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168 pages
Mar 2006
Beacon Hill Press

Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home

by Kathryn Porter

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Review:

First, go right to Chapter Four in Kathryn Porter's Too Much Stuff. This chapter attacks the top ten myths of why people cannot get rid of clutter, i.e. "I might fit back into this again someday," or, "It's good to have an extra for backup." None of these myths justifies clutter. In fact, clutter is time-wasting, unsafe, fire hazardous, expensive, and ugly.

According to Porter, clutter can be caused by poverty and unmet needs during youth, a current wish to appear prosperous, or the desire to leave a legacy. To Porter, it shows a lack of logic and a distrust of God's providence. Her own mother died when paramedics couldn't get to her through all the clutter in her house as they tried to reach her with oxygen and life support aid.

Porter believes human hearts need to be cleansed of clutter, too. She believes that licking old wounds, holding grudges, failing to forgive, continuing bad habits, and dredging up negative experiences add painful bulk to a Christian's life. Counseling, prayer, and confrontation with a former nemesis are needed. She shares biblical lessons, Bible verses, and personal life examples to help in this process.

Getting practical, Porter gives certain household rooms, such as kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, lots of special attention, but even the basement, garage, and yard are focused on. In Chapter Five, Porter ruthlessly sets ground rules for curtailing clutter, including no long-term house guests, no spilling of one's personal possessions into someone else's space, and no new activities (skiing, fishing, camping) unless the equipment can be rented rather than purchased.

To de-clutter one's life, Porter tells how to get off mailing lists, calling lists, and credit bureau lists. She explains how to consolidate bills. So, how do you handle transitions in the family? Well, take all the badges off the scout uniforms, mount them on a piece of cloth, and then give away the full uniform. Likewise, take photos of all the trophies and then throw them away. Give extra tools to a church mission work. Box up, pitch, donate!

Each chapter concludes with a "Homebuilding" section of appropriate Bible verses and a fill-in journal for prayers and praises related to de-cluttering home and heart. This is a functional book for obsessive people. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

We love stuff. Clothes. Shoes. Make-up. Jewelry. Books. Pictures. Movies. CDs. Letters. Recipes. Magazines. STUFF! Our consumer-driven society is constantly enticing us to want more, and before we know it--it's just too much!

We collect things for someday--recipes we plan to bake, craft projects we want to make, or gifts we hope to give. And unfortunately, what begins as an innocent collection of odds and ends soon grows into heaping mounds of clutter and chaos. Before we realize it, clutter seeps in and sucks away our time, our peace of mind, and our freedom. And if we're not careful, our possessions end up owning us. Clutter mentally and physically sucks the life out of us and traps us in a life we were never meant to have. But there is hope.

In Too Much Stuff, author Kathryn Porter challenges us to dig into the clutter of our homes and attack the attitudes and behaviors that allow this chaos to immobilize us. While giving practical steps on how to de-clutter our homes, she shows us how to de-clutter our hearts by realizing that God loves us through the messes we make and has a plan for us that doesn't involve being confined to clutter.