It's All Too Much : Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff Paperback
by Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh has won over millions of people, including Oprah, with his good humour and reassuring advice as he's coached viewers through the process of de-cluttering their homes and reclaiming their space and their lives.
Now, in It's All Too Much, he challenges you to answer a very simple but scary question: Does the stuff you own contribute to the life you want to live or does it get in the way of your vision of a happy life?
Peter shows you how to assess the state of your home and then with simple techniques and a very clear plan he shows you how to go room by room to identify priorities and part with the things that are weighing you down.
From the 'holding onto the past' clutter - your grandmother's china or your first report card to the 'living in the future' clutter - that GBP100 dress you may fit into again or the untouched fondue set you got as a wedding gift.
Filled with real-life examples and hands-on advice for homes and lives of all sizes, Peter helps you understand the purpose and place for everything in your home and gives you the freedom to let go and move on.
The result is freed-up space and more energy for living a happier, richer life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/01/2008
- Category: Self-help & personal development
- ISBN: 9780743292658
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Review by medievalmama
This is by far the best book on organization and clearing out of things that I don't want and don't need of anything I've ever read. Of course, I picked it up after working [Simple Abundance] for two years and Julia Cameron's books for longer than that. It helps that he uses his television experiences as examples.
Review by bexadler
In the beginning of this book it feels a little bit too self-helpy. The first two chapters are all about our relationship to stuff and why we keep it, along with information about how your life could be different if you were to clean up your act. I was almost prepared to chuck the book at this point, but then he got into the real meat of why I checked this book out from the library. Walsh first has you make a plan (room function chart) of what you want each room of your house to look like and what you want the room to be used for. Then he goes through each room of the house and helps you decide what to keep and what to get rid of by using the same three easy steps:*Refer to your Room Function Chart and have everyone sign on.*Establish zones for the different activities that take place in this space.*Remove what doesn't belong.He first helps you deal with the general clutter and garbage that accumulates in the houses of many hoarders, then he eases you into getting rid of the clutter you're tied to emotionally. He has you ask yourself why you're holding onto these items and helps you think of ways to display the items and give them a place of honor in your home, rather than allowing them to accumulate dust in the corner of the garage. If they aren't valuabe enough to display, they should be gotten thrown out or given to someone who will value the item.Walsh's tone throughout the book is very conversational and makes it easy to get through. And after completing my own purge, I can see how the self-helpy part in the beginning was really necessary. There's no point in reading a book like this if you aren't going to be serious about making changes in your life. I come from a long line of hoarders (my parents have two storage sheds, a basement and a garage filled with boxes of stuff that won't fit inside their home) so I understand how difficult it can be to let go of things. It took a long time for me to break the habit myself, but I can honestly say that life is much better with less stuff and more space. As Walsh says: My job may be all about organization and decluttering, but I cannot say enough times that it is not about the "stuff." I have been in more cluttered homes than I can count, and the one factor I see in every single situation is people whose lives hinge on what they own instead of who they are. These people have lost their way. They no longer own their stuff - their stuff owns them. I am convinced that this is more the norm than the exception in this country. At some point, we started to believe that the more we own, the better off we are. In times past and in other cultures, people believe that the worst thing that can happen is for someone to be possessed, to have a demon exercise power over you. Isn't that what being inundated with possessions is - being possessed?I'd love to give this book to my parents if I thought it would actually help. Unfortunately it would just add to their overabundance of clutter. My siblings and I have been trying for years to help them declutter, but every time we come back for a visit there's just more stuff to go through. Peter Walsh has an amazing job - one I'd love to have. How did he get into this line of work anyway? It must feel amazing to help so many people to get out from under the weight of their possessions. Personally speaking, it has been one of the most freeing things I've ever done. And I'm glad to finally be almost to the end of that journey.
Review by nevusmom
This book was exactly what we needed to kick-start us into getting rid of accumulated "stuff". While we aren't as snowed under as many of the families described in the book, we know we can be much better than we are. His tips are fantastic: pile all your kitchen utensils in a box - as you use them, put them in their designated drawer. At the end of a year, take the remaining utensils in the box to your local Goodwill (or add to your garage sale). I love his hints about getting rid of clothing, cookbooks, etc. VERY helpful!!If it isn't functional or beautiful, why are you hanging on to it?