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Publisher's Summary

Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "hell room", she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art supplies, an old vinyl raincoat. But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity. Our things represent our memories, our history, a million tiny reference points in our lives. If we throw our stuff in the trash, where does that leave us? And if we don't...how do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own hell room, and Eve's battle with her clutter, along with her eventual self-clarity, encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future. Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring - and frequently hilarious - examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.

©2017 Eve O. Schaub (P)2017 Tantor

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The Author Channeled ME!

I have come out of the closet in the past year and have declared that I am a hoarder. I wouldn't become champion on "All-Star Hoarders," but I do my share. I called myself a saver or a recycler, but I had to finally come clean with myself and admit the truth. While I have "come out" as a hoarder to some people, I still do not have the candor that Eve Schaub has in this book. I love her so much.

I do have to admit a bit of jealousy knowing that she has that huge room and most of her clutter was confined there. Mine is not. But my house is much smaller.

The main thing I loved about this is that she honestly and rationally explained why she is the way she is. I, too, save things for sentimental reasons. As she said about her father, he didn't want to give things up because he might forget the memory that the item evoked.

Something that has prompted me to let go is the thought that my adult children will be burdened by my "legacy" if I don't cut it down.

I so appreciated taking this journey with Eve in making her Hell Room usable again. I'm not sure if I'm ready to get rid of that fifth grade report card (yes, I do have it!) but I hope to channel a little of Eve O. Schaub as I sort through the souvenirs of my life.

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Great book, just okay narration

Lovely, lively writing but I struggled with the narrator's sometimes monotone performance. It just didn't seem like a good fit. The story really resonated with me though and I'd happily listen to it again. As someone who struggles with both clutter and mental illness herself I really appreciate the author's frank, funny, and poignant story.

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Clutterers can relate!

Eve wrote my story! I could relate to all of it! You have to be a clutterer/collector to understand, or live with one. I loved it! It's always nice to know that I am not alone in my struggles!

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Personal Reflections on Head-on Battle with Clutter

Personable and engaging. A little homey for my tastes. But written and presented honestly in a voice reflecting the author’s life experience. For this reason alone I enjoyed it.

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A Story most people can relate to

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked how real the story was and Eve's process to get her 'hell room' and in general, her life sorted. There were many antidotes that I could relate to and I think others would also be able to relate.

What does Callie Beaulieu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I read and listened to the story. Callie did a great job in bringing Eve's emotion to the surface and emphasing where it was important to emphasise.

Any additional comments?

It is an interesting story to hear how people view clutter, hording and/or what may be just a very big mess. I also found it hard to relate to how Eve, and probably many other people, feel that if you remove the physical item then the memory and emotions also disappear. I can accept that a physical item may jog your memory of an event, but for me, I don't think it is necessary to have a physical item in order to remember an event. I could also really relate to the concept of having rather than using because once you use something, once it's gone it's gone, so I have selected to have an item, or two, rather than use that item. I would recommend this to anyone who feels they have a hell room and want to hear how someone approached their hell room. It is not a self-help get organised book, so if you are expecting that then I would look for something. However, this can, and does, give you an idea of what to do and perhaps where to start.