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am 4. Juli 2000
I agree with many of the reviews which state that this is NOT truly a Feng Shui book. While I think it's shameless Ms. Kingston has inserted the word "Feng Shui" to jump on the bagua bandwagon, overall she does have reasonable ideas and philosophies in why it's time to clear it out.
I would recommend this book as a quick motivational pick-me-up in anti-accumulation. I have referred back to it now and then to remind myself to go thru my closets every season. As for Feng Shui, I would recommend books by Lillian Too, or the book mentioned by the previous reviewer, by Terah Kathryn Collins.
The chapter on internal clutter is laughable, and somewhat brings into question her sanity and credibility. Had it not been for her unsupported claims, I would have felt comfortable giving her at least 3 stars, unfortunately, this is not so.
Overall, this is an "OK" book for clutter clearing, but don't buy this if you are looking for feng shui, it simply is not in here much.
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am 3. Juli 2000
Karen Kingston makes great arguments in why one should finally pick up the mess that surrounds. While her reasons for clearing clutter may be Feng Shui based, there is very little actual Feng Shui in this book which may be a disappointment for those that are seeking it. An excellent Feng Shui book I would recommend is by Terah Kathryn Collins and is titled "The Western Guide to Feng Shui Room by Room".
I would skip the chapter on clutter clearing your body, too much "quack" ideas with no nitty gritty scientific evidence. I believe there is another review here which specifically sites research which has been done to disprove the entire "bowel-cleansing" segment. Sure, fiber is good for you, but let's just leave it at that!
Overall this is a quick read. It gives many reasons to stop the pack-rat mentality, clear the clutter, and open up to new positive energy that awaits.
A great clutter book I would recommend is by Sandra Fulton. She's written many in this genre. The two I would recommend are "The Messie Motivator" and "The Messies Manual". Sandra goes into detail regarding a system for cleaning (in "The Messie Motivator") which was helpful. She also goes into more details of the psyche behind the typical clutter collector, I think many "messies" will relate.
So although Karen Kingston's book provides motivation to clear it up, there are far better books available for both Feng Shui and clutter clearing.
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am 18. Mai 1999
This book has changed my life!!It is a must for anyone who has trouble keeping clutter under control!I am a reformed clutterholic!! I have been a hoarder my whole life since high school, but after karen explained everything with so much sense and understanding, its like she broke an evil spell. I have now almost clutter cleared my entire 4 bedroom house and I have never felt so free,happy and at peace with myself. Now instead of dreading my house because it is so messy,I love it. I am a Law graduate, a skeptic but I tell your this book really works. Since clutter clearing,I feel happier, my mind is clearer and my relationships have improved. Everything karen says in the book is true. She makes you laugh and then you want to clean up your mess. You can feel like she really cares about you. Her book helped me so much I even went to a seminar she held in London!!My husband was so shocked by the change in me he started reading the book and even went to the seminar with me. People who I have passed this book onto have all benefited. If junk and clutter has been haunting your life for long enough, then take action now...let Karen help you, it will be one of the best things you have ever done !!
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am 20. April 2000
uh, when I got to the part about her being able to smell clutter in people's auras and then the part about how everything that happens in a house imprints itself into the walls so that if someone who lived in the house before you got fat there you might also get fat there too unless you do the sacred cleansing ritual, and the stories about getting money and more money suddenly coming at you just by cleaning out clutter and then the VERY detailed colon cleansing section at the end, um, I felt the book was not for me.
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am 19. Dezember 1999
Being a clutterholic who keeps a lot of stuff "just in case" and for memory's sake (like 2nd grade report cards), this book was truly motivational and much of it made sense (like keeping stuff "just in case" means that not only are we cluttering the house for ourselves, we're also keeping things for people we haven't even met yet!).
Since reading the book, my husband and I have cleared out TONS of stuff in the house! We've had yard sales and donated a lot to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, and the rooms that have been "decluttered" are cleaner and more restful. Plus, with the goal of getting down to just the things we need, love, or use, we've been able to get rid of tacky stuff that we hung onto for no good reason, and stuff that we weren't using. The great thing is that after reading the book I felt selfish for keeping all the clutter- now I feel like I'm helping out by giving my "thin clothes" to people who could wear them before they go out of style. Plus I'm not depressed looking at clothes that I've inadvertantly outgrown. Or, for those gifts you get that you don't really love but feel obligated to keep, you feel better about giving them away because you know it doesn't mean you don't appreciate the thought and keeping it when you don't like it makes the whole thing worse.
