The Clutter Remedy is a self help book for messy people and for those that live with messy people. Building on the popularity of Marie Kondo and the techniques for clearing away negativity by tidying your home, this book seeks to go one step further.
Rooted in traditional formats for self help books, The Clutter Remedy mixes advice and techniques – such as visualising how you want to see a space, and how to tackle living with a messy partner – with anecdotes from people who’ve had these issues and tried these methods.
I have to admit, as with all self help books, I skip through these anecdotes, seeking out the nuggets of advice to improve my tidying strategies. I have to confess I’m actually quite a tidy person, and pretty organised so my draw to this book was about improving my techniques and strategies and definitely for tackling living with someone who’s pretty messy and disorganised. I really like the details on how to deal with stuff that isn’t mine and how to tackle messy people.
“Outer space is a reflection of inner space” – a quote I totally agree with and why I’m one who resorts to tidying when I’m at my most stressed to find order and calm.
The Clutter Remedy is a well structured book so its possible to dip in and out of sections and tackles tidying with the assumption of one big tidy needed to get a house in order and then a strategy for keeping it organised. However, this isn’t a revolutionary book – much of what in here is taken from the Kondo book – so if you’ve read this or caught it on TV you’ll have heard about the tips before – such as rolling garments to store in drawers.
I do love the section about smart shopping, which encourages readers to be green and consider buying used products where possible. I also like the chapter about how to deal with barriers and I also liked the section on strategies for managing negative thoughts – this are great tips for any kind of negativity not just that related to decluttering a home. The book ends with some great advice for managing mental health issues and how these impact on clutter in a home.
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I particularly love dystopian fantasies, adventure biographies and novels, especially those that immerse you in the landscape and historical fiction.