Cut the Clutter: A Simple Organizational Plan for a Clean and Tidy Home

Cynthia Townley Ewer. DK, $16.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-4654-5305-1
Ewer, founding editor of the Organized Home website, advocates for a clutter-free home to restore mental stability and calm, and gives readers the tools to make it happen, in this easy-to-follow color-coded manual. Her system, which she developed as a beleaguered single mom 25 years ago and originally published in 2006 under the title Houseworks, boils down to “reversing the tide of clutters by finding the roots of the problem in personality traits, mind-set, and behavior.” Ewer’s process is “assess, banish and box, corral, and control.” The book is divided into strategies for decluttering, organizing, cleaning, and planning in each room of the house. The book delves into the nitty-gritty of list-making, menu planning, and the cycles of cleaning. It’s best used as a reference guide for specific chores (e.g., stain removal or surface cleaning) rather than as a method to follow strictly. This practical guide will be a solid resource for young adults and new parents. Color photos. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/07/2016
Release date: 04/05/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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