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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  144 reviews

If you’ve ever wished you could clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life, Kathi Lipp’s new book has just the solutions you need. Building off the success of her The Get Yourself Organized Project, this book will provide even more ideas for getting your life and your stuff under control.

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Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Harvest House Publishers
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I read housekeeping books when I'm stressed. I'm not entirely sure why. I think I like self-appointed homemaking experts to boss me around and then I just like to ignore everything they say because I know better than them. Perhaps they just make me feel more strong and capable about my own homemaking. Perhaps it is some deep-rooted mother/daughter relationship thing. Who knows. I got this housekeeping book because I loved that velvet purple couch on the white background for the cover. That is ...more
Holly McIntyre
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading books (and later, blogs) on simplicity, downsizing, and decluttering since the early 1980s, even though I know they all really say the same thing -- if you (you, modern Western person) want a simpler life, then get rid of a whole bunch of stuff; the care and feeding of unnecessary stuff eats up our time, money, and energy. Time and again I read the same tips about three boxes, or getting rid of a certain number of things, or "keep only what you know to be useful or believe to ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simplify
At one point in this book Kathi Lipp looks at the remote controls and asks herself if they are or are not clutter before deciding to put them in the end table drawer. This is my people. My attitude is that everything is clutter unless it can prove itself otherwise. You are not innocent until proven guilty in my house if you are stuff, and Kathi Lipp seems to share my mind frame. She gives us a list of 50 things to throw out RIGHT NOW and it's a great list. Not everything in this book applies to ...more
Kelly Winters
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This book did not necessarily contain any mind blowing insights about dealing with clutter, but I really enjoyed how the author organized it. I went into it expecting just to get a few tips and tricks, but before she even talked about details like that she discussed the why and how of clutter. Like why do we continue to buy things we don't need? or Why is it hard for us to give up clutter items? I really liked how she talked about this first, because even if you get motivated to do spring ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2014
Best tip- own less stuff! This is a book I need to study closely! When your house is clutter free you have more time for everything else. Another way to ease you into a clutter free mind is to imagine packing it all up to move house.
Another is to consider the time element of buying things- how long it took you to earn that money, time spent shopping, time spent hunting for it when you need it etc. Every item that comes into the house costs you time and space.

I'll be rereading this and trying to
Anne White
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the worst time to read a decluttering book is the middle of December, and the worst place to do it is in your living room or wherever you put the majority of your Christmas decorations. Christmas, even if we don't buy lots of Stuff, is still, often, about Stuff. For our family, Stuff is the vintage collectibles that are part of our daily life, and the extra helping of them that we bring out at the holidays. Stuff is the extra Crockpot that we picked up at a yard sale in the summer, that ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall, I'd say this book is a worthwhile read for anyone who struggles to deal with clutter in his/her home. After reading the book, I'd say that I don't struggle with clutter as much as the author does/did, but I have areas of my life where clutter tends to build up and I think this book was helpful.

Here's why this book works:
- offers simple, practical steps that you can implement the moment you put down the book
- gives suggestions for dealing with the clutter you have AND reducing the amount
Chris Torretta
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
So! Whew... this was amazing and horrible all at the same time! 21 days came and went and I still have a few areas which are just a MESS! I have been able to teach my hubby a bit more about clutter though and he has been such a great sport this entire time! The guy went from being a hoarder (borderline obsessive) to helping me clean out stuff we just do not need! AND throwing out computer parts that are now worthless! Amazing!

The book itself is very easy to follow and ready through. Kathi Lipp
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-launch
Join Kathi on a journey through WHY we allow Clutter to enter our homes. Learn WHAT constitutes clutter. Then find out HOW to deal with the mess.

Do not expect the usually slew of do this, do that recommendations found in other clutter or organizing books. Kathi approaches this topic as a trusted friend who shares openly about her own struggles and those of others she knows. With so many different reasons for clutter and the types of clutter that form Kathi has provide a guideline that will fit
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great practical advice and strategies for living a life clutter free. Or at least working towards that. Author has personal experience with this struggle. That carries a lot with me.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
There are some real useful tips in here. Nothing groundbreaking, but definitely a good guide to organizing & consuming less.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clutter Free is a must read for anyone who has ever battled the dreaded clutter monster. In her book The Get Yourself Organized project Kathi details the nitty gritty of what to do with all the stuff in our house, but this book deals with so much more. Before addressing all the stuff we have, Kathi addresses the How and the Why of our clutter. Finally understanding why we buy things and how those thing become clutter has been very freeing. She defines clutter as " anything that hasn't earned the ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this candid, practical guide to eliminating clutter, though this how-to handbook sometimes hit a bit closer to home than I'd like (this from a self-proclaimed "collector of things"). Lipp certainly is not afraid to touch all the necessary nerves. At the same time, she offers some realistic steps to not only simplify your space, but ways to be mindful of habits that contribute to further clutter. Her advice is always informative and insightful.

I was finishing this book during a car trip,
Sheila Gregoire
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

It's less of a "here's how to get rid of your clutter" book and instead a "here's how to diagnose and solve your clutter problem."

Most of us don't need a system to get rid of clutter--there are enough of those. We need to understand why we collect so much stuff in the first place--and we need to give ourselves permission to get rid of it.

My favourite quotes: "At its heart, clutter is a lack of peace." And "if every possession is special, then nothing is."

So true! I went on a
Mary Holle
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book to both read and listen to! Kathy Lipp is so compassionate and understanding regarding the battle with stuff! I found myself laughing and nodding as I read.... and then pondering her words, as I went about my days. I highly recommend this book!
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2014
A well written and practical guide to eliminating clutter. I'll definitely be rereading it.

