Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Decluttering at the Speed of Life By Dana K. White Review

Decluttering at the Speed of Life
Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
By Dana K. White
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, 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.

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 reader'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.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  As a product reviewer, I know all too well about clutter build up, but I am not a hoarder and this book is kind of a balance to helping in between that.   Unfortunately I have had to move several times and have dealt first hand with house flooding or roof caving in so I do have the ability to give up stuff.  I am also an active donator and will give the majority of what we can not use away.  While my clutter is secondhand when I donate, I think it still helps people. 

 The book helps to find even more stuff to clear away and super helpful ways to do so.  I think that I would have had a mountain of stuff over time if nothing caused me to lose or donate and I was not always so generous.  I also held onto the fact that I work so hard in exchange of just products (most of the time) and that my kids could one day use all of it.   Once you use this book to gain a clear thought about how to proceed and follow it up with an open heart to give without expecting anything in return, you will see the benefits overall in the free space and happiness that comes from the whole experience. 

While in truth it still hurts to have lost some amazing things over the course of my life, I have been able to heal and I know it sounds crazy that something material would have a hold, but sometimes it really does.  So for all of us out there that give without expecting or donate without putting a face to the gift, thank you and a huge high five. 

I also want to say thank you to this author for straight shooting the problem and not holding back. 

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