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Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
Written by: Dana K. White
Narrated by: Dana K. White
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff - you can get rid of clutter for good! 

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. 

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out - for good! 

But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the listener's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter - the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent - as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter. 

Sections of the book include:

  • Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) 
  • Your Unique Home 
  • Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life 
  • Change Your Mind, Change Your Home 
  • Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions 
  • Working It Out Room by Room 
  • Helping Others Declutter 
  • Real Life Goes On (and On) 

As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going. 

©2018 Dana K. White (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Entertaining and helpful.

The narrator is very easy to listen to. I played this on bluetooth headphones or a speaker while doing dishes, folding laundry, or decluttering! 😁 She is realistic and eye opening. Great if you have lots, or a little clutter. Lifestyle changer for sure. Let her advise soak into your everyday choices on belongings. I listened a year ago and will start it over today while I get cracking on house work.

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My house is truly mine again!

My house is truly mine again! this book inspired but more importantly guided me to purge excess things in my home that didn't make me happy. its repetitive in parts but that's because you need to hear the steps over and over so you don't forget when you tackle the next room in your house! #Audible1

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  • MA
  • 2018-04-25

inspirational Book

This book met the goal of giving me a system to declutter along with some inspiration.

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Dana is the real deal

This is the first time in my life that I have heard from a decluttering expert that I can actually relate to.

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Best purchase so far!

This book made such a difference for me in my decluttering journey! Dana's approach is simple, straight-forward, and makes declutteringg so much easier. This book is funny, highly relatable, and worth adding to your library.

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Great!

Well thought out.. I immediately started working on my clutter after the third chapter. This method works!

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Amazing!!

I love this book. I think it's my most listened to book on Audible, I've been finding I end up listening to it once every other month or so to reset my outlook on getting my home together.

The way Dana lays out her system for decluttering is simple, easy to follow, and most importantly, gets results. I truly believe this is because Dana fully admits she is not, by nature, an organized person. She fully admits that she is a recovering slob, and that is exactly what I (a fellow, trying-to-recover slob) needed.

Dana addresses a multitude of problems and has a solution to them, just be open to listening to the explanations the whole way through, there's a lot of tough love in this book. There were a few spots in the book where I definitely got a little wound up, but listening to Dana explain everything the entire way through has definitely helped me change my ways.

After listening to the first few chapters and getting the method down, I went about decluttering the entryway to my home. In 2 hours I made more progress there than many, many previous attempts, where I would sometimes spend the entire weekend trying to figure out how to manage it, and my entryway is now beautiful! I'm so excited to keep up the momentum of decluttering my home, and I truly could not have done it without this book.

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Very helpful

I am on a decluttering kick at home and I found the book very helpful in how to strategize and not get overwhelmed. How to make decisions about what to keep and what to throw and the message was very reasonable. 😊

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  • Dawn L. Zajk
  • 2018-04-07

The ONLY book that has ever helped

This is the most helpful book/audiobook that I have ever purchased! I love Dana’s sense of humor in approaching such a sensitive subject for me. She is here in the trenches with us fighting her way through the mini mountains of stuff that choke our homes, our family, and our psyche. Her straight forward and easy steps helped me get past the overwhelming beginning. Her self deprecating humor helped me out of the weeds when I started to hit sensitive areas. And her reiteration of the process helped me to remember the basic steps when dealing with a complex mess. Her narration is so charming that I felt more like I was chatting with my best friend than being taught how to unburden my house from a mess of my own making. Every day I wake up and put on my earbuds and listen to her cheer me on while I find a new area to make livable and beautiful. The Audible version of the book makes the most sense for me because I want to listen to her while I am working on my house, picking up and chauffeuring kids, and running errands.
I highly recommend this book before reading her first book about how to manage your house. After decluttering, managing housework is so much easier and less stressful. Thank you Dana!

