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Clutter Busting [Kindle Edition]

Brooks Palmer
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Book Description

Piles of junk in garages and closets, overflowing papers on desks, items unused for years, masses of unanswered email, clothing never worn, useless gifts that collect dust — all these things, says Brooks Palmer, come weighted with shame and guilt and have a suffocating effect on spirit and soul. In this insightful book, Palmer shows how to get rid of the things in our lives that no longer serve us. By tossing out these unneeded items, we are also eliminating their negative influences, freeing up energy, and unlocking our potential.

Loaded with inspiring anecdotes and practical tips, Clutter Busting is based on the premise that your things are not sacred, but you are. The book explores such fundamental topics as the false identities we assume through clutter, the fear of change those junk piles represent, the addictive nature of holding on to objects, how clearing clutter makes room for clarity and sweeps away confusion and stasis, and much more. With Brooks’s upbeat and compassionate guidance, you’ll find yourself clearing the way for new and exciting things to come into your life.

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Everyone knows they need to cut the crap out of their lives, and here's how to do it! Straightforward and focused, "Clutter Busting" shows how anyone can begin right now to clear the clutter and debris from their home, garage, office, and life. And, as defined in this book, clutter is anything that no longer serves us, from outdated clothes to old habits. Piles of junk in our garages and closets, overflowing papers on our desks and in our files, items unused for years, clothing we never wear, gifts received that we can't seem to toss out - they all represent dis-order and come weighted with guilt, shame, and a sense of crowded dis-ease. "Clutter Busting" is short and sweet, and takes as its premise that your 'things' are not spiritual or important, you are. Once the clutter is cleared, new things flow into your life, making this the perfect book to begin discovering what your life should truly be about - once you clear the accumulated yet now useless debris.

About the Author

BROOKS PALMER helps people get rid of things they no longer need. He has been featured in national and local media and has performed stand-up comedy for many years. A popular speaker to diverse groups, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1577316592
  • Publisher: New World Library (25 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002361MK6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In his ten years of Clutter Busting, Brooks Palmer realized the intense emotional connection most people have with material possessions, and that internal clutter must be addressed before external clutter can be discarded. He created his Clutter Busting method to help people let go of those things they no longer need and to open the doors for new possibilities.

Brooks Palmer's Clutter Busting, business took off by word of mouth when people began calling, usually out of sheer desperation. He has since been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Business Journal and Daily Candy, and on Living Live, Chicagoing and the CBS Channel 2 Nightly News. Brooks travels around the world, working with clients and offering seminars on getting rid of the clutter in our lives. He lives in Chicago, IL.

Brooks also enjoys writing cartoons, drawing pastel paintings, and performing stand-up comedy at live venues. He is also a singer-songwriter. His alternative folk rock album is called, Brooks Takes His Time.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 Oct. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Within 24 hours of this book arriving, I have read it from cover to cover. I will go back and read it again, this time working through the exercises, but I had to write a review to say how much I enjoyed it.
I have a lot of books about clutter fighting, and have tried a number of approaches, none of which have fully worked for me, or I wouldn't still be buying them! Most of the books concentrate on the "symptom", i.e. the clutter, but Brooks looks at the mental causation of the mess, and comes at it from a completely different angle than most. He focusses on looking at how objects fit with you as you are now, and the message seems to be more about what you *need* and what is appropriate, rather than what you can bring yourself to part with. I actually like his referencing the clutter as "crap" and "junk", as it removes the attachment to the items. I think he's right about the fact that a massive proportion of items that people have being extraneous and unnecessary, and this definitely helped my brain to think about my items in a different light.
As I said, I now need to work through the exercises in the book, but re-reading the conversations that Brooks had with the clients whose stories he tells is quite inspiring and I think they will make a big difference. In terms of the approach used, I think it will be a difficult activity, but from the book I know to expect that, and so am less daunted by it than I might have been had it just happened, as it has in the past. The book has strategies and approaches to use, so I'll give them a try and see how I get on!
I may also encourage my fiancé to read this book, as I think it will help him to understand why I have such a difficulty in getting rid of things, and buying far too much as well.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clutter Busting 9 May 2009
By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've been making an honest effort at reducing clutter in my life. I've been going from room to room clearing up messes and finding homes for everything. I've donated and thrown away more bags of stuff than I even realized I had. The house is starting to become cleaner and I do notice the difference in my attitude.

