SELF-HELP

Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need

|Sourcebooks. Jun. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781492675198. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492675204. SELF-HELP
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Founder of Los Angeles’s premier organizing and decluttering company dClutterfly, McCubbin writes this work to assist people with clearing out the clutter that prevents them from experiencing a home that is restful, peaceful, and shareable. There is an emotional underpinning to cluttering, says the author. Thus, she conceives of the concept of “clutter blocks,” or various attitudes that derail people in their striving for tidiness. These include storing fantasy stuff for a fantasy life, holding on to the good old days, and being trapped with other people’s junk. McCubbin explores each of these issues, then provides room-by-room strategies for getting rid of the mess and keeping one’s space neat.
VERDICT While many books concentrate on either the emotional aspects of clutter or tips for getting rid of it, McCubbin interweaves both, resulting in highly practical guidance.

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