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Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Discover the freedom of a beautiful home, personal purpose, and joyful inner confidence

Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin offers revolutionary help to anyone who has repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold. Her powerful answer lies in the 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks, unconscious obstacles that stood between thousands of her clients and financial freedom,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Sourcebooks (first published June 2019)
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
After reading Making Space Clutter Free, I believe the subtitle is right on the money— The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need! I really believe it’s the last one for me!

It’s one thing to go through all of your things and determine whether each one is worthwhile enough to keep. But McCubbin goes beyond this and helps us to understand the reason that there is clutter. Without that insight into the WHY, chances are that after you have removed all the clutter, it’s only a matter of time befo
A pretty average offering in the decluttering genre. I usually read a book like this early each year as inspirational literature to help me motivate myself to do the things that need to be done to keep my household under control. I didn’t find this one as motivational as I could have hoped.

Part of the problem for me was a lack of useful advice for my Emotional Clutter Block. I’m correctly diagnosed--I’m an Avoider. However, her hint for dealing with this block was pretty much “Just do it.” Give
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some good ideas about WHY you are holding onto things to help you work out of continuing the pattern of holding on.
borrowed on KU.

I am anticipating moving next year so this seemed like a good book to peruse...but I found this was aimed more at those individuals whose homes are massively overcluttered (hoarders) and are incapable of decluttering without professional help.......I was really hoping more for hints and tricks to help streamline my home and organize my possessions.....some good stories though ....and I made it to the end....finally!!!! (almost 2 months later)

My favorite quote and YES...guilty!!!!!
Lukas Jennings
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This definitely had helpful tips, and the clutter blocks concept makes a lot of sense. Sadly it taught me that I'm more likely to read about how to best clear clutter than to actually attempt to do so. ...more
William Schram
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, reference, diy
People tend to have possessions. The main problem is keeping these possesions in check or else they will possess you. My issue is with books. I look around my room and see books piled on every conceivable surface. It is the knowledge in the pages that draws me in, I suppose.

Tracy McCubbin is a decluttering expert that has seen it all. In her book Making Space, Clutter Free, she discusses seven emotional blocks that can prevent you from getting the most out of your home. McCubbin describes all o
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Discover the freedom of a beautiful home, personal purpose, and joyful inner confidence

Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin offers revolutionary help to anyone who has repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold. Her powerful answer lies i
If Marie Kondo's Konmari method didn't work for you, consider this book by Tracy McCubbin, which also gets into some of the reasons we get buried in clutter (she calls them "blocks"), but has more flexibility in what gets cleared out, where to start, and how to organize your things and space once you've cleaned up. She includes a lot of client stories as well as personal anecdotes. There are chapters specifically geared toward cleaning/decluttering after a death or divorce and the particular cha ...more
Marissa Alexander
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I have read a gabillion books about decluttering/organization. This is hands-down the best.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Husband saw I was reading this and his reaction was: “Uh-oh.” The truth is that I have two small children and realistically, I’m not going to do any serious decluttering anytime soon. But someday. Someday I will.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very readable and inspirational book.
Diah R
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
(I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I've read numerous decluttering/minimalism books although not because I needed them but more because I need a reminder in some days when my bedroom falls out of order due to business and or sickness (like today). I always recommended The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up to friends and colleagues because that book changed my life in one way and another. And I thought, that maybe that book is the only way to go in term
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the few books I feel a need to own. VERY practical, accurate, and helpful.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4/5 stars!


If you’re looking for a book to read after reading Marie Kondo’s books about tidying up, this is the way to go!

Imagine Marie Kondo’s book as enticing introduction to the art of tidying up; her books really are the whimsical, aesthetic side of what it means to live clutter free. Making Space, Clutter Free however is a different story.

It contains strategies, real-world information, thorough step-by-step instruction as to how to get rid of your clutter for long time. If Marie K
Michelle Noble
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a godsend! I am admittedly a person with OCD, but I have fallen into the clutter trap. It started with becoming disabled and in pain which prevented me from putting things away right away, or cleaning before it got out of control. The author states that there are 7 different emotional baggage that cause you to clutter. She goes through each one with examples. The book then lists ways to identify, deal with, and solve. The author is a professional organiser that has led to the book. ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Making Space, Clutter Free is one of those books that sneaks up on you. You think your'e just getting organized..... Hah! Tracy McCubbin takes readers into their own brain space, and helps us realize the whys behind our decisions to keep items. There are 7 psychological reasons that are explored conversationally and easily. I really appreciated that Tracy McCubbin offers practical techniques and solutions based on her years of experience and the reader's realization of their own personal blocks. ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike other recent very popular books on organizing our homes and personal spaces, this book offers insight into why we have challenges around our stuff, and how to overcome them. I’ve learned more than how to fold my sweaters, I’ve learned how to think about why i over consume and have habits that keep me from ordering my belongings. I’m going to try thinking a little differently as my day and week progresses....non judgemental approach and relatable examples.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure that it's a complete coincidence that I finished the book AND have a large mound of clothes to donate on my bed. Really good well organized book with great real life examples. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most helpful book on organization that I've ever read! ...more
Brie Peters
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the better decluttering books. So far, I've brought 4 bags to donate! ...more
Denise Riehle
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have problems with getting clutter under control, check out Tracy McCubbin's book Making Space, Clutter Free. This book is written in a way that is not judgemental, and is in fact ready to give you facts on how your personal situation is made up of certain key components, rather than being a result of being lazy or something else that you may be fearing. It's a book filled with helpful information, suggestions and tips for how to take the next step and make space for yourself.

One of the m
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This book combines the best features of similar works, providing a compassionate, flexible approach to decluttering that encourages readers to understand and overcome their personal "clutter blocks" so that they can let go of items that they only keep out fear, misplaced sentiment, or a sense of obligation. McCubbin shares non-judgmental encouragement and anecdotes throughout the book, assuring her readers that once they leave behind their entwined emotional and material baggage, they will be ab ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great decluttering resource. I appreciated that there were many examples to go with each rule.
Lael Walters
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half of the book was excellent -- the second half didn't hold my attention very well, the specific advice didn't apply as much (except for a good tidbit here and there). ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been decluttering for many years but I keep getting stuck. After reading this book and recognizing the blocks and other things about myself, It has helped me get unstuck and take control of what I have. ...more
Leslie Carmin
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Terrie Case
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My house really needed this book and so did my sanity!

Making Space, Clutter Free forces the reader to examine the why of clutter using 7 clutter blocks. It does not simply have the reader look at an item and decide if it is to stay or go similar to other minimalization books. Ms. McCubbin shows that a room is not going to stay clutter free until the reader determines what is causing them to be disorganized in the first place.

This book focuses on the why things are cluttered and our psychological
Cristie Underwood
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I am someone that always has clutter, whether on my desk or around the house. I figured this would just be another book on how to get the clutter under control with steps that I would try once and then forget to keep practicing. I was so wrong! The advice the author gives is simple to follow and stick to! I have been clutter free for a few weeks now!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book helped me get past a couple of trouble spits that have been plaguing me for years. I’m thrilled with the progress I was able to make as I read this. Loved it!
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Make Space Clutter Free promises to free the readers from clutter once and for all. To that end, Tracy McCubbin proposes that our problems with cleaning up stem from one out of several Clutter Blocks. For example, you might be holding onto your late parents’ stuff, or you might be holding onto stuff from a closed period of your life. Once you try to disentangle your clutter block, it sh
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