Unclutter Your Life in One Week and a special bonus

Yesterday morning, my UPS delivery woman crushed my productivity when she brought me advance copies of my book:

I couldn’t stop staring at the books in the box. I was transfixed. I may have even cried a little — okay, more than a little. Writing a book has been at the top of my life’s to-do list since the first time I ever made a life to-do list. And writing this specific book has been a goal since I began my personal uncluttering adventure. Seeing the finished book in print and being able to hold it in my hands was one of the most incredible moments of my life.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week would not be possible without you, Unclutterer.com readers. In fact, you’re the first people thanked in the acknowledgments section of the book. As a sign of my appreciation, I want to offer you all something in return. I wish that I could give you a discount on the book, but the publishers and retailers have a tight lock on that part of the process. So, here is a special bonus that I can give without ruffling any feathers:

If you order Unclutter Your Life in One Week online before it is available in stores November 3, I will e-mail you PDF copies of the worksheets in the book as a free, special bonus. Simply fill out the special bonus form to redeem your PDFs. For those of you who have already ordered the book, feel welcome to fill out the form to get your copies.

All PDFs will be e-mailed to you on November 3. The PDFs are copies of worksheets in the book so that you don’t have to recreate them on your computer to use them — I’ve done the work for you already.

I have decided to do this promotion on the honor system. I am trusting you and taking your word for it that you ordered the book. And, along those same lines of the honor system, I’m also requesting that no one posts these PDFs online after you receive them. I want to offer something special just for Unclutterer readers, so I hope that you respect my requests.

This is a limited offer and it will disappear the night of November 2 from the website.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the book’s content on the site, answering your questions about the book (for example: yes, my publisher has assured me that there will be an e-book available for pre-order and yes, it is being translated into French), and letting you know where and when I’ll be talking about and signing copies of the book. Thank you, again, for being such wonderful readers and making all of this possible.

(Thanks also to Tyler Cowan at Marginal Revolution for the special bonus idea.)

81 Comments for “Unclutter Your Life in One Week and a special bonus”

  1. posted by gypsy packer on

    Cut to the chase– how much is the e-book?

  2. posted by Robbin on


    Congratulations and good job!


  3. posted by Erin Doland on

    @gypsy packer — I don’t know. I won’t know until it’s available, same as it was for the hardcover. As I said above, prices are controlled by the publisher and retailers. Authors have nothing to do with that part of the process.

  4. posted by Timbuk on

    Congratulations on the book. I check your site for updates every day and look forward to seeing all this good information conveniently bound. I can already think of people who I’ll probably send it to for Christmas. Well done.

  5. posted by Marcie Lovett on

    How exciting! I looked for it at Borders on Monday and was very disappointed that they didn’t have it. I didn’t realize it wasn’t in stores yet. I eagerly await my copy.

  6. posted by Lori on

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for weeks. I hope it will be a great success. Congratulations!

  7. posted by Flora on

    I am looking forward to the book! I pre-ordered ages ago, but also ordered another one today for a gift. This website keeps me motivated. Thanks for all you do.

  8. posted by Manu on

    Do you have a table of contents available?

  9. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Manu — It’s not up yet on Amazon, but you can read part of the first chapter to get an idea of what is inside the book. Follow the Amazon link above and then click on the text “See all editorial reviews” in the Editorial Reviews section.


  10. posted by momofthree on

    congrats on being a published author

  11. posted by Dawn F. on

    Congrats! How exciting for you and your family! Isn’t it cool to put a checkmark next to something on a Life To-Do List?! πŸ™‚

    Best wishes for much success with your book!

  12. posted by megan on


  13. posted by Lidiane Vasconcelos on

    I’m a Brazilian reader of your blog, and I’d like to congratulation you for your good job. I really appreciate your all tips here, and I hope you have success with your new book. πŸ˜€

  14. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Yay for shiny new books! Congratulations!

  15. posted by Moe on

    Will the Kindle format be released at the same time as the physical book? There doesn’t seem to be a “Kindle” way to pre-order. So, I’m not able to get the pdfs? πŸ™

  16. posted by Beth Kraft on

    Congratulations! Publishing a book is also on my “someday” list, so I am extremely jealous. I just pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to start reading it.

  17. posted by Glenn on

    Dear Erin,
    I am so happy for you! Visiting your site is something I look forward to everyday. I will express my thanks for your daily gift to myself and so many others by pre-ordering this book right away.

  18. posted by Stitchalicious on


    I see there’s already a question about the Kindle, but will there be ePub also released? I refuse to buy a Kindle (grrr DRM) but am purchasing another ereader (on my way to uncluttering my bookshelves…). Is your publisher going to make it available to us non-Amazon fans?

  19. posted by Krisha on

    This has been a busy year (and then some) for you. I hope you take some much-needed time off to celebrate all that you’ve been able to accomplish!

  20. posted by Eleanor on

    Congratulations, Erin! I don’t think I’ve ever pre-ordered a book before but I’ve been excited about yours for months. Uncluttering my life has been at the top of my life to-do list for too long.

  21. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Stitchalicious — My book contract names the three major electronic formatting types. So, I imagine one will work for your reader.

  22. posted by Rue on

    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

  23. posted by Martin on

    Heartfelt congratulations. It’s wonderful to have all that work manifest into something you can hold. I know the feeling, and it’s magic. πŸ™‚

  24. posted by Rebecca on

    Congratulations!!! Very exciting and well-deserved. I can’t wait to check it out. πŸ™‚

  25. posted by Aeon J. Skoble on

    Congratulations! Just pre-ordered it. Can’t wait to check it out.

  26. posted by Vicki K on

    Congratulations, Erin!! I just made my pre-order and can’t wait to receive the book. And thank you for the pre-order freebie – I have been working slowly at uncluttering for the last few months so I am primed and ready reading your book.

  27. posted by Caroline on

    Congrats Erin! I pre-ordered today. I’m a big fan of Unclutterer and I’m sure I’ll be a fan of your book. I see that David Allen wrote your forward. What a compliment!

  28. posted by Ruth Hansell on

    Waaaaay cool! Will be preordering as well, can’t wait to preview it here and read it as well.

    Well Done, Erin!


  29. posted by Lose That Girl on

    Congratulations, Erin! As someone who hopes and dreams to publish a book one day, I can completely understand your reaction upon opening the box of advance copies. I’m thrilled for you! Your website is a daily destination for me and I just know that I will love your book just as much as I love your website.

    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

  30. posted by Beth on

    Like everyone else is saying, I’m eagerly awaiting my copy and thrilled for you at this new major milestone. Congratulations, and here’s wishing you plenty of time and energy to enjoy your accomplishments.

    Amazon needs to put your bio on the book’s page, though…under About the Author, they only blurb David Allen.

  31. posted by Sky on

    A new baby and a new book, congratulations! You are on a roll!

  32. posted by Andrew Twigg on

    Erin, Congrats! I’ve placed my pre-order. This is an awesome achievement!

  33. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Beth — We’ve contacted them twice and no change has been made. It’s really weird. No idea why they’re dragging their feet.

  34. posted by heidi y on

    Congrats to you!!

  35. posted by Lizard on

    Holding out for the Kindle edition — one less thing taking up space that way. Any time frame for that release?

  36. posted by Pari on

    Fantastic! I, too, will be anxiously awaiting the Kindle edition!

  37. posted by Dave P on

    Erin — You need to enable the feature on Amazon.com that lets customers view the inside of the book… please respond if this will be done. Thanks!

  38. posted by Chris Guillebeau on

    Huge congrats, Erin! This is a fantastic accomplishment and I look forward to reading the book.

  39. posted by cdelphine on

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it. I see a lot of comparisons between writing a book and having a baby… I would guess that these past couple of months have been pretty stressful and exciting for you.

  40. posted by Jeff on

    Congrats and can’t wait to get a copy! Great looking book cover too!

    Keep up the great work!

  41. posted by Ravi on

    Just pre-ordered the book today, Erin. Congratulations on an amazing achievement!

    On a tangential note, I’ve noticed that I tend to discover one life-changing blog every year, one whose posts I look forward to every day. This year, that was Unclutterer. I’ve literally had an epiphany about the way I live my life and just how much my clutter was bringing down my quality of life. Thanks for changing that, Erin!

    PS. I just realized I can’t subscribe to the comments here…could you please add that option? http://wordpress.org/extend/pl.....-comments/

  42. posted by Deborah on

    Just pre-ordered your book; it looks great, and JUST what I have been needing. I’m struggling with paring down the STUFF around our little house but have a terrible time figuring out where to even start! Love you blog, too. Thx for all your info!

  43. posted by Judi Wunderlich on

    Congrats Erin!

    I just pre-ordered on Amazon. There the book is $14.85.

  44. posted by schmei on

    Alas, I’m not pre-ordering… because I’m telling my family to buy it for me for Christmas. πŸ˜€ Will there be another way to get the PDFs if one purchases the old-fashioned book post November 3?

    And congratulations! What an amazing year it’s been for you.

  45. posted by Jackie Kelley on

    Congratulations on your achievement Erin, a nice post for the hump day. I look forward to my copy VERY soon! best, Jackie

  46. posted by Mary Cline on

    Erin, many congratulations on your book! I have really enjoyed your blog, so I am looking forward to reading the book!
    Enjoy your success!
    Mary 😎

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  48. posted by Brad on

    As with many others, I am wondering if there is any way to get the PDFs once the Kindle version is released. I’ve sworn I’ll never buy a paper book unless I have to. Less clutter. πŸ™‚

  49. posted by Tatiana on

    Thanks for the great offer! I just preordered my book on Amazon and can’t wait to see it. Congratulations!!!

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  51. posted by Michele Connolly, Get Organized Wizard on

    Huge congrats, Erin!

    I hope you let the glow of that achievement linger for a long, long time.

    (It may be a while before your book comes out here in Australia, so I’ll have to get it on Amazon.)

    M πŸ™‚

  52. posted by Teresa on

    Does it count if I order it from a local site? Fishpond.co.nz – that way I don’t need to pay for expensive shipping from the states to NZ!

