Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World
Evan Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the average home sold for $3.5 million.
But that didn’t last. Zislis owned a hulking Great Pyrenees dog who developed separation anxiety and “howled like a fire engine” when left alone. Elliot got his master frequently evicted, and in the six years Zislis lived in Aspen, he moved 13 times.
Little did Zislis suspect that the lessons learned from that minimalist, gypsy lifestyle would lead him to becoming a best-selling author, professional organizer and lifestyle coach. After its April 2015 launch, Zislis’ book ClutterFree Revolution: Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World, rocketed to the top of Amazon.com, immediately becoming an international best-seller in eight countries. The book was recently featured in Inc. magazine and Interiors Colorado.
The book’s popularity stems from the fact that it’s a tough-love pep talk for American families, the quintessential pocket guide for clearing out, getting organized and thriving with less stuff and more life. As Zislis puts it, “ClutterFree Revolution is a conscious consumer’s manifesto – an invitation to a life-transforming paradigm that is designed to remind us of what matters most, and that is: who we love, what we do, how and why we live, because everything else is just stuff.”
Zislis was inspired to write the book in part because he’s a father. He says, “As I watch my 5-year-old daughter examining a fat caterpillar on our front porch, sandy curls blowing across her spellbound face as she watches a hundred tiny feet exploring the contours of her hand, I am filled with overwhelming joy – and also an unsettling fear of what may cross her path. I am no one special; I am just one man. My sole purpose in life is to protect my child from harm and guide her in a direction of health and happiness.”
Around the time of his daughter’s birth, Zislis started a consulting firm. Working with households and businesses as a professional organizer, he discovered that “so much of who we are revolves around what we have.” He notes, “It turns out, that those things have become toxic distractions from what matters most.” That insight is the book’s central theme.
ClutterFree Revolution is not about tidying up. It’s a practical guide for becoming conscious consumers committed to understanding the global impact that we have when we shop. Zislis asks us to become more intentional about what we buy, why we buy, where we buy, and from whom.
Casey Sheahan, the former President and CEO of Patagonia, Inc., calls ClutterFree Revolution, “A must read for every household in America.”