If you are looking for a down to earth, self-help book on getting rid of clutter, this is the book for you! Dana K White delivers a book with humor, real life examples and truth to know that she has the experience to talk about this topic. I knew that I was reading a book that I could believe in, with this opening, “My name is Dana, and I am a Decluttering Expert. That sentence makes me laugh. And Cringe.” She is very clear about the fact that this book is about getting rid of the clutter in your home, NOT a home organizing book. I admit, I’m a huge reader (yes, she has many examples of book clutter that hit really close to home for me) and I’ve read many books on organizing and I would get all excited about the “buying containers” part but it only made the problem bigger. This book gets down to the basics of getting stuff out of the house, and having room that is appropriate to your living situation.
It’s important that you read the beginning chapters of this book instead of flipping to the solution pages right away. Not only is it an enjoyable read, but she lays out everything you need to know, up front, and then uses that information to customize room by room solutions. One of the most interesting things about this book is that living in the now became a goal of hers, instead of buying and saving things for a future point in time, having the items in your home that will help you now was the goal for deciding what would stay and what needed to go. All our homes have a finite amount of space, and if we give a home to things so we can find them, that is another space allotment that is built into the equation. Keeping the amount of stuff that can, comfortably, fit in that space is the key to being able to decide what needs to leave your home.
Suddenly the decision process got a lot easier, it’s not about deciding why something should stay, it was about choosing your favorites and then when there was no more room, the rest would need to leave the home. Kind of a freeing thought, right! The process is also simple enough that you can do a decluttering job no matter how small of time-frame you had to work within. I’ll admit, when I got into full organizing mode, I would have a pile for this, that and the other thing, (according to the expert book that I was reading at the time). When I needed to stop I had more of a mess then I started with, and felt like I had nothing to show for all the work I did. This book suggests just 3 things; a trash (or recycle) bag, a donation box, and….your legs. Choose a spot and you can decide if the items are trash, going for donation, or should go to the place in your home that you would first look for it (the legs part!). If you had time to deal with just 25 items today, that was 25 items that could be resolved and no further mess being made.
I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of the book, just like I did. Here is a link on Amazon if you want to check out the book yourself, Decluttering at the Speed Of Life