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Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life

Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Sheila Chandra
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"Does it work? Yes! I feel....I know where things are." (Kate Baily Sunday Express)

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A revolutionary new system that will enable you live in a state of clutter-free nirvana, forever

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Sheila Chandra has been a successful singer and songwriter for 28 years with 10 albums to her credit. She has always managed herself, runs her own music publishing and production companies and oversees all the various aspects of her career without an assistant, and with a heavy workload and a constantly changing schedule. Initially, Sheila suffered serious clutter problems firsthand, and she became faced with the challenges of trying to function effectively in a disorganized environment. Because her livelihood depended on it she developed the simplest and quickest system possible for dealing with her own disordered ways. Subsequently she has helped many others by passing on her system. She even has a fool-proof system for dealing with the modern curse of email.

She's set out her secret blueprint for living in a clutter free home and office effortlessly in this book, and believes anyone can use it to live clutter free, no matter how bad their clutter problems are. She says "I know people might think a book on organising a bit of a strange choice for a singer to write, but whenever I've given workshops I've been keen to pass on musical strategies which I know really work, and to inspire people to feel empowered to run with them, in their own way. This is a subject that's more 'behind the scenes' but the principle is just the same. It's much easier to achieve what you want in life, if you're organised and systematic, and I know this system works because I use it myself everyday. "

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
`Banish Clutter Forever - How The Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life'

This is so much more than a book about de-cluttering your living space. It's also a self-help book, one that helps you face and deal with any mess there may be in your life as well as your home. It shows how steps taken to improve our living space can lead to a more smoothly run home and life. Once you understand the system - based on the principle that if you can find your toothbrush you can find anything - you're away, with helpful advice regarding the two principle concepts of Zoning and Completion.

The book also looks at why we collect clutter, as well as deeper issues such as debt management. Emotional issues are dealt with, looking at the role clutter accumulated from the past plays on our present, and whether keeping these items brings us happiness. The realisation that some items I had kept from the past brought me sadness helped me give them away and this was a positive clearing experience.

