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Drawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has met popular demand by expanding on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. There is very little of actual Feng Shui here, and certainly nothing you can't get elsewhere, but the clutter problem gets full and complete treatment. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuckDrawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has met popular demand by expanding on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. There is very little of actual Feng Shui here, and certainly nothing you can't get elsewhere, but the clutter problem gets full and complete treatment. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk." Kingston covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. This latter can also apply to bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter, all of which Kingston describes with characteristic passion. In an age of accumulation, it's good to see a book that frees up life again....

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  • Nayra.Hassan
    2018-10-02 16:07

    ابي العزيز يحتفظ بكل شيء منذ السبعينات حتى الان كل شيء بلا مبالغة: راديوهات و اجهزة التسجيل من كافة الموديلات تذاكر طائرات و قطارات..اطنان من أوراق عمل انتهى ..حقائب و صناديق و علب و بلا حدود.. و لأسباب فرعونية بحته ..فعندما تسأله لماذا ؟ يجيب للتاريخ !!!؟بالطبع اشتريت الكتاب لاني اخاف جدا من هذا المصير .. لا يمكن ان يجتمع الحب و الخوف في المكان نفسه التعلق بالأشياء يعبر عن خوفك من ان تكون على صورتك التي تتمناها ..و إطلاق سراح كراكيبك يفتح الطريق لينفذ الحب لحياتكحسنا😏لم اهضم ما سبق تماما لكن هناك مايفيد بالكتاب العجيب معظمنا يرتدي 20./.فقط مما نمتلكه من ملابس في 80./. من الاوقات و" هذا يطبق ايضا على كافة ممتلكاتنا" ..و بالتالي يجب ان نصفي ملابسنا ..بعد مرور عامين من عدم ارتدائها ... وبعد تقييم مشاعرنا تجاهها ..لاننا ننتقى الملابس بعواطفنا و نشترى بعضها و نحن في حالة شعورية سيئة ✔من يحتفظون بالكثير من الأوعية و الزجاجات و الصناديق على التسريحة ..يكونوا أشخاص خاويين من الداخل😨 حسنا انا امتلك خمس صناديق على التسريحة!!االكتاب يطرح عدة حلول مادية و معنوية أبرزها فكرة الصناديق الاربعة الاساسية للتخلص التدريجى من التعلق :صندوق النفاياتصندوق الإصلاح صندوق إعادة الاستخدامصندوق مؤقت +صندوق الهدايا..صندوق المشاكل ..صندوق الصدقات ..صندوق المراجعات..صندوق المبيعات.. ثم تعلن الحرب على محتويات منزلك بالكامل..فانت لن تاخذ شيء مع الى قبرك {صينيين صحيح😄 مش عارفين ان الفراعنة بياخدوا كل شيء للقبر حتى الاكل }..لذا فلا داعي مطلقا للتعلق باي شيءماذا استفدت انا من الكتاب ؟ تعودت ان ابعد عن متناول يدي ما اريد الاستغناء عنه و اذا لم أحتاجه او أتذكره حتى خلال عام او عامين ..اذن فلنطلق سراحها لصاحب النصيباللغة سلسة و الترجمة معقولة تتعثر أحيانا و الجزء الخاص ببوذا الفينج تشو معقد و طنشته ..و اوافق بالطبع على ان هناك استبدال للبشر بالأشياء..لكن لم اهضم الجزء الخاص بتنظيف القولون و التخلص من كراكيبك الداخلية عن طريق إلقاء ممتلكاتك كلها و لم يقتنع ابي مطلقا بحرف واحد🌚ا

