"It's All Too Much, so Get It Together" Review and Giveaway



There's something about Peter Walsh that inspires me to get organized. Maybe it's his friendly demeanor. Maybe it's his practical advice. Maybe I just really dig his philosophy: that clutter is first and foremost a state of mind, and you first need to visualize what you want your life to be, what you want to use your space for, before you can really get around to getting some order in your life.

Whatever the case, I find that whenever I listen to him, I get shit DONE. After his workspace organization blogcast, I organized the kids' artwork projects. After I joined him as a panelist on his back-to-school organization blogcast, I organized the kids' toy bins, lunchboxes, and school paperwork. Slowly but surely, I'm clearing up my physical clutter, and in the process, streamlining my life. So I have no hesitation whatsoever about reading (and afterwards, recommending) his latest book.

The Basics
Peter Walsh's latest organization-advice book, "It's All Too Much, So Get It Together", is directed towards older kids and teenagers. He offers practical advice on identifying clutter, clearing up clutter and preventing clutter from coming back.

The Bongga
The book is as well-organized as Peter Walsh! He starts the book by giving readers a summary of what they're about to read, so they know what they're gettting into. Afterwards, he finishes with a summary, so readers remember his key points. And since this book is for older kids and teenagers, he writes in a friendly, informal style, with lots of fun quizzes, funny illustrations and easy-to-follow advice.

The best part about this book, in my mind, is that you don't have to memorize the whole book in order to get some use out of it. Whether you read a little or a lot, you'll find some great advice that can work for you. After reading just a couple of chapters, I was inspired to clear up my own clutter. I tackled my little laundry room and made 3 piles, just like he said -- Keep, Throw Away, and Out the Door. In less than an hour I had a huge Throw Away and Out the Door pile! Of course, the laundry room is still messy, but that's because I haven't folded up the clean clothes. I did get rid of a LOT of junk, and at least now everything in the laundry room is stuff that I actually USE.

So, come to think of it, the best part about this book is that the advice Peter Walsh gives actually WORKS.


The Blah
The title is quite a mouthful, which makes it way too difficult for people to remember.

Girlfriend: My kid's room is a pigsty.
Me: I just read this book, "It's All Too Much, So Get it Together". You should buy it for her.
Girlfriend: What's the book's name again?
Me: It's All Too Much, So Get It Together.
Girlfriend: What? Say that again? That title is all too much!


The Bottom Line
This book can be a great tool to help your disorganized, stressed-out teenager regain some control over his stuff. It won't turn their lives around -- they have to do that themselves. But it's filled with practical, doable advice that can certainly inspire them to make a change. And it wouldn't hurt the adults in the house to read it as well!


Win it! One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will be selected to receive a copy of Peter Walsh's new book, "It's All Too Much, So Get It Together". To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and share one tip you have for preventing clutter from taking over your life. If you have no advice to share (which is why you want to win this book, right?!), tell us which part of your home you'd most like to organize!

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Maximum of 8 entries per person. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on October 6, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on October 7 and post the winner's name on the comments section soon after. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

I received a product sample for this post, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

43 Comments, Leave yours here:

melanie on September 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM said...

i try to get rid of or throw away one thing every day. and i try to pick up at least one area every day. it isn't perfect, but at least i can find one clean spot in my apartment to look at each day.

melanie on September 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM said...

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melanie on September 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM said...

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demmi on September 22, 2009 at 6:30 PM said...

I do my mail daily so it does not pile up. con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

clc408 on September 24, 2009 at 5:36 AM said...

I'm a horrible organizer. I'd like to get started in my laundry/sewing room. Thanks!

sweetsue on September 28, 2009 at 12:28 PM said...

I need to organize my home office. It is so cluttered with paperwork, that it is hard to find what I need.
smchester at gmail dot com

sweetsue on September 28, 2009 at 12:29 PM said...

I am now following you on Blogger.
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Terra H. on September 29, 2009 at 2:55 AM said...

My kids' closets definitely need organized.
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Terra H. on September 29, 2009 at 2:55 AM said...

I follow your blog.
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Brooke on October 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM said...

i try to make my kids give at leat one item away to charity when they recieve a gift. helps keep down clutter and teaches them to be thankful.

natebrooke@yahoo.com

Brooke on October 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM said...

i follow on blogger

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Brooke

Brooke on October 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM said...

I follow on twitter

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Brooke on October 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM said...

i tweeted

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janetfaye on October 4, 2009 at 1:45 AM said...

My garage needs help. It needs to be organized.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

doodlegirl on October 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM said...

I try to go through my mail right away and put everyting where it belongs

Anonymous said...

I would like to organize my bedroom, and specifically, its closet, better.

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

missrantsypants on October 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM said...

I would give a tip, but that would make me a hypocrite! I have so much clutter..well I guess a word of advice would be, if your not planning on using it in the next 5 months, don't bother buying it!


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

juau4 on October 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM said...

I need to declutter our "office area", where the kids study. It has become a mess of unnecessary stuff.

Susan on October 5, 2009 at 11:08 PM said...

Other than essentials or a great deal that is something we will use, if I see something I like I will wait 2 days before I go back and buy it.

Brooke on October 6, 2009 at 9:06 AM said...

tweeted today

http://twitter.com/Brookehig/status/4658274103

kngmckellar on October 6, 2009 at 5:06 PM said...

I declutter by having garage sales in the summer months. I would like to organize my living room. It's so small and to much stuff I guess.

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FDP 4 Life on October 6, 2009 at 5:13 PM said...

to prevent clutter from taking over your life, put things away, everything has a place and a place for everything!

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kngmckellar on October 6, 2009 at 5:15 PM said...

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Pamela S on October 6, 2009 at 5:37 PM said...

I shouldn't give advice since I'm terrible at clutter myself, so I'll say the area I need most help with is PAPERS!! They're EVERYWHERE! I can never find anything and have to dig through piles. I do have two teens who could use the book too. (Probably their mom's horrible influence!!)

Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

dvice on October 6, 2009 at 5:54 PM said...

My tip is to try to deal with a little each day instead of letting it pile up

Jinxy and Me on October 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM said...

Open the mail at the recycling bin and toss out any junk mail, evelopes, etc. right away!

Jinxy and Me on October 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ThriftyJinxy/status/4671115221

Jinxy and Me on October 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM said...

I'm following you in Blogger!

purango on October 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM said...

My garage needs to be organized. It is cluttered with seasonal things and with items that can't be placed anywhere else. garrettsambo@aol.com

Kathy on October 6, 2009 at 9:24 PM said...

I need to organize the guest bedroom so that I can have guests over.

07violet on October 6, 2009 at 9:37 PM said...

I'd like to organize my office

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07violet on October 6, 2009 at 9:43 PM said...

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07violet on October 6, 2009 at 9:44 PM said...

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Gianna on October 6, 2009 at 10:58 PM said...

Do a little cleaning everyday so it doesn't pile up.

lilyk on October 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM said...

I would like to organize my bedroom.

Lavender Lemonade on October 9, 2009 at 11:47 AM said...

I would like to organize my kitchen.

Bonggamom on October 12, 2009 at 9:36 PM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner: comment#31, dvice!

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