Wednesday, January 07, 2015

review: IT'S ALL TOO MUCH WORKBOOK by Peter Walsh

Free Press
Released: April 21, 2009
Source: Friend
Page Count: 304

Rating: Didn't like it

In his bestselling book, It's All Too Much, Peter Walsh helped tens of thousands of people clear the clutter from their homes and lives. Now, due to many of those same readers' requests, Peter has put together the It's All Too Much Workbook. Designed with clear strategies and proven techniques for clearing out each room in your house and a plan for keeping your home clutter-free and organized, this workbook is the perfect next step in a lifetime commitment to creating your ideal life.

Starting from the outside of your home and then working through it room-by-room, Peter asks hard questions and presents challenging exercises that will help you to understand why you live the way you do and how to move from the clutter to an organized space that reflects the life you imagine for yourself. From an assessment of your living spaces, a quick purge of each room, ad the creation of your "dream spaces" to effective decluttering techniques, great organizational tips, and clear maintenance plans, Peter provides the step-by-step help to make your home work for you, now.

With quizzes, detailed step-by-step plans, a room-by-room assessment tool, and a special area for journaling, this workbook will help you break free of the clutter once and for all.

My Thoughts

The same organizing client who gave me Let Go of Clutter also gave me this workbook. Oddly enough, she didn't have the companion book that goes with it, so maybe it would be more useful in a pair. On its own, though, this is one of the least useful organizing tools I have ever come across! Really, Peter Walsh? I have seen you in action on Clean Sweep. You can do better than this.

This workbook is divided into sections by room, with little-to-no variation between sections. I feel that each room, or at the very least specialized rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, should have had more thoroughly thought out plans of action for specialized equipment that would only be found in those rooms. You would go through kitchen utensils differently than you would go through Christmas ornaments, after all.

Assuming that there is different or perhaps more thorough information in the companion book, I am confused as to why that and the workbook are not combined. Let's face it: many of the people who need organizing help (aka people like my client) are likely to lose one of the books!

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