Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

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Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

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I know many people love the Marie Kondo books, but I couldn't get into her "spark joy" mantra because if I had to touch every item in my house to see if it sparks joy, I would never finish decluttering; actually, I wouldn't even start. Dana White's book, on the other hand, approaches decluttering from a more hard-nosed, realistic standpoint - will your stuff fit comfortably in the space that you have. She calls it "the container concept."

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And then I became a stay-at-home mom. As we adjusted to living on a single income, I discovered garage sales and fell head over heels in love with them. I’d been to garage sales before, but I became obsessed. I loved having a way to go shopping for pennies, since pennies were all we could afford to spend on nonnecessities.Step 3: Duh Clutter (things that are not a problem to donate because you either didn't realize you still had them or always hated them or have no problem getting rid of them) My favorite made-up word is deslobification. It’s what I call the process through which I improved my own home from a constant state of oh-my-word-what-is-wrong-with-me to I-can-totally-do-this-even-though-it’s-never-going-to-be-perfect. Going from a worse-than-bad home to a livable one is how I learned these strategies and principles, and how I found a way to translate concepts that other people seemed to be born knowing into words that make sense to me and a lot of other people.

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The main thing I like about this book is that White doesn't make me feel guilty about how little I achieve. She is very encouraging about any effort. "Decluttering is stuff you don't need leaving your house. . . . If five things leave or five hundred things leave, You've succeeded." Do I recommend this book? Absolutely, 100%, you betcha! In fact, and I hope my friends aren’t reading this, it’s going to be a Christmas present. Not that I don’t make mistakes. I totally do. But I’ve accepted that while Decluttering Regret (the realization that I need something after I declutter it) isn’t fun, I’ve survived every time. And the peace I feel over a home that’s easier to manage outweighs the frustration I feel over having to write medium-sized cutting board on my shopping list. I accepted that people with homes that are consistently under control prefer living with regret over living with clutter. I want to be one of those people.

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While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us 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. I did love (and am stealing) her term for this work: deslobification. That’s exactly what I’m engaged in. Her other wonderful word is procrasticlutter. You know, that stuff that sits on the table, in the hallway, in your bedroom, etc. waiting for you to do it and then put it away. I am awful about this kind of thing, procrastinator that I am! Decluttering isn’t organizing. When I realized decluttering and organizing were two different things and that it was okay to just declutter, I felt a weight lift off my soul. I no longer slumped my shoulders in defeat before I even started, knowing from experience that whatever solution I might create would surely fail like all the others had. Instead, I purged. I focused solely on getting things we didn’t need out of our house.

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I define clutter as anything I can't keep under control. If a space in my home consistently gets out of control, I have too much stuff in that space. I have clutter. pg.4

I plan to read this book a second time as it inspired me to actually donate six bags and boxes of household items to a local charity. However, six bags and boxes are not even the tip of the iceberg in my house. She also has you ask yourself a practical question: if I was looking for this, where would I look first? Then go put that thing there. Question two I found a bit iffy: Would I even remember that I had this if I needed one? Maybe its an indication that I really am on the verge of being contained and organized that I’m pretty sure I’m secure in the knowledge of what I own and where it lives. Do your best to not let stuff get in the way of your relationship with this person. Don't get personal. Focus on my nonemotional steps to working through an overwhelming mess. pg.173 One of the best parts of How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind is the section on decluttering. So I am excited that Dana decided to expand on this topic with her new book. How To Get Started With Decluttering When You Feel Overwhelmed

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So I needed help. Of course I’m not the type to ask for help, but if somebody’s willing to give me advice in the form of an audiobook, woo hoo!!I read an ARC of this book through Net Galley, and while I did like it a lot, there are two reasons I didn't give it higher marks. Honestly, it wasn’t emotional at all, and I believe that’s why the moment had such an impact on me. I finally understood what I now call the Container Concept. Decluttering Regret (the realization that I need something after I declutter it) isn't fun, I've survived every time. pg.5



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