“Clutter: (noun) A collection of things lying about in an untidy state.”
The writer of this definition could well have walked around our flat for inspiration – and I’m ok with that, sort of – but when does our ‘stuff’ transform into something darker and perhaps more worrying?
Eve O. Schaub had an entire room taken over by clutter, which was gradually seeping into other areas of her home in Vermont, USA.
In her new memoir, Year of No Clutter, she doesn’t just take on the mammoth task of clearing out the ominously, yet appropriately, named Hell Room, she looks at how it got into that state in the first place.
Here’s the blurb:
From Hoarders to The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the question of what to do with all of our stuff seems to be on everyone’s mind.
Eve Schaub’s new memoir is the tale of how one woman organized an entire room in her house that had been overtaken by pointless items.
It’s also a deeply inspiring and frequently hilarious examination of why we keep stuff in the first place—and how to let it all go.
I was slightly dubious about how a book that, on the surface, seems to be about cleaning one room could keep me interested but actually it is so much more than that.
We seem to have a preoccupation with ‘stuff’ at the moment – from popular hoarder programmes to best-selling books that teach you the right way to tidy up.
What this well-researched title does is look at the psychology behind our attachments and, while it is about Eve (and her family), I certainly saw elements of myself in her.
Just like her previous memoir, Year Of No Sugar, her latest is inspiring and humorous – along with the odd ‘wait, what?’ moment (the story of the mouse, that’s all I’ll say).
My rating: Three stars.
Thank you to Sourcebooks (via NetGalley) for the ARC. All opinions are my own.