Unclutter Your Life in One Week Hardcover – 3 Nov 2009
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"Erin Doland defuses the dreadful prospect of clearing your clutter and breaks the project down into manageable, bite-sized steps. This book will inspire you to get started and see you through to an organized and stress-free home and office." -- Gina Trapani, founding editor of lifehacker.com
"One of the biggest questions people have about organizing is "where do I start"? Erin's wonderful book provides that answer-telling you exactly where to start, and what to do next, and next, and next. Very practical and accessible!" -- Julie Morgenstern, author of "SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life"
"Simple, practical advice that makes one week truly life changing. A great resource!" -- Peter Walsh
"The infinitely resourceful Doland walks the reader through the uncluttering process with patience, understanding, and more organizing tips than you ever imagined. We all need a friend like Doland to give us a good jump start." -- Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor, "Real Simple" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Erin Doland is Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer and lives in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to her work at Unclutterer, Erin is a twice weekly columnist for Real Simple magazine's website, has written for CNN.com and ReadyMade, and is in negotiations to contribute a regular column to Fast Company. She borders on having a fanatical commitment to a more minimalist and simple lifestyle. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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On Monday morning alone, one is expected to tackle the following:
Sort out your entire wardrobe. Empty it, make any repairs to the units, buy any bits and bobs you need to aid storage, sort through your clothes, ditch any that don't fit (thoughtfully) put stuff aside for repair / cleaning, and evaluate the rest. Once you know what you re keeping, 'cluster' clothes according to how you process information (ok, I like this idea, see there are some little gems) or how you will wear them - colours, type and so on. And then re fill the wardrobe / shelves / drawers.
All this is to be done before you go off to work. The very next item is - Monday at work!!!!!!
SO now you simply rise from your sea of rejected clothing / recycling / cleaning and trot of to your place of work. It's time to get that organised. Sort old paperwork, ditch / replace dodgy machinery, reorganise your work flow and workspace, and, presumably put in a days work.
When you get home, it's not all over. Now you need to sort out a 'reception station' - as sorting you hallway is your evening task.
All very good information, but I defy anyone to be able to muster the energy to so much as make a piece of toast after only mastering the Monday morning 'closet' routine!
The rest of the week is just as jam packed and although I agree entirely that getting down to it is the only way to resolve clutter issues this method and make believe time scale is simply not workable for us mere mortals.
I am always looking for ideas and new methods of dealing with clutter and how people can be supported to sort their stuff. As a professional de - clutter person, this is my business. I'll shamelessly pinch helpful, workable ideas from anyone! But the main thing is to make these things manageable - or people just get into a panic and give up. And often leave themselves in a worse mess that when they began.
Dealing with clutter can be daunting, exhausting and frankly quite scary. It throws up all sorts of unexpected emotions. And makes a sorry mess whilst it's a work in process. But it really is worth the effort and will be a huge success - often life changing - if managed properly.
DO try the book, but please don't feel that you have to do all this stuff in a week. I'd re title this book "Unclutter your life in SEVEN weeks!!"
Then you can toast your success when you finish in a month, rather than feel beaten after just one, exhausting, unrealistic day.
Jilt your junk with joy, don't let your stuff hold you back.
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