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on 2 December 2007
After the glowing reviews others have left, I thought this book would be worth it's weight in gold, but was disappointed.
The main ideas can be summarised as follows:
1) Clutter drains your energy-- so you'd feel more energised if you didn't have clutter.
2) Things that you don't like or are ambivalent about also drain energy, so you should get rid of them without feeling bad about it.
3) All things that you own have an energy relationship with you, so the more unwanted stuff you have, the less energised you'll feel.
4) Clutter in your home can influence different areas of your life (Feng Shui Bagua) so if your work is going badly you should look at how the corresponding area looks in your house.
The rest of the book is just filler, where the author gives plenty of examples of how people have been inspired and how it has helped them change their lives. We also hear about the author's life in Bali, her colonics (one should also clear one's body and mind of unnecessary clutter), and how her handbag was the neatest a kid had seen when he rummaged through it.
Seemed a bit holier-than-thou.
In short: the booked is high on filler material and very low in actual content. It doesn't give any proper plan or encouragement or even information. The book seemed more like an advertisement for her other work with workshops, then the actual end product.
And to not clutter up my house more, I will happily give this book to the local charity shop.