  53. posted by Greg - LiveItWithLess on

    Congratulations, it must be exciting for you having your own book! well done.

  54. posted by Linda on

    Can’t wait to read it. It’s so great to have a book published — especially one about a passion.

  55. posted by Dennis on

    Wonderful! Just pre-ordered through amazon.ca! Looking forward to putting all the great ideas to work for me!

  56. posted by Andy on

    I wish it were a paperback.

  57. posted by lalalee on

    OMG I am really excited, I am in Australia and thought that it would take forever to be released, and found that http://www.fishpond.com.au is doing preorders so I just put my order in! I hope that counts towards the PDF thing seeing as it isn’t amazon, but I would hope it would still be eligible!

  58. posted by Alexa on

    Just ordered your book through Amazon as I’m always waiting for my email with the latest posts in the morning! Congrats! (And, btw, it’s great that it’s eligible for Amazon Prime – I love that free shipping and I’ll get it sooner!)

  59. posted by Doug Ransom on

    Look out Katherine Gibson β€” http://www.clutterbook.com/ β€” with a similar book title, but no definite timeframe on the outcome!

  60. posted by Christy on

    Congratulations!!! As a person who is CONSTANTLY fighting her inner lazy, messy demon, I appreciate your steps on how to declutter. It was your website that helped me rid myself of unnecessaries when downsizing from a 2500 sq ft house to a 850 sq ft apartment. I look forward to purchasing your book – THANK YOU!

  61. posted by Shani on

    If it’s available in Kindle, I’ll definitely buy it! Congratulations Erin!

  62. posted by emily-sarah on

    Congratulations! The new-book smell ranks toward the top of the best-ever scents, especially when it is your “offspring.” Many prayers for huge success with it!

  63. posted by dico on

    Congratulations Erin,

    I’m looking forward to take my hands on this Book.


  64. posted by Cindy on

    Congratulations! I would cry too. πŸ™‚

    I’m really looking forward to reading the book – I need all the help I can get!

  65. posted by Carol on

    Congratulations to you! I am sure that you are soooo excited and as someone who reads your blog daily I am very happy for you.

  66. posted by Rae on

    Oh my gosh! I’m so happy for you! I have enjoyed your website for years, and have received more help than I can begin to thank you for. Congrats, and you have my eternal appreciation. My copy has been ordered (and I’ve filled out the form). Yay for Amazon Prime!

  67. posted by SARAH on

    I would love to preorder for kindle. Do you have anything to do with that? I have uncluttered almost all of my paper books (except cookbooks) and don’t buy anything i cant read on my kindle of iphone. Thanks to you for that!

  68. posted by Alison on

    Really looking forward to this and love the excerpt on Amazon – ordering from UK Amazon.


  69. posted by Julie on

    I lurk here almost daily. Always love the workplace photo each week – its almost inspired me to clean up my home office and make some changes. My at-work office doesn’t have a clutter problem. It’s the home office where personal, self-employeed artist husband, kids, and daily stuff just seem to pile up. I pre-ordered for my early ‘to myself’ Christmas gift.

  70. posted by Vik on

    I’m interested, but a bit skeptical if it would help me. Can we get a list of the chapter titles or anything…?

  71. posted by Todd Peterson on


  72. posted by Tracy on

    Not up yet on e-reader site.

  73. posted by Kate Wilson on

    I pre-ordered off Amazon for only $14.95 for the book and $3.99 s&h. It was the most economical of the retailers listed.

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  75. posted by Adrienne Landry on

    I pre-ordered the Kindle version. I can’t wait to read it!

  76. posted by Connie on

    I am looking forward to your book! πŸ™‚ Will the PDFs be emailed closer to the book release? I filled out the ‘bonus’ form, but have not received them yet. Thanks for all you do.

  77. posted by Debbie on

    Coupon at Barnes & Noble for new customers only. Of course, I just ordered the book at Amazon so missed out but you may want to try this coupon code at Barnes & Noble. This is from the Spoofee Deals website.

    Barnes & Noble – 20% Off Single Item for New Customers Coupon Code C3X7J9K at checkout. Exp : 2009-11-11

  78. posted by James E. Robinson, III on

    UPS says book is “Out for delivery”


  79. posted by John Holbrook on

    Ordered it in electronic format from Simon and Shusters’s as I’m in Canada and cannot order the mobi format file from Amazon.com. What I find really stupid is that if I went to their Canadian site I would’ve paid nearly $30CDN. Instead I ordered it from their US site which was $22US. With the CDN dollar nearly at par I saved a few bucks there. But why do I have to pay about $5 more than if I ordered the hard cover? That’s just stupid. Oh well, I’m trying to ‘de-clutter’ my life and go all electronic for my books so it was worth it.

  80. posted by Scott Wayne on

    Is there any way that those of us who purchased the Kindle version on Day 1 can get the PDFs? Would have preordered if I could!

  81. posted by Patsy Svare on

    Go Erin!
    The Mission Hills Book Babes has scheduled your book as its monthly reading selection! We are going to start with a “round-robin” closet tour, then gather in one Living Room to drink champagne, cheer your ideas, and launch our official decluttering. Congratulations!

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