Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have something in common with the hoarders on television, but desperately want to change your life, you have come to the right place.

I am a hoarder…

Authors of Declutter Now!, Sherry and Lindon Gerais, are a couple who realized that their lives were tainted by clutter. And whose isn’t? The idea for the book came when the Gareis’ thought of how to declutter their lives and fulfill God’s plan and calling at the same time. If followed, their advice will set the readers on the right path spiritually and help them get their houses clean at the same time. Of course, admitting that one has a problem is half the battle.

Declutter Now! begins with explaining how much freedom decluttering will give us in our daily lives. Each relevant chapter begins with a biblical quote, a story of how our faith can move us to act and declutter our homes, lives, cars, brains, and everything else we touch that makes us who we are. The idea of how to declutter is addressed of course, but the authors also delve into why we hold onto cherished junk instead of just reliving the loving memories.

My son’s second grade traced hand-turkey is still on the top of the credenza, an army of “nice” bags is stuffed in the closet, and various clipped zippers and twisted laces are on the window sill of the laundry room right now…but can someone tell me why?

The true way to declutter is to first find out the reasons for the transgression, and it begins with a discovery of self. Most clutterers/hoarders cling to possessions that may be needed “one day.” The book challenges the reader to make today the most significant day and to develop a higher faith-based relationship to put owning too many possessions into perspective. The advice also covers how to teach children to live fully with less, and to use a developing faith in God to remove negative influences (read: clutter) and confusion from our lives (and with it the hold it has over our daily being).

I particularly liked the sections on stress and how to make a new life plan. Those readers that take it seriously will truly benefit from the advice offered in this book. It is advice for a new way of living, and it is easy to recognized that what the authors are saying is right (we have always known what is right). I’d recommend this book for anyone, but especially for college bound students who can develop better habits than their parents and never get into a clutter tangled mess of a life in the first place.

The laundry room window sill also holds the cherished rocks from my son’s exploring on the beach when he was a kid. Idea forming: some items can be re-purposed and those rocks could be made into a paperweight for him to use at his first job. There, I finally get it, now for the rest of the house…

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Ambassador International. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.