Saturday, September 28, 2019

10-Minute Declutter: Hundreds of Tips to Organize Every Room of Your House

10-Minute Declutter is a new release in a series of how-to books (10-minute series). This content was previously released in 2004 as 10-minute Clutter Control by Skye Alexander. This re-format and re-release by Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint came out 17th Sept 2019, is 208 pages and is available in ebook and hardcover formats.

The author is well known for her alternate philosophy books and readers should expect a book in accord with those alternative thoughts. There -are- a number of common sense reasonable bits of advice to glean here which will help all readers with streamlining and simplifying their day to day lives; keeping track of tools and supplies, throwing away outdated medicines and food items, keeping the house and yard tidy and other similar good habits to cultivate.  There is also a fair bit of 'woo-woo' which can be implemented or selectively ignored for some readers.

I am a fairly logical, rational, 'left-brain' engineer and despite that, I found the first section of the book describing and explaining some basic feng shui concepts interesting. I don't expect to be ringing a bell every time I come into my lab at work, or rebuilding my house (even symbolically) to acquire a better bagua profile, but reading about the concepts was informational.  Some readers will enjoy and implement the suggestions from this section, but there are also other good bits of common sense advice to be gleaned here.

The author's style of writing is chatty and conversational. She's easy to follow and has a very upbeat, positive style. If I can be forgiven for saying so, the book has a good 'vibe', and I enjoyed reading it. There are some high-contrast simplified graphics and illustrations, but no photography.  It's word-dense with a simple layout.

Three stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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