I agree that the whole section on colon cleansing is a big wacky and although I read it the first time, I personally skipped over that the second time I read the book (it's the kind of book you can read every time you want a "pep talk" to clean). I recommended the book to my mom and my brother and mom keeps mentioning how dangerous the colon cleansing part could be, but in my mind that was a small section of the book and one that I didn't give much thought to because I'm more concerned with a clean, clutter-free house. So I wouldn't dismiss the book because of one small section. The rest of it, taken with a grain of salt, is the ONLY book I've read that has actually motivated me to DO something and get rid of the clutter! And honestly, we feel so much better about the house now. We still have work to do, but at least I don't feel like I'm living in a junkyard anymore!
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am 1. Mai 2000
She does a good job of defining the differences among clutter, junk, useful stuff, and so on. It is very practical about how to get rid of clutter and ways to think about it.
Then she ruins it in the last chapter by going off on a tangent about how your average person has a colon full of things from years past, has a ridiculous drawing of a wiggly colon and insists that the reader rush off to an herbalist for a colon cleanse to get rid of all these accretions from days of yore.
I have an acquaintance who is an herbalist, who said it was total nonsense and said that a sigmoidoscopy is going to reveal a smooth, pink interior to one's plumbing and not accretions and agreed it was all very strange.
I would suggest Ms. Kingston keep to what she is good at and keep her crackpot theories to herself. She'd have a much better book, for starters.
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am 12. Februar 2000
Authentic Feng Shui does not consider "clutter." In fact, that is a uniquely American obsession. Books that link clutter with Feng Shui are basically New Age books about housekeeping, with a puritan (Calvinist) twist. This is known to many people as "McBagua" thinking -- about as close to the real Feng Shui as McDonald's is to real food. Don't get caught up in the New Age obsession with purgation -- it's just the latest fad to separate you from your money, and gives real Feng Shui a very bad rap.
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am 7. Dezember 1999
Beware the health-related quackery in this book!
While I cannot speak to the usefulness of most of this book, I did read the section about reducing the clutter in one's body. One of the methods Kingston advises is taking herbal remedies to cleanse impacted fecal matter in the large intestine.
Kingston makes claims about "autointoxication" - stagnation of the large intestine (colon) causes toxins to form that are absorbed and poison the body) - that have not been scientifically proven. Kingston doesn't have the credentials to be making these health-related claims nor is there evidence in the medical literature to support her claims.
Since I should practice what I preach, here is the evidence Kingston either is ignorant of, or would choose to ignore if she knew it existed:
Ernst E. "Colonic irrigation and the theory of Autointoxication: A triumph of ignorance over science." Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 24:196-198, 1997.
Chen TS, Chen PS. "Intestinal autointoxication: A gastrointestinal leitmotive." Journal Clinical Gastroenterology 11:343-441, 1989.
If I'm going to read a book about feng shui, I'm going to read one that ONLY discusses the clutter in my house!
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am 27. November 1999
Overall, I found this a helpful and inspiring book though I felt donating cast-off items was given low priority in favor of throwing things in the garbage to "get rid of it as soon as possible". I appreciate the author's intention to create a smooth flow during the clutter-purge, but just about every town has one or two drop-off centers for donations. In a high consumerism society that can afford to accumulate clutter, there are often many items that would benefit others. The author suggests renting a dumpster for a month or so to facilitate the cleaning process--certainly if someone could manage the expense and irritation of an ugly dumpster in their yard they could manage some trips to the Salvation Army! If cleaning clutter creates a positive energy flow and checks over-consumerism, why not carry that thought through by giving high priority to donating what's still useful?
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am 25. Juli 1999
I've been working on clutter for years. Don Aslett, author of many books about it and cleaning in general, gets you motivated and able to laugh at yourself; but this book is equally wonderful in its own way, setting clutter into a larger, almost spiritual context. You truly see how (and why) it affects your life, and it also helps you to want to change it. Kingston writes in a simple but truthful manner that's very warm and understanding, but helps move you on to a higher plane: actually dealing with it. I got very motivated and cleared lots of clutter, thanks to this book. Once you read a book like Kingston's, basic "organize your space" books from professional organizers really seem to be dry, unaesthetic and uninteresting. Great book.
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