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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316596
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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"I have needed this book for years, and I loved it! Brooks's advice helped me clean up clutter, which gave me more time, energy, and creativity."
-- Robert J. Kriegel, PhD, "New York Times" bestselling author of "If It Ain't Broke, Break It!"
""Clutter Busting" literally changed my life. Brooks's gentle yet firm voice inspired me to act, to widen my eyes and take a fresh look around -- and undo pockets of clutter, not only in my closet and the trunk of my car but also in my heart. This book is filled with practical, useful wisdom."
-- Marc Lesser, author of "Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less"
"If you want to make your space into a transformative tool that supports your life and work, you need "Clutter Busting.""
-- Julia Mossbridge, PhD, author of "Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul's Work"


I have needed this book for years, and I loved it! Brooks s advice helped me clean up clutter, which gave me more time, energy, and creativity.
Robert J. Kriegel, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of If It Ain t Broke, Break It!
Clutter Busting literally changed my life. Brooks s gentle yet firm voice inspired me to act, to widen my eyes and take a fresh look around and undo pockets of clutter, not only in my closet and the trunk of my car but also in my heart. This book is filled with practical, useful wisdom.
Marc Lesser, author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less
If you want to make your space into a transformative tool that supports your life and work, you need Clutter Busting.
Julia Mossbridge, PhD, author of Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul s Work
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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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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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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. At last, here is someone who helps you understand why you hang on to things and pushes you to confront the thoughts and issues which derail you on your path to a clutter-free life. If I tell you that I started reading this book on the evening it arrived and by lunchtime the next day I had already taken 3 large bags of books and 3 huge bags of clothes to the charity shop, you'll see why I think this is an exceptional book. I haven't had this much energy in a very long time and I can't wait to get on with the rest of the clearing!
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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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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 value to us is to get rid of it. A far better prompt if encouragement is needed to start binning, selling, gifting things is the life changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo. For a reflection on the origins of over consumption try James Wallam's Stuffocation.
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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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