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  • G. Wright
  • 2018-02-28

The best decluttering book out there

I love Dana’s approach and wit. And this system works! I highly recommend this book for people who aren’t automatically tidy or who wake up one day surrounded by clutter. Honest, funny and good to the bone!

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  • Bridget
  • 2018-03-28

Just. Wow.

I can’t even tell you how many decluttering books I’ve read/listened to/“re-read”... and still nothing ever really sunk in or “took”..and You’d think if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all...but this one really is different. I could *so* relate to this author-I, too, am a ‘creative’ and always see the *potential* in things...things that other people would just be like “wth?” And all these dreams of what I “could potentially do”or had “been meaning to do”-but (duh) even years later “never DID”..yet I was collecting stuff ‘just in case I did’...ugh) The container rule? {MIND BOWN} ... I have tons of audiobooks I never finished (I know, shocker!) ..but really, THIS ONE? I Read it twice in a row and I guarantee that won’t be the last time. TRULY..you won’t be disappointed ..it’s a must read for anyone needing to declutter and not have a bigger mess than when you started!

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  • MLH91
  • 2018-03-01

Love this book!

I never thought I’d write a glowing review about a de-cluttering book yet here I am. LOVE this book! Fantastic analogies, heartfelt understanding and realistic tips! Plus, it’s funny! I’ve read several books on de-cluttering but this book is by far the best!

Id recommend reading or listening to her first book as a prelude.

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  • Barbara Kerr
  • 2018-03-22

Awesome & Helpful

First off, I’ve never listened to an author read a book that was any good, but Dana was exceptional!!! If she ever decides to quit her blogging/writing, she could earn a living reading audio books. I would look for her ,that’s how good she was.

Secondly, I went into this book thinking it wasn’t really possible to change the way I think about my stuff, and finally get some things out of our home. I was wrong! I’m in the beginning stages, but I’m walking around my home for the first time ever and looking at it as a container. Dana has given me the permission I need to throw away and donate stuff instead of just figure out how to reorganize the stuff we have spilling out everywhere.

The book was extra interesting because of her own personal examples. I guess it seemed doable compared to those super neat freak women that want to tell you how to to fix your home. Thanks Dana! You’re my new hero.🌷

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-07

Very inspiring!!

I honestly do not even know how I found this book as I was browsing through Audible. But I am so glad I did!! The authors wit and way of telling her story of how she decluttered has actually made it enjoyable!
I definitely recommend this book!!

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  • Kenneth Trey Smith
  • 2018-04-07

Author makes an excellent reader

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It seems natural to assume that an author, more than anyone else, is best suited to read aloud their own writing. After all, they are the ones who strung these words together to create sentences that turned into paragraphs, pages, then chapters. If you're an avid audiobook listener, though, you've realized this is often not the case. Surprising, isn't it? But "Decluttering at the Speed of Light" is an exception. I cringe at the thought of someone else reading these words, with their conversational style and underlying humor. Dana White's words are insightful on paper or read aloud, but her humor is largely achieved in her unique delivery. She is pitch perfect.

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  • Catrina Minter
  • 2018-03-09

Anxiety, released!

You know when you know you need to do something, but you just need/want someone to tell you to do it? And you do want to start, but you don't know how? Dana's book helped me past this paralyzed state. I also welcomed the ideas of recognizing the difference among cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. All very different. I have already begun to o declutter my home, and it feels oh so liberating.

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  • Mary
  • 2018-03-07

This book is spot on!

Would you listen to Decluttering at the Speed of Life again? Why?

Yes, I have listened to it two times already and will listen again.

What other book might you compare Decluttering at the Speed of Life to and why?

Unf*ck your habitat. Love this book as well!

Which character – as performed by Dana K. White – was your favorite?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me realize that I am not alone in my struggle!

Any additional comments?

Awesome book with great, realistic, good solid advice. Love it!

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  • Kelly Riddle
  • 2018-03-02

"Spoke to my 'slob' soul..."

Excellent. Even includes a chapter on decluttering "dreams"! Can't wait to implement her proven tactics!

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