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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 1 edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141656019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416560197
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Peter Walsh is a clutter expert and organizational consultant who characterizes himself as part-contractor and part-therapist. He can be heard weekly on "The Peter Walsh Show" on the Oprah and Friends XM radio network, was a regular guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", and was also the host of the hit TLC show "Clean Sweep". Peter holds a master's degree with a specialty in educational psychology. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.


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A good book but as I said you would need one of his previous books, he takes it for granted that you have already read one of them.
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This is really good, but to get the most from the advice within these pages you really need to use this book with his others. This work confirms my own my experiences the your relationship with clutter corresponds with your relationship with yourself.

I'd definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a final solution to a clutter problem.
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I first borrowed this out of the library, it was such a good book with honest down to earth lifestyle 'advice' that I had to buy it as a reference !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to clear the clutter 25 Feb. 2009
By kdea473 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I had not read Peter Walsh's previous books, and honestly didn't realize that he was the host of TLC's "Clean Sweep" show. I've seen the show a few times before, and while my house and life are nowhere like the ones on the show, there is plenty of clutter I'd like to clear away (in both).

The book is a very easy read. I finished a cursory read in under an hour. That being said, I went back to fill out the numerous quizzes and questionnaires when I had more time to think about them. I considered them very valuable (instead of just a way to fill pages). For instance, in the Work section, he has quizzes like "Is your work life cluttered?" and activities like "Define your vision for your career" and "Quick Desk Purge." Unfortunately, as a consequence of all the clutter in our lives, we never quite get around to asking ourselves these questions or giving ourselves permission to take control...having it in front of me helped.

Because the author's background is actually in educational psychology (instead of just show business), he seems to understand how to make the information accessible to the reader. I also really appreciated that he didn't beat us over the head with the fact that he has a TV show (some books out there by TV personalities are so weak and really just marketing ploys). He does use letters he has received from listeners/fans/viewers to compliment the points he is making.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels overwhelmed with life at times. The books covers all possible parts of "life" like relationships, work, and health, so if you've got one or more area that is cluttered, it could really help. Based upon this book, I will also be seeking out his previous books he has written, to see how they may be useful.

Here's a breakdown of the chapters:
Introduction
The challenge
Look to yourself first
What does it take to make changes in your life?
Choice and change
1. Relationships
You can't make love in a pigsty
Imagine the relationship you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your relationship
And then there's the stuff...
2. Work
To-dos...or not to-dos? That is the question.
Imagine the career you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your career
And then there's the stuff...
3. Family
Learning to juggle
Imagine the family life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your family
And then there's the stuff...
4. Money
Live for today and tomorrow
Imagine the financial life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your finances
And then there's the stuff...
5. Health
The cluttered body
Imagine the body you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your health
And then there's the stuff...
6. Our Sense of Well-Being
What's so difficult about peace, love, and understanding?
Imagine the inner life you want
Clear the clutter of unreal expectations
Watch out for obstacles
Declutter your internal life

[note: I received this book prior to its release through Amazon Vine. The book and its cover appeared to be the final copy, so I do not anticipate much will change before the release.]
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! 13 April 2009
By PT Cruiser - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was mainly about mental clutter. It's the first book by Peter Walsh that I've read and it got me clearing out some of the physical clutter that I've been avoiding for at least 10 years. Seven years ago when I moved to the house I live in now, I just moved the clutter from the old house to the new one. Part of the reason was that we sold the old house sooner than we expected and I didn't have a lot of time to declutter, but there was also the mind clutter thing that just froze me whenever I thought about it. I work for a company on the other side of the country and have a home office, so not only do I have personal clutter, but I have work clutter as well.

I love reading books and articles on organization and it's big fun to order them on Amazon and then have an impressive pile of books to read. It puts off the process of actually doing anything because after you've received all the books, you have to decide which one to read first. Then, it takes time to actually read the book. Then you have to process in your mind what you've read and decide whether the author is another hack or if the advice is really doable. Or worth your while. (Usually it isn't and by then you've found something infinitely more fun to do). The next thing is to get motivated enough to actually go into the room and start to physically move, like opening a file folder full of outdated junk and deciding to make a pile of it to be shredded. Then, of course, the shredder can't handle two hours worth of constant shredding and burns out and you have to buy a new shredder. But you have to do a lot of research to know what shredder to buy, one that's going to last and can handle three hours or more of shredding once every 10 years and maybe 2-1/2 minutes worth every so often in between. (You procrastinators know what I'm talking about). So all the books I bought on organization usually fizzled somewhere between "Where do I start?" and "Why isn't this shredder making a shredding sound and what's that big clump of half shredded paper stuck to the roller?". This book was different. Peter Walsh isn't preachy and his ideas are all down to earth and not impossible for your average slacker to initiate.

Clearing clutter is more than a physical problem and this book convinced me of that. But it wasn't a big, long psychological dissertation on the subject. It was short, common sense, and to the point. It was also entertaining to read and not too long on any one point. It wasn't preachy (Don't you just hate preachy books?) and it got me moving. I guess I might have heard of Peter Walsh before, like from a Tivo'd Oprah show, but didn't really know him by name and hadn't read any of his other books. But now, I'm a believer. Anyone who can get me to actually go beyond good intentions to organize even a small amount of my office has to be a genius. (I'm not an easy person to motivate to clear out things that are perfectly well hidden in a drawer). I even ended up buying another one of his books, Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More (Don't you just love that title?) that I thought might give me a little more detail and keep the motivation going. So far it looks like a keeper.

