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Lightening review: Unclutter Your Life in One Week, by Erin Rooney Doland

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The first of my 12 non-fiction books for this year is Unclutter Your Life in One Week – a 7-Day Plan to Organize Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life!

It was written by Erin Rooney Doland, Editor-in-Chief of, a site that (unsurprisingly) deals with the same subject as her book: freeing yourself of clutter.

Being an avid reader and writer, I tend to be picky with my selections, especially for instructive books like this one. If the font is wrong, I won’t read it. If the author’s tone isn’t something I can relate to, I’ll put it back on the shelf. Sometimes it’s the size of the book and how it feels in my hand. Maybe that makes me picky, but the way I look at it, I only have so much time to read. It may as well be a book that feels good and presents the content in an organized and effective way – and there are lots of books written on basically every topic. If one isn’t my cup of tea, there are usually ten more right next to it.

Back on track.

Here are my thoughts:

  • It’s organized. This seems like a no-brainer, but the same could not be said of all the organizational books available at the library. Doland presents her material in an effective, logical way.
  • It’s SMART. The book is organized into a “week,” with tasks for each day both at home and at work. The week format works fairly well, although she admits that some tasks will last far longer than the week. The format could also seem somewhat overwhelming if someone just looked at the index without realizing it’s easy enough to go at your own pace. However, if you followed it to the letter, it would be easy to determine whether you were making progress, which is one of the qualifications for SMART goals.
  • It isn’t lofty. Doland starts by describing her cluttered life, and her moment of realizing it had to change.
  • It’s practical. The book includes how to get each task done, why each thing is important, and suggestions for how to keep it that way. It’s fairly low-maintenance (does not require major purchases to get through). This is HUGE. If you’re someone wanting to clear out your house/office/life, the guide you use needs to be very straightforward, something that you can pick up and simply start using. And you could do that with this book.

In summary: it’s a great read, something that I’d recommend if you’re looking to get some organization in your life. Even if you’re not looking for a total overhaul (I didn’t think I was when I read it), there are valuable suggestions for every area of the house and for your office, so you can just read the portions you’re interested in.

Would like to read it again and actually go through with her suggestions! I would have this time around, but I had to return it to the library, since I procrastinated starting it and had already renewed it the max number of times.


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