Book Review – It’s All Too Much

‘…so what you’re telling me is that hoarding photos for [your son]’s future is more important to you than giving him room to play today?’

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh

I read this one mostly out of curiosity…I don’t really need Mr. Walsh’s help. On the clutter bell curve, I’m on the side with the 100-Thing Challengees. But I was curious, mostly because a book about decluttering is somewhat of a novelty, or at least it seems that way.

Despite what Mr. Walsh says, I wouldn’t recommend giving this book to someone unless you want to piss them off. “Here! You’re a slob, read this book!” Not really a happy message. However, it is a great book to read if you’re the one wanting to declutter. Yes, the information contained within is the same stuff you’ll read, for the most part, on the many minimalist and decluttering blogs out there, but it’s rather refreshing to hear it out of the minimalist context. Never once does Mr. Walsh espouse minimalism…he stays firmly in the realm of keeping you from being on an episode of “Hoarders” and that’s all.

And I think that’s my favorite part of the book. Gone is that particular tone unique to bloggers, gone is the insinuations of the minimalist movement. It’s just a book about rescuing you from having too much crap. For people who haven’t spent a lot of time reading minimalist and decluttering posts, his discussions of the psychological reasons for “stuff” will be very enlightening. Because he’s right…it’s not about the “stuff,” it’s about your attitudes toward “stuff.”

Overall, I highly recommend it. I’d get it from the library, but I get everything from the library, so yeah. I can see some people might want to keep this around as a refresher when the “stuff” starts to encroach again. Minimalists and people who have their “stuff” firmly in hand are better off sticking with the blogs, though…this book will be nothing new.

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