Breathing Room–a Book Review & Giveaway Closed

breathing room review giveawayI don’t do many book reviews or giveaways, but something about Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home spoke to my heart. I was provided with a copy to read and review; all opinions are my own. Please note that this post contains affiliate links.

In the last couple of years, I’ve found it difficult to let go of so many things. They’re full of memories of people I love, of times I lived and of places that I’ll never be able to go back to. It’s made me feel guilty for holding on to things and guilty for letting go of things–talk about a no-win situation.

Breathing Room

Co-authored by Lauren Rosenfeld, an intuitive, a blogger and professional “soul declutterer,” and Dr. Melva Green, a board-certified psychiatrist, spiritual healer and expert on the A&E show Hoarders, Breathing Room looks at clutter and disorganization as more than just a mess that needs to be picked up and put away.

These two look at what’s behind your clutter, and how to create the peaceful, light-filled space within your heart as well as your home. The book is divided into 3 sections, based on the S.L.I.C.E. system they’ve developed.


Dr. Green and Ms. Rosenfeld ask you to look at each room/area of your home individually; they believe that before you can start tossing things away, you need to know each area’s purpose and intention. You are given examples and exercises, and asked to start a journal to record your thoughts and feelings.

Stop, Listen, Intend  and Clear the Energy. This sounds like a lot of work for each room of the house, but let me tell you–I used to walk into my studio with dread. It had become a dumping ground for anything I wanted to deal with “later.”

A Place to Begin

Now I have created a plan and an intention for that room. Each time I walk in there now, I pick up 5 things; I look at them and decide if they fit the intentions I have for that room. Then these things either stay or go.

Another light-bulb moment I had after reading this book involves my own “collection” of books. I’m one of those who holds onto every single book I come across; I’ve read it, am going to read it or loved it and want to read it again. Seriously, there are not enough days in the year for all the books I’ve acquired. Now, with some insight from Breathing Room, I am going to go through my collection.

There will still be books I’m going to keep; but there will be many, many books that I’m going to share. If I loved them that much, who am I to hoard them and keep the knowledge, enjoyment and insight contained in those pages. I will be creating stacks to be donated and stacks to be sold at my impending garage sale. I’m sure that’s still months away though….


I got a lot of ideas and inspiration from reading this book. It made me feel that there’s hope for me; that one day soon, I’ll be able to have serenity, peace and organization in my home AND in my heart! You can win your own copy of this great book by entering the drawing. Good luck!
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  1. I love the idea of decluttering the home space, this is something of value for sure. It is so important and a struggle for me but I do it at least once or twice a year.
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  2. I really need this book! But I am inspired to get started with my organizing and packing just from the descriptions in your post. Thanks so much! I am proud of you too!

  3. I live in a studio, but am moving in with my boyfriend this summer…so ALOT of my stuff needs de-cluttering, I have 3 closets so, I will say my large one is where I need help most! =P Great giveaway, Ann!
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  4. Our bedroom serves as library & quiet space, yet needs some major heart work to get it decluttered! This book sounds like a marvelous starting point to get me there!
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  5. I got a copy of this, too! Can’t wait to review.
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  6. Sounds very interesting. And I need a good de-cluttering.
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  7. I want to read this book so much now, Ann! I love the concept, the theme – everything. And I also now know where you live. I went to high school in Dana Point and my parents still own their home there. Since I left there I’ve found some tucked away spots there I didn’t know about when I lived there.
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  8. My bedroom definitely needs the most decluttering. I am a book hoarder and knick knack hoarder which totally equates to clutter!
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  9. Diana Hatch says:

    Definitely my craft room!

  10. My kitchen really needs to be de-cluttered. I walk into my kitchen when I enter my home and the poor room gets anything I bring in and forget to put away.

  11. Liza Vladyka says:

    my room

  12. Melinda Stephens says:

    My whole house needs it, but right now, the garage is the worse with my bedroom running a close second.

  13. wen budro says:

    It’s usually the pile of paperwork, bills, etc. that accumulates on tables and floors….and in closets.

  14. Misha Estrada says:

    Our closets are too cluttered.

  15. Monja Blue says:

    My studio space is a lot like you described yours! Inspired by what you shared; would love to win this wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

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  17. Annmarie Weeks says:

    The kids activity/play room really needs to be decluttered!

  18. Angela Saver says:

    My bedroom & closet needs the most help!

  19. Gianna says:

    My basement.

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