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Decluttering at the speed of life : winning your never-ending battle with stuff / Dana K. White.
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2018]

Physical Description:
xvi, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Decluttering expert? -- Building a decluttering mind-set -- Decluttering room by room -- Helping others declutter -- Special circumstances in decluttering.
White has been on a "deslobification" journey for years. Now she shares the room-by-room decluttering strategies that transformed her home, walking you through applying the key concepts that will help you overcome the emotional challenges that make it difficult to let items go.


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648.8 WHI Book Adult General Collection

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You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff--you can get rid of clutter for good!

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing 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.

Author Notes

Dana K. White is a blogger, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) Decluttering Expert. In an attempt to get her home under control, Dana started blogging as Nony (short for Anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy through her blog, weekly podcasts, and videos. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Decluttering Expert?p. xiii
Part 1 Building A Decluttering Mind-Set
Chapter 1 What Decluttering Is and Isn'tp. 3
Chapter 2 My Clutter Historyp. 6
Chapter 3 Accepting That Your House Is a Containerp. 11
Chapter 4 Valuing Space over Stuffp. 21
Chapter 5 Making Progress with the Visibility Rulep. 30
Chapter 6 Understanding the Layers of a Clean Housep. 35
Chapter 7 Getting It Out, or the Case for the Donate Boxp. 40
Chapter 8 Changing Your Mind-set Changes Your Homep. 46
Chapter 9 Decluttering at the Speed of Lifep. 54
Part 2 Decluttering Room by Room
Chapter 10 Steps for Working Through an Overwhelming Messp. 61
Chapter 11 Living Areasp. 68
Chapter 12 Kitchenp. 81
Chapter 13 Another Chapter About Kitchensp. 93
Chapter 14 Bedroomsp. 104
Chapter 15 Closets and Clothesp. 115
Chapter 16 Craft Rooms and Hobby Spacesp. 128
Chapter 17 Storage Areasp. 139
Part 3 Helping Others Declutter
Chapter 18 Other People's Clutterp. 151
Chapter 19 Friendsp. 157
Chapter 20 Kidsp. 162
Chapter 21 Older Family Membersp. 172
Chapter 22 Spousesp. 181
Chapter 23 Accepting Helpp. 185
Part 4 Special Circumstances in Decluttering
Chapter 24 Forced Decluttering: When It All Has to Gop. 193
Chapter 25 Decluttering Dreams (Small Ones and Big Ones)p. 201
Chapter 26 A Lifestyle of Declutteringp. 214
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
About the Authorp. 221