Sunday, March 5, 2017

Review: Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub


Title:  Year of No Clutter: A Memoir
Author:  Eve Schaub   (Author Website) (Facebook)

Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Sourcebooks (March 7, 2017)
Length:   320 pages


Everyone eats. Everyone sleeps. Everyone accumulates stuff.

The hilarious author of Year of No Sugar, Eve Schaub, returns with her new memoir, Year of No Clutter, to tackle the issue of “things.” Specifically, the 576-square-foot room in her house that is overflowing with stuff she can’t bring herself to throw away, like her fifth grade report card and pieces of plaster wall stuffed in a box.

Year of No Clutter is more than the tale of how one woman organized an entire room in her house that had been filled with pointless items, it’s a deeply inspiring, and frequently hilarious, examination of why we keep stuff in the first place, and how to let it all go.

My Review/Rating: Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub is a very interesting read.  Eve sheds light on her inner thoughts regarding her internal drive to save things.  Some items Eve save seem to have no purpose. The need to save these items are entirely unconceivable to me. I am not a saver or collector.  I don’t even keep books once I have read them. 

It is interesting, that while Eve has family members that are collectors/saver to a great degree she can not understand their reasoning for keeping items.  Year of No Clutter shows that the thought processes that lead to someone becoming a saver/hoarder is very personal to their life story.  As a social worker for the last 20 years, I have been in many homes where people have difficulty with saving.  I found it very helpful to understand Eve’s inner thought process and walk with her as she works to regain control of her “Hell Room”.  Eve is very cognizant of her behavior/tendencies and how they are being handed down to her daughters.   Will Eve end this family cycle of collecting after this year of working through her relationship with clutter?

“Periodically I would stop whatever it was I was doing to register the thought: the very fact that I have a Hell Room – much less the leisure to write an entire book about it – is one heck of a First World problem if I ever heard one. “  Eve Schaub

Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub is a 3.5 read for me!  I was very interested in understanding Eve’s inner thought process that led to her having having a “Hell Room”.


Year of No Clutter available March 7 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and Books-A-Million.

Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub was also reviewed by Fresh Fiction, Newberry and Beyond, and BookwormMummy

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing



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**Disclosure – Year with No Clutter by Eve Schaub was received from reviewer program and Sourcebooks in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own. #WeekOfNoClutter

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