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The Way to a Perpetually Organized Lifestyle There are many valid approaches to creating neat and tidy spaces, but these approaches tend to fail over time because they suggest that we dispose of our stuff, and most of us love our stuff! Marla Stones fresh and friendly approach, based on her work as both a professional organizer and a former psychotherapist, goes beyond The Way to a Perpetually Organized Lifestyle There are many valid approaches to creating neat and tidy spaces, but these approaches tend to fail over time because they suggest that we dispose of our stuff, and most of us love our stuff! Marla Stone’s fresh and friendly approach, based on her work as both a professional organizer and a former psychotherapist, goes beyond tidying up to offer the Clutter Remedy strategy that will create spaces you love and keep you perpetually organized. Marla walks you through a process of getting to know yourself and your values and then visualizing your ideal lifestyle and optimal surroundings. From that perspective, you’ll learn step by step (and room by room) how to create your ideal lifestyle and organize your space to support it.


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The Way to a Perpetually Organized Lifestyle There are many valid approaches to creating neat and tidy spaces, but these approaches tend to fail over time because they suggest that we dispose of our stuff, and most of us love our stuff! Marla Stones fresh and friendly approach, based on her work as both a professional organizer and a former psychotherapist, goes beyond The Way to a Perpetually Organized Lifestyle There are many valid approaches to creating neat and tidy spaces, but these approaches tend to fail over time because they suggest that we dispose of our stuff, and most of us love our stuff! Marla Stone’s fresh and friendly approach, based on her work as both a professional organizer and a former psychotherapist, goes beyond tidying up to offer the Clutter Remedy strategy that will create spaces you love and keep you perpetually organized. Marla walks you through a process of getting to know yourself and your values and then visualizing your ideal lifestyle and optimal surroundings. From that perspective, you’ll learn step by step (and room by room) how to create your ideal lifestyle and organize your space to support it.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I appreciate this book's attention to the emotional dimensions of clutter, but the author spends more time talking about identifying and fulfilling your dreams than she does about organizing your stuff. She has some good advice, like when she encourages people to use language that encourages action and competence ("I will fold the laundry") instead of stress and obligation ("I need to fold the laundry"), but even though insights like this are worthwhile, the book is too focused on external life I appreciate this book's attention to the emotional dimensions of clutter, but the author spends more time talking about identifying and fulfilling your dreams than she does about organizing your stuff. She has some good advice, like when she encourages people to use language that encourages action and competence ("I will fold the laundry") instead of stress and obligation ("I need to fold the laundry"), but even though insights like this are worthwhile, the book is too focused on external life goals and emotional evaluations to appeal to me. It might be the right thing for some people, but given that the subtitle is "A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love their Stuff," not "A Guide to Discovering Your Dreams and Finding Emotional Peace," I was disappointed. The authors of most decluttering guides assume that if your organizational systems aren't working, you just need to get rid of more things. Given the proposed subject of this book, I expected the author to share her secrets for managing large collections without becoming a minimalist, but alas, no. When she finally gets around to talking about organization, her renowned and much-hyped Clutter Remedy boils down to sorting everything you own into "finely tuned categories" and storing the stuff in drawers, furniture, and plastic boxes. This is not what I was looking for! Although the author's background as a psychotherapist shines through at times, like when she includes information about how mental issues like OCD and ADD affect a sufferer's ability to evaluate and deal with clutter, her mental health focus often obscures her messages, because she is more interested in telling stories about clients who overcame their emotional baggage than in advising you on how to get your house in order. She also talks about dream interpretation, shares her thoughts on the importance of developing a spiritual path, and includes doozies like the following: "Keep toilet lids down and drains covered: Leave toilet seats and lids down and cover drains in order to protect your energy (or chi) from going down the drain, along with your health, wealth, knowledge, health, and other valuables. In addition, close the door to all bathrooms when you leave." I read this about six times, marveling over the fact that someone could publish this alongside reminders to change out dead lightbulbs and clean their mirrors. Sure, she offered spiritual reasons for those tasks, too, but the value of keeping up your house is obvious. With this audacious statement, you'd expect some explanation of why she thinks your knowledge and wealth will go down your toilet and drains, but she just states it as a self-evident fact! I'm going to be generous and give this book two stars, since I am deeply touched by its inclusion of OCD and like its message about changing the language people use regarding clutter and housework, but I would never recommend this book to anyone. If someone wants a general guide to getting their house in order, I recommend New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living, and if someone is interested in exploring the emotional dimensions of why they over-accumulate or struggle to get rid of things, I highly encourage them to read Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need. Even though The Clutter Remedy has some good points, it isn't worth anyone's time when there are so many better books on the market.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna Tserr

