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5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space

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A professional organizer and a time-management expert team up to create a plan to de-clutter your home in five days.
ebook, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Rose
Initial reaction: I'll admit I personally did not care for this read very much. While I certainly don't mind reading religiously themed works, I honestly thought this would be more of an organization/productivity guide, and it meandered more than not. I think there are far better guides on this particular subject matter than this. For a "clutter-free" guide, this felt aptly cluttered.

Full review:

I don't think I've been as disappointed with a lifestyle change/organizational book as this one, in q...more
Laura
Title: 5 DAYS TO A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE
Author: Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims
Publisher: Revell
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2107-7
Genre: Self-Help

A clean, organized, and restful home is only 5 days away.

If you've picked up this book, you want to reduce the clutter in your home, organize what's left, and keep it that way. But does the sheer scope of the project give you an anxiety attack? Don't let fear stop you! Organizing and time management experts Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims show you how, with...more
Allison Mudge
I have always been big on being organized and neat; and I am always looking for new strategies to keep up with my busy life.
I requested this book, and it took me less than a day to read, so it is a quick read.
I am not a fan of this book.
First off, I am not religious in the traditional sense, so all of the bible verses and talking about God was kind of not my thing, and that is what this book is filled with.
This book really seems geared to people who have hardcore clutter (as in things piled f...more
Sharon Chance
Authors Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims present some interesting strategies for getting unwanted clutter under control in this book. Although it is aimed at those who are overwhelmed by massive amounts of junk and trash in their homes, there are still some ideas that can be used by anyone wanting to become better organized. I really liked their five-day plan system and can see where it can work very easily.

I also enjoyed the tidbits that the authors include from people who have used their system a...more
Aussie bookworm
this book is helpful to hoarders that want to enlist help of family and friends, since my cleanliness and clutter is not that severe this book was not helpful to me, as well as I like to keep my private stuff private and not invite everyone to go through my stuff the thought is mortifying. I have nothing against this book and believe that it could be a great resource for people that are truly at crisis point. But not for me.
Tracey
I like the Idea of the book, a clutter free home, I have a generally clean house but I do have clutter corners and some cupboards you don't want to open!!!

This book has some good ideas, some seem over the top and time consuming. The is a small survey to complete about your home which I found useful. I haven't had time to put this into action yet but will do.


**i received this book via netgalley for an honest review**
Mason
Always looking for ways to be more organized, I was eager to explore 5 DAYS TO A CLUTTER FREE HOUSE: QUICK, EASY WAYS TO CLEAR UP YOUR SPACE by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims.

These authors have come up with a unique way of getting organized and clearing the clutter from your home. Their plan involves 5 days and a number of helpful friends and/or family members.

Their plan is called the ‘Mount Rushmore’ method. The ‘rush’ comes from the home being organized in only 5 days and the ‘more’ gives advic...more
Kate
This book utilizes common sense tactics and a detailed plan of maintaining a clutter free home using a team approach by hiring or rounding up others to tackle difficult areas of the home. Reminds me of tv shows like Hoarders. Included are chapters and discussions ie: do's and don'ts, make it like a game, what you will need, how to have the right attitude for decluttering, the different types of clutter such as emotionally based and many others. Also included are personal success stories.

5 Days...more
Sara
This book caught my eye when it came up for review because I like to try new and innovative ideas when it comes to getting rid of clutter in my home. Our house is not even close to being the next home featured on Hoarders, but, admittedly, my husband and I could both use some motivation to clear some of the clutter (especially our basement storage room and our garage – yikes.)

What I was not prepared for was the team-based approach that this book takes to clearing the clutter. This phrase (“team-...more
Loren
If there has EVER been a book that will Help you, Inspire you, Encourage you, and mostly Understand YOU, THIS IS THAT BOOK!

