When you get clear about why your clutter is holding you back, you can finally let it go and create the home you love.

Our homes have fascinating stories to tell. The spaces we inhabit and the objects within them reflect many aspects of our lives and our inner selves. In The Secret Life of Clutter, ten intimate and touching stories take you on a profound journey as people discover what their cluttered homes reveal about their lives, and make life-changing shifts when they start to let go and move on.

The secret to creating a calm and nurturing home is to uncover the psychological reasons that lie beneath your clutter, and to understand that what is blocking you in your home and your life is often the key to moving forwards. Unlocking some of the meaning your possessions may hold can free you to say goodbye to what you no longer need, while keeping your precious memories intact.

The insights revealed in this book will help you understand some of the factors that may be sabotaging your efforts to make more space. It will inspire you to take action and create a home that you love, a home that reflects who you are and the life you want to live.


You’ll never look at your clutter – or your home – the same way again.

‘A thoughtful and surprisingly emotional account of our complex relationship with stuff. It’s a love letter to clarity and a recognition that when we make the decisions that create more physical space, we often create mental headspace and momentum in our lives too. If you don’t want your possessions to possess you, then this is a book you must read.’

Graham Allcott, author of How to be a Productivity Ninja

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‘Tending to your home can also be a profound way of tending to your inner space. In The Secret Life of Clutter, Helen Sanderson tells wonderful, moving, and inspiring stories of people whose blocked homes mirrored a blockage in their life. A beautiful read, filled with compassion and understanding, it helps guide you to parts of yourself that may be forgotten or buried under stuff, so you can bring your home and your life into harmony.’

Jamie Catto, author, film-maker and musician.

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