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Organization expert and founder of Unclutterer.com Erin Rooney Doland shows you how to declutter and simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.

Simplicity is revolutionary! Doland's down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published 2009)
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Ann
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, two big weaknesses right up front:

1. This author unequivocally assumes that ALL readers (amen) work a 9 to 5 desk job. Maybe that's her primary audience, sure, but I at least wanted acknowledgement that the WHOLE UNIVERSE is not sitting in an office all day 5 days a week. Teachers? Nurses? Moms? Part-timers? Salespeople? Need I go on?

2. Completely unrealistic. As in, really, I'm going to pull everything out of my clothes closet, sort through, purge, reorganize all of it, and put it back in
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Sue Smith
Erin Doland has some good ideas, but - honestly - I think there's too many presumptions that you won't have any issues doing ANY of what she suggests. And to get it all together in a week is - well - good luck with that!!

That being said, I did glean some ideas to try to help curb some of my issues. So, if anything, this book was good for that. It's always nice to have a new angle to try. Now ..... I just have to get rid of my kids and I'll have a lot of my 'clutter' issues resolved! Hmmmm - may
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Lea
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this. It was just too silly. And the "one week" thing, is of course, nonsense. ...more
Stacia
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I'd give this 2.5. There were a few helpful items in there, but overall this book didn't greatly appeal to me. First, her amount of clutter was not much (she was married, no kids, living in an 850 sq. ft. apt.) when writing this, so her timeline of a week is pretty unrealistic if you live in a larger place, have a larger family, etc.... Also, I think her methodology appeals to the list-making sorts of folks (not necessarily my style); I had a similar complaint about the book "The Happiness Proje ...more
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Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland is based on the unlikely premise that you can completely reorganize and transform your life in one week. Even the author admits she could not do it all in one week, but rather over the course of 6 months. Since she feels there were 7 specific days during that 6-month span in which she accomplished the process, she asserts that someone else can do it all in one week. Hmm…is anyone’s life so empty that they can drop all other responsibilities f ...more
Ryan
I just finished reading Unclutter Your Life in One Week! By Erin Rooney Doland. It was a very insightful, easy, and informative read. The practical insights she gives in her book are encouragement to a clutterer’s bones. However, implementing the methodology she gives to actually unclutter your life in the one-week timeframe would take every single moment of that week to achieve; but the way she organizes the book helps the reader see that it is much easier to unclutter their life if they do it ...more
Gwen
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: self-education
I think "uncluttering your life in one week" is a little too ambitious to feasibly be done well, but this book was able to help me work through two major clutter issues I have: books and clothes.

Each day of the week is divided into thirds: morning, work, and evening. I found the "work" sections to be less than convincing (it's a standard collection of "clear off your desk," "prioritize email," etc., that so many other books have done...and done better), but the sections for the home were much b
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Erica
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let's talk about a few ironies, such as this book that was supposed to take a week to read actually took six, and that's only because I couldn't renew it anymore from the library. (My guess is that "continually renewing library books because it's easier than taking them back" is not a recommended trait for uncluttered people.) The other irony is that I followed the Unclutterer blog for a while, until it cluttered up my google reader and I decided I needed simplicity.

I had a bit of a roller coas
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Violet
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am constantly (or so it seems) trying to declutter a house that almost immediately refills itself (or un-organizes itself) as a result of the other 4 occupants. We have different priorities and different ideas of what constitutes "clutter".

The book really is a one-week guide - and, if you spend the week doing those tasks, you'd likely come fairly close to getting it all in order. There are some sections that the author admits may take longer to get through; one week is the "best case scenario"
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DDog
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on the strength of the Unclutterer.com website, and it was worth the money. Only giving it a 4 for now because I haven't yet tried any of the tips in the book, but at least on an initial read-through it seems fairly intuitive and helpful. It's definitely an easy read, and has some good heuristics for reducing "stuff" to "things I need" and ditching the stuff that's not on that list, which I definitely need help with. Combined with things like Getting Things Done, The Now Habit ...more
Megan
May 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's get one thing straight: if you find your life cluttered enough that you need to read a book about how to remedy the situation, one five-day week (!) is not a realistic time frame from you to clear your life. Particularly, you cannot empty your closet, go through your wardrobe from top to bottom and clear it out on Monday morning before work. I nearly took the book back to the library in the first chapter when I realized that was what she was suggesting. The book also assumes you are doing ...more
Jessica
As someone who likes to organize and often declutters, there wasn't a ton of revolutionary ideas. The author admits that it took less than a day, each day, but sporadically over 6 months for her to accomplish these feats. She also presumes we all work 9-5 office jobs so there was a good chunk that wasn't applicable to me. I will say that it was laid out nicely for a decluttering beginner, in simple logical terms, the hows, whys, tips, and checklists for simplifying--though unnecessary for me. Th ...more
Amanda
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of this was specific to a lifestyle/career that I don't have, but at least there were a few good checklists and examples. ...more
JanieH
I am a minimalist by nature and I do not like to have too many things. I am always looking for tips and hints on how to achieve a simple lifestyle where I can keep the things that matter most to me (some sentimental, some useful, etc) while keeping our tiny home organized and functional.

