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The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need

Saturday, February 27, 2021

That's the bold subtitle of Tracy McCubbin's 2019 organizing book Making Space, Clutter Free. Big thanks to my sister for finding and sharing it. I just picked it up from the library this morning, and loved what she has to say in the introductory chapter "What's Under the Clutter? A New Approach."

She says she wants to liberate us from the shame and emotional weight of our clutter. "I want your home to be a place that you enjoy being in, that helps you quickly and efficiently get out into the world, and that you can share with others as often as you feel like. If your home isn't all three things--restful, helpful, and shareable--then on some level, your home is taking energy from you instead of supporting you to live your best life."

Wow, if page 5 is that profound, I can't wait to dive in to better understanding the 7 emotional clutter blocks she identifies, and how to address them. She breaks her content into 4 parts. I find the chapter titles in Part Three: Arriving and Thriving extremely inspiring: 7. Strategies and Systems to Organize What's Left, 8. Conscious Consumption: How to Halt the Clutter Creep, 9. Celebrating and Inhabiting Your New Space.

I'm so thankful my library had this available, but I suspect I'm going to want to get my own copy so I can highlight and underline and make notes as I go, and return to get motivated and inspired again as needed.

If you want to check out Tracy's website, here it is:
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  • JIBBIE49
    A big, new house is so much easier to keep clean and organized, than a small (950 sq. ft. ) old house. Since I've lived in the little one with 5 kids and a man who thinks all that is needed could fit in a duffle bag, I followed Pam Young and Peggy Jones, The Slob Sisters. (They had ADD) Pam is 78 now and still has a web site,

    46 days ago
    I am so, so thrilled my wonderful sister bought me a copy for my birthday!! Highlighter, here I come! emoticon
    Now I can return the library one for another lucky patron. Maybe even ROBEC4175 who uses the same library system! emoticon
    64 days ago
  • ROBEC4175
    Why is it so hard letting go?! I, too, will be interested in checking out this book. emoticon
    64 days ago
    This is a great book & I am really finding it insightful! So thankful for your sister, Mary, sharing it with Babysteps Brigade team.
    67 days ago

    The really big trick (for me) finding adoptive homes for usable items..I do not need nor want but too good to be trash.
    although I did find a home for over 4 dozen books.

    67 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Thanks for the recommendation. I will check my library for this.
    67 days ago
    emoticon Im so thrilled you like it, sister! To me, it put clutter and its weight in my life into a whole new realm. And I suspect it's gonna be a game-changer for me!! Thanks for sharing it with our SparkFriends!!

    Love, Mary emoticon
    67 days ago
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