It's All Too Much

  • by Peter Walsh
  • Narrated by Peter Walsh
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, "It's all too much"? If somewhere along the way you've simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It's All Too Much has the solution you've been searching for.Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC's hit show Clean Sweep, shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It's All Too Much shows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities, It's All Too Much will set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter.
At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.

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What the Critics Say

"Walsh...has written a self-help guide for the slovenly. He addresses the psychology that drives people to accumulate, helps readers come to terms with their own issues, and guides them in a plan to streamline and organize." (Akron Beacon Journal)

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Most Life-Changing Book I've Read in Years

This book is more valuable than gold. Truly. It contains hours of immeasureably useful coaching advice and knowlege concerning our relationship to our "stuff." It's narrated by the author in clear, natural way, and written in a manageable style. It lends itself easily to stop and start listening. Peter Walsh is experienced and honest. His true gift lies in making people aware of their emotional life in regards to their material possessions. Possessions is a good word; espeically as Americans, we seem possessed by our things, instead of being in charge of them. All this junk weighs us down in ways I hadn't thought of until Peter pointed them out. Our crap casts a magical pall over us. Peter breaks that spell. He punctures our self-deception, showing us how this stuff wouldn't be here if we hadn't let it. The glory of this book is not just how he points out WHAT is wrong, it's when he points out WHY. Why did my life get like this? He takes all the reasons people give (read: excuses) for why they keep drowning in their cluttered lives. He exposes the underbelly of those reasons. He's incredibly enlightening when he's revealing the many hidden personal costs behind our clutching, hoarding behaviors. He is kind but remorseless in helping people to see what it costs to live like they do. Then he helps you fix it. His book is a good balance between large ideas and a detailed program of change. If you follow it, you will invariably find your life changes for the better. Note: he WILL insist you get rid of things. He doesn't flinch from calling it as he sees it. And he's seen it all, as he makes clear. His message: don't be owned by your things. Live your life in a way that flows naturally from the choices you make first about how you want to be. Then learn to relate to your stuff in a way that fits those choices. Don't let your knick-knacks choose for you! Own your own life.

A final note: get the audiobook version--it takes up less space!
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- Ro

Not too much now!

This was my first audible, and I can't believe what a positive impact it has had on my life. The author is the narrator and he takes you step-by-step through your house helping to understand why you may be keeping "stuff" and how to divest yourself of it. I have donated tons to charity and still have a ways to go to declutter my life, but I listen to him over and over again to reinforce what he's imparting to me. Proof that it works...I went to Ireland last week and each time I was thinking of getting a "dust collector", I looked at it carefully and set it in my mind as a memory and then put it down. I was so proud of myself...thinking I saved myself from having to deal with more stuff when I got home. If you have a cluttered home, this audio book is a winner!
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- Anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio