My husband is a minimalist. He’s also an introvert. He gets a bit stressed when there’s too much going on around him – whether that means material clutter or a crowded room.
I’m not his exact opposite, but I have a much higher “stuff” tolerance. :) I’m also more extroverted – though not an extreme extrovert.
One thing that we definitely have in common is our need for regular goal setting and organizing our things and our priorities. We both value simplicity, and find that we are most content when we are able to break free from the “need” for more.
Reading this book on the heels of “Total Home Makeover” was perfect timing. My days feel more organized now that I’ve established some healthy habits, so I have the “headspace” to think about what really matter most to us.
About the Book
The first chapter of Declutter Now was about what I expected the entire book to cover – decluttering our hoard of “things.” The authors, Lindon & Sherry Gareis, help us navigate our motivations for keeping so many things that we don’t use or need. My timing in reading this section was perfect because I was preparing for a yard sale with a friend!
We didn’t make much money, but I didn’t let any of it come back into our home. We took the leftovers to our favorite thrift store, and I don’t miss a single thing!
The rest of the book takes a surprising turn. The couple digs into our relationships, finances, jobs, and physical & spiritual health and identifies all of the potential ways that our lives can be “cluttered.”
This book is ultimately about setting our priorities and following through with relevant actions. It’s about not hanging onto unhealthy things, people, or habits. There’s a challenge in it for everyone – and lots of encouragement, too.
About the Authors
Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries, debut their writing career with Declutter Now! They are small group leaders and certified Christian Life Coaches from Glendale, AZ with hearts that desire to serve God in a mighty way. Lindon and Sherry combine all their life experience to positively impact every day living with practical and purposeful advice.
The Gareises have a blended family of three sons and one daughter – Trent, 25, Ryan, 24, Devin, 22, and Sarah, 22. In their spare time you will find them writing, boating, hiking, gardening, or hosting a family barbecue. They love being outdoors, love being together, and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon…