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Publisher's Summary

America’s top cleaning expert and star of the hit series Legacy List with Matt Paxton distills his fail-proof approach to decluttering and downsizing.

Your boxes of photos, family’s china, and even the kids' height charts aren’t just stuff; they’re attached to a lifetime of memories - and letting them go can be scary. With empathy, expertise, and humor, Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff helps you sift through years of clutter, let go of what no longer serves you, and identify the items worth keeping so that you can focus on living in the present. 

For over 20 years, Matt Paxton has helped people from all walks of life who want to live more simply declutter and downsize. As a featured cleaner on Hoarders and host of the Emmy-nominated Legacy List with Matt Paxton on PBS, he has identified the psychological roadblocks that most organizational experts routinely miss but that prevent so many of us from lightening our material load. Using poignant stories from the thousands of individuals and families he has worked with, Paxton brings his signature insight to a necessary task. 

Whether you’re tired of living with clutter, making space for a loved one, or moving to a smaller home or retirement community, this book is for you. Paxton’s unique, step-by-step process gives you the tools you need to get the job done.

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of resources.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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good book!

love Matt Paxton! lots of personal stories and experiences shared in this book. it was nice to hear how to work through the decisions of purging. it also had resources.

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Must have book before you declutter, downsize or move!

Loved this book! Well written and concise information. If you plan to declutter, downsize, move or even upsizie and combine families, listen to or read this book! Expert advice without extra nonsense. Read by the author with excellent audio quality and enjoyable to listen to. I believe I’ll buy a print copy and highlight the many points and concise advice to help in the next chapter of our life. BUY THIS BOOK!

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Snooze Fest

Matt is great on his show. This book doesn’t do him justice. Looking forward to his tv series

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Great book if you can hear it all

There is so much great information in this book. It is rich with stories and resources. However, the level of vocal fry makes it incredibly difficult to get through. Having to rewind and turn the volume up is a bit of an inconvenience.

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Practical advice that is grounded in honoring loved ones

I had watched Matt Paxton on Hoarders and saw that he always respected his clients wholeheartedly. I lost my mother and this book was exactly what I needed to process the multiple generations of precious things in her home. His advice is real, new, and sensitive. It isn’t the same old “toss it” advice you get elsewhere. I highly recommend listening to this audible BEFORE you lose a loved one. Lots to learn before they die and lots to apply to our own lives in general.

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Enjoyable and informative

Thanks for sharing this hard earned knowledge with us. I feel confident I can let go of my own things and help others with theirs. I just donated 2 bags of clothes and I feel so much lighter! Thank you.

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Incentive and inspiration to declutter

I listened to this book while culling through “treasures” I had collected for years. I have been able to get rid of things I haven’t used for years but felt disloyal for even thinking about donating. I will be listening to it again to keep the encouragement going. Thank you, Max Paxton!

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Useful Read

Full of great advice! I recommend this book to anyone that is moving, decluttering, or has to clean out an estate.

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Slow and slower

Lots of anecdotes, didn't need a book full of them without a meaningful thread to propel the listener forward.

Listening to the book wasn't the way to go. But you want to watch the show because this type of storytelling apparently doesn't work without visuals. My mind wandered and I simply stopped being able to pay attention.

Great subject, timely subject. In my view, this book fell short, yet love Matt anyway, love the show.

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  • 04-14-22

Compelling and inspiring stories, practical tips!

Based on Matt's extensive experience, this book contains compelling stories from his career, distilled into wisdom and practical tips to declutter your life and preserve your legacy. I could relate to the stories, particularly the emotional aspects which is an area I find difficult and Matt's tips helped me think about this in a different way and I gained some new perspectives. By the time I was halfway through, I was going through my stuff with Matt telling stories by my side. Thanks for writing this book, Matt and sharing all of your wisdom with us. And I hope you are making many memories in your new home.

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Some good ideas

Great book and Audible made better by Matt reading it. I so need to get my photos in order. Good ideas