Monday, March 1, 2010

Reviewed: Unclutter Your Life in One Week

I just finished reading Unclutter Your Life in One Week, the 2009 book written by Erin Rooney Doland, editor of the blog Unclutterer.

If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to organizing your life from your sock drawer to your weekly meal planning, you can't do better than this book. By breaking the contents of your life into the days of the week, Rooney Doland offers concise but thorough recommendations for organization. Rather than simply tell you to create a "reception station"in the entryway of your home, she tells you exactly how to behave and use the station in order to make the repetitive actions of coming home at the end of each day smooth, enjoyable and, of course, uncluttered. Her advice is specific but applicable to a range of different lifestyles and schedules.

I particularly liked her ideas for letting go of a hobby (and its stuff) that you no longer spend time on, as well as collecting small toiletries that you no longer want and putting them in a box for guests--overnight and otherwise--to use.

Her tone is also not overly rah rah. She knows what it's like to have a busy schedule and an overstuffed living space, but she also knows that it is 100% possible to remake the space and clear the hours of the day for things that really matter to you, and that is truly inspiring.

Lelah Baker-Rabe is a Los Angeles-based professional organizer. To discuss your organizing needs, call her at 818.269.6671 or email

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