Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others

Clutter Busting Your Life Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others After many hours spent clutter busting with clients and responding to emails sent by the readers of his first book Brooks Palmer realized that many people were curious about some of the deeper manife

  • Title: Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others
  • Author: Brooks Palmer
  • ISBN: 9781608680795
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • After many hours spent clutter busting with clients and responding to emails sent by the readers of his first book, Brooks Palmer realized that many people were curious about some of the deeper manifestations of clutter how it crowds the mind and thought processes and how it can even interfere with relationships Although this distracting bulk never serves us, it can proviAfter many hours spent clutter busting with clients and responding to emails sent by the readers of his first book, Brooks Palmer realized that many people were curious about some of the deeper manifestations of clutter how it crowds the mind and thought processes and how it can even interfere with relationships Although this distracting bulk never serves us, it can provide the illusion of insulation from our essential fragility, a quality that Brooks sees as essential to existence but also the root of many futile efforts to build power that would obscure it Alas, these tricks never work, but the clarity of awareness can prevent the clutter building part of us to learn to appreciate space not as void, but as a life giving resource that renews us Brooks illustrates these points through anecdotes, gentle discussions, and abstract jokes and cartoons, never forcing the reader to accept his thesis but prodding the subconscious with subtle suggestions that bring about deep change with the absence of blame In Western society, we ve accepted that is always better, and our houses and garages, basements and storage lockers, are jammed with things we never use but feel we need to hang onto until some future event will prove their usefulness, or because they were valuable to someone we loved or hated Brooks Palmer s advice cut the crap Cut the crap of pretending that we need these things and cut the crap of the way we talk about clutter, both emotional and physical By clearing physical clutter and acknowledging the lack of inherent value in many of the possessions we cling to, we also learn to cut the crap around relationships and emotions and discover who and what really matters in our lives For example, if someone hangs on to their great aunt s bureau, a white elephant but a family heirloom, they may also be hanging on to repressed feelings about their own worth, hoping to demonstrate that they care about family, or tha

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    1. This is a great book for anyone trying to declutter their lives.Palmer introduces the book by saying that he used to just say 'if you love it keep it, if you don't then don't' but he realized, and his fans let him know that that is not good enough. 'What about the vase that I hate but that the sister I love gave to me?' and so on. This book addresses the underlying emotional reasons people have for holding onto clutter, as well as the true emotional impacts that unwanted items have on individual [...]

    2. I loved this book. I am a fan of Brooks Palmer and his gentle, effective way to get to the bottom of clutter. He uses the term "clutter" in the broadest possible sense, here applying it even to relationships.

    3. Love this book which is a great companion to his first Clutter Busting book. This one works with relationships and reinforces how to coach yourself to get rid of what is no longer serving you. Simple, clear and with some great exercises.

    4. In a world of too much clutter, too much stuff, too little time, and too much complication in general, there are probably over a thousand different books on simplifying life in one way or another. Usually these books focus on the "too much stuff" aspect of our modern lives in a overly consumerist society. In Clutter Busting Your Life, comedian and professional "clutter buster" consultant, Brooks Palmer specifically combines clutter busting all that extra stuff with relationship advice on how to [...]

    5. Recommended August by DadThis is possibly the best "self-help" book I have ever read. By defining "clutter" as not just the tangible material goods that we are used to referring to, but also _emotions_, _thoughts_, and even _people_, the author has changed my perception of how I live. For the clutter of material goods, I really like the rule of getting rid of anything you don't immediately love. If you hem and haw about to rid or not to rid, you don't love it and should get rid of it. Also, if y [...]

    6. Throw away things (and relationships) that act as false armor and allow yourself to be fulfilled in the moment, in your natural presence.3.7/5 stars. Helpful advice on decluttering, but about 70% of it would be most useful to a person in a cluttered relationship and it took me almost a year to finish.I will probably pick up the original.

    7. life. changing. Completely shifted my perceptions about clutter and the best ways to approach getting rid of it. I've only tackled a couple of areas in my house, but I'm excited - for the first time in my life - to sort and purge this baggage I'm living with. Great, specific examples, and written in a very accessible tone.

    8. Some of the thinking in there seems a little magical and woo-woo, but there's important advice. And I've experienced those kinds of instantaneous results in the past myself.Now off to start the mother of all culling sessions!

    9. Amazing tour of the psychology of clutter.Really appreciated the way it looks at the metaphor of clutter as a life principle. Insightful tour of not only our clutter, nut what we perceive as the clutter around us.

    10. I kinda rate this book up for the simple reason that it made me want to do stuff. I've already been on a life-cleaning kick, but I was looking for a push in the right direction and this did it for me. It's a quick read but it was actually really hard to focus on a lot of it because I wanted to go home and clean out my closet so bad. I'm the kind of dweeb who gets excited about organization and goes through phases of minimalism because she secretly HATES material posessions.There are some helpful [...]

    11. I read Marie Kondo's Tidying up book and Julie Morgenstern's Shed your stuff book and now Brooks Palmer on Clutter busting. Needless to say, things are flying out of my house these days. I enjoyed all of these books but Clutter Busting Your Life appealed to me the most.Brooks Palmer is thoughtful, kind and Zen-like when he helps clients clutter bust. He practices reading body language throughout the process and slows the process down to stillness as needed.He recommends readers do the same, care [...]

    12. Not sure how this book arrived on my shelf but since it was there I decided to read. A very easy read that tackles how we can deal with our "stuff," material as well as relational. The author has approached the topic from a compassionate and "keep it simple" perspective. The book helped me understand how and why others have dealt with their "stuff" the way in which they have. It has also given me perspective on why people don't deal with their "stuff." I'd like to think I am pretty good at clutt [...]

    13. Actually bought this book and the initial book because I was faced with moving from our house we've lived in for 17 years. However, ended up moving before reading, (but wish I had read these books before the move: would have saved me some time and anguish. Helpful book, easy to read and appreciated the inner and psychological workings of why we hold on to items we no longer need. Looking forward to reading the first book.

    14. This book reaches beyond just organizing and eliminating physical clutter. The author deals with the thinking and emotions that cause us to hang on to "things" that really hinder us from living fully in the present

    15. It is interesting and worth looking at, though really didn't come away with anything useful from the book that to me would make me recommend the book other then the fact its the second book of her's in the same category so might just be worth reading for the fact on it own.

    16. A pretty good book for clutter busting - except every story ends on a happy note - whether it's the couple decides that they love each other more and agree not to fight over the clutter, or that they decide to clean house.

    17. This book addressed to the clutter you have from inheriting "stuff" and how to deal with it -- interesting book.

    18. This book helps you to remove all aspects of clutter. I liked this book because it spoke to emotional clutter, and most decluttering books do not touch that part of the clutter issue.

    19. Another approach to de-cluttering. One day at a time, one room at a time, one drawer at a time. The difference with this one is trying to focus more on the emotional clutter.

    20. Nothing new to be gained. He wrote a decluttering book about "things." This book is about relationships and clearing the physical and emotional clutter in your life.

    21. Not what I expected. This one is more a psychology book than a cleaning book about cleaning out the house from junk. I will look at his first book.

    22. I like that he deals firmly but kindly with the emotional side of clutter (something many clutter-clearing books don't deal with or gloss over).

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