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It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff | [Peter Walsh]

It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, "It's all too much"? If somewhere along the way you've simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It's All Too Much has the solution you've been searching for.
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Publisher's Summary

When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, "It's all too much"? If somewhere along the way you've simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It's All Too Much has the solution you've been searching for.

Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC's hit show Clean Sweep, shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It's All Too Much shows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities, It's All Too Much will set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter.

At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.

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©2007 Peter Walsh. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Walsh...has written a self-help guide for the slovenly. He addresses the psychology that drives people to accumulate, helps readers come to terms with their own issues, and guides them in a plan to streamline and organize." (Akron Beacon Journal)

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    Jami Browns Mills, NJ, United States 05-19-09
    Jami Browns Mills, NJ, United States 05-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Concrete, practical advice for the clutter-prone"

    I'm a fan of Peter's from his TV show - my mother and I watched it for years. I'm just now addressing the clutter in my home, both mine and my mother's, who died last year. Listening to his explanations of how to evaluate an item, especially about how getting rid of an item someone you loved owned isn't tantamount to dishonoring their memory, freed me to finally donate and throw away ridiculous amounts of stuff I've been holding onto for years. If you can pay attention to his directions and honestly work through your house room by room, you will have a comfortable, clutter-free home that you're proud to show off. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Olathe, KS, USA 06-22-09
    Deb Olathe, KS, USA 06-22-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Small Steps...."

    I have to admit it. I was convinced that Peter Walsh was talking about me in this book. I could identify so well with so many aspects of it that I was truly horrified. Time after time, I heard him describe me and my method of acquiring stuff, storing stuff, needing stuff, and hiding a whole lot of it from others! I've listened to this book several times and I never fail to come away with another tidbit to assist me with my "problems". I've begun with small steps and while it would be nice to have him visit my home, I think I can probably manage to get it all under control with only his voice prodding me along. If you are considering this book at all, then you are definitely described in it at some point, so go ahead and buy it. We all know who we are. We might not want to know it. We certainly wouldn't want to admit it because then we'd have to deal with it. Walsh is 100% on target and even if I am horrified at the prospect of digging out of my "clutter cage", he's given me the "tools" to set myself free.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie arcadia, ca, United States 03-04-13
    Julie arcadia, ca, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A little condescending..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although the book is entertaining and I agree with most of what the author says, he could be a little more understanding and respectful when talking about people's messes and stashes. We ARE those people he talks about, and it's a little off putting when you're listening to an audiobook trying to improve yourself, and the author is like, "can you believe that? Who would do something like that?"


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 08-29-14
    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 08-29-14

    Mom of 3 and a book lover.

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    "Finally Peter Walsh!!!!"

    I've been always wanted to find this book, then when I saw it displayed on Audible, I just grabbed it without thinking.This book as I already expected, and so glad that I spent my credit on it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 06-26-12
    Carol VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not include the "Maintenance" section (second half of the book).


    Could you see It's All Too Much being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    In the first half of the book the author proposes a simple approach to dealing with our accumulated stuff. The second half, however, is tedious with the author assuming a preachy tone,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Memphis, TN, United States 05-31-12
    Carolyn Memphis, TN, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Advice but a Bit Pedantic"

    The book contains a great deal of good advice on how to dig out from a mountain of stuff as well as how to avoid finding oneself back under the mountain in the future. At times I thought he was a bit of a scold, but I have to admit I got a lot out of it. He reinforces his ideas with some easy to remember phrases and this has proven to be far more valuable than I thought at the time I listened to it. I now say to myself when tempted in stores: "For something to be added, something else has to be gotten rid of. What shall it be?" and this has helped me save money and stay a bit neater. It was what I needed and I recommend it to anyone else who has a problem with stuff piling up. One suggestion: read it in segments and then focus on the room he discusses for a while. Don't swallow it in one great gulp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonscope Ireland 04-03-09
    Sonscope Ireland 04-03-09 Listener Since 2006

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    "Very Helpful & Insightful"

    This is an excellent book on removing clutter from your life. His explanation as to the reasons people feel comfortable with clutter is really an eye opener. My only criticism and the reason I did not give this book 5 stars is simply that at 7 hours length in audio format, it is just too long. An abridged version under 3 hours would have been much more appropriate for the average listener. I say this because I feel some chapters are not really relevant to most people. Apart from that it is an excellent insightful book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    30Something 07-15-14
    30Something 07-15-14
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    "Worth listening to again and again"
    Where does It's All Too Much rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops among common sense.


    What other book might you compare It's All Too Much to and why?

    DIY types.


    What does Peter Walsh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love his accent.


    What did you learn from It's All Too Much that you would use in your daily life?

    Just because someone gave you an item; it does not mean that you must keep it forever - you may discard it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2012

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    Where does It's All Too Much rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an easy listen and definitely gave me a lot to think about as I try to organize my house.


    What does Peter Walsh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is realistic- he knows that people cannot change overnight and that taking on too much at once leads to failure.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The idea I took is that change is gradual and small steps can lead to big changes. I feel like this book really helped me realize that I don't have to change everything all at once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peta Sutherland, Australia 12-12-12
    Peta Sutherland, Australia 12-12-12
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    "A great book for learning how to declutter!!!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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