Monday, February 26, 2018

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Decluttering at the Speed of Life, by Dana K. White

My favorite housekeeping blog/podcast is A Slob Comes Clean -- it's written for slobs like me who cannot figure out how other people manage to have such tidy homes.  In 2016, Dana came out with a book about cleaning, but this second book is about her real focus (after doing the dishes) -- decluttering.  It releases tomorrow, so order now to get your hands on it right away!

One of our main problems as slobs is that we just have waaaay too much stuff, and we try to keep it all, because someday we will need it!  But if you have too much stuff, you can't manage your living space.  It will simply overwhelm you.  The key to a manageable home is not to have all that stuff.  So Dana talks about:
  • the two decluttering questions
  • how to declutter without making a giant mess in the process
  • the container concept
  • figuring out a room's purpose
  • how to deal with difficult and sentimental clutter
She actually goes room by room and does a detailed analysis of the kinds of clutter we run into, why we have it, and how we can deal with it.  Not to mention lots of great tips on helping kids learn to declutter their rooms!  I really wish I'd thought of this stuff when my kids were younger.

Dana really means the 'decluttering at the speed of life' thing.  She is great at teaching how to get rid of stuff in the moments you actually have, without pulling everything out and making a big mess that then has to be cleaned up.  If you're distractible and prone to wandering away (or being pulled) in the middle of a job, this is the method for you.  Dana is so practical (and funny!), and has worked out ways to do everything in real life, not in magazine-photo land.

If you're a slob like me, this is a great book.  Try getting it on Kindle since we all have far too many books already, and it's a very Kindle-friendly book.





I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest blurb, which may or may not appear in the book.  This review wasn't part of the deal but it's still an honest one. :)


3 comments:

Lory said...

This sounds good. At the moment I'm in the midst of decluttering, inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That book is sort of based on a single lifestyle, so no concession is made to the problem of making your house a complete mess during the process while other people still have to live with it...I'd like some tips on that.

Jean said...

Yeah, this is a much less extreme sort of book, and more geared towards busy family life. She recently did a podcast of thoughts on minimalism...

Kristen M. said...

I seem to have the decluttering under control but the cleaning is my weak spot. Sounds like I might need to try her first book!