You look around your cluttered, chaotic home and say, “I’m overwhelmed. I want to get rid of stuff. I need to get rid of stuff.” Instead, you run into reason after reason why you need to keep things. You’re frustrated, and you don’t know why you can’t just let go.
What industry experts are saying:
“This gem of a book contains plenty of Clever Girl’s very clever psychological insights from years on the job. Each chapter is packed with intelligent tips and take-aways for tackling two of the biggest clutter related questions, “Why” and “How” Lots of insights as to why letting go of clothing, books, collections/memorabilia, photos and paperwork is challenging, and, once you decide you’re ready to let stuff go, how to proceed in the most productive manner. Spoiler alert: keeping only “purposeful possessions” and Vines’ very own EEEEZ method are the keys to success!”
– Geralin Thomas, Metropolitan Organizing, Author of Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets and From Hoarding to Hope: Understanding People Who Hoard and How to Help Them.
“Kathy’s work as a professional organizer has given her first-hand experience with why parting with our “stuff” is so hard.
Kathy dives deep into the 8 reasons we have so much difficulty parting with out items: guilt, sunk cost, recouping the cost, purposeless practicality, future fear, sentimentality, perceived value to someone else and wanting to dispose of items safe and smartly.
Each of these reasons has come into play when decluttering my own life and Kathy does a great job of explaining why and helping you move past these obstacles. I firmly believe that your mental mindset must change first before you will see that change in your physical surroundings. Kathy helps you do the mental work of understanding why you still have the stuff you have.
But the biggest impact for me in reading this book was Kathy’s quote at the beginning of the book, ” Be kinder to yourself than you are to your stuff. Forgive your past, and focus on your future.”
Oh if we could just do that!”
– Lisa Woodruff, Organize365, Author of The Mindset of Organization and How ADHD Affects Home Organization
About the Author
Kathy Vines, aka Clever Girl Organizing, is a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®), productivity specialist, coach, and speaker. She helps people untangle their relationship with their stuff and create a plan for living more simply and more organized every day. Whether side-by-side, speaking to a group, or working virtually with clients around the globe, she brings her expertise and perspective to making meaningful change in people’s lives every day.
In addition to the Certified Professional Organizer® designation, Kathy holds Specialist Certificates from The Institute for Challenging Disorganization in both Chronic Disorganization and Attention Deficit Disorder. She is an active member of NAPO, The National Association for Productivity and Organizing Professionals (formerly The National Association of Professional Organizers) and NAPO-New England. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to launching Clever Girl Organizing, she had a twenty-year career in human resources.
Kathy and her husband, Robert, aka “Handy Boy,” live in Melrose, Massachusetts, and yes, their home is very organized. Mostly…