Authors Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims have such a wonderful way of making organizing completely doable! Not only do they have an excellent 5 days to a clutter free home system, but they also share in the second half of the book, how to make sure it stays this way! If you are like me, I can get the clutter GONE, but it is the staying gone that seems to trouble me! So this 2n...more
Amy
The 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space provides a unique system for organizing your house in five days. There are many published organizing books however this book offers a different approach to getting organized and clearing clutter. The authors Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims recommend assembling a team of friends and family to help systematically organize the clutter in your home. The authors are sensitive to the emotions involved in sorting through clutter...more
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

While most of us aren't hoarders we can all benefit from assessing and reducing the clutter in our homes--and then organizing what's left. Many things stop us from succeeding: the sheer scope of the project, the tendency to lose momentum if the job takes too long, and the fact that we're always acquiring new clutter. But what if it really took only a week to de-clutter the whole house, and then you even had the weekend to relax and enjoy your new clutter-free space? Could it reall...more
Robbie
Mar 26, 2013 Robbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with clutter, organization challenges
5 Days to a Clutter Free House by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims is not your typical de-cluttering book.
The book is divided into two sections. Section one deals primarily with the way to de-clutter, whereas section two deals with how to develop habits to keep your home clutter free.
Section one is brimful of incisive de-cluttering tips. For example the authors urge us to divide room cleaning into stages, using the body as our guide - feet to knees, knees to shoulders and shoulders up. As I read se...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House
Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space

by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims

Do you struggle against a swelling tide of clutter? Well, 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House is here to help you. When we struggle with clutter it is because we have such a strong attachment to our stuff whether for sentimental reasons or because of some possible future need. But we need to overcome these tendencies that are motivated by fear of making the wrong decision.

We need to take steps to brea...more
Diana Montgomery
5 Days to a clutter-Free House
I think I’m one of the people I get emotionally attached to things that have meaning to me. It is very hard for me to get rid of things I’m sentimental about. I don’t really have a lot of storage space so I know I can’t keep everything. The book talks of having people coming in and helping you go through things get about six box’s and labeling them. Make sure one is trash. Have people you know will work and you can trust. I think it would drive me crazy. But a good...more
Renae Sattazahn
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House presents a practical approach to home organization. The authors break down the process into reasonable steps and encourage teamwork. They have managed to present it in a way that is not intimidating.
With the recent popularity of the television show "Hoarders" many of us have felt the pressure to organize our homes more effectively. This book addresses the "how" in organizing.
I loved the book and found it very helpful. The approach was agreeable, and I do plan to...more
Shawna
This book was written to help you declutter your home in five days. The book outlines stages to achieve your ultimate goal as well as the methods to go about organizing while you are decluttering it. Utilizing teams and an organizing method utilizing boxes to neutralize the items to the correct room, they also give examples of each situation that developed. They go into detail about how to get rid of those boxes once you created them. Lastly, the book tells how to “manage” yourself. This is the...more
Kathleen E.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton ~the organized lady~ and Marsha Sims ~sort-it-out, inc.~ ©2013

ISBN 9780800721077
Paperback; 224 pages
Publication Date: February 2013
Would you like a professional organizer and a time-management expert to come to your home?
Well, you've come to the right place. That is ~ they are lending you their plan for keeps in quick and easy ways to clear up your space. Look around your computer...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Get rid of my clutter in 5 days? Sign me up! Sounds too good to be true right? That’s what I thought when I first received 5 Days to a Cutter-Free House. I absolutely had to find out if it was possible! Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims teamed up to combine their skills and share the knowledge!