    The book is focused on a pressing but yet surprisingly sparingly approached issue of dealing with clutter at home. Though The Clutter Remedy is much more than just a step-by-step tutorial of getting rid of the things you don't need. One of the key highlights of the book that makes it a must-read, is that it provides an in-depth study on why we hoard things. The author reveals the inner psychological processes in us that manifest themselves in a form of cluttered living spaces. As someone with a The book is focused on a pressing but yet surprisingly sparingly approached issue of dealing with clutter at home. Though The Clutter Remedy is much more than just a step-by-step tutorial of getting rid of the things you don't need. One of the key highlights of the book that makes it a must-read, is that it provides an in-depth study on why we hoard things. The author reveals the inner psychological processes in us that manifest themselves in a form of cluttered living spaces. As someone with a family history of hoarding starting from my grandmother, this is definitely the book of the year for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Scott

    The Clutter Remedy Review In her book The Clutter Remedy Marla Stone says, Clutter camouflage can lead to unintentional and directionless life. More than just a book telling you how organize and categorize your stuff (although she does this too) Marla encourages you to determine your core values, remove negative feelings and become comfortable with your younger self before trying to tackle the intimate and emotional task of de-cluttering. Full of tips and helpful lists, this book is more than The Clutter Remedy Review In her book “The Clutter Remedy” Marla Stone says, “Clutter camouflage can lead to unintentional and directionless life.” More than just a book telling you how organize and categorize your stuff (although she does this too) – Marla encourages you to determine your core values, remove negative feelings and become comfortable with your younger self before trying to tackle the intimate and emotional task of de-cluttering. Full of tips and helpful lists, this book is more than just a “do this but not that” book; it’s a psychological cleansing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Arla Monet

    I have worked on getting organized for so long I almost gave up until I read this book. I have used professional organizers in the past, friends, family but I still was cluttered and could not find my way out of my mess. The book helped me uncover most of the reasons why I could not get through my stuff without creating more mess along the way. Understanding that my childhood, and past wounds have contributed to my messy home and office was a huge eye opener. I was able to use the clearing and I have worked on getting organized for so long I almost gave up until I read this book. I have used professional organizers in the past, friends, family but I still was cluttered and could not find my way out of my mess. The book helped me uncover most of the reasons why I could not get through my stuff without creating more mess along the way. Understanding that my childhood, and past wounds have contributed to my messy home and office was a huge eye opener. I was able to use the clearing and healing technique and it worked. I feel so much lighter and healed from things that have bothered me for years. Connecting how I talk to myself with my lack of motivation and follow through was key to me finally getting everything I own in it's proper place. But the most intriguing thing of all is how the book describes in chapter 3 exactly how the author organizes space. It is so detailed that I was able to do most of it myself. I hired movers to move the heavy furniture I wanted in different places but I was able to go through everything I own and realize what was going to stay and what was going with the criteria outlined in the book. Shocker how simple it was to make good decisions instead of decisions I would have regretted. I can't say enough about how this book has changed EVERY aspect of my life. Thank you Marla Stone The Clutter Remedy is a life saver.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elijah Lansford

    Awesome book! This book has great tips and techniques on how to stay organized and has helped me greatly. I highly recommend it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine Kubba

    I am ADHD and usually get distracted while reading most books, although "The Clutter Remedy" by Marla Stone was a very fascinating and informative read for me... It opened my mind to a new way of thinking and brought order on how to organize my stuff... The book also has a psychological aspect of why we tend to Clutter, and a Solution on how to release the negative patterns that bind us... This book is a great read for clearing and organizing your life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Ehlert-Traub

