Clutter is certainly something I’ve always had a problem with. Since moving in to the new house things look different but there’s still clutter – this time in the form of boxes that have yet to be unpacked. But it looks like there is good news – as this book assures me there is no “tidy gene” and that you can learn to be tidy at any age. I’m ready!
There is a method to using this book to help you – it is recommended that you read the first 2 chapters and then try out the bathroom exercise, then continue on with the rest of the book. There is a specific order of what rooms to de-clutter and you don’t have to do them in order, but if you are new to being organized it is suggested. The book is designed to be with you while you are organizing to help you make it through the process.
The book introduced me to “the toothbrush concept” and I really think that this is my problem. Your toothbrush is always where you need it, you don’t misplace it. You can find it every morning. You don’t put it anywhere it doesn’t belong just “for now”. And that is my problem. I throw things around in other piles so they can at some point “find a home” and then I have piles of stuff without homes.
After reading the first 2 chapters I checked out the bathroom exercise and realized – I’m already to a certain extent using the concept in the bathroom. So I just have to figure out how to use this in other rooms too! The future chapter talks about my go to excuse = I know where everything is, even though it’s messy. This section of the book described me to a T. It also showed me how my “method” is flawed. (and I am lazy!)
I found that this book has a lot of great tips and is better than a couple other books I’ve read on the topic. I think that some of these methods I will be able to use and stick with so that I won’t end up with clutter every couple of weeks. I liked that there are different tips and methods for different rooms – you’re not going to tackle the bathroom the same as a kitchen or a bedroom and different methods are all worked out for each room.
I now have a lot of work ahead of me so I better get to it!
I received a free e-copy in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
A revolutionary system to help even the most disorganized person live in a state of clutter-free bliss, forever Why is it that even the most disorganized person never seems to lose their toothbrush? How can this simple fact solve all clutter problems? The Toothbrush Principle is a simple yet inspired approach to decluttering any home. Whether in a mansion or a one bedroom apartment, this book will teach readers how to organize according to the unconscious blueprint that naturally tidy people have, so that getting and staying organized is easy. Using this system, readers will learn what to throw away with confidence; how to set up a wardrobe to get much more use out of the clothes they already have; how to work from home productively in a clear, designated space; and how to tame their inbox! Step-by-step, room-by-room, those looking to lose their clutter will soon find that they hardly ever lose things, that massive clear-outs become a thing of the past, and that they never spend more than 10 minutes a day tidying up. Here is the key to stop drowning in piles of clutter and start creating space to live out the life of your dreams!