  • Christine
    2018-10-02 18:54

    Most of my friends read and raved about this book, so when I was given a copy as a gift I was excited. "Drink the Kool-Aid," they said, and drink I did. I read this book in about three days, which is amazing considering I kept taking breaks to clear out drawers and purge myself of all the unused, unloved objects clouding my chi and bringing my karma down. Which is the basic premise of this book. The stuff you hoard is more than junk - it becomes an obstacle, blocking you from the life you are meant to lead. And it makes sense - we hold on to things because we might need them one day, or because they once meant something to us. But keeping things "in case" shows a distrust in the universe, and in your ability to accomplish what you want to, when you need to. Keeping an object that once had meaning is like taking a beloved pet to the taxidermist (Karen Kingston didn't put it quite like that, but I know she meant to). There's even a whole chapter about clearing your internal clutter through gentle colon cleansing! (Tangent - I do not recommend reading this particular chapter while you are eating lunch, which is a mistake that I unfortunately made.) Despite all the good things about this book - it's motivating, it makes sense, and it's inspiring - it's also more than a little hokey at times. Kingston writes in a very simple and straightforward manner - no clutter in these sentences! - but some of her conclusions are a little too neat and tidy. "A woman in the UK cleared the clutter from the financial corner of her home and that night, for the first time ever, her husband gave her a $1500 check, with which to do whatever she wished!" Okay, maybe that happened, but the way it's written makes me think of email forwards that give you seven stories of terrible things that happened to people who failed to forward the message, and which will happen to you if you don't ransack your address book and hit send in the next five minutes. Overall, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It's a quick and easy read, which leaves time for more important things, such as clearing your clutter and freeing your mind. Kool-Aid never tasted so good!

  • Samantha
    2018-10-07 18:40

    I'm sure that Ms. Kingston's advice works very well for other people, but a lot of what she said boiled down to advice I've heard many times about how an orderly house leads to an orderly life, or that you feel better if you have less clutter. This would make for a fine book, except that I find some of her other statements offensive. If your house burns down, that's a sign from the universe that you need to restart your life. If you have books near your bed, then your primary relationship is with them and not people. If you have extra cans of food in your house, it's great to just throw them away. If they were outdated, I would totally agree with that statement, but otherwise, wouldn't it be better karma to donate them to a food pantry? I'm sure there are many people out there who wouldn't have any problem with the above statements and many of the others that she provides, but I found most of them to be quite irksome. If it wasn't such a short book, I wouldn't have finished it.

  • Emma
    2018-10-15 12:39

    Ok, I have only read a little bit of this so far but already it's inspired me to de-clutter various nooks of my house. It has a way of inspiring you to de-clutter instead of inducing guilt about it.Feng Shui is about the movement of energy through your home, and not surprisingly clutter is a major thing that gets in the way. She makes the point that you can follow the various advice to put a mirror here or a plant there, but if everything is all cluttered that is going to overshadow whatever positive effects you are trying to build. Clearing clutter is foundational.It also made me consider the files on my computer and the clutter there - my computer is my virtual house/office for most of the day - and I've got files in all kinds of half-implemented organizational structures. It's a sprawling mess. The only set of files I keep religiously streamlined and organized is, of course, my financial ones. Heh. And yep, look, the financial area of my life always hums along fine.I feel like ever since I opened David Allen's book Getting Things Done I've been on a perpetual re-organizing binge. So right now I'm frustratingly aware of my clutter and dis-organization and not feeling much progress in my quest for shiny-clean order and alignment. Actually, what I have now is a half-implemented GTD system. Which isn't really much better than what I had before. I did get a shiny new filing cabinet out of the jag though.OK, that's off topic. My point is, any book that can motivate me in a good and realistic way rather than a here-is-an-entirely-new-system-you-must-adopt is helpful. I need an understanding hand to hold, not an injunction that I must change everything at once or it doesn't count. I can't possibly change everything at once. I have a life. So baby steps is a much better approach. A room at a time. A shelf at a time. A nook and cranny at a time.

  • Radwa
    2018-09-22 12:53

    تتحدث المؤلفة هنا عن التخلص من الكراكيب، ليس فقط تلك الموجودة في المنزل لكن ايضا كراكيب الجسم والمشاعر والوقت والعلاقات الاجتماعية وغيرهاقضت المؤلفة وقتا طويلا لتحدثنا عن كراكيب من السهل التخلص منها وهي كراكيب المنزل أما عن الكراكيب الأخري فلم تذكرها بنفس الإسهابلكن الحياة لا تسير دائما علي هذا النحو؛ فكثير من الكراكيب علينا تحملها لأنها جزء من طريقنا علينا المضي فيه أيا كانت النتائجعلي سبيل المثال: ذكر زملائي الذين انهوا دراساتهم الطبية أن العمل بالمستشفي لا يمت بصلة لما درسوه وأنهم قضوا سنوات من عمرهم في "اللاشئ" هل يعطيني هذا حق ترك دراستي واعتبارها من الكراكيب؟وعلي مستوي العلاقات الاجتماعية فإن كثير من العلاقات التي يجب أن اعتبرها من الكراكيب هي علاقات عائلية، هل علي إذا التخلص منها حقا؟للأسف لا تسير الأمور كما ذكرتها المؤلفة في كتابها فإن علينا تحمل الكثير لتستمر الحياة كتحمل مثلا كوننا مصريين ونعيش علي أرض مصرأما عن كراكيب المنزل فمن السهل التخلص منها

  • Amanda L
    2018-10-10 13:51

    What does feng shui have to do with what your poo looks like? Everything, apparently.

