Year of No Clutter

Year of No Clutter

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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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: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art supplies, an old vinyl raincoat.

But what Eve discovers isn't justold CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity.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: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492633556
Branch Call Number: 616.85722 SCH
Characteristics: xxviii, 290 pages : illustration ; 21 cm

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sherry_library Oct 30, 2017

A good read but really more about someone with a hoarding problem than a book about de-cluttering. She has a good sense of humour but I found it hard to relate to someone who cried because she couldn't find a twenty-year old, worn out dress amidst her bags and bags of junk.

AL_RACHEL Oct 11, 2017

I enjoyed the author's light self-perspective. She spoke well of a problem facing most Americans.

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sunnyfeline
May 07, 2017

I found the author to be funny throughout the book she wrote about her journey with cleaning out one of the bigger rooms in their home that's named "Hell Room". Eve kept things interesting but also spoke of good information, often in a funny way to keep it light. Such as what works best (for her) with decluttering and how to let go of things even with the "what ifs". She mentions some well-known names and subjects throughout the book such as Marie Kondo who published "Spark Joy". This is not a "minimalism" guideline book on how to declutter; it's more about Eve's journey with rediscovering her roots, why she had/has such a hard time letting go of things, and the adventures that she encountered while working on the "Hell Room". It's a mixture of Non-Fiction and Biography. If you're looking for something solely about cleaning, then this isn't for you. However, if you're looking for something to read that's funny, some good points to take away, and learn about what it was like for one person who struggled with this for a long time, then this book is for you.

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GoneWithTheThread
Apr 12, 2017

An interesting read, yet I took it out thinking it was about how to live more simply with less clutter, but was a bit disappointed. It was actually about the author, who has what she calls a hell room. She debates whether or not she is considered a hoarder even though she only has one room that is piled with clutter or if she just has a lot of stuff. A little odd at times, as she keeps a dead mouse in a box. Interesting to read, but there are a lot of better books out there on the topic.

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