Clutter Busting

Clutter Busting

Letting Go of What's Holding You Back

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Written in a lively style and punctuated throughout with inspiring anecdotes and practical tips, "Clutter Busting" is an inspiring, upbeat guide to the spiritual, creative, and practical benefits of controlling clutter.

Perseus Publishing
Piles of junk in garages and closets, overflowing papers on desks, items unused for years, masses of unanswered email, clothing never worn, useless gifts that collect dust — all these things, says Brooks Palmer, come weighted with shame and guilt and have a suffocating effect on spirit and soul. In this insightful book, Palmer shows how to get rid of the things in our lives that no longer serve us. By tossing out these unneeded items, we are also eliminating their negative influences, freeing up energy, and unlocking our potential.

Loaded with inspiring anecdotes and practical tips, Clutter Busting is based on the premise that your things are not sacred, but you are. The book explores such fundamental topics as the false identities we assume through clutter, the fear of change those junk piles represent, the addictive nature of holding on to objects, how clearing clutter makes room for clarity and sweeps away confusion and stasis, and much more. With Brooks’s upbeat and compassionate guidance, you’ll find yourself clearing the way for new and exciting things to come into your life.

Book News
Palmer, who works as a speaker and stand-up comedian, encourages readers not to define their worth and happiness by their possessions, believes inner clutter causes outer clutter, and provides exercises for throwing away useless household items, people, and memories. No index is provided. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2009
ISBN: 9781577316596
Characteristics: 219 p. : 21 cm


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Apr 17, 2019

Loved this book. I've given it as gifts!

Mar 07, 2018

This is a great book about how to tidy up your stuff and find the things you actually WANT in your life. It's particularly good if read before/after Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

I found his examples, taking the stories of clients he has worked with, especially helpful.

It's easier to approach a project of this magnitude (decluttering your entire home, and letting go of things) when you can read about the experiences of other people who've gone through a similar process.

A really helpful book, with practical suggestions. Yet it's true strength is that the author doesn't expect people to be automatons. He has some sense that there's something else going on when people get attached to objects. That said, I disagree with him on photographs and some personal objects/writing, e.g. letters. If you want to keep some of your personal/family history, you can't throw every image/letter out.

sammier Apr 29, 2014

Loved this book. It gets straight to the point on how clutter may be adversely affecting your life. There are loads of great exercises aimed at getting you motivated and working on the problem. Highly recommended.

Apr 29, 2012

This book is powerful; spiritual and psychologically based. I cannot recommend it enough! My apartmant has never looked better and I feel great!

LocketLibrarian Feb 21, 2011

A good, basic book on how to start the decluttering process. The layout was a bit plain for my taste, but it serves its purpose.

Stardustmelody Jan 28, 2011

Thanks to this wonderful book, my two useless large stuffed animals formerly taking up space in my bedroom,are now ready to be donated. He doesn't mince words in commanding you to get rid of all that stuff you are uselessly hanging on to which is cluttering your home and your life!

Dec 28, 2010

There are books that advise you how to organize and store your stuff. There are books that analyze why you hoard stuff, but do not help you manage it or get rid of it. Clutter Busting is not one of these. It is a book of practical psychology: The author gives tips on how to identify clutter, and once it has been identified, deal with it swiftly and effectively. His central theme is that physical clutter begets mental clutter, anxiety and depression and one must eliminate clutter and simplify one's possessions in order to be able to think clearly and find freedom.

Jul 09, 2010

I enjoyed how the author talked to me directly. He gives tasks to completed and urges you to "do it now". The most important concept that he advocates is to "let go: stuff is just stuff". Once you get that and how it's the emotional attachments that you have to the item, you naturally start releasing. He highly praises you for who you are and empowers you to be good to yourself - you deserve it!

I found it inspiring and I did some significant clutter busting, both internally and externally as a result of reading this book.


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