  • Amy
    2018-10-12 15:49

    I've been on a purge of the "stuff" in our home for a while now, and hoped this book would encourage me to go forth with renewed energy. It did, a little, but I also found a lot in it that made me more irritated at the author than inspired. Books by my bed don't mean that my primary relationship is with books rather than people. It means that I'm an avid reader and read a lot of books, though (now) keep only a smidgeon of what I read. If my house catches on fire, it's not the universe biting me in the behind for my clutter, though it would be a misfortune. I found the author to be a bit patronizing, as well. What would really help me is a book that told me how to separate memories from objects, or how to detach myself from the joy those memories bring me of loved ones now gone, or times now past. It's not a sin to treasure memories, and sometimes objects help keep the heart whole, or help a wounded one heal. I want to cut down on our possessions mostly because I know it would make my husband happy, and to save my children from having to decide what to do with it all. The toy mechanical tiger that was my father's has memories for me from his stories, but they not only never met him, but never heard me tell the stories. Ebay, anyone? I think I need inspiration/motivation from inside myself rather than from inside the pages of a book.Thank you blogging for books for sending me this book. I am removing it from the pile beside my bed, to help declutter the house.

  • Carol
    2018-10-05 16:01

    I read books on decluttering to keep myself on track. I think this is one I got super-cheap on Amazon. It started out fine, if you can over-look all the mystical silliness. No new information, but fine for me as a booster. But. The author seems to think she single-handedly invented the idea that clutter is problematic. Even believes that all the de-cluttering television shows out there are a direct result of this book! But I was even able to mostly ignore that until I got to the chapters on the body. I'm not sure when I've see so much bad science collected in one place. Colon cleansing, holding your arms over your head on the toilet, monitoring your poop, bras channeling electromagnetic rays into your breasts to cause cancer... The list goes on. She presents this hogwash as fact, in spite of a lack of robust data to support it (and some of these ideas have been solidly dis-proved). For mental de-cluttering she even advocates canceling out last minute on your obligations if you just don't feel like it, rationalizing that says probably what the other people involved would want anyway. Really - that's not self-serving? I finished this book but ONLY because I am trying to meet my goodreads challenge. And now I can't get that time back.

  • Louloaa
    2018-09-29 12:44

    :') رائِع جدًا جدًا جدًايِكفي إنني قد تخلصت من كَراكيبي الداخِلية .. وكَراكيب مكتبتي الدِراسية وكراكيب مكتبة الكُتب .. يِكفي أنني أدركت أن في "التَخلي" قُوة تفوق قُوة "التَمَلُك"الكِتاب من الكُتب القِلة التي تمنيت لو أن آخر صفحة لم تأتي بعد بُوركت كارين كينجستون .. وبُورك جُهدها .. وفي القَريب باذن الله تَعالى ان منحني الله عُمرًا سأكتب باستفاضة ما تعلمته

  • StarMan
    2018-09-17 15:52

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway about 3 months ago, but the book failed to arrive. I contacted the author, and she had her US publisher send the book right away. Thank you, Karen Kingston, for going the extra mile. Attractive small-ish hardcover book. An easy, fairly quick read.This is a good decluttering book at its core, with some tangents that make you go "Hmmmmm....", such as (view spoiler)[touching/tasting/feeling the energy of a building or place (hide spoiler)]. Whether or not you are turned on or off by some of the peripheral content here ((view spoiler)[colon cleansing, anyone? (hide spoiler)]), the tips on de-cluttering/organizing are useful, motivating, and worth reading. I can see how this could also be a 2 or 4 star book as well. Some Westerners (especially those in medical fields) might chafe a bit at some of the odder content, but it was all pretty interesting. If you are the skeptical type, expect a few eye rolls -- but don't let that keep you from the rest of the book. VERDICT: 2.75 stars (some 3+ star tips, but too many 2-star tangents). Recommended if you want a de-cluttering book that's a wee bit different or "out there." This book isn't a keeper for me, but I did benefit from the tips within. A perfect book for your somewhat-mystical yoga friend who wants to straighten out their home, and possibly other aspects of their life such as (view spoiler)[their digestive tract (hide spoiler)].Similar books:["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Tiffany
    2018-09-19 17:41

