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The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The Way to a Perpetually Organized Lifestyle

There are many valid approaches to creating neat and tidy spaces, but these approaches tend to fail over time because they suggest that we dispose of our stuff, and most of us love our stuff! Marla Stone’s fresh and friendly approach, based on her work as both a professional organizer and a former psychotherapist, goes beyond tid
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by New World Library
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I appreciate this book's attention to the emotional dimensions of clutter, but the author spends more time talking about identifying and fulfilling your dreams than she does about organizing your stuff. She has some good advice, like when she encourages people to use language that encourages action and competence ("I will fold the laundry") instead of stress and obligation ("I need to fold the laundry"), but even though insights like this are worthwhile, the book is too focused on external life ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Don’t waste your time. This book actually reads more like an infomercial for itself by often repeating cliche phrases like, “With The Clutter Remedy Strategy you can recognize your personal truth.” It contains endless amounts of redundancies, often stating the same thing several times in a row, just with different word order. It’s also NOT for the average person. It caters more to wealthy audiences that need a healthy dose of self-help mixed in.

Over a third of the book is all about the various p
Anna Tserr
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is focused on a pressing but yet surprisingly sparingly approached issue of dealing with clutter at home. Though The Clutter Remedy is much more than just a step-by-step tutorial of getting rid of the things you don't need. One of the key highlights of the book that makes it a must-read, is that it provides an in-depth study on why we hoard things. The author reveals the inner psychological processes in us that manifest themselves in a form of cluttered living spaces. As someone with a ...more
Lorraine Scott
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Clutter Remedy Review

In her book “The Clutter Remedy” Marla Stone says, “Clutter camouflage can lead to unintentional and directionless life.” More than just a book telling you how organize and categorize your stuff (although she does this too) – Marla encourages you to determine your core values, remove negative feelings and become comfortable with your younger self before trying to tackle the intimate and emotional task of de-cluttering. Full of tips and helpful lists, this book is more th
Charlene Dean
Mar 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Having read a lot of home organization books over the years, I will admit to reading many ideas for accomplishing the same goal of a neat, well-organized home. This book added in a number of reasons why organizing is good, but they were a little out there. Everyone is entitled to their own set of beliefs, but I don't think my life force will run down the uncovered drains in my house. While I could have ignored these philosophical differences, the writing was boring and did nothing to capture my ...more
Adrienne Organa
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I got about half way through this book, mostly skimming, and just couldn't finish it. I was bored, it was slow, and it just didn't resonate with me. ...more
Arla Monet
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have worked on getting organized for so long I almost gave up until I read this book. I have used professional organizers in the past, friends, family but I still was cluttered and could not find my way out of my mess. The book helped me uncover most of the reasons why I could not get through my stuff without creating more mess along the way. Understanding that my childhood, and past wounds have contributed to my messy home and office was a huge eye opener. I was able to use the clearing and h ...more
Janine Kubba
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am ADHD and usually get distracted while reading most books, although "The Clutter Remedy" by Marla Stone was a very fascinating and informative read for me... It opened my mind to a new way of thinking and brought order on how to organize my stuff... The book also has a psychological aspect of why we tend to Clutter, and a Solution on how to release the negative patterns that bind us... This book is a great read for clearing and organizing your life. ...more
Elijah Lansford
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! This book has great tips and techniques on how to stay organized and has helped me greatly. I highly recommend it!
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
The author has some good points and tools. I don’t like the idea of buying a bunch of totes, supplies etc. before you start. It seems like a waste of time and money. It makes more sense to sort through than you have an accurate list of what you need. In this approach, I felt like more things could have been parted with. I much prefer Marie Kondo’s plan.
Melissa Ehlert-Traub
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for anyone needing to get better organized that wants to KEEP their stuff but easily locate it when needed. But what’s better is Marla teaches you how to showcase the things you really love and want to see every day. It is written in a very easy to follow, step by step process. I think everyone could benefit from reading it, organization is the key to a busy life! Especially as a working parent!
Brett Muiter
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished The Clutter Remedy book packed with not only tips to get organized but a clear path to my true destination in life. All the times I attempted to get my garage organized or my tools or my desk never really stuck. In one day the strategy Marla Stone explains actually makes perfect sense and I realize now it’s the only way to live clutter free. I’m passing this stuff on to everyone I know including my employees. I liked the last chapter most about what can block you from staying organ ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally..... a real solution!
Whether you live in a mansion with a designated “clutter room” or a tiny house where one thing out of place creates instant clutter, the practical, clever solutions in this book will get you organized forever!
After reading Marla Stone’s book, I was so inspired to get started that I skipped Black Friday and began organizing!
Thank you for a great remedy to the clutter in our lives!
Kathie D...... A Tiny House resident
Tammy Knickerbocker
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love LOVE this book... it was not just about clutter which I originally thought. It has taught me so much about myself and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to read it. I am buying one for all my friends and family since I believe it will benefit them and their lives. Thanks !!!
Gina Gehricke
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the psychological aspect to cleaning out the clutter! Always impressed by authors who write to the many levels we operate on. Succinct, articulate and a quick read that will improve your life if you follow its principles.
Alan Bret
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book straightened out everything about my life and my space. New author Marla Stone was a social worker and psychotherapist for a total of 17 years. She knows people and figured out how to help them in every way possible.

