3 books on decluttering
With the new year come heartfelt resolutions to improve our lives over the next 12 months. Well, why not declutter? It’s trendy — and it’s even become its own industry, with scores of experts to help you tackle those packed closets and sagging shelves. Here are books by three of them:
1 LIVE MORE, WANT LESS: 52Ways to Find Order in Your Life, by Mary Carlomagno (Storey, $12.95).
Divided into 52 chapters (one for each week of the year), this beautifully designed volume is a guide to what the author terms “blank slating,” a way to rid your life of all the inessentials and get organized. Chapters address issues from parenting to clothing to emotional attachments, and offer daily practices readers can use to keep the momentum going.
2 THE 100 THING CHALLENGE: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, by Dave Bruno (Harper, $13.99).
In his introduction, Bruno admits to having what many would consider the perfect life: an adoring family, a gorgeous Southern California home and the money to acquire any luxury he wants. But he became disillusioned with acquisition and decided in 2008 to whittle down his personal possessions to a mere 100. Bruno chronicles his journey with constructive advice and helpful anecdotes.
3 LIGHTEN UP: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be HappierWith Less, by Peter Walsh (Free Press, $26).
This stylish Australian may be the most recognizable of the organization gurus, having rocketed to celebrity on the TLC program “Clean Sweep,” penned several best-selling self-help titles and been anointed as an essential go-to guy by Oprah. And he has a new program airing on OWN, Winfrey’s justdebuted television network. But the truth is, he’s worth the fuss, and in his latest book, he confronts head-on the chaos the recent financial crisis has unleashed on individuals and families across the country. His advice is to embrace the opportunities offered by budget-tightening to prioritize your life, simplify your finances and focus on what is truly important: who you are rather than what you own.