Get Your Free Audiobook

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
Narrated by: Dana K. White
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

Non-member price: $19.30

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff - you can get rid of clutter for good! 

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. 

In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out - for good! 

But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the listener's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter - the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent - as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter. 

Sections of the book include:

  • Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) 
  • Your Unique Home 
  • Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life 
  • Change Your Mind, Change Your Home 
  • Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions 
  • Working It Out Room by Room 
  • Helping Others Declutter 
  • Real Life Goes On (and On) 

As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going. 

©2018 Dana K. White (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    33
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    28
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Refreshingly different and highly practical

This book is different to the many other decluttering books I’ve read. It doesn’t just give tips and strategies, it gets into mindset too.

The author / narrator was excellent but sounded a bit snarky in the middle. Though in fairness she did say she might trigger some irritation!

I highly recommend this book to anyone whether starting out decluttering or more advanced. Any criticisms are minor and definitely do not outweigh the immense value I got out of the book. I’m reading it again!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book.

Absolutely loved this book, and helped motivate me on my decluttering journey! Super applicable and more manageable to fit into everyday life when you have zero time!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Practical & Non Judgemental

Practical and non judgemental strategies to get the work done and make progress. Loved it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Life changing

EASILY the best decluttering advice I have ever heard. Completely changed the way I approach decluttering/managing a household. Touches on overall mindset AND super practical techniques room by room. The “visible spaces first” and the “no keep piles” were totally life changing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic!

Incredibly inspiring and practical - I will be listening to it more than once, to get more and more inspiration for my own decluttering.

I love that the author is speaking from a place of experience of needing to declutter herself. Just like her previous book on cleaning, there are lots of specific examples and plenty of 'ah huh' moments.

The only slight issue I had is that she is directs her advice to women, and specifically mothers - and of course anyone can declutter, not just female homemakers. However, the advice she gives is definitely applicable to everyone, even if she mostly directs it to one group of people (ie the group she herself is in). Definitely don't let this put you off though, as the ideas and advice (and her delivery - pitch-perfect) is gold.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing

if this were a physical book it would have fallen apart with the amount of times I have read it!
Great for when I've run out of podcast eps of A Slob Comes Clean. Perfection.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very cool. Nailed it :)

Excellent process I have underway! I skip to certain chapters with my headphones on whilst following her suggestions. Wow Dana! Thank you, you are like the clutter buster Queen and you know every sneaky trick us clutterers have! Just starting it again and will continue to until I have worked through every room with you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great book for when your overwhelmed

This is a great book to get started when you're overwhelmed. Dana writes in a reputable and non judgemental way that makes you want to just grab a black trash bag and get going.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

omg changed my life

Amazing!! Changed my life, the kick in the bum I needed. It was worded in a way that makes you get it, like properly get it!! So much love and oh wows

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bridget
  • Bridget
  • 28-03-2018

Just. Wow.

I can’t even tell you how many decluttering books I’ve read/listened to/“re-read”... and still nothing ever really sunk in or “took”..and You’d think if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all...but this one really is different. I could *so* relate to this author-I, too, am a ‘creative’ and always see the *potential* in things...things that other people would just be like “wth?” And all these dreams of what I “could potentially do”or had “been meaning to do”-but (duh) even years later “never DID”..yet I was collecting stuff ‘just in case I did’...ugh) The container rule? {MIND BOWN} ... I have tons of audiobooks I never finished (I know, shocker!) ..but really, THIS ONE? I Read it twice in a row and I guarantee that won’t be the last time. TRULY..you won’t be disappointed ..it’s a must read for anyone needing to declutter and not have a bigger mess than when you started!

71 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dawn L. Zajk
  • Dawn L. Zajk
  • 07-04-2018

The ONLY book that has ever helped

This is the most helpful book/audiobook that I have ever purchased! I love Dana’s sense of humor in approaching such a sensitive subject for me. She is here in the trenches with us fighting her way through the mini mountains of stuff that choke our homes, our family, and our psyche. Her straight forward and easy steps helped me get past the overwhelming beginning. Her self deprecating humor helped me out of the weeds when I started to hit sensitive areas. And her reiteration of the process helped me to remember the basic steps when dealing with a complex mess. Her narration is so charming that I felt more like I was chatting with my best friend than being taught how to unburden my house from a mess of my own making. Every day I wake up and put on my earbuds and listen to her cheer me on while I find a new area to make livable and beautiful. The Audible version of the book makes the most sense for me because I want to listen to her while I am working on my house, picking up and chauffeuring kids, and running errands.
I highly recommend this book before reading her first book about how to manage your house. After decluttering, managing housework is so much easier and less stressful. Thank you Dana!

