The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place

Jennifer McCartney
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jan 28, 2017

In case the title doesn’t give it away, McCarney is a potty mouth. If foul language upsets you in the least, please put this book down immediately. Should profanity be less a concern, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place is actually kind of a joy itself.

McCartney offers a humorous response to decluttering and minimalism to advocate that we “break free from the bonds of tidiness and triumph over the boring forces of uniformity and predictability.”  She cites the same research as your favorite housekeeping books, The Joy of Less and The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. She explains, however, that “the study is saying that unless you’re planning to pull a Chris McCandless and burn all your belongings and move to Alaska and die in a bus, you’re totally . . . ,” ahem, shall we say, out of luck.

Regardless of where you fall on the home organization spectrum, and assuming you can tolerate an abundance of irreverence, McCartney will bring guffaws to you and sideways glances from strangers who happen to be near.

Reviewed by Helen H.
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