Cut the Clutter

by Ellen Peterson | Apr 02, 2020

Read-a-likes for fans of Marie Kondo (The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up) or minimalist philosophy.

Let It Go! Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life
by Peter Walsh

Sorting through a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful process that millions of Americans confront every year. The need to downsize often arises at a momentous life change, whether you're an empty nester or retiree selling your family home, a newlywed blending your households, or you're cleaning out your parents' property after they've moved into assisted living or passed away. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh sees downsizing as a freeing, rejuvenating process. Peter discusses how to understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing, create strategies for working with your spouse, adult kids, or siblings without drama, and identify the objects that will bring you real happiness. [Publisher content]

Year of No Clutter: A Memoir
by Eve Schaub

Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "Hell Room," she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with. But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity. Our things represent our memories, our history, a million tiny reference points in our lives. If we throw our stuff in the trash, where does that leave us? And if we don't . . . how do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own Hell Room, and Eve's battle with her clutter, along with her eventual self-clarity, encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future. Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring-and frequently hilarious-examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go. [Publisher content]

The Minimalist Home: a Room by Room guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
by Joshua Becker

One of today's most influential minimalist advocates takes us on a decluttering tour of our own houses and apartments, showing us how to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. He both offers practical guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over-accumulation in the first place. The purpose is not just to create a more inviting living space. It's also to turn our life's HQ—our home—into a launching pad for a more fulfilling and productive life in the world.[Publisher content]


Outer Order, Inner Calm
by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment.[Publisher content]


Making Space, Clutter Free
by Tracy McCubbin

Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin offers revolutionary help to anyone who has repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold. Her powerful answer lies in the 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks, unconscious obstacles that stood between thousands of her clients and financial freedom, healthy relationships, and positive outlooks.It's time to break through your Clutter Blocks and discover the lasting happiness waiting for you on the other side! [Publisher content]


New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living
by Cary Tealander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici

Professional decluttering and design team Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism will take you through every step of understanding why you've accumulated too much stuff, assessing your emotional relationship to your stuff, and decluttering your home to become a beautifully designed space that feels clean and tidy without feeling sparse or prescriptive. And all of this without filling up a landfill—you'll find resources and strategies to donate and reuse your stuff so you don't have to feel guilty about getting rid of it!