by Peter Walsh
Age: adult. Library section 8 G: Life Skills, Hobbies/D.I.Y.
With the Epiphany rummage sale coming up, here is a book about clutter, how it destroys your peace, and how you can rid yourself of too much “stuff.” This advice really works; I bought this book to help me declutter our home before a move and it was very, very helpful.
The author, home organizer on TLC’s “Clean Sweep” TV series, understands how easily clut-
ter can take over your home, and how hard it can be to get rid of it. In this book he shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. Walsh helps you plan your method of attack and explains the psychological benefits of living with less. He helps you envision the way you want your home to look and how to reach that goal. Once your home is decluttered, Walsh tells you how to keep it that way, for example, by recycling junk mail before it even enters the house. Another way is to use one larger, attractive decorative item rather than four small kitschy ones. Housecleaning goes faster with less stuff to clean, your home has fewer allergens, and is more restful physically & visually.
If decluttering seems overwhelming, start small with one closet shelf or one bureau drawer. Do one a day util the closet or bureau is done, then move on. Discard at least half of everything. If something has sentimental value, say, your child’s baby crib, take a picture of it, then give it to someone in real need. Two months later do a second pass. By then your home will feel and look sparer and sleek. What remains in your home will be most useful, beautiful, and cherished.
This book helped us prepare to sell our home. Decluttering made our house look larger and airier. I decluttered our entire home twice before we showed it, giving a lot of stuff to Good-
will. We stored about a third of our stuff in a storage unit, making up the pod rental cost in the sale price of our home. Our decluttered home looked great, was easier to keep in show readiness, and our move was cheaper and easier. We got used to that sparer look and gave away even more we found we did not need after our move.
When you declutter you begin to see the beautiful features of your home that were hidden by clutter, and if the features aren’t so lovely, you can more easily determine what needs updating. Why not set aside garage sale profits for updating?
With the Epiphany rummage sale coming up, this book is timely. In fact, I think I’ll check out our bureaus right now. You may have to come and dig me out of my hubby’s sock drawer!!