Sunday, February 03, 2013

decluttering now! a review and a giveaway . . .

This post is late!  I just realized . . . scheduling a post to automatically publish requires that one actually set the date and time you want your entry posted.  It works better that way!!

I had the extreme pleasure of reading Declutter Now! by Lindon & Sherry Gareis.  After first seeing the title, I thought this book would be about decluttering spaces.  An idea which I've blogged about as I attempted to declutter my own space and life.  But happily, Declutter Now! is more than just another book to help you dispose of *stuff* ... much more!

Happily, though, it does include a section on decluttering the *stuff* ... which is a good place to start when one is wanting to start decluttering.  After all, as is pointed out early in chapter one, I ain't ever seen no hearse with a U-Haul behind it!  Too true!  And right off the bat, they hit on several 'mindsets' that I've struggled with in clearing out the junk:  1)  more is better or getting just to get (this one was pretty convicting because my fabric stash immediately popped into my mind when I read this one), 2)  clinging to the past -- all the momentos, boxes of pictures, papers, etc., and 3)  fear.

And not only did Sherry and Lindon list and explore the markers of a cluttered life, they gave practical and Scriptural solutions to dealing with these things. They're very real in sharing how this process worked out in their own lives.  They are both very relate-able and real and have terrific ability to share their story with a sense of humor.

Beyond the *stuff*, they also delve into decluttering debt, the activity clutter, obligation clutter, relationship clutter and emotional baggage clutter.  The whole point of the book being that it's not just our stuff that crowds our homes and lives.  There are lots of things that can take our focus where it really should be.  In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind...  As the Gareis point out in chapter seven, how can you love God with all your mind, if you mind is a cluttered, stressed-out and burdened mess?

One last thought from the book that I'll leave you with ... Decluttering not only involves removing the negative, but also knowing what is healthy to keep and do.  Sherry and Lindon do a fabulous job of helping point out the clutter ... and helping one see the balance ... the things worth keeping and how to keep them.  

I was very impressed with this book and the information shared is invaluable. More information can be found about the Gareis and the book on their website Action Plan Ministries.  They also have a facebook page for Declutter Now! on which they're running a 40-day declutter challenge! 

From the back of the book: Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries, debut their writing career with Declutter Now! They are small group leaders and certified Christian Life Coaches from Glendale, AZ with hearts that desire to serve God in a mighty way.

The best news??  After chatting with Sherry, who's a delightful lady, she's offered to send a copy of Declutter Now! directly to two of my readers!  How cool is that?  (It means I get to keep my copy!) All you have to do is leave a comment -- share an aspect of your life that could stand a little decluttering! I'll leave it open until midnight, February 7 (Thursday), and announce the winner on Friday!  For a second chance, make sure you're a follower and let me know.  Two opportunities -- two comments.  And make sure I have a way of contacting you!

**This giveaway is now closed ... thank you for participating!**

I should point out that Lindon and Sherry Gareis provided me with a copy of Declutter Now! at no charge in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

:)

69 noted . . .:

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like a great book. I have been really trying to declutter this year.

Nati said...

Oh definitly my wardrobe! Thanks or he hance to win!

Sowing Stitches said...

Just in time for spring cleaning! :)
Sounds like a good read to clean up both inside and out! After the stress of holidays and dark damp days of winter we all could benefit from a little dusting...

Carol said...

My closet. My husband built some new shelves and we started to declutter by taking 2 bags of clothes to Goodwill. We still have the other half of the closet to do.

Barbara B said...

My quilt studio is desperate for major decluttering! And, of course, I'm a happy follower!!

Lyndsey said...

I'm in the middle of de-cluttering my home and its exhausting but very satisfying.

Lyndsey said...

Forgot to say I'm a happy follower.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Meus retalhos...
estão uma bagunça até na garagem tem caixas e sacolas.



Me ajude pelo amor de Deus!!!!!!

tiacarmnhapezzuto@gmail.com

Barbara F. said...

I downsized and got rid of so much stuff and was doing great til I started blogging! Those linky parties are great, as no one would know I existed but you need "things". Just today I thought I could probably get rid of half the things in my little house and not ever need them, except for blogging! Maybe its time to let that go.....hmmmmmm. ;-) xo

Karen O said...

I need to declutter items from my past. I have never had a home that was not a clutter zone since I had children. Now that they are older, I want a little less clutter!

Karen O said...

Follower. The book sounds really helpful.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Ah, yes, clutter in my home--and now, even in my storage building!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Have been a follower for a while now.

