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Summary

Eve has a problem with clutter. Too much stuff and too easily acquired, it confronts her in every corner and on every surface in her house. When she pledges to tackle the worst offender, her horror of a "hell room", she anticipates finally being able to throw away all of the unnecessary things she can't bring herself to part with: her fifth-grade report card, dried-up art supplies, an old vinyl raincoat. But what Eve discovers isn't just old CDs and outdated clothing, but a fierce desire within herself to hold on to her identity. Our things represent our memories, our history, a million tiny reference points in our lives. If we throw our stuff in the trash, where does that leave us? And if we don't...how do we know what's really important? Everyone has their own hell room, and Eve's battle with her clutter, along with her eventual self-clarity, encourages everyone to dig into their past to declutter their future. Year of No Clutter is a deeply inspiring - and frequently hilarious - examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.

©2017 Eve O. Schaub (P)2017 Tantor

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Understand the hoarder

This book had strong impact on me. It made me feel very anxious and sick. I finished the book with dreadful doom feeling. Im feeling like I've spend one day in Eve's head and I wanna run run runaway from her. It gave me very good understanding of sick mind or obsessive compulsive disorder first hand. It must be really hard to be so anxious about every single item in her life. Well, my advice would be to take antianxiety medication for sure. the main issue is her anxiety not depression really so I'm not having the feeling she has this medically under control. I've seen the room on YouTube and I'm still feeling suffocated even after clear out. if she discards another two thirds of what's left only then the room will be comfortable to craft in. she's very fixated on objects like her life depends on it. I believe her value as human is not dependent on how much she owns. the most valuable stuff in the house is her and her family but all this clutter over power and shadows their souls. I'd say house makes no service to people if the most visible in the house is stuff rather than its radiant occupants. It really surprised she actually read and applied the life saving konmari method but excused herself why she doesn't want to live such extreme. I'd advice her to rent storage and make the complete konmari method, live like that for one year, realise if she miss it or not and then move the stuff back in the house, unpack it and live with it againI think this experiment would opened her eyes wide and clear in just few days.

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Great listen whilst decluttering

This is a memoir, so don't expect instructions on how to declutter. It's just one person's story of how their clutter affected them and their ruminations on the topic. Really enjoyed listening whilst sorting through my own stuff!

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  • Teresa Gregory
  • 05-04-17

The Author Channeled ME!

I have come out of the closet in the past year and have declared that I am a hoarder. I wouldn't become champion on "All-Star Hoarders," but I do my share. I called myself a saver or a recycler, but I had to finally come clean with myself and admit the truth. While I have "come out" as a hoarder to some people, I still do not have the candor that Eve Schaub has in this book. I love her so much.

I do have to admit a bit of jealousy knowing that she has that huge room and most of her clutter was confined there. Mine is not. But my house is much smaller.

The main thing I loved about this is that she honestly and rationally explained why she is the way she is. I, too, save things for sentimental reasons. As she said about her father, he didn't want to give things up because he might forget the memory that the item evoked.

Something that has prompted me to let go is the thought that my adult children will be burdened by my "legacy" if I don't cut it down.

I so appreciated taking this journey with Eve in making her Hell Room usable again. I'm not sure if I'm ready to get rid of that fifth grade report card (yes, I do have it!) but I hope to channel a little of Eve O. Schaub as I sort through the souvenirs of my life.

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  • Felicia
  • 18-12-17

Great book, just okay narration

Lovely, lively writing but I struggled with the narrator's sometimes monotone performance. It just didn't seem like a good fit. The story really resonated with me though and I'd happily listen to it again. As someone who struggles with both clutter and mental illness herself I really appreciate the author's frank, funny, and poignant story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-17

Clutterers can relate!

Eve wrote my story! I could relate to all of it! You have to be a clutterer/collector to understand, or live with one. I loved it! It's always nice to know that I am not alone in my struggles!

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  • Mama
  • 22-04-19

Helpful insight

Great read! Can't wait to read it again and gather more thoughts and insight. The narrator was truly delightful.

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  • A. E. Murray
  • 25-02-19

Funny and insightful

Loved this book! I have read and listened to several books on decluttering and hoarding. This is going in as one of my favorites though. Eve gives a humorous and unique way of looking at decluttering and a realistic mindset of why many people hold on to things. I found it interesting the link she made with her family and their various levels of hoarding and dealing with it. But what I found most helpful was the many ways she uses to get rid of things, but especially her creative method of recreating the piles of old clothes, sheets, and fabric into an autobiography rug. As well as the mountain of her children's artwork down to a keepsake book. But I also love how she realizes that it is ok sometimes if there are just some things she just can't part with, no matter what her brain tries to tell her. And I celebrated with her as she reclaimed the Hell Room into a loving, creative space for her family to use and enjoy.

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  • Malia Molina
  • 17-02-19

Great Narrator!

This book was so fun and funny! Heartfelt, honest, and interesting-the author’s memoir was a compelling listen. What I’m so grateful for is the EXCELLENT narration! It felt as though the writer was really speaking to you, but without the the self-conscious, awkward usually horrible reading that occurs when an author reads their own book. (Why do some authors think they are professional narrators just because they can write?!) This narrator was FANTASTIC! Just loved it and I highly recommend the book.

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  • julia kovac
  • 14-02-19

Written for me..

This is the book I most needed at this time. it has created the momentum that I hoped for. I will let the process unfold and return to the book as needed. There is a great deal of insight and, for me, historical information that was important. Even though I am a generation older than the author, her content nicely weaves through all generations.

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  • JohannaBjorkell
  • 27-09-21

Anxiety inducing hoarder continuing unnecessary glorification of random stuff

I usually don’t write reviews unless they are a five star one, I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. In this case I want to deter from that and write a one star review.

Reason? I come from a family of semi-hoarders. I have metric tonnes upon metric tonnes of things to still sift through as they pass away. I have dealt with my own collecting for 4 years now and I am these days a minimalist. Happuly so. It is an ongoing thing to manage, to curb the i flow, especially with kids. I have read bookshelves of books on minimalism, decluttering, organizing, time and self management.

This book was recommended by someone in a decluttering course.

This book is like an ongoing forever long episode of hoarders. You gag, you feel sick, you feel shame, anger, and to be honest I stuck this out but I had to leave the audio book again and again. Vowing never to return and then I thought that no, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

Spoiler: she is still at the end - just as her father - glorifying crap up until the bitter end. This is not a success story but a failure on magnificent proportions of seeing what that stuff is costing you and your family. You need to go to therapy. Wow, that sounds so harsh, but I truly wish that for you.

This was the longest episode of hoarders you’ll ever experience and just as with them you know that 80% will be back in a few years time.

This book made me feel like there is no hope.

Enter at your own judgement and peril.

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  • Betty Levenson
  • 07-04-21

Fun to listen to

Eve and I share the same agonies over clutter. I could really relate to her. I didn't pick up any good decluttering tips, but it is helpful to know I've got company in my struggles.

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  • Sue
  • 04-06-20

There’s hope:)

Eve made me feel as if I’m OK after all! She was very open and honest about her struggles in a very humorous way, a very relatable way. After finishing listening to this book I feel I will better be able to find new homes for things. I would very highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with keeping things, especially if you are a creative person with lots of hobbies and the “stuff” that goes with that. AND it’s okay to enjoy things, not be perfect, and with Eve’s insight get to a place of tidy that works for you. I loved this book so much!!!