*This arc was kindly provided by Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated the author's perspective. I've read more than a handful of decluttering/minimalism books now and she's the only one that has gotten deep into the psychological aspect of why we hold on to things. Needless to say, there were a lot of "ah-ha" moments. So much so that I can look past her religious spin on a lot of things.

"...unless you deal with the heart and the head issues behind your clutter, you will not be prepared to make the hard decisions to get yourself out of the
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic ARC of this book as part of the book launch team. I chose to be on this book launch because as a Teacher with multiple jobs, clutter is a huge part of my life. Starting a new year, I figured this would be a good book to read for some tips! As I said, I'm a teacher, and since I'm on Christmas Break, I read this whole book in a few hours in pretty much one sitting. What I loved most about this book is that Kathi breaks everything down into steps that are DOABLE!!! She also ...more
Neva Williams
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book by accident - needed an audiobook quick, to listen to while mowing. When I was searching in the "available now" section of my library, I saw this book and I was in a hurry to get on the lawnmower and just grabbed it, because who doesn't love to read about eliminating clutter??!! I have read several books on this subject, because when you are reading about fixing a problem, you don't have to feel bad about not actively fixing the problem! Research is important, right??

Lauren Williams
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kathi Lipp has amazing instincts about the emotional issues surrounding people’s efforts to get organized. She is extremely sympathetic, and her Christian viewpoint might be particularly comforting and empowering to women of faith. And she’s just plain sensible: her ideas are easy to understand, and gentle to try to implement. But she isn’t, to the best of my knowledge, a Professional Organizer, and so she doesn’t go far enough in her counsel. Ms. Lipp’s ideas aren’t easily adapted to “ ...more
Sarah Lu
There are some tips that I will definitely use and some that are just plain laughable to me.

Admittedly, the author and I are in very different places in our lives (her having adult children, down-sizing for semi-retirement, and moving out her adult children's things while having what seems to be an upper-middle class budget/incone to support her shopping habits. As I am currently engaged, lower middle-class, no children, and don't really have anything to spend on shopping except for the things I
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read minimalism and decluttering books for years and I've finally found my guru! Kathi Lipp doesn't want you to talk to your socks and clap at your books. She doesn't expect you to live contentedly with only a saucepan and a toothbrush. She has common sense and humor on her side.

I ended up reading this book because I got an advance copy of her new book, The Clutter-Free Home through Netgalley. Just a few pages in I had to get on Instagram, track her down, and tell her how much I loved it.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this one to be a quick read due to Kathi Lipp's engaging, funny, conversational writing style. My husband and I got the chance to meet the author at a convention earlier this year and attend a couple of her workshops. The workshops were wonderful and I found the material that Kathi covered very apropos to my life. I didn't find everything in this book to be applicable to my life and my decluttering/organizing needs, but there were a lot of great tips and food for thought, nonetheless. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This took me forever to finish because everything Kathi wrote was so true and I didn’t want to face it. Clutter has taken over my life. I saw a video of Kathi discussing clutter through my MOPS group and it hit me so hard. This explained why I was having such a hard time in my clutter filled, messy house. It helped me understand why I bought so many things I didn’t need. I am eager to start my own 2000 things challenge and can’t wait to live clutter free. Highly recommend her podcast for more ...more
PVLD Reads
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfic
A self help book that doesn't feel like a self help book. She helps me look at the clutter problem with a sense of humor while actually giving practical, do-able tips and guidelines that have inspired me to start actions to conquer my clutter.

Reviewed by PVLD Staff
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Clutter Free was oddly... cluttered. I felt like the author went on several tangents and tried to make points that weren't applicable to me. Also, her "sorry-not-sorry" approach to spiritual messages was odd. Almost every book and video about minimalism seems to have a spiritual message, I don't know why the author got her feathers rumpled over it-- note for other authors: if you're going to have religion in your book, be loud and proud about it! If you start apologizing, it just gets awkward.
Rita L. Claar
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Practical, doable advice

After having helped my mother in law downsize, I found myself considering how I could live with less stuff. But, how to start? This book was an easy read, and filled with very practical advice on decluttering. All the reasons that I have for not getting rid of things I don't love are addressed by Kathi in this book. It doesn't matter if I paid a lot for something that I don't use - I can totally help someone else by donating it. I recommend this to anyone who wants to
Angie Vallejo
This is a good book for the "beginning declutterer!" While many books on organization tell you what to do and how to do it, Kathi takes a completely different approach. She spends time explaining why we often collect things and create clutter and then what is necessary to change before our decluttering will be successful. While she gives examples of how she approaches clutter, she also takes into account that everyone has different personalities and will have to make changes in different ways. ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m pretty organized but I guess it also means I have quite a handful of things to organize. I realized this when I moved out of my mother’s house to my husband’s house, and when I moved abroad where I had to bring only 2 pieces of luggage and leave everything else behind (!!!).

The author gives practical advice and honestly, she had me thinking about my own tendencies to buy/keep things “just in case”.

Bottom line: it’s easiest to rein things at point of sale rather than at home. So think really
Caro Anderson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clutter books usually either tell you how to get rid of stuff or ask the deeper question about why you have clutter. This is mostly the latter, so it makes one think aboutstuff. This is both good and bad. It's good to think through decluttering before doing it. But, it's completely possible to think it through and never do.

This author's perspective is a little different in that it's a Christian clutter book. Brave! And, she stands proudly by her views.

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Kathi loves giving real help and how-tos to move people forward in every area of their lives. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live with meaning.

Kathi Lipp is the Publisher Weekly bestselling author of 17 books including Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, and Overwhelmed.

She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast,
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“At its heart, clutter is a lack of peace.” 7 likes
“When every possession is special, none of them are.” 3 likes
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