Tuesday, April 28, 2015

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness

Disclosure: Storey Publishing LLC sent a copy of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness to Lapdog Creations for review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness

One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life

by Donna Smallin

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC (December 16, 2014)


Let's face it, everyone is busy these days, running from here to there and multitasking along the way.  There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and when we do have some "free time," who wants to waste spend it cleaning?  I certainly don't.  Of course, that means the clutter adds up quickly, eventually leading to chaos and stress. 

Donna Smallin, a nationally recognized organizing expert (file that one under "cool jobs!") is here to help us all with her book, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life.  This handy little book (literally, it's a mere 4" x 6") is jam packed with practical tips and encouraging words to help us common folk break thru the overwhelming chore barrier that discourages us all.

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness teaches how to take those monstrous size chores and break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.  Instead of wasting spending an entire sunny weekend day inside cleaning, you'll be able to get things done a few minutes at a time.
"Look at decluttering as an opportunity to share your abundance. There are people who could really use the stuff you aren't using."
As someone who has vowed to get rid of the things I haven't used - or worse yet, seen - in years, I can really appreciate that statement. 

The tips and tricks in Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness cover just about every aspect of your home.  From closets to drawers, paperwork to toiletries, socks to scarves, and so much more!  There are a lot of great ideas for finding extra storage, and some brilliant organizational tips. 

I love the "Hot, Warm, Cold" rule. Essentially, frequently used items are considered "hot" (think the television remote), occasionally used items are "warm" (perhaps a cookie sheet), and rarely used items are "cold" (something like last year's tax return or your lobster pot). Hot things should live in a handy spot, while it's okay to put warm things in a lower cabinet or hallway pantry. Cold things can go in the attic, basement or some other out of the way space. This makes perfect sense, yet I'm quite sure that I'm not the only one who has "cold" items taken over coveted counter and shelf space... right?

Another "makes perfect sense and why aren't I already doing that?" tip in Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness involves linking chores to daily activities.  For instance, when you're brushing your teeth, rinse out the sink and wipe off the faucet. Or, when you stop for gas, empty out the trash bag in your car.  Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness is a handy, and fun, little guide.  Grab yourself a copy today and start finding happiness in a less-cluttered world!

About the Author: Donna Smallin is the author of seven Storey titles with a total of more than 928,000 copies in print. She is a frequent contributor to major national women’s and home magazines and has been a guest on the CBS Early Show, Better TV, HGTV, CNN, and Fox & Friends, as well as numerous radio programs. For the past decade, Smallin has been a spokesperson for such companies as Bissell, Kaboom, Staples, 3M, Keurig, and others. Check out her blog and her Facebook page for more decluttering tips.  

Would having a copy of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness make your life a little easier? Thanks to the folks at Storey Publishing, we are giving away a copy to one lucky reader.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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lennyg said...

We are the House of Stuff

Marjie said...

Oh, if you could see my clutter...or, should I say, Hubster's clutter...he has decided that our dinner table makes a dandy office. Plus, he's had a lifelong habit of keeping everything right out in the open, where we can find it! And when I go into throw-away mode, all h*** breaks loose! Maybe this book would let me sneak up on him.

Taryn said...

I always live in fear of becoming a hoarder of useless junk. I would love this book!

Taryn said...

I live in fear of being a hoarder of useless junk!

Angela M said...

To become happier of course! :-)

Unknown said...

Been trying to talk and teach my husband how to be a minimalist - this book would help me help him :)

Unknown said...

Been trying to teach my husband how to be a minimalist, this book could definitely help me, help him.

Kenyetta said...

I definitely need this! I am the Queen of clutter!

Virginia said...

Hmmm... becoming a minimalist. Interesting concept. Don't know if I could do it but I would definitely like to try. This book could be a good starting point.

SissySees said...

I don't want to become a minimalist, but I do want to NOT become a hoarder! Count me in...

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