It's All Too Much

It's All Too Much

An Easy Plan for Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff

Book - 2007
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With his good humor and reassuring advice, the author shows you how to face the really big question: What is the vision for the life you want to live? He then offers simple techniques and a step-by-step plan to assess the state of your home, prioritize your possessions, and let go of the clutter you have been holding on to that has kept you from living the life you imagine. The result is freed-up space, less stress, and more energy for living a happier, richer life every day -Cover.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2007.
Edition: Free Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780743292658
0743292650
Characteristics: vi, 230 p. ; 22 cm.

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JHCL
Jun 09, 2016

worth reading if you have too much stuff (everyone nowadays - even the homeless are burdened w. 2 shopping carts now) . I got a few really good takeaways as to why you are holding on to the stuff you do (which is the heart of the issue- spoiler alert). But at a practical level concluded (on my own) my main issue is lack of time to clean up the messes. the take-aways are invaluable - next up - time management book!

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LadySade
Apr 04, 2016

A person's life does not consist in the abundance of things he/she possess. I knew this but never really understood the practical implications.
This book is my hero.
This book has delivered me from the deception and clutches of covetousness. My mind is renewed as I have the ability to overcome the mental and physical stronghold too much " stuff" can do to one. Its like I've awoken to life and have really began to live--realizing my dreams without clutter getting in the way. Maybe you dont' want to admit it, but if you are like me and you just have too much damn stuff, pick up this book. Read it. Apply it to your life. You will NEVER regret it.

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pipersioux
Aug 01, 2014

A book for the whole country to read.

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dorry
Mar 02, 2013

A very practical and motivating approach to getting some order in your home. Highly recommended.

mmg2681 Feb 12, 2013

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who struggles with too much stuff (clutter) in their home. I am putting the principals to use right now, and I love the transformation not only in my home, but how comfortable I feel in my own home for the first time ever.

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Ubalstecha
Dec 07, 2011

Peter Walsh came to prominence as one of the resident organizers on the TV show "Clean Sweep". What made him stand out is that he, more than the other organizers the show hired, seemed to understand the emotional attachment that people have to their stuff.

This attitude carries over to his book where he first advocates a quick purge where you go through a room and get rid of anything you can right away. This includes the garbage. Anything that has an emotional attachment, you leave until later.

Easy to read, Walsh, like other authors in the genre, break down the house into zones to help you with the purge.

LocketLibrarian Sep 22, 2011

This is my favorite home organization book. I re-read it at least once a year to get me motivated again.

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pnbjam
May 11, 2010

Encourages the reader to assess the true value of their posessions as related to their goals and values in life. Helps to overcome emotional attachments to certain items while validating cherished memories. A very practical book.

Also available in audio format.

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reviewer
Apr 28, 2008

Effectively combines inspiration to reduce clutter with practical suggestions just about anyone can follow. Especially incisive on the topic of dealing with other people's stuff that's in your way.

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AMR313
Mar 31, 2008

I disliked this book immensely due to its focus on putting clutter into the trash. It encourages people to "feed their trash can" and have contests between family members to see who can find the largest item for the trash.

There is VERY little emphasis on donating or regifting or other ways that don't add to the waste stream. The examples in the book of items thrown out are awful - exercise bikes, wearable clothing, household items, and so on.

I don't have a clutter problem but wanted to read the book after seeing Walsh on Oprah Winfrey. I was sorely disappointed with his selfish suggestions surrounding decluttering.

Use the suggestions in this book about HOW to declutter, but decide what is still useful and figure out how to donate it to an organisation that will recycle it. Please don't throw away usable items.

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