Unclutter Your Life in One Week released in paperback

Today is the official release of Unclutter Your Life in One Week in paperback. I’m extremely excited about today and this event for many reasons:

  • Not all books printed as hardcovers ever make it to paperback. Making it to paperback is a sign that the publisher continues to believe the content of the book is worth staying in publication. I’m really honored and humbled by this.
  • A few big bloopers were fixed, especially the one from page 17 in the hardcover. On page 17, I accidentally wrote a sentence stating the exact opposite of what I intended. Oops!
  • As a special promotion, Amazon is selling the paperback at almost $7.00 off the suggested retail price — Unclutter Your Life in One Week in paperback is just $8.06.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the book over the last year, and to those who will support it in the future. I truly appreciate the opportunity to continue to share the Unclutterer message in a different medium.

28 Comments for “Unclutter Your Life in One Week released in paperback”

  1. posted by varun on

    Congrats! If I may though – how is the Kindle Edition more expensive than the paperback?

  2. posted by Plain Good Sense on

    Erin, congrats on this achievement! I have to say that when I first heard about your book, I was so happy for you – but did not plan to read it because I am already a quite organized and uncluttered person. But then I checked it out from the library out of pure curiosity and found that I LOVED IT! Your streamlined approach to all things uncluttering was so refreshing and fun to read.

    Anyway – I just wanted to say that not only is this book a great resource for cluttered folks looking to change their life, it’s also basically like porn for those of us already living the uncluttered life. I LOVED IT! πŸ™‚

    So, I bought a copy on Amazon. (This is my method for keeping book clutter to a minimum – read it from the library first, and then if you truly love a book and want to read/refer to it over and over again, buy it used on Amazon).

  3. posted by Chris Guillebeau on

    Congrats Erin! The book deserves to be in hardback, paperback, Kindle, and everywhere else. (But mostly it deserves to be read and applied.)


    Kindle prices are established by the publisher (usually at $9.99), whereas print book prices are established by Amazon, which often discounts — therefore sometimes the print book can be lower.

  4. posted by Erin Doland on

    @varun — I like Chris’ explanation. My guess was that it involves magic, eyes of newts, and the blood of your first born child πŸ™‚

  5. posted by danielle on

    I decided to check out your book on Amazon just yesterday and decided my partner and I *need* to have it, so we bought it (in paperback!). Can’t wait to get it and start uncluttering. We’re not hoarders by any means, but we both need to re-examine our attachment to “things” and purge purge purge.

  6. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Congratulations! And I *love* the paperback cover.

  7. posted by Gena on


  8. posted by Meanwhile, I keep dancing on

    Congratulations, Erin! A well-deserved acknowledgment of your hard work.

  9. posted by Anne on

    Congratulations on the paperback version! Can you post a list of the “bloopers” that were corrected so that those of us who own the hardback version can have them corrected?
    The new cover is very beautiful!

  10. posted by Van on

    Congratulations- I’m definitely going to support your hard work and purchase the book πŸ™‚ Is it available as an E-book anywhere?

  11. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    Yes–I’d like an errata sheet– I bought the hardcover, and as I am sharing it with my extremely precise-reading husband, we wouldn’t want him to get all recluttered, would we?

  12. posted by Erin Doland on

    Errata …

    Pg. 17: The last sentence of the second paragraph should read “Thankfully, since you are focused on achieving a remarkable life, you have the motivation to begin working to put an end to your cluttered existence right now.”

    Pg. 49: The Nylon Cable Ties image is wrong, it is a reprint of the String image from page 48. There is a Nylon Cable Ties image that the illustrator created, but it wasn’t used.

    Pg. 104: Delete “46. Scrub lint trap on washing machine.” and alter remaining numbers accordingly. Scrubbing the lint trap is already included in item 25.

    Pgs. 14 and 231: Pixily.com is now OfficeDrop.com It’s the same company, they just renamed it.

    Pgs. 235 and 236: My imprint within Simon and Schuster changed from Simon Spotlight Entertainment into Gallery Books. Every reference to Simon Spotlight Entertainment was changed to say Gallery Books.

  13. posted by Marge Wheeler on

    CONGRATULATIONS! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! (it’s on my wishlist as we speak)

  14. posted by Naomi on

    Congratulations, Erin! Your book has a permanent place on my recommended reading list. I remember the post you wrote about getting the first box of copies from your publisher … I’m glad it’ll reach an even wider audience.

    Best wishes for a joyful and productive 2011.

  15. posted by Kel on

    Thanks for the posted changes! Also I _love_ the new cover. I have the hardcover and quite enjoy it though part of me wishes I’d waited for the pretty new cover πŸ˜€ lol. Congrats on getting to paperback though!

  16. posted by April on

    I had bought your book last year, and though it was a good book, it was a little too dry to read in one sitting. Kind of like a textbook.

