It's All Too Much

It's All Too Much

An Easy Plan for Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff

Book - 2007
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When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, "It's all too much"? Do you dream of having a closet where your clothes aren't crammed in so tightly that you can actually get to them? Is your basement filled with boxes of precious family mementos you haven't opened in ten years but are too afraid to toss? Are your kitchen counters overrun with appliances you've never used? Do your kids play in the living room because there's no room left in their playroom? If somewhere along the way you've simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, thenIt's All Too Muchhas the solution you've been searching for.Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC's hit showClean Sweep, understands how easy it is for clutter to creep into your life and how hard it is to get rid of it. InIt's All Too Much, he shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.Peter has helped clients from every walk of life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions,It's All Too Muchshows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Clearly and simply, Peter gives you the courage you need to go through your home, room by room -- even possession by possession -- and honestly assess what adds to your quality of life and what's keeping you from living the life of your dreams.Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities,It's All Too Muchwill set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter and help you lead a fuller, richer life with less stuff.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780743292641
0743292642
Characteristics: viii, 230 p.
Alternative Title: It is all too much

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JHCL
Jun 09, 2016

worth reading if you have too much stuff (everyone nowadays - even the homeless are burdened w. 2 shopping carts now) . I got a few really good takeaways as to why you are holding on to the stuff you do (which is the heart of the issue- spoiler alert). But at a practical level concluded (on my own) my main issue is lack of time to clean up the messes. the take-aways are invaluable - next up - time management book!

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LadySade
Apr 04, 2016

A person's life does not consist in the abundance of things he/she possess. I knew this but never really understood the practical implications.
This book is my hero.
This book has delivered me from the deception and clutches of covetousness. My mind is renewed as I have the ability to overcome the mental and physical stronghold too much " stuff" can do to one. Its like I've awoken to life and have really began to live--realizing my dreams without clutter getting in the way. Maybe you dont' want to admit it, but if you are like me and you just have too much damn stuff, pick up this book. Read it. Apply it to your life. You will NEVER regret it.

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pipersioux
Aug 01, 2014

A book for the whole country to read.

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dorry
Mar 02, 2013

A very practical and motivating approach to getting some order in your home. Highly recommended.

mmg2681 Feb 12, 2013

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who struggles with too much stuff (clutter) in their home. I am putting the principals to use right now, and I love the transformation not only in my home, but how comfortable I feel in my own home for the first time ever.

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Ubalstecha
Dec 07, 2011

Peter Walsh came to prominence as one of the resident organizers on the TV show "Clean Sweep". What made him stand out is that he, more than the other organizers the show hired, seemed to understand the emotional attachment that people have to their stuff.

This attitude carries over to his book where he first advocates a quick purge where you go through a room and get rid of anything you can right away. This includes the garbage. Anything that has an emotional attachment, you leave until later.

Easy to read, Walsh, like other authors in the genre, break down the house into zones to help you with the purge.

LocketLibrarian Sep 22, 2011

This is my favorite home organization book. I re-read it at least once a year to get me motivated again.

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pnbjam
May 11, 2010

Encourages the reader to assess the true value of their posessions as related to their goals and values in life. Helps to overcome emotional attachments to certain items while validating cherished memories. A very practical book.

Also available in audio format.

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reviewer
Apr 28, 2008

Effectively combines inspiration to reduce clutter with practical suggestions just about anyone can follow. Especially incisive on the topic of dealing with other people's stuff that's in your way.

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AMR313
Mar 31, 2008

I disliked this book immensely due to its focus on putting clutter into the trash. It encourages people to "feed their trash can" and have contests between family members to see who can find the largest item for the trash.

There is VERY little emphasis on donating or regifting or other ways that don't add to the waste stream. The examples in the book of items thrown out are awful - exercise bikes, wearable clothing, household items, and so on.

I don't have a clutter problem but wanted to read the book after seeing Walsh on Oprah Winfrey. I was sorely disappointed with his selfish suggestions surrounding decluttering.

Use the suggestions in this book about HOW to declutter, but decide what is still useful and figure out how to donate it to an organisation that will recycle it. Please don't throw away usable items.

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