Year of No Clutter A Memoir PDF Å of No Clutter

Eve has a problem with clutter Too much stuff and too easily acquired it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house When she pledges to tackle the worst offender her horror of a hell room she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with her fifth grade report card dried up art supplies an old vinyl raincoat But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity Our things represent our memories our history a million tiny reference points in our lives If we throw our stuff in the trash where does that leave us? And if we don'thow do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own hell room and Eve's battle with her clutter along with her eventual self clarity encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring and frequently hilarious examination of why we keep stuff in the first place and how to let it all go Eve has a problem with clutter Too much stuff and too easily acquired it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house When she pledges to tackle the worst offender her horror of a hell room she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with her fifth grade report card dried up art supplies an old vinyl raincoat But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity Our things represent our memories our history a million tiny reference points in our lives If we throw our stuff in the trash where does that leave us? And if we don'thow do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own hell room and Eve's battle with her clutter along with her eventual self clarity encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring and frequently hilarious examination of why we keep stuff in the first place and how to let it all go Eve has a problem with clutter Too much stuff and too easily acquired it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house When she pledges to tackle the worst offender her horror of a hell room she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with her fifth grade report card dried up art supplies an old vinyl raincoat But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity Our things represent our memories our history a million tiny reference points in our lives If we throw our stuff in the trash where does that leave us? And if we don'thow do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own hell room and Eve's battle with her clutter along with her eventual self clarity encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring and frequently hilarious examination of why we keep stuff in the first place and how to let it all go


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    I requested this book from NetGalley because I can’t resist books about clutter which is kind of ironic given that my natural tendency is to hoard stuffI have to be honest and say that the first couple of chapters of this book didn’t pull me in reading about someone’s room full of clutter that they know has a dead mouse in and also that a cat has peed all over made me feel a bit squeamish This isn’t the kind of clutter situation that I can identify with I do tend to want to keep things but I’m also quite obsessive about cleaningI’m so glad that I decided to give the book another go through because from the point when Eve starts to explore what makes a hoarder and what makes her the way she is I was fascinated and I could really identify with some of the things she discovered about herselfThere is a point where she writes that as a child she believed she had to keep everything so that she’d have enough stuff to fill her own home when she was grown up and that is just how I was too I kept all my childhood ornaments for years because I believed that shelves had to be filled with stuff The idea that some people had empty surfaces in their home was alien to me Eve’s father had a problem with clutter so she sees that her issues partly came from seeing what his house was like My mum was very sentimental and could never get rid of things that people had given her so I can see how Eve and I ended up being clutter bugsThe part that really got to me was when Eve talks about her belief that if she lets go of things that she is sentimental about then she risks losing the memory of that particular point in time that by holding on to the object she has a trigger to bring back the memories instantly I struggle with this too It’s really hard when you get to an age where you’ve lost people who meant the world to you how do you let go of the things they gave you? I felt Eve’s pain as she tried to work out which things to keep and which to let go ofEve has an issue with making decisions she really fears making a wrong choice and believes this feeds into her obsession with keeping things This was eye opening for me I’ve always been indecisive but have never connected that to the way I keep things but it makes total sense that if you really dread making a bad decision that you would find it hard to be confident in the things you get rid of Eve gradually learns that it’s not the end of the world if you get rid of something and later wish you hadn’t and that’s something I’ve learnt during my regular de cluttering sessions To be honest I’ve agonised over some of the things I’ve being considering getting rid of but once they’re out of my house I’ve never regretted any of it Objects might hold memories but they can’t bring a person back it’s how you feel in your heart that mattersOne of the things Eve struggled with most was dealing with her paperwork She couldn’t get rid of any of it without reading it first and then had to deal with whatever memory was attached before she could move on to the next lot of papers It really struck a chord with me when Eve said ‘ I keep souvenirs even of negative occurrences in my life for fear that without them I would forget that event and even any lesson learnt from that event’ It sounds utterly ridiculous to keep paperwork from the worst moments of your life but I used to be exactly the same My mum kept some papers that were so painful to her but she felt she couldn’t ever shred them When she died I took the papers for safe keeping and added some of my own from the year my mum was dying I kept all of her hospital letters because I didn’t want to forget and yet I was trying to hard not to drown in all the trauma that happened in that year I moved in with my then new boyfriend now my husband the year my mum died and I took all the paperwork with me because I just couldn’t leave it behind – it felt like it was haunting me Then one day I decided enough was enough I burnt the lot and it was so therapeutic to let it go for both me and my mum’s memory I try to always remember now that the things we keep will one day be someone else’s problem to deal with and it helps me get rid of stuff that’s not really important in the grand scheme of things Eve learns the same lesson in a different way We can’t keep everything we don’t have the room So if you can only keep a fraction of the stuff pick the good stuff the happy stuffThis isn’t a how to book it’s not about helping you clear your clutter It is one woman’s open and honest journey through her own battle with clutter but in the process of reading you will probably recognise yourself in Eve as I did and it will spur you on to deal with your own clutterI highly recommend this book Year of No Clutter is out now and available hereI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review