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Year of No Clutter

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "Hell Room," she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks (first published March 1st 2017)
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Year of No Clutter is a story of one women's journey to clean up her hoarding habits. It's gotten to the point where her life is literally cluttered with clutter.

I felt like I could relate to her in certain ways. It's so easy to be in her position when you're not able to let go of material things. Little did I know, some individuals get bad enough that medication is necessary. It's a branch of OCD.

"Who knew? The United States is… hoarding hoarders."

Do books count? Yikes!

I found the book to be
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

In a way, Year of No Clutter is a book about nothing of great significance. The author has a large room in her house that she refers to as the "Hell Room" that had become the depository stuff of all sorts – symbolizing her inability to get rid of anything.  She spends a year decluttering the room, while analyzing why she has so much trouble getting rid of things. In today’s world, it’s hard to figure out why such a book matters, but it nevertheless resonated for me…

My husband and I bought an old
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Author Eve O. Schaub lives in a home that wouldn't win any Martha Stewart awards, but that isn't exactly messy, either. Or at least, that's what the casual observer would think. But Schaub's home hides a nasty secret than infects many American households-- the secret junk room. The largest room of her home, clocking in at over 500 square feet is packed to the gills with things. Including a dead mouse. For reasons. But Schaub is determined to change her pack rat ways and declares a year of no clu ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction, arc
That was so great to read, unexpectedly so because I don't remember why I requested it. But Eve Schaub is witty and honest and has a great way of describing her life.

Eve Schaub has a problem with clutter, as in she has too much of it; although it is mostly confined to what she calls her hell room, she still decides to try and declutter after she realizes how the clutter is slowly overtaking her life. Her whole family has hoarding tendencies and she really does not want to end up like the hoarder
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eve Schaub has a secret room that no one outside of the family is aware of. Always firmly glued shut. Most people, if stumbled upon the room would surely gasp in horror. What does this room contain you may wonder? Dead bodies (well, mostly not), gruesome monstrosities? Well perhaps only to Marie Kondo (famed organizational expert). You see Eve's aptly named “Hell Room” is packed to the brim with clutter.

“So it goes with my roomful of belongings: most of the objects in there have at one point
Louise Wilson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Eve is a hoarder. She keeps everything that has meant something in her life. She is not as bad as the people we see on the tv programmes whose rooms are all full of clutter, who have to climb over things to move around in their homes. Eve's clutter is mostly in the largest room that they now call the hell room.

I found this an interesting insight into hoarding. How the author dealt with how she decided what to keep throw away and send to charity. There was also some humour to this book.

I would li
(3.5) Schaub is like Gretchen Rubin with a sense of humor. Although the two books are similar in scope and tone, this is more successful than her debut, Year of No Sugar. Here Schaub faces the possibility that she has inherited a family tendency for hoarding and tackles her house’s clutter-filled “Hell Room.” From one February to the next she enlisted her daughters’ help sorting things into piles and came up with a regular route of consignment shops, thrift stores, and libraries where she could ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Year of No Clutter by Eve O. Schaub
Eve O. Schaub is a serial memoirist who wrote in 2014, Year Without Sugar in which her family didn't eat any added sugar. Then on New Year's day ate a reeses peanut butter cup. The author writes about cleaning the largest room upstairs called the Hell room that always has the door closed because she is embarassed. The room is filled to capacity with no pathways or carpet showing. She writes about a dead mouse in a box that she saved because she wrote a story ab
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: simplify
I think Eve O. Schaub is a good writer. She's witty. Her jokey tone really works. So I'm sorry to give this book only 2 stars. I thought it was going to be so much more. But it is essentially Schaub giving you a play-by-play of every item she takes out of her large, hoarded room and what it either means to her or to hoarding in general. I am not a hoarder. I am the anti-hoarder. I am so anti-hoarder that I enjoy reading books about minimizing your already very pared-down home and life. I delight ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
I can really relate to much of this. This is a woman's story of how she wanted to let go of some of her clutter. I have plenty of it myself. Unfortunately. My spouse would really like for me to release a lot of it. I've bought about 4 books..paid good money for...on how to declutter. None really helped.

