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You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff - you can get rid of clutter for good! Decluttering expert Dana White identifies the emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter and provides workable solutions to break through and make progress. 

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. 

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mindsets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. In her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out - for good!

Not only does Dana provide strategies, but she dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the listener's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter - the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent - as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter.

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, Dana’s chapters cover:

  • Why you need this book (You know why)
  • Your unique home
  • Decluttering in the midst of real life
  • Change your mind, change your home
  • Breaking through your decluttering delusions
  • Working it out room by room
  • Helping others declutter

As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that by following Dana’s advice, decluttering will get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.

©2018 Dana K. White (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Real help for the messies of this world

I think exactly the way this author describes her brain. We ‘messy’ people may be brilliant in numerous ways but we struggle with our homes because of the way that we think. This book gives a simple 5 step strategy to improving your home in a mode that will work for those of us who think differently from most. She goes over the same strategy a number of times to ensure by the time you are done listening - you’ll have the strategy ingrained. So far, my house is DISTINCTLY better since deploying the strategies. Even 3 or 4 minutes has an impact and that’s because the system doesn’t rely on the fact you’ll have longer to devote to it. Well worth your credit.

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Fun to listen to, but more importantly it works!

Read by the author in a very listenable, funny but most importantly helpful voice of experience, this contains concepts that really work to help you start improvement by your life - painlessly!

Having acquired a goodly stash of 'decluttering' books, some by famous and widely-acclaimed authors, I was beginning to wonder if I was a hopeless case. Having listened to Dana's simple but profound insights and gentle logic based rules I can now see that the reason the other books failed was that they were too complex, required massively ambitious projects I could never finish - in some cases not even really start - required imagination and visualisation skills I don't have and space to sort stuff out in, which I also don't have. In fact the other books made the problem worse, not better because I'd invariably get stuck half-day through Dana's system is so simple there is no way to get stuck and one simple rule that absolutely stops you churning, creating new piles or making a bigger mess while you declutter.

Those other books are on their way (finally) out of the door and I have stopped feeling like failure. I haven't finished, in fact I have only just started but already there is so much difference in my life and so much more space in my rooms. They are becoming places to live in, and thrive rather than dread spaces filled with misery-making boxes, clutter and junk.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you need your life back from the stuff that's taking (or has taken) it over - start here!

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Great book!

Have read a few decluttering books and also had my own business as a home and life organiser in the uk, helping people with hands on decluttering. This is my favourite author. Great, simple, motivating tips and an easy to listen to voice. Went on to listen to how to Manage your home without losing your mind. That also covers decluttering in some depth, so not sure you need both books, but loved them both anyway. Probably best to listen to manage your home first if you really need it.

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this book was repetitive but has truely helped me to declutter my home.
simple to follow, makes complete sence, just wish I had read is sooner.

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straight forward, no nonsense, witty and it works

this is written like Dana is in my head, her decluttering mindset pre decluttering, is exactly where I was coming from. I've been decuttering my whole life, but for the first time I feel I've broken the mold. a great read, with real workable technics.

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Finally

Finally someone who thinks like me. I thought I was reading a book about myself. I thought I was the only one who couldn't get my house in order and it in order. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and giving me hope.

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I listen and I listen again!

Love this book! No nonsense, no frills, just decluttering in a non-emotional way. Perfect for me and I am seeing results for the first time in decades!

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Good simple pointers

Simple plan for decluttering all parts of a house. A little repetitive in places but short enough in length that it was fine.

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Just what I needed!

When you just have too much 'stuff' and you can't find any more space to put anything, this book helps you start the de-cluttering . It is not scientfic, or therapy, but just enough to make the best use of the space you have ,not the space you wished you had.

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Gloriously kind & realistic

bought this after having got real-life effective tips from her (free on Spotify) podcasts.

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  • K. Rowe
  • 22-04-18

I wish I had this book 40 years ago

I've had a huge problem with clutter since I was a teenager. I had a hard time throwing things away for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the clutter would paralyze me. My mom tried to help me to get organized and would encourage me to throw a few things out, but the emphasis was on organization of my clutter, not decluttering. This book makes it crystal clear that organizing is not as powerful as decluttering. I now have a once-a-week de-cluttering afternoon along with my five minute pickups each day. I really wish I had this book 40 years ago. Best audiobook I've listened to in 3 years.

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  • Bridget
  • 28-03-18

Just. Wow.

I can’t even tell you how many decluttering books I’ve read/listened to/“re-read”... and still nothing ever really sunk in or “took”..and You’d think if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all...but this one really is different. I could *so* relate to this author-I, too, am a ‘creative’ and always see the *potential* in things...things that other people would just be like “wth?” And all these dreams of what I “could potentially do”or had “been meaning to do”-but (duh) even years later “never DID”..yet I was collecting stuff ‘just in case I did’...ugh) The container rule? {MIND BOWN} ... I have tons of audiobooks I never finished (I know, shocker!) ..but really, THIS ONE? I Read it twice in a row and I guarantee that won’t be the last time. TRULY..you won’t be disappointed ..it’s a must read for anyone needing to declutter and not have a bigger mess than when you started!

