Official release: Unclutter Your Life in One Week

Today is the day Unclutter Your Life in One Week officially goes on sale. It has been a roller-coaster ride, and I am so glad to finally be at this stage in the process. Expanding the Unclutterer message to a new medium is honestly a dream come true. My sincerest desire is that this book will help people discover the benefits of an uncluttered life and inspire them to clear the clutter to pursue what they value most.

On Sunday, I caught my first glimpse of the book “in the wild”:

It was a surreal moment, and when I stopped to think about people actually reading it I was freaked out even more. (Funny, right? I’m a blogger. People read my writing every day. I’m clueless as to why my brain thought it was somehow different.) Thankfully, my son threw up all over himself just seconds after this picture was snapped and quickly brought me out of my panic attack there in Barnes and Noble. Oh, baby puke, what amazing powers you have!

If you pick up a copy of the book, you’ll see that the first people thanked in the Acknowledgments section are you, the readers of Without you, none of this would have been possible. If you didn’t read this site, if you didn’t tell your friends about it, if you didn’t e-mail me questions, and if you weren’t such an amazing group of people, my agent and publisher wouldn’t have even known about our site and its message. You are the reason they took notice and saw the potential for a book. Thank you.

If you buy the book or request it at the library or borrow it from a friend, I hope you enjoy reading it and find it helpful and motivating. I tried my best to write the book I needed when I was overwhelmed with clutter, and I hope it speaks to you wherever you are on your uncluttering journey.

Thank you, again, for supporting me,, and the new Unclutter Your Life in One Week. I greatly appreciate it.

61 Comments for “Official release: Unclutter Your Life in One Week”

  1. posted by PJ Doland on

    Stop talking about YOUR book.

    It’s MY book. You dedicated it to ME.


  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @PJ — My mistake πŸ™‚ Ha!

  3. posted by Dawn F. on

    Woo Hoo! Congrats, Erin! A Big High-Five to you from South Texas! Best wishes for a much success! πŸ™‚

  4. posted by Karolina on

    Congratulations πŸ™‚

  5. posted by Rue on

    Congrats on the book! I didn’t pre-order it but I do plan to pick it up soon. πŸ™‚

  6. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Yay for drop day!!! Congratulations! (And yes, it is surreal to see your own book on the shelf, and yes, I think all of us who have a book in the bookstore have one of those goofy pictures of ourselves pointing at our book on the shelf. It’s a rite of passage.)

  7. posted by NancyV908 on

    A new child and a new book so close together–congratulations on both of your babies! I loved this post, & I loved your picture.

  8. posted by Cheryl on

    Congrats to you! I’ve always loved your blog and check it compulsively throughout the day. Sorry, was that a little stalkerish?

    Regardless, I’m so happy for you!

  9. posted by xo on

    congratulations erin!!! so happy for you.

  10. posted by Kathleen Krucoff on


    I just found your blog via Leo’s Zen Habits blog. Wow. Do I need this! Thank you and I’m looking forward to reading your book too. Congrats on its publication.

  11. posted by Bri on

    Congratulations! You did it, you made it through the craziness. Now you can take a breath and have a minute to yourself!

  12. posted by DeWitte on

    Awesome! I can’t wait to pick up a copy.

  13. posted by hdavim on

    That’s so exciting! congrats on the official launch!

  14. posted by Aeon J. Skoble on

    No, thank _you_, Erin — you’ve been extremely helpful to so many of us. Thank you very much. Enjoy the success, which you deserve.

  15. posted by gypsy packer on

    Congratulations, Erin!

    Gone, gone, gone—to those garage sales held by all the readers…

  16. posted by Simpler Living on

    Congratulations, Erin! I’m so glad for you. Enjoy this moment. You’ve earned it.


  17. posted by April on

    How exciting, Erin … congrats, and best wishes for the book’s success. πŸ™‚

  18. posted by michelle on

    Great news! I will look for it today πŸ™‚

  19. posted by Chris Baskind on

    Congrats! And my copy just arrived. Looking forward to benefitting from all you hard work. Looks great. πŸ™‚

  20. posted by Allison on

    Congratulations! I love the web site and look forward to reading your book.

