Thursday, February 7, 2013

5 Days to a Clutter Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space

Always looking for ways to be more organized, I was eager to explore 5 DAYS TO A CLUTTER FREE HOUSE: QUICK, EASY WAYS TO CLEAR UP YOUR SPACE by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims.

These authors have come up with a unique way of getting organized BBH_12355_5DaysClutterFreeHouse_COV_Approved.inddand clearing the clutter from your home. Their plan involves 5 days and a number of helpful friends and/or family members.

Their plan is called the ‘Mount Rushmore’ method. The ‘rush’ comes from the home being organized in only 5 days and the ‘more’ gives advice and tips on how to maintain the clutter-free zone.

Once you’ve got your mind set to clear up space, enlist a number of your friends and/or family members to help. Each helper is given a room to organize and various boxes in which to store items. They are not to throw anything away, but place the items in a box for the home owner to decide what to do with them.

Where most organizing methods focuses on going room by room, 5 DAYS TO A CLUTTER FREE HOUSE uses the body guide working from the ‘toe-to-head’ approach. Each day the group of helpers work on clearing another level of their room. The first day (Monday) starts with everything below the knee - the floor and lower shelves and works up from there daily.

Once the house has been organized, there are numerous tips and lists to help keep the house clutter-free. The book also includes time clutter busters for added assistance and a 10 minute tidy challenge.

While I’m not sure I’d want a group of friends and family de-cluttering my home, I can see this method still being helpful for an individual - only taking a bit longer to complete. The book points out simple steps that can be taken to be more organized that only take minutes. Once practiced, these steps can be a part of your daily routine with little effort.

Looking for ways to do away with the clutter that is overtaking your life, 5 DAYS TO A CLUTTER FREE HOUSE could hold the answers. Felton, a professional organizer, and Sims, a time management expert, give valuable insight into living a clutter-free life. 

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous and the author of many books including Organizing Magic. Sandra lives in Florida.

Marsha Sims is a national speaker who has taught seminars on time management and organization, managing the front desk, and projects and priorities. She has been a professional organizer for fifteen years as the founder and president of her Miami-based company, Sort-It-Out, Inc.

5 Days To A Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, Revell, @2013, ISBN: 978-0800721077. Paperback, 224 Pages
Available February 2013  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks for stopping by today. Do you have a method for keeping your house clutter-free?


  1. Hi Mason .. having had to recently move house and completely clear down .. I wouldn't like anyone else to do it. But I can understand some people, perhaps a family, feel they need the help .. and in some-ways - it must be really freeing ...

    I know I'd clear the house first of essentials - keep in all circumstances .. before anyone moved in!!

    But we achieve so much more if our 'life' is clear and clean at home .. and I'm about to embark on part two to get the new space decluttered as far as I can ... by myself!!

    Cheers Hilary

  2. I'm in love with this book from just the cover. I would love love love to organize others for a living. It's much easier to organize other's lives than my own. :)

  3. Sounds like a great premise and would certainly get me motivated. I think it would take more than five days around here!


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