I found the tips on using `sub-bags' (Chapter 8) very useful and now incorporate these into my daily life. Instead of having a huge handbag overflowing in chaos, I now have `sub-bags' inside and everything within each one is grouped logically, making it easier to find each item. You can adapt any of the ideas here to suit your own needs. For instance I now have several `sub-bags' for travelling away from home. They are all ready packed for a speedy get-away and being in clear bags they are perfect for passing through customs with ease. The general advice in this chapter on keeping your wardrobe and make-up orderly once you have de-cluttered is also very useful.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
At last....I have the missing piece of the jigsaw! I've read the books on de cluttering, understood why I would love to stay clutter free. But this is the ONLY BOOK that has taught me how to do it and keep it that way. (It has a step by step guide that even I can follow) My house is now well on its way to becoming the home I have always wanted, and this time I am armed with the knowledge of how to keep it that way. Thank you Sheila
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than it looks! 27 Jun 2011
I found this book really helpful - it didn't look as promising as some of the more glossy books initially, but the content is great. The principle (basically keep things where you use them, so they are easy to put away again) is basic common sense but most people don't actually follow it. Sheila Chandra has managed to expand this concept into a book by providing loads of detail about HOW to implement it, and the right habits to develop to keep it that way. Forget the lists, detailed routines, etc that other books suggest, this is an easy, practical way to keep things in order and still have loads of free time. The system for staying organised and managing your time at work is aimed at those working from home, but equally applicable to any workplace; again, this sounds like common sense but if you actually try it you see how powerful a technique it is. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banish Clutter Forever 21 Oct 2012
By S Clark
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This book has had a real impact on my attitude to housework and my ability to cope with it. I consider myself a reasonably intelligent woman but was born untidy! How friends, colleagues and family members could have immaculate houses, no matter what time of day you called, was a mystery to me. I felt I must be missing a vital gene. Sheila Chandra's book speaks to me like a kindly grandmother, explaining clearly what I need to do and chiding me into doing it. Her emphasis is on time-saving, to allow you more time to do the things you really enjoy. I have never felt such satisfaction in clearing out drawers - and believe me, I have read a lot of books and articles about clearing out drawers. I can now make snap decisions about where things should go and realise that I don't have to allocate huge chunks of time to clear up mine and the family's mess.
This book is not a quick fix - it's a lifestyle change. If you're weighed down with the burden of untidiness (either your own or others in the family) then get this book. It's a lifesaver!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a "clear your clutter" book 3 Mar 2010
By J.Rose
This book is packed with down-to-earth advice on how to create a more harmonious, organised lifestyle. I would particularly recommend it to anybody who seriously wants to find a simple step-by step system to fundamentally change their home environment for the better.
Ms Chandra has written an easy to follow book in a friendly non-preaching tone which is positive and motivating. Using the simple principle that most of us know where to find our toothbrush; (as teeth cleaning is generally a firmly embedded habit) the reader is taken on a tour of the home with a view to applying this system - a place for everything and everything in it's place.
Read the whole book through first to give yourself a good overview of the system then go for it! You won't look back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change you 17 Oct 2012
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I love this book!!! I had reached the end of my tether with my cluttered, messy flat and bought this book to help me with my clear-out. The author is spot on at picking out the excuses we all use to avoid throwing something out 'But I'll wear it when I lose 10lbs!' and urges you to think realistically about whether you are actually going to use an item and if it betters your life in any way.
The book covers everything, from clearing out your wardrobe to implementing a more efficient filing system in the 'Home Office' section. I don't work from home but still found the tips very useful to bear in mind at work.
I've used the 'Toothbrush Principle' (that you don't lose your toothbrush because you keep it next to the sink, where you use it, then you put it back!) to re-organize my kitchen cupboards and will continue to use it whilst sorting out the rest of my house. This book has taught me not only how get rid of unused clutter but how to maintain a tidy home and lifestyle with minimum effort. A cluttered desk = a cluttered mind couldn't be more true!
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4.0 out of 5 stars House help....
This book is easy to read with practical guidelines for a big tidy up! Great resource if you are looking to move house.
Published 9 days ago by alan armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
I'm not normally a fan of self help books but this one is so easy to follow, down to earth and practical that I've already recommended it to some friends also in need of clutter... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mrs Natasha Kastrati
4.0 out of 5 stars simple premise but powerful
Sometimes the most obvious ideas are the ones that we forget the most easily. Sheila Chandra's suggestions revolve around the premise of minimising activation energy to get... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Zad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous principal and a well written book.
Published 28 days ago by Kate M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book - so useful - and so sensible
Brilliant book - so useful - and so sensible. It is taking a time to get everything sorted but very worthwhile - and the areas that we have cleared according to her 'toothbrush... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CarefulandGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely changed my life for the better :D
Before reading this book I was so depressed as my house resembled a dump and I never thought I could fix it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew ,genius was effortless?
This is and update of a previous review it has been nearly a month now and I have done all the rooms in my home and especially want to give thanks for the home office advice it r... Read more
Published 2 months ago by grace
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life!
If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home when you can never find anything you want, you need this book! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jean P
3.0 out of 5 stars helpful insights
Easy to read, although a bit chatty in places. I do feel that the author makes a good connection with people who hate routine and makes great suggestions in how to overcome that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Min
5.0 out of 5 stars Can highly recommend!
I loved reading this book and found the information, useful, practical and easy to put into practice. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Athena
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Clutter doesn’t usually accumulate because you have too much stuff or too little time. It is most often a reflection of the thousands of tiny decisions you have put off making (about where something should live, or whether it should be thrown out or given away) or haven’t known how to make, in the first place. &quote;
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One of the most common ways of stopping yourself achieving something that you really desire, but which actually challenges or scares you a little too much, is to make your space and time so disorganised that you don’t create that thing in your life. That way you can let the chaos take up your headspace and stop you thinking about the fact that you are not achieving it. &quote;
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Clutter isn’t caused by lack of time or space, but by indecision and the lack of a good system. &quote;
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