  21. posted by Sky on

    WOW! You are so accomplished! Isn’t it nice when your hard work finally pays off?

  22. posted by Jay Palat on

    Congrats! I got a notice from amazon that my pre-order was available on my kindle and started reading it on the bus this morning!

    Off to a great start!

  23. posted by Vicki K on

    Congratulations, Erin and PJ! Nothing like a baby to bring you back to reality… I got a notice yesterday that my copy has been shipped – hurray!

  24. posted by Dave H. on

    Wonderful, look forward to reading it!

  25. posted by crunchycon on

    Let me add my congratulations to the chorus! Well done!

  26. posted by Jessiejack on

    Thank YOU Erin for such an informative site – I read this everyday when I eat lunch at my desk at work. I am looking forward to the book too!

  27. posted by J.P. on

    Congratulations, Erin!
    Your blog is an encouragement to so many of us–now go and convert the technologically challenged (including those who can’t find their computers under stacks of three-year-old papers).

  28. posted by Brittney C. on

    Congratulations! Mine is en route…can’t wait!

  29. posted by Kristen M on

    WTG Erin!! I only recently stumbled across your site but I love it! I am hoping my library will pick up your book so I can read it (I made a pact with myself to stop buying books so I am trying to stick with it). Off to see if I can request a book to be purchased by the library πŸ™‚

  30. posted by Deborah on

    congrats! I was happy to get an email from amazon saying my copy of your book was on its way to me! yay! can’t wait to also get your worksheets via email. thx for such an inspiring blog and book!

  31. posted by Lisa on


  32. posted by Peter on

    I started to read it the moment it arrived in my Kindle app on my iPhone this morning. I love it already and have my first list started! I drove home a very happy man…Thanks so much Erin ; )

  33. posted by Beth on

    Erin, that your seasonal to-do lists are categorized according to busy, dedicated, and overachiever…
    Wow, I’m touched by this detail, because they’re all positives.

    Maybe because I’ve already spent considerable time reading this blog, laughing and thinking, and because of your admitted past cluttering tendencies, but I trust your POV on this topic and look forward to the experience of working with this method.

    While I await delivery, I should really go take some BEFORE shots as Unclutterer blog fodder. REALLY. Including a stack of other “clean up yo bidness” books that haven’t led to action.

    Congratulations. Enjoy. And THANKS.

  34. posted by Mletta on

    You go, Erin. Congratulations on this major accomplishment. I can’t wait to see it in the bookstore here.

    Love the pix!

  35. posted by Cindy on

    Congrats!!! Someday I hope to see something I’ve written in the wild, too. πŸ™‚

    Just started the book and THANK YOU for your admission right off the bat that your 6 days of uncluttering was spread out over 6 months. πŸ˜€

  36. posted by Kate on

    My copy arrived from Amazon yesterday! Thanks so much!

  37. posted by schmei on

    Many hearty congratulations! I’m looking forward to getting my copy.

    And congrats on the baby puke. Babies are lucky that they’re so cute to balance all the gross. πŸ˜€

  38. posted by Lilliane P on

    Let me add to the congratulations! You deserve it. And you look so happy in the photo. Great pic. I love the blog and turn to it first thing in the morning after I check email. And I read all of the comments every day. Love them all.

  39. posted by Lilliane P on

    Just ordered the book at Amazon. That “one-click” thingie is dangerous but not in this case.


  40. posted by Sooz on

    CONGRATS, Erin!!!

    Great book; I’m only part-way into it and am already appreciating what you have written. And thank you for saying it was 6 days taking place over 6 months of time, because it’s going to take me at least that long to unclutter my place. I know it will go more smoothly now with the info in your book to guide me!

  41. posted by Heather on

    Congratulations Erin! I too will be pushing my local library to get a copy. Love the website!
    Enjoy the baby now and the years ahead. Don’t wish the time to go any faster! Childhood goes all too quick! My babies are 20 and 24. The time just sped by — we enjoyed it — still went too fast!
    PS — are the PDF sheets in the book scannable or reproducible at home?