Missy Shay said...

I am moving to MO in Oct. so I really need to start decluttering my house!!

Missy Shay said...

I follow you, but you already now that! LOL

Lee said...

I think to one degree or the other, I fit into all three of those 'mindsets' you listed. How does a genealogist go about 'decluttering' and that mindset leads into the clinging to the past mementos, lol. This could be a good read for me! Especially backed up with Scripture!

Lee said...

:) and I'm a follower :) and I DON'T want a U-Haul trying to follow me!
Hugs :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow what a great book! I sure could use some direction on decluttering.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I follow you :-)

LuAnn said...

I have clutter in the sewing room like all quilters but also clutter from the past. I still have my Mom's sewing machine in the garage and she died in 1996. Then there's the mental clutter from various things. I can identify a lot of it but don't know the solution. Sounds like a helpful book. Thanks for a chance to win.

LuAnn said...

I've been one of your followers for awhile.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Since I've gone back to work I find that I have so little time - decluttering is made more difficult by the attitude that I should be doing something else. I'm wondering if decluttering my time is an issue too. I joined a Bible study recently that I'm not enjoying - just don't care for the format - and now I feel guilty for not wanting to go and letting down some friends there if I quit, but frustrated because I'm missing out on some personal Bible study that I was doing before and enjoying. What a dilemma! blessings, marlene

Rebeckah Austin said...

I am always constantly decluttering my "stuff". Though I am helping someone else declutter their home.

Janarama said...

I need to declutter my closet and garage.

Janarama said...

I'm a follower via GFC.

Gone Country said...

Sounds like a wonderful book since it hits on how to handle the 'stuff' in our lives but also how to handle the other 'stuff' in them as well. What a great balance that we all need. I also like the part about serving the Lord will all your heart and how can we when our hearts (and minds) are a cluttered mess!

Crossing my fingers for winning this giveaway as I daily struggle to combat the mental need for 'stuff' and I have no room nor need for most of it!

Gone Country said...

I'm also a follower!

Teri said...

Paper is my problem and also emails.

Teri said...

and I am a follower, Thanks for this opportunity.

Momof3girls said...

Sounds like just the book I need. I look around and see things that need to be trashed. I can also think of some piles of school books, school binders with lessons in them stored in a plastic container in the shed, that my husband would love to see gone. There's also several plastic totes in there holding craft items that need to go bye-bye too. Oh girl, I do need that book.

If I don't win, I may just have to order one of my own. Please let me win!!!! :)

Angela Gibson said...

I am a follower of yours. :)

Angela Gibson said...

The area in my life that needs to be de-cluttered is the paper. I tend to keep way to much paper, mail, coupons....I just need to clear it out and be done with it. I would love this book, it should help inspire me by pushing me to take that leap. :)

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh my goodness, do I ever need this book!!! You might as well just go ahead and send my name in girlfriend :*D Remember my word for 2013 - LISTEN! - it's all about removing the things in my life that keep me from doing those things that are good and valuable. I've already zeroed in on the fact that I get too involved in my quilting and don't spend as much quiet one-on-One time with the Lord - gotta stop!!! My other area is pictures. I've got all the family photos, but I'm not a photo buff, so I really don't care to do anything with them like scrapbooks. My sister is really into scrapbooks but she tends to lose valuable things. So I keep hanging on to the photos when I'd really rather not have the responsibility for them anymore.

In a nutshell, I could list a million ways my life needs to be uncluttered!!! This book is on my "To Buy" list if I'm not one of the two winners :*)

Teresa in Music City said...

And of course I'm a very happy follower!

Cathy said...

As you know, we are moving to a smaller place, so I have to de-clutter everything. Even with all the tossing of stuff we've done, I still don't know how it will all fit.

Cathy said...

And, of course you know I'm a happy follower.

Deanna said...

I am pretty good at getting rid of stuff, but the idea of addressing the feelings associated with them intrigues me. It would be great to have a copy of this interesting book.

quiltma said...

I am a follower

quiltma said...

Would decluttering my whole house count? If I had to pick one room though it would be my quilting room.

Sherry Gareis said...

Denise, thank you so very much for taking to time to not only read Declutter Now! but to post a blog on it and allow us to give away a couple of free copies. This is the part of our ministry that we just love - sharing our passion and praying that something we say can make a positive difference in lives, and ultimately, in God’s Kingdom.

You have QUITE a following. :)

We appreciated ALL the comments but in particular, was touched by Marlene’s dilemma.