    I wanted to read through the whole thing to get the big image in my head before going through the tasks day by day. But even skipping all the office/work related parts (since it’s not relevant to my life), I couldn’t make it past Thursday. It was too dry. I felt tired reading it, and I rarely get tired reading.

    You have good information, and as short, occasional blog posts your matter-of-fact writing style is easy enough to read. It’s when there’s long chapters of it that it gets hard to stick with it. So, in your next book (wink wink, nudge nudge) may I suggest tossing in a few more stories/examples (or something emotionally relevant) to break up the step-by-step and philosophical parts of the text?

    I found myself instantly drawn to the very few stories you have in there, and wanting to have more of those. Like when you talked about when you were cluttered and how your husband sat down with you. Love stuff like that. Those emotional jolts keep me going through the dryer but informative parts of the book.

    Just my two cents. I hope I phrased it in a constructive manner so that I don’t upset you. I know this book is your “baby.”

  17. posted by [email protected] on

    I’ve done that before…written the exact opposite of what I meant (I said, “It’s worth nothing” and I meant to say, “It’s worth noting”. Whoops.).

    Congrats on the paperback!

  18. posted by Living the Balanced Life on

    I have a couple of books on my wish list in Amazon right now, will definitely have to go add this one! And hopefully place the order soon!

  19. posted by Molly on

    I bought the digital copy for my iPod this week. I’ve been reading through it and I’m getting excited about living the remarkable life I want to live. I’ve followed this website for 3 years now, and I finally have the motivation to make a change. (Better late than never). My favorite part about all the recommendations is that you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune or organizational boxes and such. You can use what you already have.

    Congrats on the paperback.

  20. posted by Erin Doland on

    @April — I thought about including more personal anecdotes, but didn’t because the book wasn’t about me. My purpose in writing the book was to help other people. I had a limited number of words, and I could have used that space to give tips, advice, and helpful hints … or babble on about myself. I decided my story isn’t unique enough to warrant a memoir, so I chose to go the advice route instead. Plus, the publisher wanted an advice book, which made the decision-making process even easier πŸ™‚

    Had I self-published the book, it would have probably been a completely different text. However, it probably would have been a worse text and barely anyone would have read it. I know ZERO about the publishing industry and what books people buy. In my opinion, I’m extremely lucky and blessed that Simon and Schuster believed in me and gave me the opportunity to write the book.

  21. posted by Maria Barker on

    Unfortunately, this made me change my mind about buying it. I was going to buy the hardback (Hate paperbacks), and you tell me there are problems with it. You are offering an inferior product (paperback that has the corrections) OR an inferior product (hardback that has problem writing).

    Why are you not fixing the hardback?

  22. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Maria — The reason they don’t make the changes to the hardcover is because the hardcover is now out of print. They are only printing paperbacks from this point forward. If you buy it in hardcover, it is from one of the eight printings that occurred between November 2009 and July 2010.

    Besides, I wouldn’t call the hardcover an “inferior” product since the only problems with it are those listed as errata in my previous comment. To put things in perspective, most books between hardcovers and paperbacks have 30 or more changes. The fact that mine only has five is pretty impressive. To further illustrate my point, check out a hardcover of one of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books and then compare it to its comparable paperback. I’m told there are HUNDREDS of changes between the two.

  23. posted by Maria Barker on

    I am SO Sorry for my comment. I have been ill since November, in pain, scared about something going on in my life, and I wrote a needlessly hurtful comment stiking out at you. This is particularly unforgiveable as my husband is a writer, a good one, and I see how hard it is for him to release an offering to the public, and how proud he is when he has a success. I just can’t believe my Bi*c*y, asinine comment.

    You are one of my favorite bloggers, and you have SO much to be proud of.

    I am so sorry.

  24. posted by Maria Barker on

    I meant to say how ashamed of myself I am in the above apology. I am sorry, and very ashamed, and you certainly did not deserve that.

  25. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Maria — Nothing to apologize for. I didn’t take offense to your comment at all. Was just explaining why the changes won’t be made to the hardcover. Had I been offended, I’d have deleted your comment πŸ™‚ That’s usually the biggest sign someone has upset me — the comment just disappears from the site.

  26. posted by Devon on

    I just finished reading the book and really enjoyed it. The only problem is that my Kindle version of the book does not include an image of the meal-planning worksheet/chart. You write that this is on page 157, but ebooks don’t have traditional page numbers. Still, I’ve searched through the book several times and cannot find it I’ve tried changing the font size and viewing the book on my iPad (in addition to my Kindle), but it’s just not there. Very strange, and I haven’t read that anyone else has had this problem Where can I view a copy of this worksheet? Thank you!

  27. posted by Dean on

    Did you correct that the Tribbles were not eating the crew’s food supply, but a cargo of grain intended for someone else?

  28. posted by Lynn Ware on

    Does someone have a copy of
    Unclutter Your Life in One Week they want to donate to me?

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