This is Barb Lewis and the book I'm reviewing today is "Breathing Room, Open Your Heart By Decluttering Your Home" by Lauren Rosenfeld, a spiritual intuitive and professional declutterer, and Dr. Melva Green, a board-certified psychiatrist, best known for her role on the hit tv show, Hoarders.
I will admit I read all I can about clutter. Yes, I'm the one who had over 100 cookie jars and a few hundred Raggedy Ann dolls. It made perfect sense to me at the time. I called it collecting but my family called it something else! I watch Hoarders. I've taken a clutter busting class put on by a professional who goes into homes to help declutter. That was fascinating, by the way! So many magazines have articles about clutter. I found out Amazon lists over 2,000 books that have clutter in the title. $20 billion a year is spent on self storage and there are over 50,000 self storage locations in the United States! Wow!
This, however, is not a typical organizing, cleaning out book. This book does tell us how to remove physical clutter from your home but also tells about spiritual and emotional clutter, to let more joyful things in. The title comes from a Buddhist teacher who said we all need a breathing room in our home for seeking peace, solace, compassion and reconciliation. There are emotional and physical aspects of clutter and this has 10 guidelines to help us clear things. It goes into why we hold onto things that we feel guilty about throwing out. There are case studies of people who struggle with clutter not just in their homes but in their heart. There can be painful emotions with some of our things but for some reason we feel like we shouldn't let go of them. This teaches you about what really matters and is very inspiring. Objects are valuable in your life if they create happiness, freedom and ease. Also, and in my personal opinion this was so important, what you let go of can be a blessing for others.
"Your home is like a heart and your heart is like a home." I love that statement. It's amazing how much one person can accumulate and this book helps put the important stuff in perspective. I highly recommend it and now it's time for me to go sort through things!