Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp Book Review

Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp is a unique look at the reasons behind clutter that is in your home. There are 4 parts to the book.  First, uncovering the costs of clutter helps the reader understand why your home is cluttered and the joy of living small with freedom.  "Quite simply, every piece of clutter I give away gets me closer to the life I am designed to live.  One of peace.  One of freedom." (p. 35)  In part two, why we buy stuff, Kathi shares how feelings of fear, shame and guilt burden us and cause us to make those poor decisions over and over, yet she gives some practical solutions to help you shift your thinking so you can make better choices for the future.  The largest section of the book is part three, why we keep our stuff.  Kathi gets deep down to the root of why stuff is still in our homes and guides the reader to think critically about this big problem that haunts us wherever we look in our homes.  Here are some of the common excuses: but someone gave it to me, I need this "just in case," I'll put it here for now, and but I spent so much money on it.  These truly bog us down, but the solution comes in part four where Kathi gives a doable plan in a practical way to get rid of our stuff!

This book is one of the best books that has helped me actually get rid of stuff that has been lurking in my home for years!  Kathi gives some very humorous, but true examples of how clutter can overtake your life.  She asks great questions and really got me thinking about why I keep decluttering the same things over and over.  I expected to have a step by step process as I've seen in other books about how to declutter each room, but Kathi gave me so many more tools that has helped me give up things that I've been hanging on to for emotional and psychological reasons.  I feel like I have been drowning in clutter and the past few weeks I've taken out bags of garbage that I keep for "just in case."  I've recycled so much paper and packed up several boxes for Goodwill.  And I feel great!!  The heart behind her book is not just to get rid of clutter, but to enjoy what you already have.  I just made a list of what is most important to me and clutter is not on there.  I'm ready to strip this house and make it a place of peace and freedom.  How about you?

Join Kathi's 21 Day Clutter Free Challenge
Check out the Clutter Free Facebook page.
Listen to Kathi's podcast on So Here's the Thing- Let's be Clutter Free in 2015!

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*


Unknown said...

Great review! Her books are so practical; I just love them!

Anonymous said...

"I'm ready to strip this house and make it a place of peace and freedom. " <-- Yup, me too!