In a Nutshell
Title: Year of No Clutter: A Memoir
Author: Eve O. Schaub
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Source: The publisher provided a digital galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
The important words in the title is “A Memoir.” I didn’t see those two words and thought it was a yearly plan for decluttering. Wrong. It’s even better. Schaub has “a room.” I think a lot of us have them – it’s where you put stuff until you can think of a place to put it. But you never really do. Like Schaub, I also try to use mine as a sewing room. Granted mine is no longer a problem, nor was it ever as big of a problem as Schaub’s room sounded like something from “Hoarders.”
It also took her more than a year to get the problem under control and to the point where she could think about re-carpeting it. It was a slow start for her. The actual decluttering didn’t really happen until she did two things: she stopped trying to analyze the problem and she got her entire family working on it. Granted she got a nice start with her daughters on board, but it wasn’t until her husband started addressing his part of the clutter that the project really gained some momentum.
Schaub provides some thoughts and insights about how this issues tend to occur in families and worries a bit about whether her daughters will be as wrapped up in “things.” This book also gave some inspiration on clearing out more of my art supplies. Like Schaub, I tend to find “really cool” things that might be good for a project. I managed to throw a lot of those out this week after reading this book. It’s a pretty good sized burden off me now that I no longer have to think about those projects, which probably wouldn’t have worked out anyway.
Lastly, it’s rather refreshing to read something that doesn’t just tell you how to do it, but rather examines the problem and how it’s resolution has made one family’s life better.
Have a good week!
PS: I recently received the following from the publisher:
Everyone eats. Everyone sleeps. Everyone accumulates stuff.
The hilarious author of Year of No Sugar, Eve Schaub, returns with her new memoir,Year of No Clutter, to tackle the issue of “things.” Specifically, the 576-square-foot room in her house that is overflowing with stuff she can’t bring herself to throw away, like her fifth grade report card and pieces of plaster wall stuffed in a box.
Year of No Clutter is more than the tale of how one woman organized an entire room in her house that had been filled with pointless items, it’s a deeply inspiring, and frequently hilarious, examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.
There’s signups for hints from the author on de-cluttering coming up. I’ll post them later in the week if you’re interested.