Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin

Finally, a way to get rid of the clutter -- and keep it away -- without making the process a full-time job! Organizing and cleaning expert Donna Smallin shows you how to enjoy the happy, healthy, inviting home you long for with hundreds of time-saving tips and solutions to your clutter and cleaning problems. Her approach is manageable and simple, helping you focus on the things that will make the biggest difference with the least amount of effort and time. You'll discover small, quick routines that will keep your spaces clean and clutter-free over time, as well as lots of things that you can do to introduce order and serenity in just one minute! Clear away the clutter once and for all, and enjoy the happiness you'll find hiding underneath!
This is probably one of the best cleaning-and-organizing-tips book out there.

In Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life, cleaning and organizing tips are given out in little tidbits to make for easier digestion and follow through.

This format is perfect for me as I have a pretty short attention span and because each tip is pretty self-contained, you don't even have to read the whole book at once. You can just go through it one tip at a time, one per day, or just pick out a tip to try at random.

This book is part-self-help, part-motivation and part-how-to guide. It's got some pretty good tips and quotes. There are specific tips like how to clean microwaves and what to put in your cleaning caddy, but there are also tips that will make cleaning more enjoyable or at least feel less like a chore. For example, I like the idea of rewarding yourself for tasks and using the hot, warm or cold system when deciding where to put things.

The idea of using varying fonts, font size and page layout was a good idea too since it breaks the monotony and makes it feel less like a boring read.

Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing, LLC. for the e-ARC.


  1. There are plenty of useful tips here.
  2. The presentation isn't boring.
  3. You don't have to read it in one go. 


  1. If you do read it in one sitting, you may feel like the tips aren't grouped together in a particular way. 

If it fits and makes you feel fabulous, hang it back up. It's a keeper.

  1. You need motivation for cleaning your house.
  2. You are looking for a book on organizing and cleaning tips that isn't boring to read.
  3. You want to be better organized but don't know where to start.




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