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Clean It Up, Clear It Out, and Keep Your Life Clutter-Free

by Rita Emmett

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1936
ISBN: 0802777171

The nation’s bad habits provide Emmett with her bread and butter. After penning The Procrastinator’s Handbook (2000) and The Procrastinating Child (2002), now she urges those former hemmers and hawers to finally do something about the mess in the house. (The diminutive guide, about 6 in. by 6 in., certainly won’t add to the clutter.) After a brief section in which readers can assess their own personal level of clutter, and a discussion of the various emotional ties involved in said clutter, Emmett jumps in with 50 ways to start getting rid of it. Thankfully for those averse to efficient housework, she offers a simple strategy for working on the piles–set a timer for 60 minutes and focus on one task. Above all, don’t allow clutter creep; allowing piles to build up means that sooner or later, the clutter will return. A special section addresses that pernicious paper disorder brought by the daily mail, and the computer confusion that comes from spam. She also lays out an easy-to-follow room-by-room de-cluttering strategy. For the perennially messy, an excellent, efficient guide–as long as it’s actually used and not thrown in the corner with the rest of the household detritus.