Each of us at Simplify Experts recently read Peter Walsh’s book, It’s All Too Much, as a part of our continuing professional development. We had a great discussion of our favorite strategies, techniques and tips from this book at a recent staff meeting. We would definitely recommend this book to anyone who feels overwhelmed by their home. It would serve as a wonderful primer whether you decide to tackle your home alone or with one of us. Following are a few of our favorite’s which may help you take the plunge and transform your home.
- “We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time.” (P. 101) There should be nothing in your closet that doesn’t fit you now and that you don’t love. Don’t keep things that are outdated or worn out just because they were expensive. Go through every category of clothes (T-shirts, pants, shoes) and give away one for every three that you keep.
- “Separate the memory from the person.” (P. 135) When it comes to sentimental items, items that were given to us by family or friends, or something that evokes a strong memory, it is helpful to follow this tip: Celebrate the memory associated with the item. Take a photo of the item or save a small clipping of a fabric. Make a video showcasing the items, and then let the clutter inducing items go.
- “Kitchens attract a ton of useless but seemingly “must-have” gadgets and gizmo’s.” (P. 161) A great trick to figure what you actually use in the kitchen is the cardboard box test. Empty all your utensils into a cardboard box. If you use an item, place it back in the drawer, and anything that is left over at the end of the month is NOT needed. This same idea can be used for bigger items such as appliances. Fondue anyone?
This list could go and on. It’s All Too Much is a wonderful book to get inspired, tackle your home’s problem areas and transform your life. We are here to support you in that process.