Marlene, if you are out there, it’s NOT un-Christian to say no. We are often besieged by guilt and obligation and end up wasting time and energy in areas that are non-productive. Gosh, could we relate to your dilemma! Even if difficult or awkward, if you need to make a change that is positive, healthy and more beneficial, allow yourself the freedom to do it - without guilt! :) We're very proud of you for recognizing the situation for what it is, which is a victory in and of itself, and for having such a sweet spirit and heart. We'll be praying you find the peace to make the decision that is right for you.

Denise….thanks again. Truly. You've blessed us in such an incredible way & we are so very grateful!

Blessings to you!

Jeanie said...

My life...my house...from head to toe, needs decluttered. When it gets warmer, I'm going to concentrate on the garage. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Jeanie said...

I'm also a follower!

Kate said...

I know my house needs to be decluttered, but I never consider that my schedule might need to be decluttered. That sounds like a very good idea.

gpc said...

Wow, I recently started my declutter project on the theory that we need to lose the focus on 'stuff' if we want to have room in our lives for relationships. It's been slow going, so I could use all the help that they can give! :)

gpc said...

I'm a follower of course. (I started working on my closets, but there's also my basement, shed, life, to be addressed along the way, lol.)

Margaret said...

Sounds like an awesome book and one I should add to my church library. Sure would like to win a copy.

Margaret said...

I follow by e-mail.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

am a devoted follower!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Am working on decluttering my entire life and keeping it that way!

Kris said...

Snow in Alabama?? Oh my heck!! But it is so fun!! We have actually had several days with NO snow!! I love your mug rug - What a clever idea and what is crayon "tinting?" Ha! Ha!! Your quilt room looks like my quilt room, my dining room, my living room (although it got straighted up yesterday because I had company last night), my office and my bedroom!! Que sera!!! Off to work on a quilt!!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

My garage, attic, bedroom closet, office and sewing room....those are my cluttered areas I want no one to see! Thanks for the giveaway!

pattiginaz said...

Main area needing decluttering is my house - all of it! Also working on decluttering debt/finances.

JudyCinNC said...

I surely do want this book and I am a devoted follower for sure. Judy C in NC

Ronda Asta said...

I have decluttered so often over the years, yet I sit and look at my quilt studios and think yes they need it again. More importantly my life needs it again because my quilting comsumes my life when I'm not working or at Church. I need to refocus. It sounds like a wonderful book and this is a great opportunity to possibly get a copy. Thanks for the great write up on it Denise.

Jan said...

Oh my, a Christian based book on decluttering? A dream come true. I've been a functional hoarder for years. I look like a minimalist on the surface, but just beneath is a jumble-in all areas! I'm realizing now that tossing out is simply treating symptoms...need to get to the source!

Oh, and one point for being a follower,please!

Jan

cyndiofthevortex said...

I'm a happy follower and fellow believer. I love your blog and read every post.

cyndiofthevortex said...

I am actively giving much of my fabric away. When is fabric a burden to us and no longer a blessing? When we have more than we will ever need and buy it just for the sake of owning it. Share it with new quilters who have no fabric to speak of! Bless them as you have been blessed.

Sarah said...

I think if I could declutter some of my old crafts (ie not quilting) I would be well on my way to decluttering the house. Decluttering my schedule is a whole 'nother story...

quiltma said...

I need to declutter everything in my life. I've been feeling overwhelmed with everything. I have been decluttering my email list a few a day because it was sooooooo out of control.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Jocelyn said...

I need to declutter the guest bedroom closet! Also, I follow via Google Reader. Does that count? :)

Sheila said...

This sounds like a terrific book , I know myself there are many areas of my life that can do with some decluttering , my sewing room for one . Thanks for the chance to win , I am a follower .

Sherry said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. My life needs to be decluttered in many areas --- craft projects and obligations are the first 2 that pop to my mind.

Thank you for your review.

Sherry said...

I am a follower as well.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I am a happy follower of your blog and almost missed this post! :-o Sometimes getting to the computer is challenging. Thanks for the chance!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

We desperately need to de-clutter our garage. oh, and the closets. :-) Thanks for the chance!

Mary said...

This sounds like a wonderful book and I also stand convicted on several counts. If I am holding on to stuff I no longer need or enjoy, then I am called to share it with those who do need it. This is particularly true of clothing that no longer fits.

Mary said...

I am a follower, and thanks, again, for the opportunity to play!

Sallie said...

Looks like a very useful book! Thanks for the chance!

Sallie said...

I'm a follower.