Thursday, May 21, 2015
#REVIEW - Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space by Kathi Lipp
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.
This book describes myself because this is what I have been trying to do with all my ‘stuff’ right now. I bought a micro-shredder and started shredding papers, and boy, do I have a LOT of papers to shred! So I think I’m off to a good start. When I saw this book at NetGalley by Harvest House Publishers, I requested this book because I REALLY need this book!
As I was reading this book, and in my quiet time reflecting on what I read in this book, I really started thinking about this book and what it says about all the excess I have, and what it says about myself. Not only does this book give you ideas on how to unclutter our homes, but it also helps us grow. It talks about the ‘why’ we are cluttered, why we buy stuff, why we keep doing it over and over, the Spiritual side of clutter, and how much money we have in this clutter.
I truly have to agree with this author. Where I am today is not where I was over ten years ago, and I am left with ALL that clutter I bought for scrapbooking and rubber stamping (for instance) back then. This book gets into the nitty-gritty of why we buy in the first place, why we KEEP the clutter, why we move it, the ‘what if’s’ if I do get rid of it and I need it again, etc., and so much more!
I’m at the point where I DO want to get rid of my clutter. Get it out! This book does go into detail how to do it! Yeah! She has all kinds of great ideas on how to get rid of your clutter, and some of them are really great! That will be my next step, but first I’ve made an agreement with myself, and that is to shred the paperwork I have. Some of this goes back 20 years! I’ve kept it because it has personal things on it, and it’s not something you just throw out today. You MUST shred your paperwork, so I have the shredder and I’ve started. After that I’ll move on to ‘stuff’. I did have quite a collection of candle holders that I packed away into two boxes in hopes of moving one day, but after reading this book, I don’t NEED two boxes of them. I’ll go through them and only pick out what is near and dear to me. After I see what I have, I’ll try to only keep five of them TRY to! LOL! “Try” is the HARD word here!
The author does have a “three-box, two-bag system’ and I am going to try to do that because my husband and I live kind of small now, but we want to go smaller yet. Not Tiny House small, but 750-1,000 square feet would be the largest we want. To be honest, I think we do live in less than that now because two of the rooms don’t really have heat or air in them, and the problem with them is they have become a dumping ground. The hard part for me will be going down to one bathroom. That is the only luxury we have where we are now. We want to go smaller because the kids are grown and they won’t and aren’t staying over anymore. I think this may be the point when most people are ready to pair down. We LOVE the Tiny House craze that is going on now. It is very appealing to us, but our house would have to be permanent, but we can’t have outside upkeep to do. My husband is nine years older than I am and I have to agree I would not want to be out mowing the lawn after never having had to do it! (He and I have always had apartments.) I’m excited to start doing this!
The only problem I had with this book is that it refers us to other books this author has written. I wish she would have just included it in this book because if I go buying her other books, (and these are books you want in print, not in an ereader where the screen goes blank after a few minutes) it just creates more clutter! The whole point of this book is Clutter Free! I had to laugh at that! I won’t buy the other books. I’ll just work from this one. Clutter Free! It IS freeing so far! I’ve shred four entire boxes that my husband got down off the top shelf in our bedroom closet! Now there is ROOM in there! I highly suggest this book!
Posted by Laurie Carlson at 8:59 PM