My house became more organised as I listened to this audiobook. I listened to it three times in a row as it is so compassionately writen and interesting to listen to, allowing the listener to dream about how they want to live to live in a space. For a book about cleaning up and decluttering it really held my attention and did the job... and trust me I am not someone who would usually listen to anything of this genre.
I love Peter Walsh and I enjoyed this book. Let's be honest: It really is kind of hard to come up with The One and Only Method to Organize; this topic has been covered time and again, so it's very challenging to inspire the chronically disorganized like me. Peter achieved it and I have to give him credit for effectively reading his own book.
The issue I have with the book does not have anything to do with him, though... I was frustrated that the awesome worksheets he kept mentioning were not available to me. I would think that the world of audio books had developed enough to make them available for download on the site once you purchased the book. Even so, his descriptions are so detailed that you can easily work around not having them.
This book may be based on common sense, and the author does break it down into (almost) manageable steps, but this is not easy or simple for us confirmed packrats. In addition, the book really doesn't address dealing with the conflict around getting rid of one partner's clutter while leaving the other's. How does one get buy-in for the necessary purge? That said, the book provides many good pointers to THINKING about clutter and the psychology that leads to and supports it, as well as some step-by-step instruction for actually wading through and making things better.
I've always been a fan of Peter's, and this book is fantastic. He gives you all the info you need and none you don't, it's not too long, it's not complicated, it's not hard to follow. Ironically, I actually bought a paperback copy of this book a couple of years ago but it got lost in all my clutter before I got to read it! I was overjoyed to find it here on Audible, and it did not disappoint. Highly recommended.
This is a great audio book to listen to while you're cleaning. I've learned so many organization and de-clutter principles from this book. A lot of people may think that you need to read this book after there is a problem, but I think this is a book everyone should read BEFORE there is a problem. I don't particularly think I currently have hoarding tendencies and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, but I know the tendencies run in my genes and I definitely could see myself doing some of the horrendous things mentioned in this book. So I'm glad I listened to this audio book as a way of pre-intervention. My favorite principle was: "one toy in, one toy out" or "1 new pair of shoes in, one pair of old shoes out" etc... I got so inspired that I went on massive spring cleaning mode and finally battled the war under my bed. This is a book that you can re-read every few years for inspiration. I think this is one of those books every one needs to read at least once.
I needed this compassionate yet 'get real' talk from Peter. He makes a lot of sense and listening over and over again is helping me to believe it and put his principles into practice.
I have been trying to clean and declutter my house for quite a while but I didn't know how to start...or to finish. Now I am down to 2 rooms a closet and a garage. I feel so proud of myself and I have this book and Peter to thank. A weight has been lifted and I love my beautiful clean house. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Lots of chatter for the first several chapters, but it turns out to be quite relevant. Full of very practical tips, especially for cluttery clothes, krazy kitchens, gruesome garages, despicable dining rooms, perfunctory "project" hoarders. Would recommend for anyone
I am a minimalist. Yes, I own almost nothing. I bought this book to try and understand my wife and help her out of the CLUDDAH. An Easy Plan For Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff was the promise on the cover. I have seen multiple 5 star ratings for this book. Why didn't I and why can't I give it 5 stars as well?
It seemed to me that the hard Parental / Elementary School Principal Talk directed at the reader to get them to snap out of their bad thinking didn't work for me. I cannot parrot this to my wife and she will not read the book. I cannot send her to the trouble chair or make her stand in the corner with the same verbal off putting comments like the great Peter Walsh.
I didn't find any ideas to help me convince my wife. She forbids me to touch her piles of stuff. I did not find an easy plan as was promised. Maybe had hoped for a small bit of psychology for me to use. What I did hear I've already used.
Normally I truly enjoy accents from all over the world and I am well traveled and a public speaker. But I found myself just waiting for the next "droar" instead of draw, "potty" not party, "smott" not smart, and I had to think for a moment where the "moar" was... oh the mall. The number of times that America was mentioned, the next version needs an accent native to the U.S.
Hoarding and owning too much stuff is not only a U.S. problem and I don't think we invented it. Apparently, our bad ideas have spread to other countries as well? I've seen it first hand. Being well traveled, maybe I have become sensitive to the bashing that takes place. I wish Peter had not gone there. He made his point more than seven times but there is a better way than a put down of my country to say it. Well, the whole continent of North, Central, and South America - because the U.S. is not the only America. Look at a map!
This reminds me of my trip to Russia. I hear plenty of put downs and jokes about Putin. But I must remain silent about my comments because I am an outsider. If I join in then I won't receive a welcome and they won't find it funny.
Any one who reads this - please get your photos and home movies digitized and pass them around to all the family for safe keeping. The Texas Wildfire that destroyed more than a thousand acres also destroyed ALL of the family items from the Grandparents. This was a project that I put off and regret not getting it done.
I thought I just needed a little help,but it turns out I Needed this. I purchased 3 audible books last week. 2 clutter and one organization. This one is the gem! yes it is a bit long but so good that I just finished and am going to listen again NOW!. I have already discarded 3 large trash bags. Given one to goodwill and get this I didn't really try to do it. It was like wow here is something I was thinking about doing with this THING, and guess what I was never really going to do it so it went in the trash. Easy easy! I am 52 and my mom loves to save she gave me this little dress that I wore at my ONE yr. old birthday party ! I have been carrying this dress around in a box for for 50+ Years through who knows how many moves through at least twenty STATES!Now the dress is gone into the garbage Angel I still have the picture of my cake smeared face. Can you imagine other little momentums odds and end s these little things that no one sees are packed in boxes in your home? if you can then this is the book you've needed. Peter is gentle and fun to listen too. I can't tell you how many laugh out loud moments I had , and said to myself hey wait a minute I DO that! lol ! It all made sense! I have learned a lot about myself and now have a right to be liberated from all this STUFF! Those few bags of garbage are gone and I am not even regretting getting rid of them. If I threw something away that I MIGHT need someday I am confident that I can buy a new one. So really, if you need a little help, get this one, I'm confident that you are going to find that you need this more than you thought. Happy tossing!