    This is a book I need. And yet, whenever I read tips about how to de-clutter your life, I seem to always say that the ideas make sense, I can just never follow through with them.---------------------------Most of the tips and advice for clearing clutter was common sense (get rid of things that don't work; get rid of things you're "going to fix some day" that you know you won't; get rid of stuff that has no real sentimental value for you anymore; get rid of stuff you have no use for anymore; etc.) and things I know I should do or things I have done, but it's nice sometimes to have someone else to remind you about things. It's one of those times where I know I *should* do something, but maybe don't do it, for some reason. For example, I know I *should* get rid of things that have no emotional value anymore, or now have negative emotional value (even though at one time they had positive feelings attached. You know, that thing your boy/girl-friend bought you that one day. You know, that boy/girl-friend who is now your ex and whom you now hate), but I can't bring myself to do it because they did *at one time* have good feelings attached (Well, at one time, I *did* like him, and he *did* like me. Even though, now, he doesn't, that jerk. I hate him. HATE HIM!). So the book is a nice reminder/kick in the pants to get rid of those things. :D And other little things like that -- things I know, but need to be reminded it's okay to do, or reminded that I *need* to do.And I didn't/don't really buy into the whole touchy-feely, spiritual aspect of the book. Some of it seems to me (the skeptic) like common sense psychology type of stuff, not necessarily something that happens because of a Higher Power. But, whatever. I'm really just here for the cleaning advice.

  • Bark
    2018-09-19 11:48

    I am still far from being decluttered but am finding this book extremely helpful and motivating. I've read a few other beginner feng shui manuals and found them too intimidating. This book states the reasons people collect clutter and was a real eye opener for me! This was a terrific motivator for me and was more helpful than I anticipated. I now have a clean closet near my entryway (starting there because it's most important) and found things that had been buried in there for over 10 years! The author was extremely thorough with cleansing not only your home but your body and mind. I don't if I'd go so far as to do a colon cleansing, however (eh!)

  • Alkhayyat Alaa
    2018-10-08 17:48

    كتاب عبودية الكراكيب من اروع الكتب للتنميه البشريه التي قرءتها ، استفدت استفاده جمه ، خاصه ان هذه الحيثة لا يتطرق لها الكثير من المعالجين النفسيين وهي حقيقه ، تتكلم الكاتبه عن الكراكيب الخارجيه وكيف نتخلص منها ثم تتحول الي الكراكيب الداخليه النفسيه ، انصح بقراءة الكتاب للتعامل مع التكدسات المنزليه والمهنيه والنفسيه وحتي فب العلاقات التي حولنا ، من الكتب التي ممكن ان تقرءها لاكثر من مره وستجد معلومات اخري وبشكل مختلف ، اعجبت به وعملت جاهده للغايه في تطبيقه ، recommended

  • Janet
    2018-09-26 13:05

    While I ignored most of the feng shui tidbits (I've never really had the patience to figure it all out), I did find the advice for ongoing space clearing to be really terrific. Not too much mumbo jumbo and lots of clear, concise ideas for letting go of unwanted or unneeded stuff.

