The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff

New World Library. Dec. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781608686292. pap. $15.95. HOME ECON
Many struggle to control clutter, finding it difficult to decide what to keep, donate, or throw away. Stone, a social worker/psychotherapist–turned–professional organizer, does not insist upon a particular style of home organization. She understands that people “love their stuff,” and her remedy advocates for finding value in each item, categorizing it, and locating a specific place for it. In this way, the advice can be applied to an array of situations, and the author provides examples of clients whose needs reflect this individualized, holistic approach. One critique is that Stone's insight could have been complemented by visual elements, such as before and after pictures, to help readers imagine changes in their own physical spaces.
VERDICT Those looking for a deep dive into managing overcollecting and cluttering, as well as changing patterns of thought that lead to such behavior, will be drawn to Stone's guidance.
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