The introduction is clear about what to expect from the book. The first chapter goes over inner emotional clutter issues with specific techniques to heal deep emotional wounds. I cleared up something bothering me from childhood. Marla Stone, the author, worked with military
Ann Krasnova
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book if you want to organize your life and your thoughts! Highly recommend!
Wendy Corry
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book!!!! I Love it!!!!! The author explains fabulously the emotional side to wanting to keep clutter and "stuff". I had no idea until now why I hang on to certain things while others are easy to toss. She explains super effective ways to keep things organized in an easy to follow plan. It REALLY WORKS!!!!!

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, not only to friends who want to get and stay organized but to everyone. There are so many jewels of knowledge in the book on so many levels... bot
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A readable book helping you to find a way through your stuff. Not only that but gives insight as to why this problem is a problem foryou; or you may use this insightful book to help a friend who doesn’t see or understand their own clutter
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Marla Stone really knows her stuff and I have personally seen her in action in someone’s home. She can transform a space and has a plan put in place to help the client stay organized and love his or her space! This is a must read especially when you learn about wants vs. needs.

Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is the wackiest, psycho-babbliest book on decluttering I’ve ever seen.

I recommend instead: “Making Space, Clutter Free” and “Decluttering at the Speed of Life”

(Of course, if either of those books were perfect I wouldn’t still be on the look out for more decluttering books. Maybe I do need the psycho-babble after all?)
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A clean and organized house usually produces a calm and happy environment for people; for most people though, they equate an organized space as having minimal items. Marla Stone is here to tell you that you've got it all wrong. With a background in social work and as a psychotherapist, Stone's advice centers around the idea that to keep up with an organized external living space, you must keep up with your internal living space. There is not much hope of keeping your things, however much or litt ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The Clutter Remedy... this text approaches organization and clutter in a different method than most other books, allowing readers to keep the items they love and find homes for everything. The author discusses psychological and emotional aspects of clutter and how to overcome its hold. A few guidelines are provided for shopping smarter and organizing items, but the overall feel is just find a new basket or tote for your junk.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The author offers a different take on home organization by focusing first on the psychological aspects of acquisition and lifestyle rather than just a step by step for purging and arranging. Some sections are more fleshed out than others while some ideas needed much more explanation but overall a good addition to the home organization canon.
Nora Gallogly
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book delving into your inner being and how you affect your environment and surroundings. Very enlightening and Marla challenges you to possibly change your past memories and feelings to best approach creating a stress free and organized life. I appreciate this book very much !
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
I am sure that having an organizing professional with a background in psychology would be a definite plus in person... not so sure that the book was helpful. The only takeaway seems to be that you can keep everything you want as long as you sort it out and store it in clear plastic bins.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was an impulse choice in the new book section at the library. The cover art was just right; the advice inside, however, was puzzling and felt more like an emotional self-help book. Discussions of trauma and how dreams relate to reducing clutter did not resonate with me.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't find this book as helpful for me personally but believe it could be very helpful for others. I read this in small doses over a long period of time (I blame Covid-19 for my lack of dedication to reading) so that may have been a factor. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book addresses emotional issues that may make it difficult to get going on de-cluttering. There is also helpful organizing advice but it's strength is helping one to achieve an action mind-set. ...more
Benjamin Chamberlain
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! I was surprised how the author intertwined the practical with the inspirational. As I read it, I was surprisingly moved and inspired , as well as the very practical steps Marla Stone lays out to declutter your home and much more
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Marla Stone is a former social worker turned professional organizer who helps people DeClutter their emotional challenges as well as their space. She loves interior design, feng shui, Decluttering and space planning. Her business i-deal-lifestyle helps with organizing homes and businesses and transforming lives with the goal of living an ideal lifestyle. She loves to laugh through the process of d ...more

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