Declutter Now! Review & Giveaway

 

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…

Connect with them at Action Plan Ministries and on their Declutter Now! Facebook page.

Win a Copy!

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*** I received a complimentary copy of Declutter Now! from Ambassador International, and this is the same copy that I am happy to pass along to my winner. :)



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Comments

  1. Sounds interesting! I know I need to work on decluttering my “stuff,” but I don’t often think about mental/spiritual/relationship clutter. If I don’t win, I may have to pick up a copy! :)

  2. Ilia Grubbs says:

    I have been working for a while on decluttering my time. Cutting out commitments that aren’t helping me reach my goals or following through on the direction I feel God is calling me to. I *thought* I was a minimalist until we moved last year. Boy, do I have a lot of clutter! I got rid of so much, but now, there are still boxes and boxes in my basement that I probably don’t need and haven’t missed in a year! I am definitely still working on decluttering my possessions!

  3. cheryl andes says:

    I currently had an “ah-ha” moment from a sermon this past Sunday at church. The pastor was preaching on the chaos of life keeping us from becoming more intimate with God. Balancing my ever-changing life is a challenge to me. Our pastor gave this example: some people are like platters; they can have a lot of things going on and go from thing to thing without much stress about it. Some people are dessert plates; they can only have a couple component on their plate to fully focus on and if anything else drifts onto that plate, it will cause much stress. I’m a dessert plate, trying to be a platter. My prayer is to accept that I’m a dessert plate, be ok that God made me that way and find a system that works for me and helps me get my work done and balance my life. Decluttering several aspects of my life would really help that journey. Thanks for this opportunity!

  4. I need to de-clutter my half-done projects. Well, that and my to-do list and my relationship baggage and my kids’ room, and (if a miracle occurred) my husband’s messy desk. :)

  5. I need to declutter things I don’t use often and all the paperwork that builds up so quickly! I’m working on decluttering my kitchen cabinets as my hubby is remodeling!

  6. callie lofton says:

    we need to declutter out kitchen and living room the most. well maybe the kids toys too…

  7. What a good review, sounds like you got a lot from this book. I’d love for you to share this with my Cozy Book Hop if you want.

    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com/p/cozy-book-hop-thursdays.html

  8. I need to declutter my time, and my closet! I have a bunch of things stored away in there that I would probably be better off just giving away or selling…

  9. I need to declutter my kitchen. That is the absolute worst area of my house. This seems like such a great book.

  10. My kids’ bedroom!

  11. I need to declutter my house! My whole house needs a serious declutter and deep clean to allow me to be more efficient.

  12. my closets

  13. I need to declutter my garage. I usually clean it thoroughly every summer, but this year I never got around to it, and it is a cluttered mess!

  14. I really need to declutter my closet, and soon!

  15. Kristie D. says:

    I need to declutter my closets. Sigh! I’m making baskets for storage. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  16. ahhh! i need help decluttering/organizing so badly. We have a tiny home with 4 people, 2 dogs, a cat and a fish… I need to figure out how to declutter our sunroom, garage, and basement in particular… i can’t tell you how nice it would be to park in the garage again or actually use the sunroom/basement for something other than putting “stuff” i have no idea where to put.

  17. My house can always use more decluttering! I’d love to read this book!

  18. nichol tone says:

    I definitely need to de clutter

  19. I need to declutter the basement storage room

  20. I truly need this book,.

  21. Amber Laughard says:

    My bedroom / stock room .

  22. We are living with my parents right now so we have a room for my husband and I and a room for my daughter and WAY TOO MUCH STUFF for two rooms! Not to mention all the boxes of stuff in the basement that we don’t even miss.

  23. fayme stringer says:

    my “office” area…

  24. susan quackenbush says:

    The garage is in very bad shape:)

  25. Miranda Gonzalez says:

    I need to declutter my room and my kids rooms.

  26. My kitchen!!

  27. NICOLE CLAWSON says:

    I need to declutter my closets they are in serious need

  28. All the various projects that I am working on throughout my house.

  29. Megan Parsons says:

    Our spare bedroom!

  30. I need to declutter my own closet! Too many clothes piled up in there. Stresses me out when i open that door.
    Cheers and Thanks.

  31. My closet!

  32. I need to declutter my room!

  33. michelle gilliland mcafee says:

    I need to declutter my mind and my garage.

  34. Susan Bangerter says:

    I think less stuff in my life would help me focus more on god and family.

  35. Sarah Yurga says:

    craft supplies and old school papers need to be purged

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