Keep This Toss That. Finished 1-19-20, 3.5/5 stars, home, 304 pages. pub. 2015
Quick answers to the one key question everyone needs to answer in order to get organized and save their time, money, space, and sanity: “Should I keep or toss this?”
Keep This, Toss That answers all of these questions and much more. Featuring dozens of illustrated Keep/Toss Checklists, the book shows you exactly what you need—and what you can safely toss, regret-free (even if you’re a sentimentalist or saver)—in every room of your house, for each hobby or activity, and even online. It also includes:
• quick tips on clever storage solutions
• tools and utensils that can do double duty
• advice on how to customize the lists to suit your house, your family, and your lifestyle Answering the one key question you need to get organized and live happily with just the stuff you love, Keep This, Toss That is the one organizing book you must have. from Goodreads
I have a clutter problem. If there is a flat surface in a well used area of our home I am fighting a constant battle. I can pare down, but it must be something I do fairly regularly. Some of the problem is just not having a home to put everything, more of an organizational issue I guess. So, I picked this up as I was browsing the library shelves in this area and found it useful and easy to read.
There are lists of what to keep and what to toss or give away for every room in your home, including outdoor spaces. The lists themselves became somewhat redundant, but the extras that were included were where I found most of the value. Recipes for natural cleaners to eliminate all those cleaner bottles, lists for emergency bags or boxes for different purposes, lists of different ways to wear a simple white shirt and the shoes every woman should have, and different places to donate your extras. Have too many reusable bags (who doesn’t have too many of those freebies you get?) send them here and let them find new life.
I found it’s value in the easy and fast way it read and how it encouraged me to rethink some of the organizational choices I’ve made. The paperwork section was helpful because I am forever trying to find something that works for me. If you’re a clutterbug like me this is worth taking a look at. There is a newer revised edition so that may be the way to go.
4 thoughts on “Keep This Toss That by Jamie Novak”
I can’t figure out how the clutter comes back so quickly!
I have a problem with surface clutter on our kitchen island. I try to restrict it to just a small corner with a little wicker basket but, soon the keys, iPad, phone cords and more begin to encroach each day 😦
Clutter queen right here! Ha. I’m learning to embrace the chaos and clean up now and then.