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Old 10-10-2005, 03:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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For a friend..........who needs ALOT of help decluttering and doesnt know where to start. I gave her some ideas, but maybe a book would be more help getting her started and understanding the concept. Her life is kind of in chaos, and I know that some of that comes from the immense clutter in her house.......hoarding things that she doesnt need etc. I remember reading a great feng shui book about decluttering ,but dont recall the name.....

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I read a feng shui book called Clearing the Clutter that was good. Pretty basic, maybe not the best for a hoarder, but good for understanding some things and a quick read. nak

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Flylady has a book. I think it's called "Sink Refelctions" or something like that. It was written for people who didn't have computer access, I think it pretty much goes over what's on her site.
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It almost seems counter intuitive to buy yet another thing about, of all topics, decluttering. What I need most often when I'm overwhelmed by clutter is help and a plan. The help is poor dh or my mom, and the plan is just one room that day. To clear off all horizontal surfaces that collect piles. Find homes for the stuff or get rid of it. Next day, a different project. Baby steps~ Good luck!
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In the past (and by the look of things sometime soon in the future, but I'm trying to avert) I've gotten so overwhelmed with the clutter that I've laid on my bed and stared at the ceiling muttering "at least *one* thing is tidy in this house". I don't do it on purpose to make dh start cleaning, but thus far that's been the effect when I get to that point .

Often when I can't seem to start cleaning, I *can* help someone else clean. Is that weird?
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Its funny......but Ive been working on a cleaning schedule, but putting more energy in to ORGANIZATION.......which helps the house stay cleaner! And it makes it easier to keep it clean. So for me, thats the key!

I put some books on hold at the library for my friend......she's overwhelmed, depressed (she just lost her g-m) and doesnt know where to start. Im going over her house in a few days to do ONE room for her......clearing out the clutter! I think itll be alot easier to do someone elses house. I almost wish she wasnt going to be there so I could just do it....but Im a purger, at least these days, and I warned her.......
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