Saturday, September 9, 2017

Book Review: 'Clutter Free' by Kathi Lipp

How does an initially clean and neat apartment or home become filled with junk? Kathi Lipp addresses this and other emotionally charged issues in "Clutter Free." She describes her arduous journey to reclaim her personal space by getting rid of stuff that served no purpose but took up valuable space. Lipp succinctly but thoroughly explains the psychology of hoarding, what living in a chaotic environment costs us physically and emotionally, and how we can cut down on our possessions with a minimum of pain.

The empathetic and self-deprecating author is just as guilty as we are of buying things frivolously. For years, she and her husband have struggled to get rid of mounds of boxes; clean out overstuffed drawers and closets; and empty out their messy garage. The Lipps were buried under an accumulation of papers, unwanted gifts, the kids' old gear, clothes that no longer fit, and other assorted paraphernalia.

After you finish this humorous, lucidly written, and entertaining book, you will have a better understanding of why we acquire so many superfluous gadgets, articles of clothing, and knick-knacks. Lipp urges us to tackle our clutter methodically (remember that the quality of what we own is far more important than the quantity). At first, it may hurt us to part with things that we have held onto for so long, but it gets easier over time. We will eventually get used to donating, recycling, and discarding what we no longer use regularly. Ask Kathi Lipp. She now has a far less cluttered home, and offers sensible advice on how we can make our living spaces more orderly, streamlined, and aesthetically pleasing. When you get rid of unnecessary stuff, says Lipp, "you are intentionally making room for the things that are truly important to you."

Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right