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  • DawnarinoZ
  • 07-04-18

The ONLY book that has ever helped

This is the most helpful book/audiobook that I have ever purchased! I love Dana’s sense of humor in approaching such a sensitive subject for me. She is here in the trenches with us fighting her way through the mini mountains of stuff that choke our homes, our family, and our psyche. Her straight forward and easy steps helped me get past the overwhelming beginning. Her self deprecating humor helped me out of the weeds when I started to hit sensitive areas. And her reiteration of the process helped me to remember the basic steps when dealing with a complex mess. Her narration is so charming that I felt more like I was chatting with my best friend than being taught how to unburden my house from a mess of my own making. Every day I wake up and put on my earbuds and listen to her cheer me on while I find a new area to make livable and beautiful. The Audible version of the book makes the most sense for me because I want to listen to her while I am working on my house, picking up and chauffeuring kids, and running errands.
I highly recommend this book before reading her first book about how to manage your house. After decluttering, managing housework is so much easier and less stressful. Thank you Dana!

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  • Kenneth Trey Smith
  • 07-04-18

Author makes an excellent reader

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It seems natural to assume that an author, more than anyone else, is best suited to read aloud their own writing. After all, they are the ones who strung these words together to create sentences that turned into paragraphs, pages, then chapters. If you're an avid audiobook listener, though, you've realized this is often not the case. Surprising, isn't it? But "Decluttering at the Speed of Light" is an exception. I cringe at the thought of someone else reading these words, with their conversational style and underlying humor. Dana White's words are insightful on paper or read aloud, but her humor is largely achieved in her unique delivery. She is pitch perfect.

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  • 18-12-18

Read this book for emotional support

The story behind this book is what drives the book. If you have trouble with the clutter in your life, and need support as you work through it, this book may be of some assistance. However, this book breaks down into some very simple rules that could easily have been summarized in a blog post. True, following the steps will probably help you de-clutter your life, but if following the step is all you need to do, then the cliff's notes would be a better choice for you than this book. If support is what you are seeking, this book has some of the personal stories and understanding that you may need to be able to hear the steps and begin working towards a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. It also has repetition. Lots of repetition. It's designed in such a way that if you are not going to write down the steps and begin working, then by the end of the book by gosh you will have the steps fairly well memorized.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

Very inspiring!!

I honestly do not even know how I found this book as I was browsing through Audible. But I am so glad I did!! The authors wit and way of telling her story of how she decluttered has actually made it enjoyable!
I definitely recommend this book!!

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  • G. Wright
  • 28-02-18

The best decluttering book out there

I love Dana’s approach and wit. And this system works! I highly recommend this book for people who aren’t automatically tidy or who wake up one day surrounded by clutter. Honest, funny and good to the bone!

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  • Ceanne
  • 13-01-21

Very repetitive & drawn out. Chapters don’t sync up.

I do really like that this is narrated by the author herself & Dana does have some great ideas when it comes to decluttering.

However, if you’ve watched a couple of Dana’s videos on YouTube or read her blog posts, you already know what’s in the book. Container concept. Clutter threshold. Start with trash & the easy stuff. Take stuff where it goes without making a bigger mess. And she just repeats the same stuff over & over going room by room. It seems as though this book is geared toward people who’s homes are completely overloaded with clutter & if you’re just an average person who has a semi-presentable home but wants less stuff, I think YouTube or blogs would be a better bet for you.

Other audiobooks have the titles on the chapters & all the chapters are correct - ie chapter 3 really is chapter 3 & it shows that chapter’s title on the track. In this audiobook, chapter 3 says it’s chapter 6 & there’s no title. I can have difficulty following along to audiobooks & this a big peeve of mine. Having the chapter titles help me to focus & remember the topic. It also gets a bit confusing when she’s referencing chapter 3 & it’s actually chapter 6.

Overall the ideas are good, I just think it should be a lot more concise.

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  • Barbara Kerr
  • 22-03-18

Awesome & Helpful

First off, I’ve never listened to an author read a book that was any good, but Dana was exceptional!!! If she ever decides to quit her blogging/writing, she could earn a living reading audio books. I would look for her ,that’s how good she was.

Secondly, I went into this book thinking it wasn’t really possible to change the way I think about my stuff, and finally get some things out of our home. I was wrong! I’m in the beginning stages, but I’m walking around my home for the first time ever and looking at it as a container. Dana has given me the permission I need to throw away and donate stuff instead of just figure out how to reorganize the stuff we have spilling out everywhere.

The book was extra interesting because of her own personal examples. I guess it seemed doable compared to those super neat freak women that want to tell you how to to fix your home. Thanks Dana! You’re my new hero.🌷

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  • Kelly Riddle
  • 02-03-18

"Spoke to my 'slob' soul..."

Excellent. Even includes a chapter on decluttering "dreams"! Can't wait to implement her proven tactics!

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