A Review of 'Getting Rid of It' by Betsy and Warren Talbot
Are you ready to declutter your home and pare down your possessions? If you are, you might be a little overwhelmed about where to start. Or overwhelmed at the miryad of websites and books available to browse through. How do you know which website or book is legitimate? Or will even put you on the path of success?
Recently I read a book called "" by Betsy and Warren Talbot. This book claims to help you pare down what you have to the necessities and teach you how to sell what you don't need and want. Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life
Betsy and Warren Talbot say they took about two years eliminating the clutter from their home. They decided that they wanted to travel around the world and having all their stuff was not going to help them towards their dream. They sold their items through a variety of options (see below) and now operate a site www.MarriedWithLuggage.com. They have more books on their life and they focus on writing about creating the life you want.
The Book in a Nutshell
The book starts of trying to prepare you for the emotional journey (I wholeheartedly agree with this) that you will probably go on when trying to eliminate your clutter. It goes on to provide you with different and straightforward methods on finding out what method works best for you, from completing one project at a time to getting rid of one item at a time.
Before the book delves into decluttering different parts of your house, it talks again about parting with the item and its sentimental value. Maybe part of why you can get rid of certain things is because they hold such vivid memories for us?
The book then ends with how your life might change after you go through this whole process.
Will This Book Help Me?
In a word: yes. I have started my decluttering process months ago, so some of the basic advice, such as where to sell your stuff wasn't new to me. What I found interesting (and many websites don't point this out) is how emotional it can be. The chapter entitled "Sentimental Value" is short, but very honest and to the point. A point that really stuck out to me was when Betsy and Warren write " If an item is truly valuable to you, you will not lose track of it or forget about its existence." I have had many items I thought I cherished but have been sitting in a box for the past few years. It is currently on a pile of items I am going to sell.
Each chapter also provides some simple and easy to follow advice, along with a weekend challenge, which is also easy to follow. Some of the ideas are quite creative, fun, and incorporates the people you love in your life. Some of my favorite ideas include:
- Holding a reverse birthday party where you sell/give away your things
- Holding a staging area in your house to try to sell more items when buyers from Craigslist come to pick up their items
This was a quick, easy and interesting read, and very useful for people who have no idea where to start. It can also be useful to people who have already started the decluttering process as a reminder of what to do or for some new ideas. The weekend challenges are easy to do as long as you are honest about what you need and want.
Head over to Betsy and Warren's website www.MarriedWithLuggage.com to check out their writing.