    This is a great read for anyone needing to get better organized that wants to KEEP their stuff but easily locate it when needed. But whats better is Marla teaches you how to showcase the things you really love and want to see every day. It is written in a very easy to follow, step by step process. I think everyone could benefit from reading it, organization is the key to a busy life! Especially as a working parent! This is a great read for anyone needing to get better organized that wants to KEEP their stuff but easily locate it when needed. But what’s better is Marla teaches you how to showcase the things you really love and want to see every day. It is written in a very easy to follow, step by step process. I think everyone could benefit from reading it, organization is the key to a busy life! Especially as a working parent!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brett Muiter

    Just finished The Clutter Remedy book packed with not only tips to get organized but a clear path to my true destination in life. All the times I attempted to get my garage organized or my tools or my desk never really stuck. In one day the strategy Marla Stone explains actually makes perfect sense and I realize now its the only way to live clutter free. Im passing this stuff on to everyone I know including my employees. I liked the last chapter most about what can block you from staying Just finished The Clutter Remedy book packed with not only tips to get organized but a clear path to my true destination in life. All the times I attempted to get my garage organized or my tools or my desk never really stuck. In one day the strategy Marla Stone explains actually makes perfect sense and I realize now it’s the only way to live clutter free. I’m passing this stuff on to everyone I know including my employees. I liked the last chapter most about what can block you from staying organized.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    Finally..... a real solution! Whether you live in a mansion with a designated clutter room or a tiny house where one thing out of place creates instant clutter, the practical, clever solutions in this book will get you organized forever! After reading Marla Stones book, I was so inspired to get started that I skipped Black Friday and began organizing! Thank you for a great remedy to the clutter in our lives! Kathie D...... A Tiny House resident Finally..... a real solution! Whether you live in a mansion with a designated “clutter room” or a tiny house where one thing out of place creates instant clutter, the practical, clever solutions in this book will get you organized forever! After reading Marla Stone’s book, I was so inspired to get started that I skipped Black Friday and began organizing! Thank you for a great remedy to the clutter in our lives! Kathie D...... A Tiny House resident

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Knickerbocker

    Love LOVE this book... it was not just about clutter which I originally thought. It has taught me so much about myself and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to read it. I am buying one for all my friends and family since I believe it will benefit them and their lives. Thanks !!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan Bret

    The book straightened out everything about my life and my space. New author Marla Stone was a social worker and psychotherapist for a total of 17 years. She knows people and figured out how to help them in every way possible. The introduction is clear about what to expect from the book. The first chapter goes over inner emotional clutter issues with specific techniques to heal deep emotional wounds. I cleared up something bothering me from childhood. Marla Stone, the author, worked with military The book straightened out everything about my life and my space. New author Marla Stone was a social worker and psychotherapist for a total of 17 years. She knows people and figured out how to help them in every way possible. The introduction is clear about what to expect from the book. The first chapter goes over inner emotional clutter issues with specific techniques to heal deep emotional wounds. I cleared up something bothering me from childhood. Marla Stone, the author, worked with military personnel at Camp Pendleton and has a strong grasp on ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) and many other challenges such as ocd (obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and grief and loss which is related in the last chapter. The Cluttet Remedy is the total solution everyone has been looking for in order to get organized permanently. Healing inner clutter first then onto her strategies which are extremely different then Marie Kondo method which I did use but with zero success. I could not make clear decisions thinking about joy. But with The Clutter Remedy clear and concise criteria for what to keep and all the fabulous strategies it took me half the time I thought it would to go through all my stuff and with no regrets. The process was so organized too. No piles of stuff. No maybe piles. No push to get rid of stuff. Just getting super clear about things that matter. I love how Stone says “Matter matters.” Very orderly way finely tuning things and going through everything I owned. I knew there was a way to get Uber organized and stone figured it out. I always wanted to be this organized and keep it up and it’s a life changer. After choosing what I wanted to keep I then was given a myriad of possibilities for how to store everything and then a whole chapter on organizing seasonally and then room by room. The way she teaches you how to set up a home or business space was remarkable. My space is a welcome paradise now instead of a hodgepodge. I’m no longer searching for my things but have certainty about everything I own and where it’s stashed. The last chapter as I mentioned really helped me understand hoarding disorder and add (attention deficit disorder) in such a spectacular way. I had no idea why some of my friends and family had so much stuff and such cluttered and messy spaces. It’s all clear now why, and how people even with a mammoth amount of stuff could get organized without any drama at all. This will change how professionals work with people who have hoarding disorder since it’s not focused on getting rid of things. This book taught me more about myself than any self help book I’ve ever read and about changing how I think and communicate with myself and others. It’s a very, very layered book that is so easy to read. Total time to read was 5 1/2 hours and I never put it down except for a few quick breaks. It was so engaging. I have recommended it to my friends, family and colleagues. It’s a must read and has changed my whole perspective on life. Back to the first chapter. I figured out how to have the most ideal lifestyle that I always dreamed of having. Hopefully Marla Stone will do a television show in order to show how organizing is truly done properly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina Gehricke