I liked this one tho. And its funny and inspiring. It helped me "let go" of a box of CD cases - yep, the ones that the CDs used to be in that still have the jackets. I long ago either purchased th
To clarify: this is a memoir about the author's struggles with a low-key hoarding disorder, not a clearly delineated year-long challenge like her previous book Year of No Sugar. Schaub was diagnosed with OCD and the mental health aspects she discussed are very important and illuminating. Not all hoarding is as sensational as what appears on TV, and Schaub explores how surprisingly common such tendencies really are. I also recommend The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belong ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intriguing. On a spectrum from uncomfortable to disturbing. Well written. I’m inclined to say courageous.

Much of the last third had me squirming, thinking I knew where this was going to go and being aggravated in advance. But this turned out to be an interesting, somewhat enlightening memoir that has stayed with me.
Arlena Dean
Title: Year Of No Clutter
Author: Eve O. Schaub
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Year Of No Clutter" by Eve O. Schaub

My Thoughts...

This is a true story of how Eve who had one horrible secret and that was that she was a collector of things which turned out to being a hoarder [collector vs hoarder]. What may be a surprise to many but this is so true of a lot of us that just start out collecting things as we will see from Eve's standpoint that she had over 500 square
Emma Sea
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
very entertaining. Schaub's prose just flows, so it was a pleasure to read. Even though I totally want to get into her house with garbage bags and gloves and just throw it all away. A good book to read before I start to clean up and decide what I want to keep and what I can happily live without.

P.S. Her kids sound fantastic. She's clearly a great mom.
I started reading Year of No Clutter on a weekend when I had time to relax and start a new book. In the first 24 hours, I...

*Read the first chapter
*Put the book down
*Went to the boxes of photos and mementos I brought back from my dad's house and organized them by type, labeled the boxes, and finally put the boxes away in my closet. 
*Resumed reading half of the second chapter
*Put the book down
*Took out the trash and the recycleables
*Turned on the TV to watch a show, deleted 20% of wh
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, netgalley
In this true story, Eve lives with her husband and two daughters. Her house is cluttered, with piles of stuff seeping into almost every room. But Eve's biggest secret is "the Hell room", a room so full that you can not see the floor. Eve decides to start a "year of no clutter," where she will dedicate herself to clearing out the hell room.

So right off the bat, it felt like Eve's progress was very slow. Although not quite to the level of people on the "hoarder" tv shows, Eve feels a deep connecti
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I almost feel bad giving a low rating to this book but, in the end, I just couldn't relate to all her anguish and self denying tendencies (if you are at a point where you keep a dead mouse just because it inspired a short story that, no, won't ever win a prize or your daughter's lost fingernail, you are a hoarder). Halfway through the book, it was already repeating the same stories about how her family has hoarder tendencies, how this object or that one embodies a memory, etc, etc, etc.

*Note: I
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars

An entertaining and honest memoir about a woman who spends a year decluttering her home. The audiobook is a great companion while you do your own spring cleaning.
Patricia Doyle
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
It’s most impressive that Ms. Schaub could write a more than 300-page book about the clutter in her life. There was no actual story; just clutter and her cluttered life.

I expected it to be a self-help book about how I could declutter my home. It was not. It was about her self-awareness. Ms. Schaub learned a lot about herself throughout the book as she reminisced with each piece of clutter that she touched, but it definitely got a little lllooonnnggg. Every – it seemed like every, anyway – piece
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, nonfiction
*I received this ARC from NetGalley.

The author of this book, Eve Schaub, writes engagingly at times and seems to have a likable voice. She also has a "Hell Room" where she stashes all of the things that she is too afraid to discard but that has no real place in her home. She decides that she will clear out all of this clutter in a year and have a functional room again. She flirts with the hoarder label without ever really owning it. This book spent 320 long pages detailing her sporadic attempts
"Ma’am, is that a dead mouse?” “We prefer the term nonfunctional vermin."

