De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life
The Step-by-Step, Interactive Guidebook
for a Clutter-free, Less Stressful and More Fulfilling Life
Helen has revised her successful book De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life. “When my low inventory of books in 2006 called me to reprint the original edition for the fourth time, I decided to re-evaluate the text. I had downsized my life for the second time, this time from six rooms to three. So I downsized my book.” The revised edition is a 142-page workbook with new and updated text and additional motivational quotes so positively received in the original edition. Based on Helen’s successful workshop of the same name, De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life is a practical, self-help book with a positive tone, that weaves in spiritual principles for long-term success and humor to get you through some of the fear and stress that accompany change. Its interactive approach makes De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life different from all other organizing books because it focuses on you – the person who possesses and what it takes mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to let go and de-clutter possessions. “Make this edition your companion on the road less cluttered.”
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Here is what other authors are saying about De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life:
With the help of straightforward discussions and practical exercises, you will discover exactly what you need to de-clutter and de-stress. I recommend that you make this workbook your companion on your journey to a simpler life!
- Donna Smallin, Author
Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas
A far cry from the cold, impersonal “if in doubt, throw it out” organizing books on the market, De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life eases you into the process of clutter control. Simplifying your life doesn’t have to be a painful process. Helen Volk consoles, coaches, and encourages those with pack rat tendencies until they are able to free themselves from possession by their possessions. With exercises, personal anedotes, gentle persuasion and an uncanny ability to relate to her readers, the author entertains, and empathizes while she educates. A must-read for anyone who feels they are disorganized, overwhelmed or out of control.
- Harold Taylor, Author
Making Time Work for You
Her De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life is an invigorating mix of interactive workbook and encouraging quotations. Volk talks readers through the process of clearing out, organizing and then maintaining a lifestyle that is less cluttered and more energized.
Chicago Sun, 2003
I bought De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life as a New Year’s gift to myself. Thank you for such an insightful and productive commentary! The most applicable statements for me were the “maybes” on page 41. “Revolution” would be an understatement. I amassed nearly twenty garbage bags full of clutter! My apartment feels like a home again. Thanks again for your very innovative ideas.Ê They are greatly appreciated.
Amy D., Troy, NY
I want you to know that I have bought your book and am appreciating it mightily! What a masterpiece. I like everything about it – the format, the content, the practicality and the spirituality. It’s like having you at my elbow as I continue my de-cluttering and (ultimately) de-stressing my life. THANK YOU.
Mary B., Albany, NY
Your De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life guidebooks are overwhelmingly amazing, wise, organized, logical, so helpful, well-written with personal experiences. There are not enough adjectives to describe and praise your guidebooks. We are so grateful to have them in our possession. Chapter 9 on rethinking time and importance plus the cross-examining techniques are gems.
I began to read your book. I read as far as page 35. I went home on my lunch break and cleaned out a closet and took seven jackets to a consignment shop. I am so motivated to de-clutter my life!
Rebecca H., Clifton Park, NY
I LOVE your book!!!!! You did a fantastic job!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
Marsha S., Professional Organizer, Miami, FL
After reading your book, I cleaned out my garage, got rid of some stuff – including a large machine which I seldom used – and reorganized the remainder. See what you have started?
Bart C., Lakeland, FL.
I personally appreciate the “letting go” advice for my decade-old clippings on medical information. Chapter 9 on rethinking time and importance plus the cross-examining techniques are gems.
Joan S., Oskosh, WI
As a busy mother of two, I find there is no time to relax and enjoy life. This book is about simplicity and the freedom you can gain from it. It’s about paring down “things” and stop worrying about “things”. It’s step by step is easy to follow and you soon realize how much time you were wasting on the clutter in your house. Nothing makes me happier than walking into rooms once filled with old junk, drawers that wouldn’t close because of old paperwork, or closets that I couldn’t squeeze another shirt into and seeing an organized, easy to live-in space. It definitely helps lower stress levels.
Sarah, Cambridge, NY
OK, I’d rather read about de-cluttering than actually do the work. But this is one book that inspired me to stop thinking and start DOING. Helen starts with her own story, guides us gently (but firmly) to confront the whys and wherefores, and get us moving – in an enjoyable, non-threatening, effective way. I thought that throwing things out made me wasteful – but hoarding when others are needy is far worse. Now, five words I never thought I’d say: you should see my kitchen!
Kathy the Writer, Loudonville, NY
I like to use this book with some of my clients, because of the integral worksheets, and the step-by-step problem solving. Its nice having the questions & the answers all in one place, so they’re less likely to be lost. Helen’s breezy, upbeat style makes for an uplifting read, which can be helpful to clients who are feeling overwhelmed by their stuff.
Vickey Kaiser, Organizer, Fredonia, NY
Helen’s book is succinct, offers clear guidelines describing how to get started with the decluttering process, and explores reasons that keep people stuck. The exercises keep you focused on the project at hand, and de-cluttering is broken down into small steps so that it’s less overwhelming.
There are a number of books that focus on how to de-clutter and become more organized. Some books address the psychological aspects of de-cluttering but they offer little in the way of helpful strategies. Helen Volk’s book offers the reader more than just helpful advice. Her book serves as a partner and coaches you through the de-cluttering process. She uses humor, support and practical guidance in order to help you to make progress in your de-cluttering efforts. If you’re unable to attend her wonderful groups and workshops you can certainly benefit from this book and gain some valuable tools that are culled from her expertise and personal experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to let go of “stuff” that no longer serves you and experience greater peace of mind and a more organized physical environment.
Debra Gugig-Bauer, CRC, CASAC
President, CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE COUNSELING AND TRAINING ASSOCIATES