Decluttering Your Home: A review + giveaway

23 November 2015

Decluttering Your Home - review and giveaway

My friend, the amazing organizer Geralin Thomas, has written a fabulous new book, Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets. The 176-page book, published by Firefly Books, is heavily illustrated with beautiful photos and drawings.

The publisher provided me with a copy to review and give away to one lucky reader! (See giveaway details below.)

I need to start this review with a disclosure: Geralin is a good friend of mine, as regular readers of the blog know. So I’m admittedly biased. But, really, even if I had never met Geralin, I think I’d be gaga over this book.

After an overview chapter on clutter and the hold it can have over us, the book is divided into the following sections:

  • Household clutter (divided by space in the house)
  • Digital clutter
  • Calendar clutter
  • Maintenance
  • Checklists and planners

Here is a photo of an interior spread in the Kitchen chapter of the book.

Decluttering Your Home review & giveaway

Geralin has been a professional organizer since 2002. It’s abundantly apparent in this book that she knows her stuff. The book is full of bite-sized information and suggestions for every area in the house. It’s richly illustrated, making it really appealing to read and very accessible.

The information in the book is a wonderful combination of practical and aspirational. She covers things that are in every home (like junk drawers) to things that I probably could only aspire to (a converted armoire-style storage cabinet with custom-made drawers to act as a pantry). So in that way, it’s a little like Pinterest!

In the book, Geralin offers specific suggestions on decluttering, as well as fantastic organizing and storage tips. So if you’re not dealing with a whole lot of clutter but just want to fine tune your organizing, you’ll love this. If you are dealing with clutter, it’ll be a godsend. I love the chapter on maintenance, which covers creating habits and also offers advice on coping with backsliding. And the final chapter—full of checklists of chores, tasks, and even wardrobe and meal planners—is really useful.

Would you like a free copy? Enter the giveaway!

To be entered in the giveaway, you must leave a comment here. Each commenter will receive one entry. After you’ve entered with a comment, you may get additional entries by tweeting about the giveaway (be sure and use @janinea in the tweet, so that I see it) and/or writing on the wall or commenting at the Peace of Mind Organizing Facebook page. The giveaway will end on Sunday, November 29 at noon central time and I’ll announce (and inform) the winner on Monday, November 30.

ETA: The giveaway has closed. Congrats to Jessica VanSumeren for winning the giveaway!

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I’m decluttering and purging in advance of putting my house on the market. This book looks like the perfect companion to that process.

Sabrina Maurer 11/23/2015 12:03 PM

I hate clutter – and I need all the help I can get!!!

Lori Nusbaum 11/23/2015 01:06 PM

Not only am I fighting clutter, I’m in the design process of remodeling a kitchen!

This sounds like something I should read!

Meg Safranek 11/23/2015 02:16 PM

Janine, your recommended books are always helpful. This one looks beautiful as well as useful! I am interested in learning how to maintain order once I get it. Checklists are something I love.

Anne Kaufmann 11/25/2015 10:17 AM

my house is a nightmare – i would love to declutter so i can breathe again!

joy 11/25/2015 02:04 PM

I’d love to get this book. I especially need help with digital clutter!

Crystal Young 11/25/2015 03:33 PM

Recently became a SAHM, and wondering how I let my house get this bad! Finally getting into a cleaning routines, but reel like I’m nuts relocating things instead of having a designated home for it.

Jessica 11/25/2015 08:09 PM

We are currently trying to declutter the house as we need the house rewiring, the biggest job is our loft! Please help!

Marion Turnbull 11/27/2015 02:04 AM

I’m pretty sure the book is fantastic the same way her first one From Hoarding To Hope. Anyway is always refreshing other organizers perspective on decluttering and organizing. Thank Janine for this review.

Nacho Eguiarte 11/27/2015 08:33 AM

Any book that you recommend is a book I want to read!

Sarah Ressler 11/27/2015 12:19 PM

I love following Geralin’s social media & webpage for all the great info she has for new professional organizers like me. :)

Pam Hoepner 11/27/2015 01:25 PM

Perfect for my organizing tip fix!

Briana Shawver 11/28/2015 08:06 AM

Awww darn it!! Read this too late! Maybe next time. :)

Karen Liggett 11/30/2015 01:08 PM

hic, I just want a copy of this book so bad..

Nicky 01/01/2016 12:42 AM

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Janine Adams

Hello! I’m Janine Adams — a certified professional organizer based in St. Louis, and the creator of Peace of Mind Organizing®.

I love order, harmony + beauty, but I believe that the way that you feel about yourself and your home is what truly matters.

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