    Love the psychological aspect to cleaning out the clutter! Always impressed by authors who write to the many levels we operate on. Succinct, articulate and a quick read that will improve your life if you follow its principles.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Krasnova

    This is a great book if you want to organize your life and your thoughts! Highly recommend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Dean

    Having read a lot of home organization books over the years, I will admit to reading many ideas for accomplishing the same goal of a neat, well-organized home. This book added in a number of reasons why organizing is good, but they were a little out there. Everyone is entitled to their own set of beliefs, but I don't think my life force will run down the uncovered drains in my house. While I could have ignored these philosophical differences, the writing was boring and did nothing to capture my Having read a lot of home organization books over the years, I will admit to reading many ideas for accomplishing the same goal of a neat, well-organized home. This book added in a number of reasons why organizing is good, but they were a little out there. Everyone is entitled to their own set of beliefs, but I don't think my life force will run down the uncovered drains in my house. While I could have ignored these philosophical differences, the writing was boring and did nothing to capture my interest. Mostly, I felt it was a waste of paper.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Corry

    Excellent Book!!!! I Love it!!!!! The author explains fabulously the emotional side to wanting to keep clutter and "stuff". I had no idea until now why I hang on to certain things while others are easy to toss. She explains super effective ways to keep things organized in an easy to follow plan. It REALLY WORKS!!!!! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, not only to friends who want to get and stay organized but to everyone. There are so many jewels of knowledge in the book on so many levels... Excellent Book!!!! I Love it!!!!! The author explains fabulously the emotional side to wanting to keep clutter and "stuff". I had no idea until now why I hang on to certain things while others are easy to toss. She explains super effective ways to keep things organized in an easy to follow plan. It REALLY WORKS!!!!! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, not only to friends who want to get and stay organized but to everyone. There are so many jewels of knowledge in the book on so many levels... both organizational and emotional!!!! Loved it!!!! 🥂Cheers & Happy Reading!!!! Wendy Corry

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    A readable book helping you to find a way through your stuff. Not only that but gives insight as to why this problem is a problem foryou; or you may use this insightful book to help a friend who doesnt see or understand their own clutter A readable book helping you to find a way through your stuff. Not only that but gives insight as to why this problem is a problem foryou; or you may use this insightful book to help a friend who doesn’t see or understand their own clutter

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Love this book! Marla Stone really knows her stuff and I have personally seen her in action in someones home. She can transform a space and has a plan put in place to help the client stay organized and love his or her space! This is a must read especially when you learn about wants vs. needs. Love this book! Marla Stone really knows her stuff and I have personally seen her in action in someone’s home. She can transform a space and has a plan put in place to help the client stay organized and love his or her space! This is a must read especially when you learn about wants vs. needs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    The Clutter Remedy... this text approaches organization and clutter in a different method than most other books, allowing readers to keep the items they love and find homes for everything. The author discusses psychological and emotional aspects of clutter and how to overcome its hold. A few guidelines are provided for shopping smarter and organizing items, but the overall feel is just find a new basket or tote for your junk.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Organa

    I got about half way through this book, mostly skimming, and just couldn't finish it. I was bored, it was slow, and it just didn't resonate with me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  21. 5 out of 5

    Libby King

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Becks

  23. 5 out of 5

    Briar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marla Stone

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bret

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina Abbadessa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lcharlson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kara

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Cole

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