I am married to a collector (or, as I like to say, a "maximumlist") who I adore dearly, but to my way of thinking has too many "things". I also have a tween son who seems to be overly attached to many of his poss
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Ashley
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I really like the Unclutterer website but so far (~halfway through) I'm not impressed by the book. It's far too cut and dry, and it assumes readers have A LOT of money to spend on their uncluttering and organizing process. Also, the "in one week" part of the title is, as you might have expected, completely gimmicky. On Monday morning, before going to work, I'm supposed to pull out all of the clothes I own, wash everything that's dirty, sort everything once, and then do a second sort as I return ...more
Janet
This book is best for those who either have a serious clutter problem or are very disorganized. Of course you'd have to be really organized to begin with to accomplish all that she suggests in a mere week! But she does ask readers to address the psychological reasons behind their clutter and disorganization and then offers suggestions for evaluating your routines that might be getting in the way. If you haven't already naturally settled into what works for you, this book offers some good common ...more
Maren
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are two reasons this book didn't do much for me.

1. The author doesn't have children.
2. I do.

I did write down about 5 tips that I am interested in trying, but a lot of it seemed pretty self-explanatory. (Pull out all your stuff, organize it into piles, then store it in an organized way. Use Google Calendar to organize your schedule. Genius stuff like that.) I think her point is there is no getting around the elbow grease of doing it. Maybe I was hoping for a magic solution and that is why I
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Mary Case
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not participate in this book as suggested but I still loved it. I got lots of great tips and suggestions that I never thought of before.

I already have a pretty organized house but love to read and re read books on this subject. I find reading them without the pressure of following along makes for better absrption of the material.

A bit of advice for those just starting to organize: just start small with what you're comfortable with and try not to burden yourself with what you think you sho
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Emilia P
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books
I just wanted to read this book because the wait for the new hot book by that Japanese lady has an enorous waitlist at the library and also Mairead recommended this. Ahhhh I want to get rid of all the stuff. Which is laughable. I do not have very much stuff. But it multiplies so quickly! Blargh! This was pretty practical, and technical, and not alot of new stuff -- the whole "a place for everything and everything in it's place" is kind of a good way to think of things, and remember them. Even if ...more
Meera
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a quick instructional read. The chapters well categorised. There are some good suggestions and very practical ones, but nothing really new. If you need organizing and don’t know where to start, the book should be of help. The schedule to clear all the clutter at home and in your workplace seems unrealistic.
Kelly
This was significantly okay. Some good advice, though nothing ground breaking. A solid breakdown of advice on how to get rid of all the clutter in your life and also be a more productive worker and person.
Aliesha
Nov 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous premise.

For example, Monday morning *before work*, clean out and organize your bedroom closet. 22 pages are devoted to this task, but somehow it's a "Monday morning, before work" item.

I should've stopped reading then.
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Lotty
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful. Helpful. Like a diet for my home. Like a diet, it requires a certain amount discipline. Perhaps that is not my strong suit! :)
Paige Cerchiara
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super helpful. Great tips. I've already gone to Goodwill twice to drop things off. ...more
Lael Walters
Doesn't live up to its title. ...more
Cheryl
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book has some good organization ideas and I will implement some of those.

I deducted a star though for the author having high expectations as far as completing three MAJOR tasks each day.....for example who has time to empty their whole closet and sort through and unclutter their entire wardrobe BEFORE going to work Monday morning???? And then, when you get to work, clean your entire desk and get rid of any personal clutter and things that don't belong in your office....all while getting you
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Caro Anderson
The title is wrong and sets the reader up for failure.  The tasks in this book clearly can’t be done in a week.  Even the book doesn’t believe it’s possible to do it all in a week.  Some of the tasks in the book involve analyzing one’s patterns over a week or two!

For anyone with clutter (and that is why someone would read this book, right?), the tasks in this book would take a month or two of concerted effort.  It's hard for me to find a benevolent logic behind a self help book that sets the rea
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Jaclyn
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: this is a slightly abridged version from my own site, which focuses on creative and/or gifted adults with ADHD. You can read the full story and other reviews by clicking here.

If you’re looking for a good overview of uncluttering strategies and philosophies, Unclutter Your Life in One Week may be the book for you. Author Erin Doland comes from an organic place, articulating an uncluttering philosophy motivated by a desire to clear the path to our “remarkable life.” Any ancillary distraction
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Eve
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My husband bought this book for me because it's an on-going issue with both of us, and the title caught his eye. Aha! Unclutter Your Life in One Week, the author promised us. I hate to confess - no offense - she lied! It's impossible - even the way she lays things out. How about 7 years, instead of 7 days? She does have some great ideas, and she does know what she's doing - but, getting there is a full-time job - for a while, and even keeping things the way she suggests that you do, takes lots o ...more
Xaleah
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: information-etc
Unclutter your life in one week definitely has some good pointers but I found myself skipping most of the "work" related stuff. I do not work a desk job so most of this was irrelevant to me. I think her ideas are good but unrealistic. There would be no way I would be getting up earlier before work to tackle a big job like a closet or bathroom and decluttering that before heading to my regular work day. So for me the way that this book handles it and expects its reader to be able to declutter in ...more
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Author of NEVER TOO BUSY TO CURE CLUTTER (William Morrow/HarperCollins, Jan. 2016) and UNCLUTTER YOUR LIFE IN ONE WEEK (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, Nov. 2009). Editor-in-chief of Unclutterer.com and a regular (4 or 5 times a year) advice columnist for REAL SIMPLE magazine.

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