It’s All Too Much – An Easy Plan For Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff by Peter Walsh

After reading and enjoying “Enough Already!” by Peter Walsh, I purchased his earlier book, “It’s All Too Much.” I enjoyed this one too. The book’s subtitle is “An Easy Plan For Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff” and I found that to be just what this book was.

I think one of the most important lines of the book comes near the end when Walsh writes, “Getting organized for the sake of getting organized is a waste of time. Getting organized because it helps you live a richer, less stressed, happier, and more focused life, now that’s a goal worth pursuing.”

Walsh presents practical advice on getting rid of stuff, but also encouraging words to live a life that fulfills you and not one that is burdensome and stressful due to having too much. Walsh instructs you to think about the life you really want, including the home that will enrich your life and be a pace to live, not just store things.

The beginning chapters in part one, The Clutter Problem, provide a starting place to analyze your home to determine if you are a clutter junkie, and what excuses you have been using to not get organized and take control of your stuff. Then Walsh has you imagine the life you want to live and determine what your ideal home would be. Once you have laid this basic groundwork and are motivated to do something about your clutter, you progress to part two of the book, Putting Clutter in Its Place.

The first step of part two is the kick start. Walsh helps you tackle the surface clutter and get started with your de-junking with a quick and dirty sweep of your clutter. He offers practical advice and suggestions to week through things that may be bogging your home and life down. He combines this with motivating words to help you get started and stick to it. He then instructs you on making a chart of all the rooms and areas, or zones, of your home to design a plan to systematically de-clutter and organize you entire living quarters.

Walsh then includes specific chapters on various rooms such as: Master Bedroom, Kids’ Rooms, Family and Living Rooms, Home Office, Kitchen, Dining Room, Bathroom, and finally the Garage, Basement, and Other Storerooms. Each of these chapters include suggestions and tips to help you maximize your space and become more organized and less stressed over stuff.

The final steps and concluding chapters provide strategies on Maintenance, a Cleanup Checkup, and New Rituals to keep your home de-cluttered, stress free, and a place to enjoy living.

The material in this book is not earth shattering or completely new. You can find some of the same suggestions and similar strategies in other organization books. However, Walsh presents the information in a casual motivating style that is enjoyable to read. I put Peter Walsh up there with my all time favorite De-junking and Cleaning Expert, Don Aslett.

I’ve never been as cluttered as some of the people that Aslett and Walsh write about, but maybe that is because I periodically read books on de-cluttering and organization to help keep me on the path. I’ll admit, my biggest weakness is paper clutter than sometimes accumulates too much, and then I have to take the time to sort and get rid of stuff. Each time I read a book such as this, it not only helps me help others, but I also become a bit better at staying organized myself. The motivational shot works.

If clutter and stuff are a problem, I highly recommend “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan For Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff” by Peter Walsh. It is easy to read, motivating, and full of practical solutions to clutter and stuff so that you can enjoy life more, and that is really what life is all about anyway. Isn’t it?

Following A Plant Based Diet Is Easy With Home Gardens

Many people today are turning to a plant-based diet as an alternative to diets too rich in saturated meat products, junk food, and highly processed foods. In some cases, it involves spending more time in the produce section of your local grocery store, looking for fruits and vegetables that are grown organically and spending extra money on them.

You can follow a great plant-based diet in an even better way while growing your fruits and vegetables in your own home garden. If you live in an apartment, you can start a container garden in front of a sunny window. If you have a plot of land to turn into a garden you can go big with a garden filled with healthy fruits and vegetables. You can grow almost anything in a small garden so you have the spring, summer and fall to eat off your own land.

Vegetables Easily Grown At Home

Tomatoes lend themselves well to container gardening and can grow like wild in the good earth of your back yard. They grow and ripen all season long so you can pick what you need for sandwiches, salads, snacks, fresh sauces and even for juicing.

You can grow your own peas or beans in a container or in your backyard garden. They are rich in phytonutrients that have their maximum potency if you simply pick what you need and eat them as soon as possible; you have the greatest amount of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants in the food shortly after picking them.

Peppers, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and greens like Kale are great options for a home garden and allow you to reach for healthy and super fresh produce all summer long and into the fall.

Your Home Garden

If you decide to have a back yard home garden, you need to decide if you want to grow organic foods or not. Organic gardening is the best possible choice because the food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. This means no harmful chemicals exist with the food you pick and you can even eat them straight out of the garden without having to wash them extensively.

Grow a wide variety of foods that become ripe at different times of the season:

Radishes, for example, take only a few weeks to become edible and, after pulling them up, you have room to grow a row of something else. Most people grow tomatoes and some people grow carrots, lettuce, and potatoes.

Both potatoes and squash need the entire summer to become available for eating so all you need to do is to keep them weed-free and watch them grow. In the early autumn or late summer, you can dig up the potatoes and harvest the squash. These types of produce can be kept at room temperature or in a cool place for many months so you have instant winter eating from vegetables you grew in the summer.

Lettuce and other greens can be grown and harvested all summer long for the best in salads that are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. All you need to do is harvest some of the leaves, wash them, and enjoy them in a healthy salad with tomatoes, carrots, or radishes you grew yourself. This is the core of a plant-based diet that will give you benefits far beyond a meat-based diet.

Meat-based diets are low in antioxidants and high in saturated fats. You can get the nutrition you need from vegetables and fruits you grow yourself with a known reduction in fatty deposits in your arteries and a lesser chance for heart disease and stroke. There is a reduced risk of certain cancers with a low fat, plant-based diet.

Get Even Better Results With Composting

If you want an especially fruitful garden, consider starting a compost pile or box. All you need to do is put in vegetation and clippings from around your yard, add food scraps and paper, mixing everything with a little bit of soil. Worms thrive in the moist environment of a good compost heap so that you will soon have these things turned into rich soil that will make your organic garden thrive.

Get Started Today

There are millions of guides online for organic vegetable gardening, and many books on the topic. In reality, the best teacher is experience, so learn the initial steps, get the supplies and just do it! Remember to get the kids involved in the garden as well; it is a great learning experience, and a great opportunity to spend quality time together.