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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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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.

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I don't think I've been as disappointed with a lifestyle change/organizational book as this one, in q
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allison Mudge
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I think this book is intended for people who have a really serious clutter problem--like on the verge of hoarding. I don't really agree with the strategy given, but I guess it would work if you do have a serious problem. The basic strategy taught for how to manage clearing clutter is to literally pick up everything off your floors and put it all in boxes. Then clear off all your horizontal spaces (table tops, bookshelves, counters, etc.) and put all that stuff that doesn't belong there in boxes. ...more
Tempest Devyne
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Blimey where was the warning in the blurb that this was a religious organising book? Deary me. It seriously asked in the context of having a tidy house "what would Jesus do?" Erm, I'm sure Jesus would more concerned with people's souls or did I miss the chapter on Jesus the House De-Clutterer? The book totally lost me at "Deep down you know - or maybe you feel - that God wants you to walk a victorious spiritual path that is being hindered because you haven't gotten your oh-so-earthly act togethe ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Sharon Chance
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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**
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some useful points and strategies for decluttering; as with all these types of books it is a case of selecting the ideas which you can utilise in your life and ignoring the rest. Rather surprised by the religious references throughout the book, completely unnecessary for the subject matter. This book could have been shortened, it was a little repetitive.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Their method of decluttering is -- get a bunch of boxes, sort, stick boxes somewhere and eventually go through them. And it is even better if you get a "team" of people to help you.

Then there is religious (God) stuff thrown in every once in awhile.


Kathleen E.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Margaret Chind
Feb 08, 2013 marked it as expected-review-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
Guest review from my SisterL (

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 pla
Brigid Keely
"5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space," by Sandra Felton and Marsha Simms, is a mixed bag when it comes to de-cluttering books.

On the one hand, the book addresses Hoarders-esque dangerous living spaces. Most de-cluttering books and articles I've read don't touch on that sort of problem, and there's a lot of shame involved in living like that. Felton and Simms manage to be non-judgemental and have clear instructions for people assisting cleaning up hoarding situ
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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-
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Julie Barrett
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Renae Sattazahn
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't particularly agree with the methodology for myself, I gave this book 4 stars because the awesome in-depth explanations were so incredibly eye-opening and accurate. I found it direct but yet compassionate. It is clear that a great deal of psychological research was involved in order to write this book. The quotes and anecdotes that were strategically placed throughout the book were "spot on" appropriate. Some were thought provoking and some were humorous. And the few scattered spir ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Diana Montgomery
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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