  • Tze Ru
    2018-10-06 16:55

    I picked up this immensely popular, highly readable and raved about book to learn more about the connection between de-cluttering and Feng Shui. After all, the title says "Clear your clutter WITH Feng Shui". TLDR, it delivers on the de-cluttering front, but is misleading on the Feng Shui (FS) component.To keep the review short, I will simply focus on the FS element. Suffice to say that as a de-cluttering book, this book contains useful information, but majorly not unlike what you will find in similar books.This book is not what online spin doctors proclaimed it to be, a FS "must read" classic. It reminds me more of pop-psych, which as a genre I do enjoy. If fun and ease of read is what you are looking for, then you are in good hands. If you wish to learn proper elementary FS, please turn elsewhere. I will explain.Granted the author stated the disclaimer that an in-depth study of FS can take many years, but the FS concepts presented in the book are too general, and hence misleading. FS 101 (Eight House Theory) teaches that the location of various sectors (representing prosperity, health, etc.) differs for different facings of the house. It is not fixed to a grid usable for all facings. Compatibility of a house also depends on the gua number of the occupant(s). In short, the wealth/health/relationship sector is NOT at the same spot in every house. And if one wishes to progress beyond simple Eight House Theory, one needs to audit the Bazi (Four Pillars of Heaven) of various occupants of the house for the most suitable FS placements/enhancements/cures, something best left to experienced FS masters. This is definitely not what you can glean from reading one book (and certainly not this book).Moreover, de-cluttering is empowering in itself; I don't see the need to unnecessarily overcomplicate it with the deep and interpretive subject of FS.I believe this is a most useful de-cluttering book, but sprinkling it with mystical Far East "magic dust" just to set it apart from competition is both naive and unnecessary.

  • Cayleigh Stickler
    2018-09-24 17:02

    *I'll write a more comprehensive review later.*I bought this book for a dime at my local library, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it changed my life. Growing up, I lived with a hoarder who didn't allow me to have things, which meant I grew up in a home where there was all this junk around me but none of it was mine. The few things that did come into my possession were later taken for garage sales. Needless to say, when I left home, I went on a possession binge because it translated to safety, security, and comfort. [Not exactly healthy, though.] I have always struggled with forming unhealthy attachments to things (I fell into all three categories, shocking!), and even more so with releasing things. I read this book in two sittings. I didn't write down the exercises, but I walked around my home and calculated the clutter. I found the room associated with the area of my life that needs the most work (I thought finances, which is my kitchen) and started to clean it, only to be pulled out and into the basement (symbolizes the past and subconscious, which is something I know I need to work on) where I went through forty boxes of things down there--in one night! This book repeated a lot of the same concepts, but I needed that repetition to get it through my mind that clutter isn't healthy or good. I am inspired, and after that night of cleaning and decluttering, I feel incredibly empowered to continue this process through my entire home. Sure, you can find these concepts on the internet, and probably not much of them are new. (Feng Shui isn't modern, after all.) But it's the way the information was presented that made it have such an impact on me, personally.

  • Nada Ashraf
    2018-10-16 14:43


  • Nadja Varga
    2018-10-06 12:03

    einiges an blödsinn steht auch drin, aber die essenz des entrümpelns und die wohltuende wirkung, die das hat, nämlich altes loslassen und platz für neues schaffen, so banal das klingt, wird motivierend vermittelt.als betroffene haufenbilderin und sich von allem schwer trennende, habe ich direkt angefangen und eine poster-geschenkpapier-schönes papier-ecke entrümpelt und uralte plakate weggeworfen. was für einen scheiß man aus sentimentalität aufhebt, ohne sich jemals damit zu beschäftigen.meine bücherregale waren schon vor wochen dran. jedes buch, an das ich mich kaum noch erinnern konnte: weg. geschenkte bücher mit widmung, die ich nicht besonders dolle fand: widmung rausgerissen (kleiner kompromiß) und weg öffentliche bücherschränke gestellt und in antiquariate gebracht, viele schwere taschen, und es sind immer noch viel zu viele da!jetzt wird weiter gemacht mit all den anderen sachen. immer mit der frage: liebe ich das?interessiert mich der gegenstand wirklich? ist er eine bereicherung?bei den klamotten wird es auch nochmal interessant werden. frau kingston sagt ausdrücklich, nur das behalten, was man wirklich wirklich gerne trägt, sich darin wohl fühlt und vor allen dingen auch schön findet. alles andere: tschüß.angeblich trägt man eh nur 20% seines kleiderschranks.karen geht sogar soweit und entledigt sich alter briefe und fotos. da schnürt sich mir dann allerdings der hals zu, soweit bin ich noch nich´. worauf ich mich am meisten freue? der freie raum.

