Saturday, March 31, 2018

Year of No Clutter: a Memoir

Year of No Clutter: a Memoir 
by Eve Schaub
Sourcebooks, Inc. 2017, 290 pgs, Biography.

In this memoir, Eve decides to finally tackle her “hell room,” the room in her house that is completely full from floor to ceiling with stuff, no walkways included. And did she mention it is the biggest room in her house? As she tackles the clutter in the hell room, she contemplates what makes someone a hoarder? Is it the propensity to keeping everything, or just a matter of not enough space? Her effort to get rid of an overwhelming amount of stuff forces her to also confront how she has tied her sense of identity to objects. Things represent different points of our personal history and trigger memories, if we get rid of those things aren’t we losing our reference point to our past?

This memoir is both hilarious and thought-provoking. As I listened to Eve’s battle with clutter, I felt a great desire to tackle my own clutter beast. I love how Eve comes to terms with her sense of identity and learns to let objects go, but still finds a middle ground for keeping important sentimental items. This is a great, light-hearted memoir that I think anyone could enjoy.


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