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I have come out of the closet in the past year and have declared that I am a hoarder. I wouldn't become champion on "All-Star Hoarders," but I do my share. I called myself a saver or a recycler, but I had to finally come clean with myself and admit the truth. While I have "come out" as a hoarder to some people, I still do not have the candor that Eve Schaub has in this book. I love her so much.
I do have to admit a bit of jealousy knowing that she has that huge room and most of her clutter was confined there. Mine is not. But my house is much smaller.
The main thing I loved about this is that she honestly and rationally explained why she is the way she is. I, too, save things for sentimental reasons. As she said about her father, he didn't want to give things up because he might forget the memory that the item evoked.
Something that has prompted me to let go is the thought that my adult children will be burdened by my "legacy" if I don't cut it down.
I so appreciated taking this journey with Eve in making her Hell Room usable again. I'm not sure if I'm ready to get rid of that fifth grade report card (yes, I do have it!) but I hope to channel a little of Eve O. Schaub as I sort through the souvenirs of my life.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Lovely, lively writing but I struggled with the narrator's sometimes monotone performance. It just didn't seem like a good fit. The story really resonated with me though and I'd happily listen to it again. As someone who struggles with both clutter and mental illness herself I really appreciate the author's frank, funny, and poignant story.
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What did you like best about this story?
I really liked how real the story was and Eve's process to get her 'hell room' and in general, her life sorted. There were many antidotes that I could relate to and I think others would also be able to relate.
What does Callie Beaulieu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I read and listened to the story. Callie did a great job in bringing Eve's emotion to the surface and emphasing where it was important to emphasise.
Any additional comments?
It is an interesting story to hear how people view clutter, hording and/or what may be just a very big mess. I also found it hard to relate to how Eve, and probably many other people, feel that if you remove the physical item then the memory and emotions also disappear. I can accept that a physical item may jog your memory of an event, but for me, I don't think it is necessary to have a physical item in order to remember an event. I could also really relate to the concept of having rather than using because once you use something, once it's gone it's gone, so I have selected to have an item, or two, rather than use that item. I would recommend this to anyone who feels they have a hell room and want to hear how someone approached their hell room. It is not a self-help get organised book, so if you are expecting that then I would look for something. However, this can, and does, give you an idea of what to do and perhaps where to start.