I, like many others, have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It’s a great book with lots of great methods. But I am such a sentimental person that some of the steps in the book just didn’t feel right to me. Then I came across Claire Middleton’s The Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering. I liked the personal approach that Middleton took while writing this book. She acknowledges that for some people it is very difficult to let go of things when everything has memories tied to it. She then shares some of her personal experiences with letting go and downsizing. Middleton shares different methods of getting rid of things, whether it is to donate to a thrift store or to find someone who needs or would love the things you no longer have a use for.

Although I recognize this book is not for everyone, I certainly found it helpful. If you have tried other decluttering and organizing books without much success, give this one a shot. The Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering may just be what you’re looking for and give you the encouragement you need to succeed.

Reviewed by Lindsey, Circulation

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