62 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for G. Wright
  • G. Wright
  • 28-02-2018

The best decluttering book out there

I love Dana’s approach and wit. And this system works! I highly recommend this book for people who aren’t automatically tidy or who wake up one day surrounded by clutter. Honest, funny and good to the bone!

73 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2018

Very inspiring!!

I honestly do not even know how I found this book as I was browsing through Audible. But I am so glad I did!! The authors wit and way of telling her story of how she decluttered has actually made it enjoyable!
I definitely recommend this book!!

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kenneth Trey Smith
  • Kenneth Trey Smith
  • 07-04-2018

Author makes an excellent reader

Any additional comments?

It seems natural to assume that an author, more than anyone else, is best suited to read aloud their own writing. After all, they are the ones who strung these words together to create sentences that turned into paragraphs, pages, then chapters. If you're an avid audiobook listener, though, you've realized this is often not the case. Surprising, isn't it? But "Decluttering at the Speed of Light" is an exception. I cringe at the thought of someone else reading these words, with their conversational style and underlying humor. Dana White's words are insightful on paper or read aloud, but her humor is largely achieved in her unique delivery. She is pitch perfect.

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for K. Rowe
  • K. Rowe
  • 22-04-2018

I wish I had this book 40 years ago

I've had a huge problem with clutter since I was a teenager. I had a hard time throwing things away for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the clutter would paralyze me. My mom tried to help me to get organized and would encourage me to throw a few things out, but the emphasis was on organization of my clutter, not decluttering. This book makes it crystal clear that organizing is not as powerful as decluttering. I now have a once-a-week de-cluttering afternoon along with my five minute pickups each day. I really wish I had this book 40 years ago. Best audiobook I've listened to in 3 years.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MLH91
  • MLH91
  • 01-03-2018

Love this book!

I never thought I’d write a glowing review about a de-cluttering book yet here I am. LOVE this book! Fantastic analogies, heartfelt understanding and realistic tips! Plus, it’s funny! I’ve read several books on de-cluttering but this book is by far the best!

Id recommend reading or listening to her first book as a prelude.

56 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Barbara Kerr
  • Barbara Kerr
  • 22-03-2018

Awesome & Helpful

First off, I’ve never listened to an author read a book that was any good, but Dana was exceptional!!! If she ever decides to quit her blogging/writing, she could earn a living reading audio books. I would look for her ,that’s how good she was.

Secondly, I went into this book thinking it wasn’t really possible to change the way I think about my stuff, and finally get some things out of our home. I was wrong! I’m in the beginning stages, but I’m walking around my home for the first time ever and looking at it as a container. Dana has given me the permission I need to throw away and donate stuff instead of just figure out how to reorganize the stuff we have spilling out everywhere.

The book was extra interesting because of her own personal examples. I guess it seemed doable compared to those super neat freak women that want to tell you how to to fix your home. Thanks Dana! You’re my new hero.🌷

40 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Catrina Minter
  • Catrina Minter
  • 09-03-2018

Anxiety, released!

You know when you know you need to do something, but you just need/want someone to tell you to do it? And you do want to start, but you don't know how? Dana's book helped me past this paralyzed state. I also welcomed the ideas of recognizing the difference among cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. All very different. I have already begun to o declutter my home, and it feels oh so liberating.

52 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kelly Riddle
  • Kelly Riddle
  • 02-03-2018

"Spoke to my 'slob' soul..."

Excellent. Even includes a chapter on decluttering "dreams"! Can't wait to implement her proven tactics!

