The Power of a Transformed Wife: Lori Alexander, Keeping a Tidy Household
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Chapter 16 – Clutter No More
Lori devotes a lot of space on her blogs talking about keeping a tidy home and decluttering. To me, this chapter doesn’t offer much to her book and is only taking up space. I guess it helped provide pages to the book.
Of the nine Kindle pages in this chapter, six are rewrites taken from Erin Harrison of Keeper of the Homestead. Lori states that if you want to learn to keep a tidy home, go to Erin’s blog and learn from her. Really? Six pages – 67% – of this chapter are not Lori’s words. So, what actual advice does Lori give?
First, she shows us that everyone’s home must be in either one of two states of being. Either your home must be so clean that you can eat off the floor, or you have so much in your home that you are a hoarder. There is no in between that the majority of people live in. Lori’s experience with hoarding boils down to the TV show and:
I once visited a woman I knew who wasn’t quite a major-league hoarder but she was close to being called up from the minors to the majors. I remember having to walk through tiny rows from room to room because there was so much stuff piled up high. I involuntarily shuddered…living like that would make me depressed. I like as little clutter as possible and plenty of free, open space. I even love an empty drawer or two!
This isn’t the first time Lori has talked about hoarders. I find her to be callous in her talk about people who hoard. She doesn’t understand that there is a reason behind hoarding. Hoarding is a mental disorder that may cause anxiety, loneliness, depression, or withdrawal from relationships and community. I have watched several episodes of Hoarders and while I understand it is reality TV and much is edited, I have found the therapists that work with the individual and families to be extremely compassionate and caring.
The only other advice that Lori gives is that if you haven’t used something in a year (especially clothing), get rid of it. Everything in life is going to burn up anyway, so why have so much stuff? And, buy the book, Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time to De-Junk Your Life! by Don Aslett.
Seriously. That’s it. That’s all Lori offers in this chapter. I think Lori could have decluttered her book by taking this chapter out.
She ends with an old blog post stating:
Since I know that stuff rusts, falls out of fashion, or is surpassed by the 2.0 version, I have no problem letting it go. I like giving away my old stuff. Maybe someone else can get some use out of those items. This confirms, as [sic] least to me, why there’s no reason to hoard or think about how much stuff you can accumulate. It’s all going to burn.
Honestly, I don’t think Lori could look past the piles to help a person talk about real problems because she would simply say, “If I can get rid of stuff, so can you.”
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