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Book Review: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering

Updated on October 1, 2012

Is the clutter in your house or office getting on your last nerve? Do you wish that you had the skills and knowledge necessary to de-clutter your life once and for all – at home and at work? If so, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering by Regina Leeds might be the book you have been searching for!

About The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering

As the slogan on the cover of the book states, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering is written for individuals who want to learn how to “win the turf war with your stuff”. If you find yourself looking around your home wondering how many of the items in your line of sight found their way into your home, this book is for you.

Feeling overwhelmed by clutter is a fact of daily life for many people. If you are ready to take control of your space and find out how to (a) get rid of the clutter and (b) implement changes that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle that is free from clutter on an ongoing basis, you definitely need to read this book.


CIG to Decluttering Lessons

The book opens with a discussion of what constitutes a home where clutter is a problem and identifies ways that readers can take the first step toward freedom from clutter. When you read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering, you’ll learn how to approach the process of getting rid of clutter by eliminating things you don’t need from your space followed by properly categorizing and organizing the items that you do need.

Recognizing that clutter builds up in different rooms for varying reason, the author provides tips and advice for getting rid of clutter from each part of your home, one room at a time. You’ll find out how to approach decluttering your kitchen, dining room, family room, bedrooms, bathrooms, home office space, garage, attic, and other areas withint your home.

Since storage challenges are often partly to blame for clutter issues, the book also includes suggestions for things you can do to make the most of the closest, cabinet, pantry and attic storage spaces in your home.

Of course, eliminating clutter is only one step toward living a clutter free lifestyle. Since getting rid of clutter is one thing but keeping it away is an entirely different matter, the book discusses tips for maintaining a home that is free from clutter on an ongoing basis. Additionally, recognizing that some decluttering challenges are just too great for people to handle on their own, the book discusses how to tell when it’s time to call in a professional to help.

Special thanks to Alpha Publishing (of Penguin Group USA) for providing me with an opportunity to review this book!


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  • TinasTreasures profile image

    TinasTreasures 6 years ago from California

    I've read lots of books on clutter, but I haven't read that one yet. Thanks for sharing.

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    bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    great review! As most people do, I need more storage so that I could rotate summer/winter clothes,linens, and bedding.Sigh.......

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    Makingsense 7 years ago

    Thanks, I have someone in mind to forward a link to this hub.

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    My SciFi Life 7 years ago from London, UK

    I've read quite a few of the idiots guides over the years (am reading an Idiots Guide to Lean Six Sigma now in fact) and have found that the content and details in the books generally provide an excellent overview of the topic without getting "cluttered" (see what I've done?!) up with some details that are not essential to understanding the topic.

    Great review and great detail. Thanks for sharing!