Synopses & Reviews
When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, "It's all too much"? Do you dream of having a closet where your clothes aren't crammed in so tightly that you can actually get to them? Is your basement filled with boxes of precious family mementos you haven't opened in ten years but are too afraid to toss? Are your kitchen counters overrun with appliances you've never used? Do your kids play in the living room because there's no room left in their playroom? If somewhere along the way you've simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It's All Too Much
has the solution you've been searching for.
Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC's hit show Clean Sweep, understands how easy it is for clutter to creep into your life and how hard it is to get rid of it. In It's All Too Much, he shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.
Peter has helped clients from every walk of life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It's All Too Much shows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Clearly and simply, Peter gives you the courage you need to go through your home, room by room -- even possession by possession -- and honestly assess what adds to your quality of life and what's keeping you from living the life of your dreams.
Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities, It's All Too Much will set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter and help you lead a fuller, richer life with less stuff.
"Veteran 'organizational consultant,' TV show host and author Walsh (How to Organize (Just About) Everything) has more ideas in his latest book on clutter management than the spare closet has junk, and, even better, it's organized, in-depth and entirely user-friendly. Part One examines the 'Clutter Problem': how it happens, how it hampers and how to face it without excuses or discouragement. Part Two presents a step-by-step approach to 'Putting Clutter in its Place,' which begins with 'surface clutter' and developing a household plan before moving on to the bulk of the book, a walkthrough of each room in the home. Also included are ideas for involving other family members, letters Walsh has received from viewers of his TLC show 'Clean Sweep,' vignettes illustrating how real people deal with common organizational challenges and plenty of charts, checklists and sidebars ('Clutter Quiz,' 'Yard Sale Planning') for added utility. Walsh is upbeat and funny throughout, treating the task at hand like 'a thrilling archeological dig,' a 'positive and exciting' way to unlock your 'ideal home' and 'unearth those things that are most important in your life.' Entertaining and instructive, this is one guidebook readers should place in their 'keep' pile." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The organizational advisor for TLC's Clean Sweep outlines a program for home organization and clutter elimination as a means of reducing stress, in a reference that makes step-by-step recommendations for addressing related psychological obstacles. By the author of How to Organize (Just About) Everything. 35,000 first printing.
The organizational guru of TLCs hit show "Clean Sweep" shares his proven program to help readers let go of emotional and physical clutter, get organized, and simplify their homes for a happier, more stress-free life.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: The Clutter Problem
1. This Is Not My Beautiful House
2. Excuses, Excuses
3. Imagine the Life You Want to Live
PART TWO: Putting Clutter in Its Place
Step 1: Kick Start-Tackling the Surface Clutter
Step 2: Hash It Out!
Step 3: Conquer Your Home
Room 1: Master Bedroom
Room 2: Kids' Rooms
Room 3: Family and Living Rooms
Room 4: Home Office
Room 5: Kitchen
Room 6: Dining Room
Room 7: Bathroom
Room 8: Garage, Basement, and Other Storerooms
Step 4: Maintenance
Step 5: Cleanup Checkup
Step 6: New Rituals
Afterword: Take What You've Learned into the World