Lighten Up!
Free Yourself From Clutter

by Michelle Passoff

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Paperback - 256 pages (March 1998)
Harpercollins; ISBN: 0060952652 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 9.23 x 6.07

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A uniquely holistic approach to cleaning clutter, this step-by-step program helps readers clear a pathway through their closets and papers to their souls and to a new life of greater productivity, spontaneity, confidence, and peace National radio satellite tour .

The author, Michelle Passoff, 03/19/98

LIGHTEN UP! Free Yourself From Clutter is a company that provides people tools to create miracles in their lives by being free from too much stuff. In addition to private consultations, seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats, I am thrilled to now have the book available. My suggestion is that you use it as a companion guide to clutter cleaning as a self-growth and life enhancement accessory. Discover how clutter cleaning can be an asset to creating an environment in which to live that nurtures and supports you in your life on a routine basis.

If you just flip through the pages of the book superficially you may mistake the book for a how-to manual like many you have seen before. But, LIGHTEN UP! Free Yourself From Clutter has more to offer than just helping you be neat and tidy. I recommend that you take the time to read it and discover the treasures that are woven throughout the pages. Like clutter itself, there is more in LIGHTEN UP! Free Yourself From Clutter than meets the eye!


The publisher, HarperPerennial, 03/19/98

Somewhere between practical self-help and spiritual enlightenment comes Michelle Passoff, who urges us to free ourselves of the burden of unwanted stuff and open new possibilities in our lives.

LIGHTEN UP! Free Yourself From Clutter is the first book of its kind to transform cleaning clutter from a burden to an art. It take readers on a journey through piles of paper, bulging closets, jammed drawers, overstuffed garages, and into their souls. Clutter cleaning becomes a life management took, helping readers become more productive and effective in everyday life. But clutter cleaning also frees the spirit and is a vehicle to change, heal, recover, and move on in life.

Reader Comments

S. Morris from DeCluttr MailList, 10/31/98
First book that put me into action.

I just bought a new book that I haven't heard anyone talk about yet. Lighten Up!, Free Yourself from Clutter by Michelle Passoff. I buy every book on organizing that is out there and this is the first that actually put me into action (2 hours declutter paper last night).

A reader from Mountain View, California, 04/08/98 - rating 5 of 5
Excellent self-help for all levels of clutterdom.

Who hasn't wished for a fairy godmother to come to our homes and, with a tip of her wand, transform our overstuffed closets into streamlined wardrobes, and our uncontrollable papers into files that actually help us? Well, with this book she has arrived, and I expect she will stay in my own household for some time. I have read many, many books about how to simplify and organize your life; Lighten Up! is one of the very best. Its tone is logical, thorough, practical, and compassionate. Author Michelle Passoff leads you step-by-step through the dreaded process, however long it will take, of reclaiming your home and the objects within it. But she offers far more than that, by linking physical de-cluttering with the metaphysical process of surrendering your old emotional and spiritual "baggage" and opening up your life to the miracles that will surely follow. Don't expect to dive right into your closet during the first chapter; instead, Passoff starts with a grand overview of the most important questions, such as: what do you want from this life, anyway? From there, she helps you attack your clutter methodically, from surveying your home (without scolding yourself), to learning the vocabulary of clutter, to aquiring the correct receptacles and storage options, to actually dismantling the clutter, one item at a time. Throughout the book, she graciously lets YOU take the lead, deciding what to approach, when, and how long it will take. I highly recommend this book to people with all levels of clutter: there is something for everyone here.


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