I very much enjoyed this, and think the basics seem pretty smart:
You need to declutter your whole home all at once (although the author gives you sixI very much enjoyed this, and think the basics seem pretty smart:
You need to declutter your whole home all at once (although the author gives you six months to do so), before you can organize anything properly, since otherwise you don't know how much stuff you need to organize.
You declutter by grouping all like items and handling them all, not by doing a room at a time.
Also, you keep items based on the joy that they give you, rather than any sense of emotional obligation. It would seem a fairly liberating approach, since you can face the emotions of guilt or indecision but also, given her advice, move past those emotions and thank the item for the purpose it has served, but move on. This was not a new concept to me (I don't know where I read of it first), but it seems to me the only way to organize.
Some of the details are strategies I already use and know to be correct, too. For instance, storing things vertically definitely makes retrieving items easier and allows one to fit more in a drawer.
Of course, there are definitely quirks to the book. The imbuing of objects and homes with personalities (not explained until the end of the book) is certainly strange to this Western gal's eyes, although not unfamiliar given my interest in Japanese culture.
Additionally, I wish the book could have addressed more about how to deal with decluttering in a family. The author essentially says to declutter your own stuff, and then you'll just deal with the rest of your family, but that's not how most households work.
Finally, there's such an emphasis on getting things out of the home, but I wish there was more discussion on how to donate or sell belongings.
Ultimately, this was a fun quick weekend read, and something I definitely want to try, but I'm certainly not taking every method without a grain of salt....more
This book, as part of a series of short apologetic texts, is an interesting discussion (and refutation) of many claims that have been made about JesusThis book, as part of a series of short apologetic texts, is an interesting discussion (and refutation) of many claims that have been made about Jesus over time. Sproul is delightfully subtle while maintaining clarity in his refutations, pointing towards a Jesus thoroughly derived from the Bible, and nowhere else. I feel that the title is misleading, however. A non-Christian wanting a basic background of Jesus will not get one, and I don't feel that the arguments are so overwhelmingly good that they will convince a non-Christian, although they provide a neat framework and food for thought for Christians....more
I loved the subject matter of this book, at least the subject seemed like it would be in my mind. I would love to hear thoughts of the Amish on many aI loved the subject matter of this book, at least the subject seemed like it would be in my mind. I would love to hear thoughts of the Amish on many and the way we treat it in our culture. That is what I felt was the strong point of this book: the interviews with many Amish, which are unfortunately brief and dicey.
Instead, apart from those interviews, this book was a popcorn-light read, with "ideas" (all of which were incredibly obvious to me, admittedly someone incredibly interested in frugality and saving) for surviving a recession. These include buying secondhand, bartering, etc.
And that is why this book falls flat. In her attempts to adapt Amish wisdom to "modern living," she removes the core of what holds that wisdom together. Repeatedly the author says, "oh, you and I would never do x like the Amish." Instead, it becomes ways to briefly cut back in time for a recession, and then go on to spending like crazy afterward. I felt this did a disservice to those she interviewed and the subject matter as a whole....more