So two big thumbs up for this book and a big thanks to Peter Walsh for making my home office a less stressful and more fun place to spend time.
76 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gets off to a bad start - and then careens downhill from there. 19 Mar. 2009
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine you're browsing the bookstore in the terminal before boarding a flight of several hours duration. You spot Peter Walsh's "Enough Already", with its promise of "clearing mental clutter to become the best you". Sure, why not, you reason.

Your flight is sitting on the tarmac, waiting for takeoff and you get to page 7 where you are informed that you should have purchased, read and implemented the author's other book BEFORE reading this one. "But I've written a whole other book about [cleaning your home], so instead of rehashing it here, let's just say that before this book can help you, you must already have a (relatively) clutter-free and organized home".

Is there any hint of this on the covers or flaps? Of course not.

Do I have to tell you that Walsh then refers to his earlier book throughout this one?

Walsh claims that he will "help" you in six key areas of your life: family, relationships, work, health, money and spirituality. Uh huh.

Walsh opens his first chapter, "Relationships", with the charming headline "You can't make love in a pigsty". Wanna bet? Anyway, that turns out not to be a reference to his book on organizing your household, but rather to your mind as a pigsty. To illustrate his point, Walsh describes a woman who sounds like a character sketch from a made-for-television drama. Utterly unbelievable. High power fashion executive, yada, yada.

He offers a "quiz" to determine if your relationship is cluttered. Ten simplistic questions is all it takes. But it doesn't matter what you answer because Walsh has already determined that your relationship is troubled. "Some relationships do and should end. You're committed enough to be reading this book, which means you're willing to put in the work your relationship needs."

Assumptions like this - and just plain awful character sketches - litter this book.

The advice given is banal and not at all different than what you'd find in an advice for the lovelorn column - in a magazine directed to teen girls. "Make sure your dress is appropriate for your office by looking to someone whose position and performance you admire".

For me, this book has no redeeming virtues.

Jerry
63 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Applying de-cluttering principles to self-help 28 Feb. 2009
By Amy Tiemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In "Enough Already," organizing expert Peter Walsh takes de-cluttering principles and applies them to many areas of life: relationships, work, family, money, health, and our sense of well-being.

I embraced the idea promised by the subtitle, "Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You," but I was disappointed that Walsh separated mental and physical decluttering so thoroughly. He writes, "Getting rid of the physical clutter is, as they say, another story, and it's one I've already told in my book 'It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff'." So to get more than the barebones basics about dealing with physical clutter, you'll need to buy his other book. In my estimation, it would have been more effective to write a really great book about de-cluttering the physical environment, and include a solid, original chapter on the mental environment, rather than writing an entire book about mental de-cluttering, applying the same principles over and over to different aspects of life.

The chapters are presented in a set formula, which scores points for consistency but eventually becomes tiresome. The common elements are: "Imagine the life you want," "Clear the clutter of unreal expectations," "Watch out for Obstacles," "Declutter Your (family/money/health)," "And then there's the stuff..."

Walsh seems to believe that if you have physical clutter problems you'll have similar issues in all major areas of your life. This may be true of extreme hoarders, but I don't believe that is true for most functional people.

In the end, Walsh's advice about organizing and life comes across as valid, but broad and general, spread too thinly across such a wide range of topics.

Another book in this realm that I highly recommend is Marilyn Paul's "It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life 101 - too basic for this self-improvement junkie, but has some value 18 Mar. 2009
By Gen of North Coast Gardening - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'm a big fan of Peter Walsh's clutter book It's All Too Much, and so I was really looking forward to this book. Peter's easygoing and energetic style of writing is fun to read and worked perfectly in It's All Too Much.

Unfortunately, I'm coming at this book from the perspective of a self-improvement junkie. I have read at least one improving book a week for the last two years, and I work hard to implement the changes I want to make. So this book, which has topical, common-sense advice on a number of broad topics such as family, work, money, and health, didn't hold much new info for me.

In each section, Walsh has some quizzes and activity questions to get you thinking about this area of your life. Then, he has short essays on a number of related topics to get you revved up about making some change.

The problem is, he is trying to cover so much information that none of it really gets the attention it deserves, and the info Walsh chooses to cover is so basic (like suggesting we write things in a calendar as soon as we make an appointment, or file paperwork as soon as we finish an activity) that it's really only useful if you really haven't got the basics covered yet.

If you are just waking up in your life and want some basic help in figuring out what to focus on, and in learning some basic philosophies and steps to take, then this might be a good choice for you. Just don't stop here. Use this book to help you figure out what subjects to tackle next, once you've got the basics down.

I personally didn't find any new gems in here, not because it isn't a solid book, but because I've read in-depth books devoted to specific topics that are covered in this book. No need to read a synopsis of some good ideas in this book when I've read multiple books on the same topic.
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