I purchased the book “Clutter’s Last Stand” by Don Aslet in the mid 1980’s when I was trying to get control of my bad habits of disorganization and clutter collecting. I still have my original copy and read it when I need some motivation to jump start a decluttering session. To me it’s the gold standard of books on decluttering.
Don Aslett’s humor and writing makes you question why you’ve kept the junk to begin with. When you realize how silly some reasons for keeping things are it becomes easier to let go of them.
When I need motivation on dealing with paper clutter I’ll read the chapter on “Taming the Paper Tiger…”. Or if I’m having trouble letting go of items that I never liked but were gifts, I’ll read the chapter on “Those Personal Treasures”. I don’t want to hurt the giver’s feelings if they find out I gave their gift away but at the same time why is the giver’s feelings more important than mine? Don helps me see that it’s the thought that counts.
If you have a particular clutter problem this book probably has touched base on it. You can read it over and over again to help you declutter your home no matter what is going on in your life at the moment. Life is always changing and so are we. There’s things such as moving, traveling, lifestyle changes, and children growing up.
Check this book out to see if it can help motivate you to clear out the clutter.
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To a lighter load along the way.