itibaren Asoj, Gujarat, Hindistan
"Clutter--no matter if it's in your home, your head, or your heart--is anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living."~Peter Walsh, "Lighten Up", p. 184. This quote sort of sums up the book for me. It isn’t the traditional “how to get organized” guide. “…it’s planning for the full happy life you want to live.” (italics author’s). In Chapter one you define the life that you really do want to live; you define your vision for your life. We get clear about what we want, people. Otherwise, he says, don’t bother reading the book at all; it won’t help you to have a road map to nowhere. Peter asks you to “take a personal audit” about what really makes you happy. Take stock to figure out where we have been/are/going. You must undergo the uncomfortable (for some of us) process of focusing on yourself. Identify the source(s) of tension in your life and then make a plan to address it (them). This book differs from his others (the titles of which he mentions often in this book) because the focus is on financial clutter and he includes plenty of checklists and worksheets to help support you in your efforts to change, as well as to get the family on board. Peter maintains that if you take just 10 minutes twice (or even once) a day to organize/declutter one small area of your house (kitchen counter, bathroom counter, dresser, junk drawer) that it will really add up to big changes in your life. Ultimately, Peter wants us to create space in our lives for what really matters by clearing out what really doesn’t. I liked this book well enough. Where Peace and Plenty by Susan Ban Breathnach (Book 58: http://raisingmaine.mainetoday.com//b... )provided emotional support for women facing a dramatic downturn in their finances, Lighten Up provides tools and direction for redesigning your cluttered-by-financial-woes life. Both are of value.
You'll really get annoyed with the zealots and the sexism in the countries attitudes in the book, but the book is a blast. This is a number three on the ML rating system.