttering is so difficult." Booklist, STARRED Review
Discover the freedom of a beautiful home, personal purpose, and joyful inner confidence
Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin offers revolutionary help to anyone who has repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold. Her powerful answer lies in the 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks, unconscious obstacles that stood between thousands of her clients and financial freedom, healthy relationships, and positive outlooks.
Once a Clutter Block is revealedand healedtrue transformation of home and life is possible. Her empowering techniques and strategies help you:
- Recognize and overcome your Clutter Block(s) to liberate your home.
- Lighten and purge without the rigidity of the other methods.
- Use your home to attain life goals like health, wealth and love.
It's time to break through your Clutter Blocks and discover the lasting happiness waiting for you on the other side!
Additional Praise for Making Space, Clutter Free:
"What sets Tracy McCubbin apart is her kind and empathetic approach to organizingshe truly understands the psychology behind peoples' attachment to things."Patricia Heaton
"In Making Space, Clutter Free Tracy offers a realistic approach to managing your belongings. Instead of prescribing perfection, she understands our individual differences require individual strategiesand that it doesn't always need to be rational."Cait Flanders, bestselling author of The Year of Less
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Finding the Real, Emotion-Based Problem 1
1 What's Under the Clutter? A New Approach 3
2 The Seven Emotional Clutter Blocks: Which One(s) Do You Have? 21
3 How to Listen to Your Clutter, Room by Room 53
Part 2 Getting Down to It 85
4 Before You Begin: Set Yourself Up Like a Pro 87
5 Beyond the Basics: Decluttering Tricks of the Trade 107
6 When the Going Gets Tough: Breaks, Breath, Gratitude, and Friends 147
Part 3 Arriving and Thriving 159
7 Strategies and Systems to Organize What's Left 161
8 Conscious Consumption: How to Halt the Clutter Creep 187
9 Celebrating and Inhabiting Your New Space 199
Part 4 Life's Big Changes 207
10 Downsizing: The Purge of a Lifetime 209
11 Decluttering after Death or Divorce 235
Senior Downsizing Guide 263
About the Author 281
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My house really needed this book and so did my sanity! Making Space, Clutter Free forces the reader to examine the why of clutter using 7 clutter blocks. It does not simply have the reader look at an item and decide if it is to stay or go similar to other minimalization books. Ms. McCubbin shows that a room is not going to stay clutter free until the reader determines what is causing them to be disorganized in the first place. This book focuses on the why things are cluttered and our psychological response to keeping things clutter-free. It is surprising to discover what is stopping us from having an organized home. It was fascinating to learn that some of the blocks are historical such as saving the good china for company. We save things for nostalgic reasons or to define ourselves. We hang on to things because of who gave them to us even if we don’t like or need them. She talks about why people in general have so much clutter. They include that we forgot how to care and repair; we got addicted to buying; people use stuff to numb their emotions or boost self-esteem. In the past, I have purged and gone right back to a cluttered house. With Ms. McCubbin’s help in this book, I realize what triggers cause my to clutter up a room. I am determined to stop and think about those blocks when I am tempted to buy too much or set things down wherever they may land. I received an ARC from Sourcebooks through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
This book is a godsend! I am admittedly a person with OCD, but I have fallen into the clutter trap. It started with becoming disabled and in pain which prevented me from putting things away right away, or cleaning before it got out of control. The author states that there are 7 different emotional baggage that cause you to clutter. She goes through each one with examples. The book then lists ways to identify, deal with, and solve. The author is a professional organiser that has led to the book. The book also deals with downsizing. It includes resources for getting rid of the items discarded. This book is very helpful. Once I could figure out why I was blocked, it lead me to making the changes I needed to make.