5 Days to a Clutter Free House by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims is not your typical de-cluttering book.
The book is divided into two sections. Section one deals primarily with the way to de-clutter, whereas section two deals with how to develop habits to keep your home clutter free.
Section one is brimful of incisive de-cluttering tips. For example the authors urge us to divide room cleaning into stages, using the body as our guide – feet to knees, knees to shoulders and shoulders up. As I read section one, I realized my problems are at the level of about my waist. Counter tops, tables and desks are cluttered. Interestingly enough the floors, top of cabinets, refrigerator, bookshelves, etc. are free of clutter. Paper, not mail or newspapers, is on almost all available surfaces.
My Mom was the classic hoarder and emotional buyer personality described in the book. As I was growing up, I determined I was going to keep my house in better shape (and I have). I have no paths from room to room, no stacks of newspapers everywhere, and no boxes and packages of “sales” purchases. However, like her, I struggle with emotional attachment to things. I cherish letters, cards and kid’s school work. The authors address this issue in a way that helps ease the discomfort and sadness of letting go of emotional “clutter” items. Also, like my Mom, I start projects I never finish. The results are “piled” on and in every available space.
I now realize my qualities, as listed in the first section of the book, are what lead to the cluttering aspect of my life. The authors show how different good qualities are the cause of disorganization.
I’m not into the team aspect of section one, so I plan to apply the ideas to one room at a time until everything is corralled and controlled.
This book was provided to me by Revell a division of Baker Publishing through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.