Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets
Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets
Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Geralin Thomas
Audience: Trade
Specs: 400 full color photographs, resources, index
Pages: 176
Trim Size: 7 1/2" X 9 3/4" X 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20150924
Copyright Year: 2015
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Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

Tips on getting rid of clutter, turning clutter into cash, and banishing clutter forever.

An organized, clutter-free home appeals to everyone. But where to begin? This useful guide provides fun, creative and painless ways to get started using the tips, techniques, quick fixes, and trade secrets used by professional organizers.

Decluttering Your Home shows how to save time, money, and energy. It takes the cluttered and distressed through the first steps in decluttering and gives common sorting strategies that work.

The chapters include:

  • Clutter, Clutter Everywhere -- The psychology of clutter; common sources of clutter; clutterer personality types.
  • Household Clutter -- Eliminate clutter and improve organization room by room throughout the entire home.

Each room feature includes numerous topics and tips, such as:

  • How to use the dining room for other purposes without adding clutter; Creating a laundry system; Why making the bed every day is important; Creating "capsules" of clothing.
  • Digital Clutter -- Manage multiple devices, cord and cable clutter, organize electronic files and digital photos.
  • Calendar Clutter -- Time management strategies for the entire family, overcoming procrastination, knowing how and why to say no.
  • Maintenance -- Keep a newly organized life clutter-free.


Geralin Thomas specializes in home and home-office organizing. She's a public speaker and an instructor to professional organizers. For six seasons, she organized America's most cluttered homes on A and E's TV series, Hoarders. Her website receives around 10,000 unique visitors per month.


About this book

In recent times, reality TV shows highlighting hoarding tendencies have raised awareness about keeping too much stuff. As a result, decluttering and organizing are now trendy topics. You're with the in-crowd if you've started buying experiences in lieu of material gifts. The travel and hospitality industries are experiencing a boom in business from those who have grown weary of buying more "stuff" to "stuff" in their already "stuffed" homes, and who have cleaned up their calendars to make room for fun. Homeowners are still spending money, but instead of buying knickknacks and whatnots, they're choosing theater tickets, spa treatments and amusement-park passes.

People are eager to learn how to live with less, practice minimalism and enjoy a less stressful lifestyle. How to declutter and de-stress is the new hot topic that can be brought up in any conversation. It's as if decluttering is a sport, and everyone, regardless of age, income or gender, is welcome to play along and beat clutter.

This book is a culmination of the best ideas I've learned about decluttering and organizing as both an on- and off-camera organizing expert. My goal in writing this book is to teach you how to transform your casa de C.H.A.O.S (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) into casa de calm. I want to replace confusion with confidence. Life is better when we live in a well-ordered home that suits our lifestyle and expresses our personality. We are content when we create a hospitable habitat, one where we treasure our time spent.

With each chapter you'll find advice to help you decide what you can live with as well as what you can live without. Together, we'll create a house that looks attractive and feels inviting and comfortable, keeping only the items and activities that reflect you and what's most meaningful to you. The process of getting organized becomes much more pleasurable when it's viewed as an opportunity to let go of things, respecting who you are now, where you've been and where you want to be.

This book is filled with trade secrets, resources, tips, tools, tactics, techniques and organization revelations.



    Welcome to my world
    About this book

    01 Clutter, clutter everywhere

      Psychology of clutter
      The benefits of decluttering
      Personality types
      The first steps

    02 Household clutter

      Living room
      Dining spaces
      Laundry room
      Kids' spaces
      Master bedroom
      Home office
      Storage spaces
      Linen closet
      Craft/hobby space
      Packing for vacation

    03 Digital clutter

      Electronic files
      Digital photographs
      Digital decluttering

    04 Calendar clutter

      Saying "no"
      Embrace routines
      Family meetings
      The household calendar
      The administration station
      Overcoming procrastination

    05 Maintenance

      Staying motivated
      Creating new habits
      Tiny tasks
      Involving the whole family
      How to cope if you backslide
      Making checklists

    06 Checklists and planners

      100 things to throw out
      Household tasks
      30 tiny tasks
      Wardrobe organizer
      Weekly meal planner
      The week's chores
      Reward board
      Filing system
      Packing lists

    Useful addresses
    Index and credits

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