First of all, the author’s really prepare you for what you are going to do before diving right in. There are certain things you have to do to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Some of us have a hard t...more
Susan
As a recovering clutterer I have tried many fixes and fads to cure me of it. Some work for a season but never stick. I was very skeptical and went into reading it with the knowledge it might be another “quick fix” and not a solution. These two women KNOW what they are talking about. They tried and proved that this method WORKS!
After only a few pages of them explaining fully, even for those who need it spelled out, I was off and running to do what they said! It is a wonderful idea that totally ma...more
Julie Barrett
5 days to a clutter free house by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims
I agreed to read this book and post my review in exchange for getting a copy of the book.
At first I thought why would I want to read this: I don't want a perfect house. I do have some things lying around, my house is lived in. Till we had frozen pipes and didn't learn of the leaks til weeks later one Friday night in the cold and we couldn't find 'dope' tape for the pipes.
It's dark and cold out so to the store and I stayed home and tu...more
Margaret
Feb 09, 2013 Margaret marked it as expected-review-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
Guest review from my SisterL (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23...):

The title of Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims new book, 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House, is enough to give one pause at first, and I will freely admit I doubted any plan's success with clutter in just five days. However, upon reading the book I now understand the plan and am impressed that they do offer a solution that could make a big difference in less than a week. My clutter may not be to the extent that I need their full p...more
Ella
Not a very practical plan. If you need your house "clean-looking" but not actually organized or clean, fine, but if you want to actually find a system of organization and calm, this book is NOT the one. It's also chock-full of bible verses, which I found just plain weird and distracting. Putting your mess into boxes is NOT organization (I know -- I tried it once b/c another book told me to.) What you end up with (I know, b/c I still have some) are boxes full of papers and old bills and adverts a...more
Shannon
Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
The book had some great ideas: having five friends come and help, each day for five days, fill boxes from the room and then leave for you to sort later. So basically you box the stuff. I used to bag it as a kid.

Personally, I could not have someone come in and touch all my stuff, even to box them, but then again my house is no longer full of clutter. What I do need is tips and ideas on how to keep it clean vs. cleaning one day, creating later that day or next and ha...more
Veronica
If you are a messie and want a push to get your house organized, then this is the book for you! The authors are both professional organizers and created a system where you invite a group of people to help you do a thorough clearing out of clutter in 5 days. You can also do it by yourself but it will probably take longer. It goes into labeled boxes and you go through these boxes later to sort what to keep and what goes. The second part of the book has tips and insight for maintaining the order yo...more
Margie Young
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
This is a good book to read and will help you with your clutter.
Have five friends or family members come and help each day for five days, starting at floor level the first day with boxes labled with different rooms for the articles to go back to the room where they belong, along with a giveawy box and a trash box. The box labeled "trash" has to be gone through by the owner, nothing gets thrown away by anyone else.Each day tackling...more
Mandi Ehman
Although I’m a pretty organized and clutter-free person, I love to read books on these topics, not only so I can recommend them to other people but also because there is always something new to learn! I enjoyed Sandra and Marsha’s enthusiasm and thoroughness as they lay out a plan to get your home clutter free, but the idea of assembling a team of people to help you declutter your home over five days feels a little bit unrealistic and gimmicky to me. I’m also not a huge fan of books filled with...more
Julie
This book had several great ideas for getting your home clutter free. I liked the idea of not only starting in certain rooms, but starting in certain areas, such as from the knee down. There are tips to help hoarders and people with just a little clutter. It addressed health issues caused from too much cluttering, tips for storing and making more space, and filing. The book even addressed how to handle family members or roommates who are reluctant to help or declutter. I even joyed the part on d...more
Elizabeth Grieve
Hmmm ... didn't find this particularly useful, and the formatting was not good (read via Kindle for Android). I really didn't like the use of so many Bible quotations. Perhaps it should be renamed to reflect this.

Reviewed a preview Kindle copy.
Michelle
5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
Everybody needs beauty, clutter is ugly but clean and clutter free is inspiring. The author shows you in 5 days how to pack up everything, in neat containers get the house clutter free and then deal with the mess later. Their approach is a way to bring order to house relatively fast then shows you how to deal with the excess and organize it. They walk you through a 5 day plan that is done as a team effort. Then show you how to dev...more
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