  • Danielle
    2018-10-05 19:52

    This book inspired me to do a complete "feng shui" clean-out of my home! I have been scaling down my belongings for the past few weeks and feel such a surge of excitement with this wonderful revitalization of my living space. In the process of reading this book and clearing space in my home/life, I have had to stop and consider every single object I have been holding on to...and ask myself: Why? Why do I still own this thing? If it still has a use, then fine, but if there is any negative memory attached to it, then its presence in my home will keep me in the past. Instead, getting rid of things like this will allow me to grow toward positive experiences in my present and future. Also, quite practically, clearing clutter creates space for new things... I was amazed that this whole process of letting go works on so many levels. There is the physical aspect of it, of course, but it is also a cathartic, emotional experience. It was also a meditative process, too, awakening my spiritual sense (in a similar way that Yoga does for me), giving the old proverb "cleanliness is next to Godliness" a new meaning in my life! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to invite new energy in his/her home. It's amazing how the physical world around us, especially the home, can manifest in other areas of our lives as well...

  • Jen
    2018-09-15 18:56

    I really liked this book. It inspired me to clear out so much clutter. The central idea is that we can let go of our clutter by feeling confident that what you need will be available to you when you need it. In other words, I don't need to keep all the (tons of) craft supplies that I've been lugging around from state to state for years and never using, "just in case." I will be able to craft what I want with fewer things. Who knows, the right tool or doo-dad might just come along serendipitously when I have a use for it.I love this premise, but those who are sick of "the Secret"-type ideology might hate it. It's not exactly a scientific way of thinking, and that weakness comes through in the chapter on clearing the clutter from your body. Yes, there's a chapter on herbal colon cleansing, and it's full of pseudo-scientific assertions like "in countries where women have only recently begun wearing bras, breast cancer is only now becoming known," and "when you fast on juices all your internal organs get a holiday, so all that surplus energy is available for repair and revitalization." These kinds of statements just make me roll my eyes, although I do get the irony that I'm expecting solid critical thinking while reading a book on Feng Shui.All that said, I loved the book so much that I'm going to read her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui.

  • Erin
    2018-10-11 14:58

    I found this in my bedside table where I must have swiped it from somewhere and then forgot about it (ironic!) when I decided to clean up a little on New Year's. But after flipping through this (but before really reading much of it) I decided to really declutter my place, and this book was my feng shui guide! Yes, a lot of feng shui is woo woo, but I believe that stuff has energy, much of it negative, and it can hold you back because you feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have. I got rid of 5 big bags of trash and donated an entire rolling bin of goods to Salvation Army. I've touched every closet, drawer, cabinet, and shelf in my place. And you know what? I don't miss ANY of it. One of the most interesting things Kingston mentions is that yes, some of your things can be sentimental, but they don't have to have value forever...their time of sentimentality can pass. And so I looked at sentimental items in a new way, and thought--I've wrung as much sweetness out of these things as I need, and they've served their purpose. Bye bye, things!I'm sure I could take another pass around my apartment and get rid of a whole new batch of stuff, but you know what? This was a huge first step. I'm breathing a sigh of relief when I walk into my house!

  • Helene
    2018-10-11 19:48

    This book has helped me feel motivated to clear out a lot of clutter/junk I have accumulated in my apartment. It makes sense to talk about the "energies" that certain objects/things emit. The book has helped me understand a few things about myself, about why I have accumulated so much unnecessary clutter. I hope after I clean out the clutter from my apartment that I will feel better. This book definitely helped me feel some more interest in learning feng shui.The only complaint I have about the book is about the last few chapters. Most of the book talks about clearing physical clutter from a home, but then the final few chapters talk about clearing clutter from one's body, mind, and emotions. Even though the tips listed in those final chapters are good, they're a little out of place for the whole book. Plus, some of the advice Kingston states for "clearing clutter from the body" seems a bit strange. I also don't really like the tone she has in those chapters, making it seem like, even though she herself is a Westerner living in Asia, she is better than other Westerners in the sense that she "gets" Asian philosophy more than others. Maybe she has the certifications/qualifications to go around stating this, but I feel like it's a bit haughty and boastful of her to do so.

  • Florence
    2018-09-18 13:47

    This is a quick read, recommended to me as something I should read, so I could earn some extra cash helping others reduce clutter. Believe me, I have enough clutter, all those items I keep "just in case", or because they were meaningful at one time, even some very special clothes I wore back 40 years ago. They might be something my daughter could wear some day!Hmm! And then there is all this stuff I am storing for the kids!I once tried to convince a friend who was trying to stage her house for resale to remove the dozens of stuffed toys sitting in her daughter's chair. Her daughter ruled the roost! She could not part with or share her dated toys; the room was clean as a whistle but those toys stayed! Her identity was tied up in them.Karen says such stuck energies cause one to feel stuck in his or her life. Once they are cleared out, you can feel better and life typically improves. Right! I know how good I feel when I clear out all those old e-mails!She reminds me of my unfinished projects. These are definitely easier to horde!I can't throw THEM out just yet!Thankfully Karen allows a junk drawer, just a small one!The hardest, of course, will be dealing with my collection of books.I WILL HAVE TO WORK ON THAT ONE!