There's a spectrum of books about decluttering: on the one end you have Marie Kondo, famed organizer, who seems like she's never left a sock in her makeup drawer in her life. And then there's Eve Schaub, who has a Hell Room. A hell room that contains a mouse corpse in a jewelry box, which she is keeping because it inspired a story when she discovered it in the aforementioned Hell Room. Year of No Clutter is the story of on
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow. It was refreshing to read a book about clutter/decluttering that so much reflected my own feelings, how some things can be so hard, and why. So many other books, they say "Oh, get rid of these things, they mean nothing!" and you're like, "Okay, some of that meant nothing, but other things are not as easy to get rid of as that!"
I really felt that Eve was so open and honest, talking about the struggles and the mental processes that go on with trying to declutter for someone who real
Clare O'Beara
Eve had been an art student and now her daughters happily played with art project material in the spare room. But following a year of no sugar, Eve looked around for a new project and realised nobody could get into that spare room any more. She had literally kept everything, even school report cards and baby clothes. Could she declutter the room - as it turned out, the entire house - in a year?

I enjoyed the later chapters more than the early ones, because Eve takes a good long time to really ge
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a fun book to read. I think the title threw me off...I was expecting more straightforward advice on how to declutter one's life as she learns them throughout her year. Instead, I found a person coming to terms with being an almost-hoarder and trying to do something about it (which is still pretty amazing!).

This book would be great for someone who doesn't feel as if s/he is living a cluttered life and/or has a hoarder mentality. A book like this should be gifted to that person. This book
Claudia Silk
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute book. Not for those looking for real advice. It is a woman coming to terms with her penchant for not being able to part with anything. I would recommend for those people who have a hard time getting rid of things because you will find a sympathetic voice in Eve.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Highly recomended for anyone with a junk-mountain to climb.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
In her second book, author Eve Schaub explored the tendencies to accumulate too much stuff in her humorous and engaging memoir “Year of No Clutter”. This book follows her debut release: “Year of No Sugar” (2014). Included is a quote by Anne Lamott: “Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts.” The introduction is written by Schaub’s husband Steve, readers will unlikely be unable to view their belongings in the same light after reading this book.

In their large Vermont home, Sch
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some may read this book and dismiss the author actually having a problem with clutter and “stuff”, based on her admission that her house is well kept to the casual eye. But upon further review, she admits there is a certain room that is a bit overwhelming and anxiety provoking and stuffed with all kinds of things, locked away from friends and family discovering one of her most personal secrets at home. Speaking more about her underlying feelings on why the clutter causes issues and why it’s so h ...more
Shaina Robbins
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, let me get this right ... not everyone kept every single report card from growing up? If you would like to know my score in pencil holding or group music time from preschool, I can look it up and tell you. (Spoiler, one score was good, and the other was very, very low, because normal human interaction is terrifying).

It was so nice to read an organizing book from the perspective of a mild hoarder, like myself, who really STRUGGLES to let go of ridiculous things that they have attached stupid
The thing I have been thinking about a lot re: this book is the idea that clutter is defined as objects that you keep to the detriment of your space's function. Like, the point where you have a problem is when things that you're holding on to for any reason prevent you from living in the space.

Beyond that, this was a nice memoir. I enjoyed the author's voice.
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“As I worked I continued to be a bit terrified in the back of my mind that it would be awful in the end, a big mishmash of nothing in particular, and there I would be, having wasted a whole week of my life destroying things I wanted to keep.

But I should have trusted the long history of women who've come before me making rag rugs from everything that wasn't nailed down because it wasn't like that at all. Instead it was like a big, incredible tapestry that just happened to--if you could decipher it--tell a million little stories from my life. I could look at it and see my old lace slip and the girls' party dresses and my high school rainbow tie-dyes, the Irish kilt and the Halloween clown pants and so many, many other things. It was all in there somewhere.

I felt like the miller's daughter in the fairy tale, the one who stays up all night spinning straw into gold. But who needs yellow metal, anyway? The was way better.”
“I don't think hoarders prefer squalor. Rather, I'd theorize that when yucky things happen, for some the attachment to objects is so strong that they must exist in denial rather than confront the cause: the clutter. The hoard. An overabundance of objects with no proper place to go. pg 167” 4 likes
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