It seems as though not a day goes by that we don’t think about money. We cut back on spending. We chase a bargain. We try to save more. We strive to use less credit. We worry about funding our retirement and our children’s education. Yet we continue to spend money on things that don’t matter. Peter Walsh knows that money and debt can overwhelm your life even faster than clutter, and he has a plan to help you deal with that emotional and financial chaos. Peter’s previous bestselling books inspired us to successfully evict the clutter in our homes, on our bodies, and in six key areas of our lives. But for many people, clearing the clutter suddenly exposes deeper issues—financial, physical, and emotional. Sometimes our problems are not really about the physical stuff but about the emotional fabric of our lives—from our relationships with money to our relationships with people and even how we define and find happiness.
In Lighten Up, Peter demonstrates that this reassessment of priorities is a great opportunity to examine our lives and circumstances and to make the changes necessary to focus on the things that really matter. Exploring the real source of happiness, Peter offers a clear strategy for finding the delicate balance between what we have, what we need, and what we want or feel entitled to. With three unique audits that cover every aspect of our well-being, he takes us step by step through sizing up not just our possessions and financial statements but also our thoughts, goals, use of time and energy, and even our innermost sources of tension. He then shows us how to embrace the changes we’ve experienced, set a new path for the future, and come to accept that living on less can feel—and be—so much richer.
In Lighten Up you will learn how to:
• Change the way you and your family measure happiness
• Face your financial situation and set realistic priorities
• Create space for what really matters
• Plan realistically for financial and emotional security
• Be happier with less
Peter’s plan will help you achieve a personal balance that brings you happiness and the courage to choose a richly rewarding life over the mindless pursuit of more stuff.
Greening Your Cleaning
We all grew up thinking chemical smells like bleach and ammonia signaled "clean." But as Deirdre Imus reveals, some of the chemicals we use to maintain our homes are doing us and our families much more harm than good. In Greening Your Cleaning, the first in her Green This! series, Deirdre shows how cleaning house the environmentally responsible way can be as effective and often cheaper than the more traditional, toxic, means. This volume includes:
- Simple, efficient cleaning methods for every room of the house
- Spotlights on everyday products (all purpose cleaner, glass/window cleaner, laundry detergent) and the toxic ingredients you should be wary of
- Summaries of the latest research on the toxic effects of ordinary chemicals
- Resource lists of widely available "green cleaning" products and retailers
Filled with tips and testimonials, Greening Your Cleaning will show you how to streamline your cleaning products and practices, and how easy it is to make "living green" your way of life.
Want a low-maintenance bathroom that takes 30 seconds a day to clean?
Need whiter whites that get whiter for free?
Learn to live in a clean, healthy, more economical -- and Earth-friendly -- way with Ellen Sandbeck's Green Housekeeping, the must-have book for the twenty-first-century home. You will learn to maintain every part of your home -- from living room to septic tank, kitchen floor to bathroom sink -- using safe, simple cleansers and quick, preventative measures that will save you time and money, save your health, and save the planet.
Unclutter Your Life In One Week
Simple living isn't about depriving; it's about enriching. But while scribbling "Be more organized" on a list of New Year's resolutions doesn't take much effort, actually becoming more organized requires real change.
Are you constantly late to the office because you have trouble getting out the door in the morning? Is your house in such disarray that you can't have friends over for dinner? It's easy to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed when your surroundings, schedule, and thoughts are chaotic. The solution? Unclutter Your Life in One Week with organization expert and Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer.com Erin Rooney Doland. This essential manual is a simple, day-by-day plan for purging your life of clutter, becoming more efficient and productive, and creating a symbiotic relationship between your work and personal life.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for organization. Erin offers useful and innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in different areas of your home and office each day. Her down-to-earth approach will help you part with sentimental clutter, organize your closet based on how you process information, build an effective and personalized filing system, avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process, and much more. Once you cure the clutter, she shares practical advice for maintaining your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort.
It's All Too Much, So Get It Together
Today's teens have a lot going on -- from what after-school activities to choose, to what college to go to, to what job to get, the list of things to do and think about is huge. And the amount of junk -- mental and literal -- that accumulates is even bigger.
So what to do with it all? New York Times bestselling author and organizational guru Peter Walsh will give you the steps you need to keep what is necessary, purge what is not, and organize and prioritize everything in between.
IN THIS BOOK YOU WILL:
• learn how to identify your clutter, whether it be mental, physical, internal, or external
• discover, in four easy steps, how to declutter your space and your life
• apply these skills of identifying and removing clutter to all aspects of your life, including goals, schoolwork, after-school activities, and relationships with family and friends
• encounter tons of fun and timely quizzes, pop-out summaries, and stories from teens
So pick up this book and dive in to learn how to get started, get finished, and answer the most important question you can ask yourself while decluttering your life!