What I’m Reading: Decluttering at the Speed of Life

I just finished up listening to the audio book Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White.  You might remember that a bit ago I listened to the book How to Manage Your House without Losing your Mind.  This new book is the second book by the same author.  I liked the first one…the second one I hoped I’d like too.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by [White, Dana K.]
I LOVED this book.  It was what I needed to give me one more kick to accomplish some of the projects I have around here waiting for attention.  It’s help me really see that big projects can be whittled down into small projects that are do-able in the time I have available.

So many self help type books regarding cleaning of organizing seem to be for people who already have a clean house.  This one does not.  I’ve recommended this personally LOTS of times in the last few weeks.  Keep watching the blog.  I plan to share more…

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.
In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out–for good!
But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the reader’s clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter–the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn’t seem urgent–as well as how to make progress when there’s no time to declutter.
Sections of the book include

  • Why You Need This Book (You Know Why)
  • Your Unique Home
  • Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life
  • Change Your Mind, Change Your Home
  • Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions
  • Working It Out Room by Room
  • Helping Others Declutter
  • Real Life Goes On (and On)

As long as we’re living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.

Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars.  I’d have to say I agree.  I’ve been practicing a lot of these ideas and it’s been SUPER helpful.  Now I just need to apply them to the sewing room.  AH!!  That dreaded sewing room.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Decluttering at the Speed of Life”

  1. I started at the beginning of Dana White’s blog when you first mentioned her. She is so likable and real. Thank you for recommending her—I’ve enjoyed reading and working on my house with new eyes.

  2. I’ve just finished reading both her books after your recommendation, her way of doing things really resonates with me and seems like a system I can use to get my messy house under control

  3. It’s been a busy couple of days. I also loved that old fashioned candy. You’re right, it can’t be found anywhere. I had totally forgotten about seafoam! That is what we always called what you called sponge candy. Three young ladies in our family got 3 unfinished quilts yesterday. My son’s saw their unfinished pairs of socks. LOL. And all of them were thrilled and can’t wait for me to finish up! We had good food provided by the good farmers in America. After the meal, 11 young people ages 31-18 played Pounce and Euchre. It got loud!! Your Christmas posts were very sweet and thought-provoking. I appreciated them very much. Blessings!

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