I found this book really helpful for learning how to declutter, what to declutter and how to become organised (Australian spelling). The book contains hints that you can use, like only subscribe to three different magazines. Anymore than three becomes too hard to keep up with. Also, only keep the last three editions of any magazine.
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.
This is my favorite book on decluttering. It goes into every aspect of how to get rid of your clutter, organize the things you have properly and prevent clutter from reoccurring. I have referred back to this book many times and it has been very helpful when I have made life changes and moves. I found that listening to this book again after my latest move helped me to evaluate, my possessions and set attainable goals for the life and lifestyle I wanted to live. For me that was a lifestyle free of clutter and stress and one that was focused on my goals and dreams and enjoying the people around me.
This book is read by the author, whose soothing voice makes it easy to listen to. With plenty of examples involving actual clients to keep the listener's interest, and a clear plan for decluttering and creating the life you want, it's a book you'll want to listen to more than once.