  • Catherine Woodman
    2018-09-23 12:01

    Even though there are some reasonable principals related to getting rid of stuff, why it is helpful, and what prevents us from doing it, the author is condescending, presumes the worst, and promotes things that are downright unprincipled in both emotional and physical terms. To say that you have t buy a place that had happy people in it, and if you screw that up, woe to you, well, she is not speaking to the people who have little or no control over that, and it also defers blame off of you for your unhappiness, it is your space. Great....why not encourage people to look at who they are, what kind of space works for them, and then seek that space out. Configure your space for the way you live, not how the place was originally designed--that makes sense. But not this. The other is that she offers unrealistic benefit--the benefit of getting rid of stuff is becoming unencumbered, not so that you will win the lottery and get what you want. Not recommended.

  • Kathleen
    2018-10-03 14:03

    I am obsessive about this book - just ask my friends and family - I am always trying to get people to read it. It is a tin litle book, but helps you sort out out the stuff people end up with and just GET RID OF IT. You want to think more clearly? Simplify your life? Spend less time cleaning? Clear your clutter. The section on clothes is the best, and her application of the Pareto Principle -- that most of us only wear 20% of our wardrobe at any given time, with 80% just there, year after year. Get a good friend, who will be honest with you, to go thru your wardrobe with you and get rid of the duds.

  • Jody
    2018-09-19 20:07

    As a professional Organizer and Certified Relocataion and Transition Specialist, I enjoy this book once a year or so, especially after dealing with client's whose homes are horribly cluttered. Less is More everyone. I find so much more energy and peace when things are in alignment. I try to start the year out right, although I must admit that after helping someone else sort through their junk all day, it really hard to come home and do your own. Every day is a new day, just 10-15 minutes a day will change your life. I know that I just have to keep plugging away - just what I tell my clients.This is something like the shoemakers kids having no shoes!

  • Amanda
    2018-09-25 15:39

    While it may seem simple enough to be organized, many of us end up settling for the clutter and chaos in our homes and lives. This book walks through clearing spaces and improving the energy around us. By sorting your junk, you organize your life.A concept that was particularly difficult for me to embrace was the idea of letting things go. While I am not a pack-rat, there are things I hold onto "just in case." Kingston tackles this idea well, and it goes hand-in-hand with the law of attraction. Removing things that we "might" need later translates into trust...and you will just have to read the book to get the rest!In the age of simplifying, this book is great for anyone!

  • Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo
    2018-09-29 15:46

    This was an easy, enjoyable read for the most part. The first several chapters had a lot of practical suggestions for helping to manage clutter. I found myself not getting as much of an understanding of feng shui from this book as I had hoped, and noticed many overlaps with Marie Kondo's book. When the chapter about cleansing your body (colon cleansing) came up, it felt out of place to me. I think it detracts from the rest of the book. Overall, a good read and I look forward to rereading parts of it (minus Chapter 20).

  • Mary Elizabeth
    2018-09-22 17:04

    Really helpful book - I'm not convinced on the feng shui actually, but I really liked her approach to clutter. She gives detailed advice how to go about getting rid of all the stuff you don't need and why it's so important to do. I completely agree that there is a direct connection between a cluttered space and a cluttered mind, things weighing down on you, feeling distracted, frustrated, paralyzed, like you can't finish anything, or move on, etc. In short I recommend it for everyone - just skip the feng shui parts, unless you're in to that.

  • Joni
    2018-10-12 19:40

    This is a wonderful, inspirational book. I like the author's conversational style. The first few chapters list the reasons clutter is bad for us, why we might have clutter, and what could happen in our lives when we declutter.I appreciate the information about the baguas in the home. I am sort of familiar with baguas from using them to do yearly treasure maps (vision boards) so I am interested in learning about them in my home.I really feel like pulling stuff out of cupboards after reading a few chapters. It's a nice, small, doable book that does not overwhelm me but motivates me.