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America's leading housekeeping expert shows you how to de-clutter, organize, and clean your home, with easy-to-remember tips for every job, from keeping your bathroom clean and doing the laundry to sorting out paperwork and organizing the family photo album....

Title : Cut The Clutter
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ISBN : 9781405351904
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Cut The Clutter Reviews

  • ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
    2019-02-21 18:40

    Kinda skimmed through this one. Many of these are tips I already follow. This book would be good for those who aren't the best at organization and don't know where to start.

  • Stella
    2019-03-12 22:25

    Oh, wow, this is definitely a keeper and a great household management reference book, hence, not a one time read. It has so many tips, checklists, organizing, cleaning and decluttering plans, it's a real wealth of information on just about any household topic. It even has food storage guidlines for fridge, freezer and pantry, which I find really useful. It is divided into useful chapters on clothing, rooms, surfaces and systems, paper and finances, cleaning and planning your home. It also has forms and lists samples at the end, although every chapter already provides various checklists and to do lists. (I love lists!)I read a lot of books on organizing and I am fairly well organized myself, but this book has something for everyone without getting down unecessarily to 'emotions' (i find it annoying when organizers also try to be therapists). It is practical and immediately applicable.Highly recommended.

  • Monica
    2019-03-12 18:37

    This book starts with "skills for a well-run home". Appreciated the images, checklists and optimism!

  • Alyce Hunt
    2019-03-07 15:17

    Rather than just advice on decluttering and tidying, this also features a lot of advice on household maintenance and cleaning techniques, which wasn't what I was looking for. There are a lot of good ideas in here, but they aren't the kind of things that will work well for me. I did enjoy learning what kind of cluttering personality type I am, though!

  • April
    2019-03-04 15:38

    It's very thorough and informative-- almost to the point of being overwhelming. If you need to completely overhaul your house and systems, this would be really intimidating because there are so many details. It's helpful if you're already interested or moving in that direction, but not for those just learning.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-17 21:29

    Lots of pictures and a few good ideas. One thing I found amusing--borrow not buy books. Why would an author write this? Isn't it her job to make money for herself and publishers by selling books? All said, I borrowed this book from the library.

  • Dawn Winder
    2019-03-06 18:26

    This book helped me change my home into a more organised, well-designed environment. I went through the whole book and the filing system I created for myself and my family has been such a life-changer for me.

  • Dorothy
    2019-02-24 14:43

    Too basic

  • sleeps9hours
    2019-03-02 18:41

    I need these books often to get some inspiration going. In this one I found the first two chapters useful, on decluttering and organizing. Ewer made me think more about “centers” in the home for different activities, which refers to thinking of the focused activities that are done in the home, determining specific places for those activities, and providing storage for tools and supplies to be available in the center (her analogy is the set-up of a preschool classroom—spaces which always feel fun and full of possibilities!). She was also practical about minding storage “zones” of hot, warm, and cold, referring to areas you can get at easily, less easily, and difficult (high shelves, attic, etc). I definitely have some rarely/never used items taking up some prime hot space that could be better allocated. Her STOP method of decluttering is pretty basic: Sort, Toss, Organize, Put Away. Use a timer to keep sessions short.

  • Megan Larson
    2019-03-24 21:17

    Why did I not know until now that there are books out there that teach you how to "speed the cleaning, cut the clutter, calm the chaos???" I think I speak for many moms of young kids, wives of men (God bless them), and generally busy women, when I say that it gets discouraging to see persistent organizational problems or even chaos around the house when you have a decent brain that could work out solutions to all those problems, except you're just...too...tired.... woah, I think I just fell asleep there! This book is a wonderful answer to that frustrating situation, because its author takes the tired household manager by the hand and says, "here, do it this way: Make 'x' list, put it in 'y' notebook, don't buy that junk, do buy this tool." It covers so many aspects of household management that implementing everything really is a matter for the long-term, but it has been a great encouragement to me so far, and I have seen a lot of positive changes already. Is this the best book of its kind? I have no idea. However, it is so clear, helpful, well-organized and nice to look at that I've no inclination at present to look any farther. It's also connected with a really great website that contains all kinds of helps and support along the same lines as the book. I highly recommend it!