Lately though, I've run out of steam. I'm finding myself putting off certain jobs or making excuses why I had to keep certain items that seemed to have no functional value whatsoever. I was quickly becoming stuck.

Clutter Buster to the rescue. According to the book, I'm giving these items value that they don't deserve. It's the memory I want to keep not the thing. Moreover, there are far too many things in my home that only serve to devalue me, remind me of past failures, and don't really fit who I really am.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 3 Mar. 2012
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Excellent book on the problem of clutter. The psychological approach to collecting clutter and why we do it is really inspirational. The author makes you think about what you're doing with all this stuff and gives a new way of thinking about it. This is not a book that will tell you how to get rid of the clutter but rather gives many examples of how the author helped people with the problem look at it in a different way and helping them to change the thought process that's causing them to be clutter bugs. The book flows very well with no finger wagging or orders to the reader. I sat and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I would highly recommend this book if you have a problem with clutter, it may change the way you think about clutter and the way you think of yourself.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the how-tos. 20 July 2011
Many books in this specific genre lacks the most important ingredient: guidance on how to think, questions on what you feel and how to regard the masses of items stockpiled in our houses. I found this to be very inspirational, and that is the one thing that can get you started. Highly reckommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clutter Busting 27 Nov. 2011
The daunting thing is that this book makes you realise just how much clutter one has accumulated. Fortunately, throughout the book, solutions are presented. If you can no longer move in your house, buy this book
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 16 July 2011
This book redefines clutter. I had an Aha! lightbulb moment. It provides the tools for assessing clutter, letting it go, and moving on. I've already recommended it to many people.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This bizarre book really works! 13 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have battled with clutter for years. I have worked very hard to change from a dysfunctional messie (bad) to a houseproud cleanie (good).

On my journey I used Don Aslett's excellent Clutter's Last Stand, 2nd Edition: It's Time to de-Junk Your Life! and the Mount Vernon Method from The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping

However, as any hoarder knows, clutter is relentless!

So, I looked for extra help and found this brilliant book which is currently sharpening my clutter-busting skills.

Brooks uses bizarre stories from his messy clients to gently nudge and guide us into noticing the subtle connections between our stuff and our feelings. Some reviewers have criticised these stories as exaggerated 'psycho babble'. However, I noticed that after reading the crazy anecdotes I was itching to throw things out. Toss. Toss. Toss. Fantastic!

I am no psychologist, but in my view, Brooks has crafted powerful metaphors for the strong emotions that keep us hanging on to stuff. His descriptions are helping me identify clutter by sight, sound, feel and scent. His words help you see how your emotions and senses keep you stuck: so you can let go.

It seems that we hoarders are immune to clutter signals. Now I have learned why some of my clutter was invisible. Some of my fears around tossing junk have gone and I have been able to let go of things that have bugged me for years. For example, I burned a pile of school reports that reminded me of my miserable schooldays (whew... what a relief).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
If you've struggled with decluttering over the years and read all sorts of books on the subject, without achieving the results you wanted, you must buy this book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by speakingforwolf
2.0 out of 5 stars A book that can go!
I didn't find this book helpful, but I am probably of the wrong generation. Our 'clutter' has nothing to do with ever having shopped as some kind of pick-me-up, and more to do with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs S., UK West Country
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy to read; thought-provoking. Got me going.
Published 3 months ago by Neville Digweed
2.0 out of 5 stars Time better spent throwing things away than reading this book
This book is heavy on the psychoanalysis of surrounding oneself with clutter. The best way of understanding the impact of being surrounded by too many things which are of little... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Antonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple calm explanations and advice - RECOMMENDED
Has a gentle helpful spiritual angle and a calm simple approach. Much sensible wisdom and understanding
Published 7 months ago by DHLawrencecrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!
Brooks Palmer is fantastic!

This book is an invaluable tool for everyone, not just for people with a clutter problem. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven Brittain
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book should not be read in the evening. It made me so excited about clearing my house, I couldn't sleep. Down to earth, matter of fact book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mira
5.0 out of 5 stars clutter is a part of us humans - this book looks at why...and how to...
Yes, we all hoard - we are a species like any other, really. But this book is to be recommended for its insightfulness about why we do it - many books abound as to how to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Busyquine
5.0 out of 5 stars a different approach
Most of the other clutter books I have read talk about sorting, organising and storing. This one is different. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Sensible clear and above all knows most hoarders are procrastinators too. give good practical advice
easy to read and doesn't make a clutterer feel too guilty!!!
Published 17 months ago by Kate Noss
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