Book Review ~ Lighten Up by Peter Walsh

Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier With Less

I have just finished reading this book and I have to say it was full of interesting insights and great tips on not only decluttering your life but how to clean up your finances as well.

The world financial crisis has caused many families to rethink the way they spend and what they consider to be important in their lives. Many have realised that living a life with less is a far better option than living up to their eyeballs in debt. Some of the letters quoted in the books show that many people have considered the wfc as a blessing in disguise that has made them realise the errors of their ways. People who have re-adjusted to a more rewarding existence that doesn’t include the endless and equally mindless pursuit of more stuff.

Peter gives his readers guidelines and exercises to help them take stock of how they measure happiness, how to rein in spending and facing up to the emotional side to our stuff. It can be a little confronting at times but that is often what it takes to help us see a way through the mess we have gotten ourselves into.

I highly recommend reading this book whether you need the financial guidance or just a little help letting go of the stuff cluttering up not only your house but your life.

For more information about the contents of this book click here.

Today’s Declutter Item

The items just keep on coming and every little thing helps, even something as small as this hole punch. Just another thing excess to our needs. This one went to the thrift shop. They kept it to add to their own stationary supplies. 

Hole Punch

Something I Am Grateful For Today

I love taking time to visit new places, I love having alone time with my husband and I love escaping from the everyday grind but I also am grateful to have a happy, comfortable, uncluttered home to come back to when my vacation is done.

It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. I just wrote about the clutter connection to fat and finances too…. cool.

  2. I love a good book recommendation. I am going to whizz over to the library website immediately and order it. As I consider you an amazing authority on all this de-clutter and saving, I know I am in for a mighty great read. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being such an inspiration to me and what I am trying to achieve. Keep up the brilliant work. You rock !

    • Hi Tasmanian Minimalist,
      I am sure that you will find some great inspiration and advice in this book especially since you are trying to increase your savings. Peter Walsh is the Guru when it comes to decluttering, I am not sure why it took me so long to read one of his books. I was extra pleased that you are going to borrow it from the library, that shows commitment to decluttering. I borrowed the copy I read from the library also.

      Thank you for the thank you, I appreciate your kind words and I am glad that what I do here is helping you reach your goals.

  3. Hi Colleen, I’m not sure if I’ve actually posted before but I’ve been following your blog for more than 6 months and get your updates on facebook. I love to follow all your advice which prompts me to declutter my different areas and I have just reserved this book at my library online. I’ve seen this guy before on Oprah and he’s very good. It must be popular as it’s out and has 1 reserve before me but I’m happy to wait until September.

    • Hi Julie,
      I don’t think you have commented before so welcome to 365 Less Things and thanks for joining us.
      I watched a couple of Peter Walsh’s shows when I lived in America and he is very good. This is the first time I have read one of his books though and he and I seem to have a lot of the same ideas about clutter. He is the guru though and has been at this for a long time and I will be sure to read some more of his books to increase my knowledge.

  4. I also put it on hold at my local library. Colleen, I am glad your readers live in different parts of the world otherwise we could wait months/years before being able to read it.

    • Hi NatalieinCA,
      you are too funny. I am not sure my humble recommendations carry that much weight but thank you for the vote of confidence.

  5. I’m shocked! Second book recommendation, second one in a library (and my walking distance local one this time too!) So rapt! Thanks for the recommendation, after my mini break I’ll go get it!!