  • Shirley
    2019-03-12 17:27

    I have sticky notes, sticky notes everywhere. This book is definitely a keeper for reference. Here is a small sample of Ewer's suggestions that I marked.I liked the recipes for green cleaners."The quickest and simplest route to a clean house is to schedule cleaning tasks on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis." (Page 68) I'm thinking about starting mirror Mondays, toidy Tuesdays, and wood floor Wednesdays. I liked the fresh food storage and pantry storage guidelines. I have always wondered how long to keep fresh or hardboiled eggs. I have questioned freshness on so many of the items on both of these two- paged lists. There is also a very useful chart on treating stains. Do you know whether to soak those stains in cold or hot water?Mirrors and windows are one of my challenges. I will try out Cynthia Ewer's suggestions. Hardwood floors are my biggest frustration in household cleaning. She has useful advice there too.Yes, I have one of those coffee tables with filmy streaks. I must stop spraying directly onto the table and "lightly spritz" my cleaning cloth instead. My current cleaning methods tend to make things look as bad or worse than they did before I got started. I hope that following the hints in Cynthia's book can "calm the chaos" of completing these chores.

  • Elke Ursin
    2019-02-23 15:21

    This book had some fantastic tips in it! My favorite is the quick way to get some cleaning done by setting aside 10 minutes and getting one box for stuff to put away somewhere else, one box for stuff that needs to be filed or stored, one box of stuff to give to charity, and a bag for garbage. Set your timer for 10-minutes and just do as much as you can in an area. When the time's up, then go put away the box of stuff to put away and you've made some major progress. There are some great cleaning tips, along with some simple recipes for cleaners that are non-toxic and super cheap to make! I also now have a file drawer near the door so that I can sort, file, pay bills, and write letters right when I need to. I've eliminated the HUGE pile of papers to file and instead just file them as soon as I open the letter or pay the bill. Just great. I recommend this book for folks that need a little common sense motivation to cut your clutter and get a little more organized. It'll save you time in the long run!

  • Kelsey
    2019-03-01 16:36

    So I only got through the first half of this book before I had to return it to the library, but the first half was exactly what I needed. I love that she explains that clutter is a behavioral problem, and so fixing it needs a behavioral change...not lots of expensive tubs, shelves, and racks. I definitely garnered some great information that I have been applying in my life. **Update: I again got this book from the library to finish the second half. I was pretty disappointed. I still really liked the first half, but I felt the second half was just not for me. So, it has been a while since I read the first half, but I didn't feel like the second half really implemented the basics taught in the first half... or at least what I got out of the first half.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2019-02-22 19:45

    After reading this book, I learned that I am well organized and clean by nature. I thought there would be more tips in the book that I didn't already do, but majority of this book is how I live my life.The storage guidelines and treating stains were the most useful things I took from this book, though all the information I found very valuable. Not everyone is as organized as I am, and this book is a great tool to get there. So for all you hoarders and busy-bodies alike, this book is designed for you. Clear the clutter and feel better! Get a copy and put it to good use!

  • Megan
    2019-02-23 17:24

    I love, love, love this book. Halfway through I had to buy my own copy. I highly recommend it to anyone else who may struggle a lot or a little with keeping your house organized and clean (like me). If I can implement half of what she talks about I'll be doing great. I know I will never clean quite that thoroughly and often because it's not worth the time to me but I'm excited to start and I can't wait to be organized for the first time :)

  • dario
    2019-02-24 21:16

    De-clutter, organizing the cleaning, gain free spaces, focus on practicity over "I want it all under one roof" are things in the past... in my life.I read it with curiosity & attention. Nothing out this world the advices, but comes with "bonafide attitude": common sense at the end of the road.For minimalist, useless (ie: me).But for those with unlimited taste and ambition for material things, a God´s send!Period.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-03-22 18:18

    The book has lots of organization tricks and ideas. A lot of it is basic but some of it is advanced. I found the book a little too simplified for me with lots of extra talk about stuff I already knew how to do. It did have recipes for making homemade cleaning supplies though. It also had lists for putting on the fridge and freezer for keeping track of inventory. I guess in the end this book just didn't speak to my situation.

  • joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
    2019-02-22 16:16

    hands-down the best organizing manual i've ever picked up. it advocates practical, widely-applicable streamlining techniques. digestible chunks of info. great ideas. easy to read in small bursts. good pictures and useful charts and forms. *and wow, have i overused my 'ands' here* anyhoo, if you have piles of clutter forming around your house, or simply want to brush up on how to keep the family zoo a little cleaner, this one has my recommendation.

  • Minna
    2019-03-23 20:41

    Not terribly new or ground-breaking information. Much of the advice centers on getting rid of things to ease organization rather than attempting to organize the sum total. Admittedly this can be good advice sometimes, but I already knew it. I did copy out some very useful information on how long food products last fresh, frozen and in the pantry.

  • Monique
    2019-02-23 17:46

    I liked this book so much that it lives at my bedside now. I like organizing books. I like seeing simple ideas on how to make areas in my home function better. This book has a magazine quality in how the information is presented. I like to pick it up and look at whatever section of my home is bugging me and get inspiration on how I want to tackle the problem.

  • Kellie
    2019-03-14 20:44

    I borrowed this from the library and I'm ordering a copy to keep at home. It's just that handy. This book is filled with fantastic tips, organized in a completely logical way. The author seems incredibly relatable, too, which I like, and it makes the advice seem more palatable. I've already been pondering where I want to start to bring order to our little slice of chaos.

  • Cher
    2019-03-21 14:38

    This is a great get-started sort of book. Some of the suggestions I've already started/implemented, others expanded my view of our current "habits". I really like that the author emphasizes thtat each household is individual & therfore the plan is individual as well. I enjoyed this read - took extensive notes & can't wait to implement them.

  • Beth
    2019-02-25 18:16

    I found the book to be helpful in understanding some of my clutter and how to organize it better. It also inspired me to sort through closets, kitchen cabinets, etc. to organize those few areas that had me dumb-founded. The tips on cleaning seemed a bit extreme, but I guess there are people who need that. Overall I found it to be a good and useful book.

  • Azabu
    2019-02-23 16:23

    Ewer’s mantra ‘assess, banish and box, corral and control’works by using a color coding system: challenges are divided into decluttering (green), organizing (purple), cleaning (pink) and planning (blue). In a country of hoarders and recyclers Ewer advocates a ‘no buy diet’, a strategy of borrowing rather than purchasing. Worth a try!

  • Alison
    2019-03-14 19:35

    This is a well laid out book on tackling the organization of your home. She covers everything from how to clean to how to organize and how to effectively store things. I follow the FLYLady emails and I found this was incredibly similar, right down to using the same terminology in a lot of places, but as far as I know there are no official ties between them.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-20 22:43

    Having read magazines since I was a kid, just about every tip from Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Heloise and others is condensed in this book. Common sense, a few cleaning solution recipes and there you go. Was very disappointed. Maybe I'm looking for a book that will actually clean my clutter! Let me know when that comes out.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-24 15:38

    I've been a follower of Cynthia Townley Ewer for many years. This is a great book. My home is very organized, so I didn't find anything new in this book, but it was a pleasure to browse through each chapter.

  • Robyn
    2019-03-10 20:35

    This book has a lot of information. Everything is organized and gets into more details at each new section. This is the type of book that you would have to keep on hand to remember all the information. The author has a blog as well for you to get more information from.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-28 22:28

    A quick flick and skim, which didn't really teach me anything new. I'm not a big one for clutter anyway, but got some useful cleaning tips and fresh motivation to remove some more of the superfluous items in my home.

  • Julia
    2019-03-23 22:34

    She suggests some great ideas for systems to make everyday life easier. I would be lying if I said I'd cut the clutter completely as a result of reading the book but I raved about it so much that my sister went and bought a copy.