Review: The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy by Jennifer McCartneyThe Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy by Jennifer McCartney
Published by The Countryman Press on May 24th 2016
Pages: 128
Genres: Humor, Form, Parodies, General
Hardcover provided by BEA 2016, W W Norton & Company Incorporated

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Learn to be messy and everything else in your life will fall into place.
The anti-clutter movement is having a moment. You may have heard about a book—an entire book—written on the topic of tidiness and how “magical” and “life-changing” it is to neaten up and THROW AWAY YOUR BELONGINGS. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s time to fight that ridiculousness and start buying even more stuff and leaving it any place you want. Guess what, neatniks? Science shows that messy people are more creative.*
Being a slob is an art, and there’s a fine line between being a consumer and being a hoarder. Don’t cross that line. This book shows you how to clutter mindfully and with great joy. The results are mind-blowing. Your plants will stop dying. Your whiskey bottle will never run dry. Your drugstore points will finally add up to a free jar of salsa and some nice shampoo. You’ll go shopping and discover you’ve lost weight...
It's time to take back your life from the anti-clutter movement.  
*As well as smarter and more attractive.

Reading time 3 mins

This little gem is something I picked up at BookExpoAmerica this year. I grabbed this book early on day 2 and read it while I was standing in lines. I liked it enough to share the funnies with some other bloggers in line. The Joy of Leaving You Sh*t All Over the Place is hilarious. I am so glad I got a chance to read it.

This book is written in an easy-to-digest format. The sections are pretty short and include art, loads of humor, and small charts. This book basically focuses on a retort to those books and methods being sold to the masses telling people that the need to get organized and throw their sh*t away. You know, those books that say this:

“Tidy is in. Messy is out. Thanks, Minimalism. Thanks, unprecedented household debt. Thanks KonMari Method.”

The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over The Place rebuts that with this:

“Messiness is easy. It comes naturally to everyone. You’re born fucking messy and you die messy but somplace in between you get brainwashed into thinking you should be tidy. No one likes tidy people. They are boring. Basically even writing a book about being messy is pointless because it is so fucking easy. But here we are.”

I love this rebuttal. The author basically tells everyone to chill the fuck out and stop being so uptight.

A break down of the chapters:

  1. Reset Your Life By Vowing Never to Tidy
  2. The Clutter Blame Game
  3. Leave Your Sh*t All Over the House
  4. Dealing With the Actual Sh*t In Your House
  5. Leave Some Sh*t Outside and In Cyberspace
  6. Cherish Your Stuff But Do Not Hoard

There is also six quizzes in this book, a handy clutter checklist in the back so you can maximize your clutter potential, and a handy list of useful resources where you can find more stuff.

I have to admit this book had me laughing out loud on almost every page. The author is witty and down to earth. The kind of person I would want over for a bar-b-Que, if I had a grill anyways. (it is on my list of sh*t to buy). I don’t subscribe to everything she says in this book (it is a fucking parody!), but I totally get what she is saying. This was a very entertaining read.

My Favorite Quote:

“Books are not clutter no matter what some book about getting organized may tell you. Literally, no one has ever walked into a library and been, like, what a fucking mess. Also, it’s difficult to judge people properly who don’t own any books”

My Rating


About Jennifer McCartney

805275Jennifer McCartney is a writer and editor. She is the author of numerous books including the novel Afloat which was a bestseller in Canada. She is also the author of Cocktails for Drinkers and The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t Everywhere. Her writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in The Atlantic, Vice Magazine, Teen Vogue, Curbed, Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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