The Clutter-Busting Handbook:
Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your
(Walker & Co. 2005)
“Recovered Pack Rat” Rita Emmett writes that we do not have
clutter because we are messy, lazy or disorganized. Clutter comes
from just 4 (yes, only 4) habits. Rita gives you a simple
compassionate, energizing plan for breaking those habits, for taming
clutter and simple tips to help you:
- stop saving all those goofy things that you never need or
- stop bringing goofy things into your life that you never
need or use
- find places to put your stuff
- stop setting things down and not putting them where they
- cultivate new habits to keep clutter from returning
- part with some of your beloved junk … er … stuff, without
breaking your heart or making you cry like a baby poodle
Once you've eliminated un-needed and un-used stuff, and set
boundaries on what you allow to come into your home or work space,
you will be delighted by how much easier it is to find places for
your stuff. AND how much easier it is to find what you want when you
Although Rita doesn't sell her book in ebook format, it is
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Rita Emmett's writing possesses the same clarity and spirit as
her message. Her book has transformed by life and I continue to live
her clutter-busting lessons — as a result, my environment is
becoming light and beautiful.
Story Musgrave, former NASA astronaut
Thanks to your book, the more I de-clutter, the more peaceful my
house is. And as my house becomes more peaceful, I'm becoming more
peaceful within myself.
As a Professional Organizer, I read a lot of books on organizing
as part of my continuing education. There are many organizing books
out there on the market these days, and I have to tell you some of
them are down right boring! But, not The Clutter-Busting Handbook.
Your book is fun to read, because you cover all the basics of
organizing in a very light-hearted and up-beat manner. GREAT
JOB!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.
Everyone has a corner in his or her home or office that has
become a catchall for a wealth of "stuff." In this entertaining
read, Emmett (The Procrastinator's Handbook) aides clutter
collectors in identifying "When Enough Becomes Too Much" and doles
out advice on how to achieve and maintain an inviting and airy
living space. A "Recovered Pack Rat," Emmett argues that living or
working in a cluttered environment can take a toll on one's physical
and emotional well being: "When you are surrounded by confusion, you
feel confused; when you are surrounded by junk, you feel junky."
This slim but thorough book helps readers tackle problem areas like
closets and garages, and also includes tips on emptying e-mail
accounts and clearing out ordinary paper clutter. Emmett lists 50
ways to get rid of and limit unwanted items, naming various
charities and online auctions and making suggestions such as share
magazine subscriptions with friends. Throughout, she includes
helpful "clutter quizzes" that identify bad habits and gives readers
practical tips on how to remain focused. With its sound advice and
upbeat, encouraging tone, this book will motivate readers to get a
jump on their spring cleaning.
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I've almost competed the Clutter-Busting Handbook and love it (I
knew I would!). Your writing style is so kind and funny.