The Sentimental Person's Guide to Decluttering

The Sentimental Person's Guide to Decluttering

by Claire Middleton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998045306
Publisher: Cardamom Publishers
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 257,911
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Claire Middleton is a writer who also loves to garden, cook and sew. A business failure forced Claire and her family to move from their McMansion to a small house; they sold or donated well over half of their possessions in the process. Now she enjoys a much simpler life. Her website is

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

● Decluttering: The Sentimental Person’s Challenge

● What Do People Get Sentimental About?

● The Advantage to Being a 21st Century Declutterer

● Don’t Be Afraid

● Keep What You Will Use…And Use It!

● Becoming a Sentimental Declutterer

Chapter 2

● The Opposite of Sentimental: Clean-Sweepers

● Have They No Heart?

● Maybe Clean-Sweepers Aren’t Heartless After All

● Clean-Sweepers Hate Clutter Just Like We Do

Chapter 3

● Three Rules for Decluttering Success (for Sentimental People Only)

● Rule 1: It Has to Go to a Good Home

● Rule 2: The Memory Must Be Preserved

● Rule 3: It May Take Time

Chapter 4

● Decluttering Your Home

● Method One: One Room at a Time

● Method Two: The Big Purge

● How to Choose?

● What Worked for Me

● Choose Destinations Carefully and Quickly Dispatch Everything

● When You Get Bogged Down

● The Four Steps of Decluttering

Chapter 5

● Going Through Your Keep Piles

● Two Parameters That Will Help You Prioritize Your Belongings

● Choosing Your Most Beautiful Things

● How Many Items Should You Keep?

● Where Will You Keep Your Most Beautiful Items?

● How to Sort and Set Priorities While Decluttering

● More Strategies for Prioritizing Your Sentimental Items

● Useful and Beautiful

Chapter 6

● The Sentimental Seven

● Books

● Babies’ and Kids’ Clothes, Toys, Artwork and Schoolwork

● Possessions of Late Loved Ones, Heirlooms, and Inherited Belongings

● Let a Little Time (Not Decades) Pass Before You Go Through Everything

● Gifts and Other Expensive Items

● Collections

● Items That Represent a Lost Dream

Chapter 7

● Other People’s Sentimental Clutter

Chapter 8

● A Final Word

● The Second Time Around

● Stay Motivated

● No Regrets

● What If You Can’t Give Any of It Up?

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