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Monday, November 28, 2016

Year of No Clutter A Memoir by Eve Schaub

Eve Schaub usually just shut the door and left it alone.  'It' was 'The Hell Room', the largest room in her house, 567 square feet. Why did she do this? The room was unusuable because it was filled with stuff, mostly detritus, clutter and things. The easiest thing to do was run away from the room, instead of doing anything about it. After all, it didn't affect her family's life - or did it? She certainly wasn't that dreadful person, a hoarder - or was she?

The problem was that the room made her feel guilty. There was even a dessicated mouse in a box inside the room! Many clutter books tell you to have a 'box room,' but this was really too much! Eve Schaub decided to tackle the room, and write a book about it. Luckily, she obtained her daughter's help.

Although this book is sometimes repetitive, Schaub seems to be such a likeable, lovely person that she makes it very easy to sympathise with her and be with her every step of the way as she tries to clear up the huge room.  As she tackles the room, she muses on hoarding, clutter, and the difficulty of throwing things out. She mentions various methods of getting rid of clutter such as Marie Kondo's strategy for discarding anything that doesn't give you joy. She tells hilarious stories.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it, especially for people who have trouble with their 'stuff'.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.


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