In 2012, I received an email from another author asking about my experience with small press publisher Ambassador International. I never imagined the friendship that would blossom out of that simple start. Today, Lindon and Sherry Gareis are dear friends. Although we live on opposite sides of the country, we take advantage of texts, emails, and social media to stay close.
While my love for them adds a positive bias toward their writing, quite honestly, it’s not why I recommend Declutter Now! No, this seemingly simple, 250-page nonfiction started me on a multi-year journey that has helped me mold my life into one I love.
Downward shifts can be painful, even when you’re the one initiating it. ~Lindon and Sherry Gareis, Declutter Now!
Declutter Now! Description from Amazon
We all have too much STUFF! Not just tangible things, but also the harmful clutter we allow to take up residence in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. EVERY area of your life must be decluttered for you to live with the joy and freedom God desires!
- We’ll clean out closets, relationships, and finances.
- We’ll share ideas on decluttering your children’s lives from the get-go, and how to instill tools they’ll need to keep them that way.
- We’ll navigate through challenges at work and critical career decisions.
- Are you burdened by emotional ties that bind or physical problems which keep you in bondage? We’ll tackle those too!
Does your spiritual life feel empty or stalled?
We desire to help! Declutter what you don’t need to make room for what really matters. Less can truly be more!
- Do you long for more peace and harmony in your life?
- Do you desire more quality time with family?
- Are you seeking relief from financial burdens?
- Are you ready to release the grip of guilt and obligation?
- Do you yearn for an increased ability to serve God?
Declutter Now! is for REAL people dealing with REAL life! Discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ.
What I Thought
How do you attempt to change a situation which seems to have insurmountable odds against you? This is where you must dig deep and transition from being in the wrong place for the wrong reasons, to stepping over the line and starting on the road to the joy and freedom waiting for you. ~Lindon and Sherry Gareis, Declutter Now!
I’ll be honest and say that decluttering anything can be difficult. Yet one of the reasons I love this book so much is that it tackles more than the junk drawers and overflowing closets! Lindon and Sherry encourage readers to soberly look at their calendars and appointments, friends and finances, health and thinking processes. It’s all on the table for investigation!
The book lays out each area of life in separate chapters. While each one builds on the last, they are also independent. This allows you to skim areas where you are doing okay, but thoroughly read others more applicable to your life and calling.
The authors also cover life areas well, from physical clutter in our homes to relationship clutter, to work and schedule clutter. And I love the chapter on teaching our children to the evaluate clutter in their lives, training them up in this life analysis so it’s normal for them and not a life-overhaul like it was for me!
Everything they recommend is backed up with solid reasoning and great Scripture. But none of it felt forced or condescending. As I read, I felt like I sat in their living room listening to them talk to me out of their life experience–the good and the bad, the successes and the mistakes.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Don’t let mental clutter devour your ability to operate with confidence and success. ~Lindon and Sherry Gareis, Declutter Now!
If life feels stressed and overwhelming, this might be a great book for you. Even if you just want to tweak some things but aren’t sure how to proceed, check out this book. It truly helped me clean out, clear up, and find a life I look forward to every day. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
About the Authors
Lindon & Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries, are Christian Life Coaches from sunny Arizona who have a passion for helping people declutter their lives. Utilizing their combined personal and professional experience, they equip, encourage and inspire others through purposeful advice and practical application. The Gareises, AKA Grammy & Grampy, enjoy writing, boating, hiking or smoking a mean rack of ribs with family and friends. They love spending time together and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon . . .
To read more about the Gareis’s, click here.
DISCLOSURE: I was given this book by the author but was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”