  42. posted by Dominic on

    Congratulations Erin – love the website and think it’s great that you’ve now made it into book format. Look forward to reading it!

  43. posted by Another Deb on

    I am ordering the book as much to thank you, Erin, as to read more of your great writing. It took major guts to launch into full-time blogging and you do it to perfection. I also read Unclutterer obsessivly and get much motivation from the articles.

    Maybe you can make available a little discussion thread on the blog for people who want to respond to parts of the book or set up challenges inspired by the book. Just a thought!

  44. posted by SM on

    Congrats! I’m very excited to say that I got my Kindle version first thing this morning and my worksheet pages today. I’m ready to unclutter.

  45. posted by PATTY on

    Lookihg forward to reading it, I’ve requested that our local library buy a copy!

    Congratulations! You deserve every moment and a few more to boot.

  46. posted by Lori on

    I’m hoping to buy my book tomorrow. I’m so excited it’s finally here! Congratulations!

  47. posted by Alison on

    I just wanted to say that I’ve just received the book in the post from Amazon UK. I’ve spent 10 minutes leafing through, and I am absolutely blown away by how straightforward and truly helpful it looks.

    Got the worksheets last night and used the morning planner to replan my going to bed/getting up schedule. The house is already looking better..!

    I really worried that in ordering this, I would be adding to my, err, substantial collection of uncluttering books. I don’t think I am. It looks really excellent (fresh, straightforward and practical) and I feel ready to dive in and actually put the advice in place.

    Lastly can I just say I’m so glad you used to be messy? So much stuff is written by naturally organised people, but it makes a difference to know that people like me can actually change. Thanks again.

  48. posted by Marie | green your apartment on

    Congratulations! Your blog has helped me so much in the past few years and now I can’t wait to go by your book!

  49. posted by [email protected] Frugal Girl on

    Congrats, Erin! How exciting!

  50. posted by Jenna on

    I found your website yesterday. I went looking for your book last night but they didnt have it so I just ordered from Amazon. I can’t wait to get it, Thanks!

  51. posted by Lynn on

    Just went to to buy my copy. Love the picture of you next to the book at B&N and love the story about the baby throwing up and bringing you back to reality! πŸ™‚ Congratulations – this is a wonderful moment for you. Enjoy it!

  52. posted by Lose That Girl on

    So wonderful! Congratulations, Erin! Such a big moment – you’ve earned it.

    I wrote about your new book on my blog – the post was published yesterday.

  53. posted by enigma on

    Congratulations! (I remember my first publication and that was definitely nothing compared to your accomplishment) Happy Sales …

    Will there be a German version?

  54. posted by Greg - Live It with less on

    Wow ! congratulations.

  55. posted by Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE on

    Erin, Your book just arrived – I’ve been waiting for it. I can’t wait for the kids to go to bed so I can dig my way out.

  56. posted by Amy on

    Congratulations! Love the site!

  57. posted by Nicole on

    Congratulations! I’ve love the “sneak peeks” already. Unclutterer has helped the quality of my life in so many ways!

  58. posted by Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome on


    Now when is the next one due to come out? πŸ˜‰

  59. posted by Michael on

    Congrats~! and your posts have done so much for me and the decluttering of my life. Keep it up!

  60. posted by Macbee on

    Hi Erin –

    My two copies (yes, two!) arrived yesterday and I had to laugh when I read your opening about the friend who wanted two ’cause one would get lost in all the mess. I actually ordered two inadvertently due to personal disorganization, but have no intention of doing a return. If I don’t lose one copy in the next month or so, the second make a wonderful Christmas gift!

  61. posted by Karyn on

    This is a bit belated, because I spent a number of days with the computer off so I could work on sorting through my paper clutter πŸ˜€ –the last frontier of clutter in my life!– but CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have a lot to be proud of, especially if you came from a chaotic clutterbug family background like I did. (Took me years to get over the maternally-trained habit of grabbing every free doodad just because “ooo, it’s free.” Yeah, but do I NEED it? Will I USE it? You know the drill.) I suggest that if you go on a book tour, you should get pictures of yourself in bookstores in every city you pass through. πŸ˜‰

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