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Publisher's Summary

You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff - you can get rid of clutter for good! 

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. 

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out - for good! 

But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the listener's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter - the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent - as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter. 

Sections of the book include:

  • Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) 
  • Your Unique Home 
  • Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life 
  • Change Your Mind, Change Your Home 
  • Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions 
  • Working It Out Room by Room 
  • Helping Others Declutter 
  • Real Life Goes On (and On) 

As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going. 

©2018 Dana K. White (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Love this book!

I never thought I’d write a glowing review about a de-cluttering book yet here I am. LOVE this book! Fantastic analogies, heartfelt understanding and realistic tips! Plus, it’s funny! I’ve read several books on de-cluttering but this book is by far the best!

Id recommend reading or listening to her first book as a prelude.

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Anxiety, released!

You know when you know you need to do something, but you just need/want someone to tell you to do it? And you do want to start, but you don't know how? Dana's book helped me past this paralyzed state. I also welcomed the ideas of recognizing the difference among cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. All very different. I have already begun to o declutter my home, and it feels oh so liberating.

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The best decluttering book out there

I love Dana’s approach and wit. And this system works! I highly recommend this book for people who aren’t automatically tidy or who wake up one day surrounded by clutter. Honest, funny and good to the bone!

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Just. Wow.

I can’t even tell you how many decluttering books I’ve read/listened to/“re-read”... and still nothing ever really sunk in or “took”..and You’d think if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all...but this one really is different. I could *so* relate to this author-I, too, am a ‘creative’ and always see the *potential* in things...things that other people would just be like “wth?” And all these dreams of what I “could potentially do”or had “been meaning to do”-but (duh) even years later “never DID”..yet I was collecting stuff ‘just in case I did’...ugh) The container rule? {MIND BOWN} ... I have tons of audiobooks I never finished (I know, shocker!) ..but really, THIS ONE? I Read it twice in a row and I guarantee that won’t be the last time. TRULY..you won’t be disappointed ..it’s a must read for anyone needing to declutter and not have a bigger mess than when you started!

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Awesome & Helpful

First off, I’ve never listened to an author read a book that was any good, but Dana was exceptional!!! If she ever decides to quit her blogging/writing, she could earn a living reading audio books. I would look for her ,that’s how good she was.

Secondly, I went into this book thinking it wasn’t really possible to change the way I think about my stuff, and finally get some things out of our home. I was wrong! I’m in the beginning stages, but I’m walking around my home for the first time ever and looking at it as a container. Dana has given me the permission I need to throw away and donate stuff instead of just figure out how to reorganize the stuff we have spilling out everywhere.

The book was extra interesting because of her own personal examples. I guess it seemed doable compared to those super neat freak women that want to tell you how to to fix your home. Thanks Dana! You’re my new hero.🌷

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Very inspiring!!

I honestly do not even know how I found this book as I was browsing through Audible. But I am so glad I did!! The authors wit and way of telling her story of how she decluttered has actually made it enjoyable!
I definitely recommend this book!!

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Great Workable path to minimizing stuff

This is a great, common sense approach to getting rid of all that extra stuff that invades my house and, I swear, multiplies in the dark! I love the author’s voice and inflection, like listening to a friend that knows me well. Super for preparing to move from a house I’ve been in 20 years.

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"Spoke to my 'slob' soul..."

Excellent. Even includes a chapter on decluttering "dreams"! Can't wait to implement her proven tactics!

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This book is spot on!

Would you listen to Decluttering at the Speed of Life again? Why?

Yes, I have listened to it two times already and will listen again.

What other book might you compare Decluttering at the Speed of Life to and why?

Unf*ck your habitat. Love this book as well!

Which character – as performed by Dana K. White – was your favorite?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me realize that I am not alone in my struggle!

Any additional comments?

Awesome book with great, realistic, good solid advice. Love it!

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Very helpful!

I enjoyed this book very much - it was helpful and practical as well as being very easy to listen to. I really like the idea of doing what you can when you can as well as the steps one should take to tackle a decluttering project. It is not practical for most people who have years of accumulated stuff can use the method of taking everything out of your drawers, cabinets, closets, etc and go through it all at once. Way to overwhelming and chaotic. I really like the practical, logical way of decluttering that this author provides.

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  • Ms. L. J. Branch
  • 03-09-18

Real help for the messies of this world

I think exactly the way this author describes her brain. We ‘messy’ people may be brilliant in numerous ways but we struggle with our homes because of the way that we think. This book gives a simple 5 step strategy to improving your home in a mode that will work for those of us who think differently from most. She goes over the same strategy a number of times to ensure by the time you are done listening - you’ll have the strategy ingrained. So far, my house is DISTINCTLY better since deploying the strategies. Even 3 or 4 minutes has an impact and that’s because the system doesn’t rely on the fact you’ll have longer to devote to it. Well worth your credit.

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  • 06-12-18

Must Read - Realistic and Practical

Real life advice and examples that will get you started on decluttering your own home!

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  • Katie Katie Book Listener
  • 05-30-18

Refreshingly different and highly practical

This book is different to the many other decluttering books I’ve read. It doesn’t just give tips and strategies, it gets into mindset too.

The author / narrator was excellent but sounded a bit snarky in the middle. Though in fairness she did say she might trigger some irritation!

I highly recommend this book to anyone whether starting out decluttering or more advanced. Any criticisms are minor and definitely do not outweigh the immense value I got out of the book. I’m reading it again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

omg changed my life

Amazing!! Changed my life, the kick in the bum I needed. It was worded in a way that makes you get it, like properly get it!! So much love and oh wows