10 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ms. L. J. Branch
  • Ms. L. J. Branch
  • 09-03-2018

Real help for the messies of this world

I think exactly the way this author describes her brain. We ‘messy’ people may be brilliant in numerous ways but we struggle with our homes because of the way that we think. This book gives a simple 5 step strategy to improving your home in a mode that will work for those of us who think differently from most. She goes over the same strategy a number of times to ensure by the time you are done listening - you’ll have the strategy ingrained. So far, my house is DISTINCTLY better since deploying the strategies. Even 3 or 4 minutes has an impact and that’s because the system doesn’t rely on the fact you’ll have longer to devote to it. Well worth your credit.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs
  • Mrs
  • 22-11-2018

Great book!

Have read a few decluttering books and also had my own business as a home and life organiser in the uk, helping people with hands on decluttering. This is my favourite author. Great, simple, motivating tips and an easy to listen to voice. Went on to listen to how to Manage your home without losing your mind. That also covers decluttering in some depth, so not sure you need both books, but loved them both anyway. Probably best to listen to manage your home first if you really need it.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ms. M. Turner
  • Ms. M. Turner
  • 19-11-2019

it's a Start

this book was repetitive but has truely helped me to declutter my home.
simple to follow, makes complete sence, just wish I had read is sooner.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Katherine Farland
  • Katherine Farland
  • 12-03-2019

Fun to listen to, but more importantly it works!

Read by the author in a very listenable, funny but most importantly helpful voice of experience, this contains concepts that really work to help you start improvement by your life - painlessly!

Having acquired a goodly stash of 'decluttering' books, some by famous and widely-acclaimed authors, I was beginning to wonder if I was a hopeless case. Having listened to Dana's simple but profound insights and gentle logic based rules I can now see that the reason the other books failed was that they were too complex, required massively ambitious projects I could never finish - in some cases not even really start - required imagination and visualisation skills I don't have and space to sort stuff out in, which I also don't have. In fact the other books made the problem worse, not better because I'd invariably get stuck half-day through Dana's system is so simple there is no way to get stuck and one simple rule that absolutely stops you churning, creating new piles or making a bigger mess while you declutter.

Those other books are on their way (finally) out of the door and I have stopped feeling like failure. I haven't finished, in fact I have only just started but already there is so much difference in my life and so much more space in my rooms. They are becoming places to live in, and thrive rather than dread spaces filled with misery-making boxes, clutter and junk.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you need your life back from the stuff that's taking (or has taken) it over - start here!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Georgina B.
  • Georgina B.
  • 24-08-2018

straight forward, no nonsense, witty and it<br /> works

this is written like Dana is in my head, her decluttering mindset pre decluttering, is exactly where I was coming from. I've been decuttering my whole life, but for the first time I feel I've broken the mold. a great read, with real workable technics.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Christopher Matthews
  • Christopher Matthews
  • 25-06-2018

Good simple pointers

Simple plan for decluttering all parts of a house. A little repetitive in places but short enough in length that it was fine.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for justjanielou
  • justjanielou
  • 06-11-2019

I listen and I listen again!

Love this book! No nonsense, no frills, just decluttering in a non-emotional way. Perfect for me and I am seeing results for the first time in decades!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jordana Meazza
  • Jordana Meazza
  • 17-02-2020

Essential book! Takes completely out the “Daunting” effect of decluttering

Dana is fantastic, her method is simple and effective, super easy to remember and implement in your life. It’s a well written, funny and full of useful tips to conquer your battle with stuff. Absolutely love this book, I am recommending it to everybody, we all have stuff we need to declutter in our lives.
Well done Dana!!!! You are a decluttering guru!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2020

LOVE THIS

Really loved this audio book and interested to read more of Dana's work!
Definitely worth buying.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Audible is the best❤️
  • Audible is the best❤️
  • 11-12-2019

First book that someone has actually lived and thought like i do!💯👍🏽

I haven’t even finished this book and i had to review! This is the first book where i have found that the person understands PROPERLY and she thought the same way i do and I know that this book is going to change the way I think DEFO! She understands about having SO much stuff and how we keep things “just incase “ we might need it one day and thats how you end up overwhelmed with SO much stuff! This woman is the BEST! She has properly lived with too much stuff and felt overwhelmed, she helps you understand why and how you have got to a point of not knowing where to start, she is by far the best help out there! She has actually lived with a complete guddle, i relate to everything she says!!!!😱😣if you don’t know where to start,hoard and buy too much then this is the book to help you! 💯💯💯👏🏽brilliant book! Thank you Dana!👏🏽🙌🏽♥️ X