Written by Martha McDowell, it discusses clutter and how it may affect both your physical and mental space. She accurately describes clutter as “chaos” and mentions some easy to- do declutter techniques. Decluttering is comparable to setting up a new habit and requires the same quantity of commitment and motivation.
Martha recommends that one should choose items they want to keep instead of the ones that they want to discard; I found this to be a piece of excellent advice. She mentions some universal and run-of-the-mill ideas such as categorizing clothes and items, folding clothes correctly, and adequately aerating them.
Some pieces of advice that I found relatable include not creating a complicated storing method, storing all items vertically, avoiding strangely shaped boxes, and removing items from original packaging. I consider these as solid pieces of advice and know that we all tend to neglect these. They are all things we have heard before; however, we have neglected over time.
The best part of the book was the one focusing on “digital decluttering.” We have all been guilty of subscribing to unnecessary newsletters and emails and see them clutter our inbox. Martha suggests clubbing your daily declutter time with a regular habit, such as cleaning your mobile phone as you drink your daily cup of coffee. We all need to understand that the focus is on practicing small steps rather than executing huge changes.
The book holds many such tiny capsules of tips and techniques. It is a small book of 118 pages and forms a quick read. It is worth a read, however, only if you are truly interested in the idea of decluttering.
I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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