- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (1 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577316592
- ISBN-13: 978-1577316596
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back Paperback – 1 Apr 2009
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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. www.clutterbusting.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly from USA. Brilliant book which addresses the psychological relationship with clutter.Published 24 days ago by Norfolk Broad
Just what I needed. Accessible. Practical. Solution focused. Energising. Motivating.Published 1 month ago by nightowl
Inspiring book. Really seemed to speak to me. I am looking forward to having a proper spring clear out and clean. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SLW
Good book - bit deep at times compared to other clutter management stuff - but really gets to the root of the problem. This and the previous book certainly got me motivated.Published 6 months ago by CT
I threw the other decluttering books out ... but this one I come back to again and again.
I have bought and read several of the amazon best-seller decluttering books... Read more
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 morePublished 11 months ago by speakingforwolf
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Mrs S., UK West Country