I have a deep passion for books about organizing and decluttering. Throw in books abut simplifying my life or even embracing minimalism, and I will happily get lost in reading all afternoon.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I like to tackle a drawer or closet and I feel so much better. Below are some of the books about decluttering, organizing, and simplying that have helped me the most. I usually combine tips from all of the sources to come up with a method that helps me the most depending on my stage of life.
Let us know if these books about organizing your home help you as much as they have helped me!
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Books about Decluttering
Netflix book adaptations are not just for stories! This cleaning method was also recently adapted and for good reason.
The method is extreme but effective. You basically have to get messy to get clean. Her method calls for collecting every item of a specific category and putting it in the middle of the room. You then touch every item and decided if it makes you happy and/or serves a purpose. You discard what doesn’t make you happy and keep what does. It’s intense and time-consuming, but it really does work.
The only missing area from the book is the kids’ spaces. I used the basics of this method and applied it to declutter my kids’ rooms. Did you see those results?
If Marie Kondo’s take everything out and look at it method is overwhelming, then you might want to look for other books about decluttering. Our recommendation is this one by Dana White.
Her method is much easier to follow if you like small steps and decluttering a little at a time – no organizing required! She breaks it down in easy steps that are enough to make you want to go declutter immediately. Get the audiobook and listen while you work!
Books About Organizing Your Home
The Home Edit and The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer and Joanna
The ladies of The Home Edit have released two books about organizing and they are EVERYTHING a woman needs to conquer the clutter. These women are famous for organizing the home of Gwenyth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and other big-name celebrities. Now, you can implement their method on your budget.
Oh, Martha! I adore the set-up of this book. The first half is laid out in calendar format, giving you tips for organizing and executing those seasonal tasks like cleaning bedding. prepping for the holidays, and preparing for the start of a new season.
Then she goes room-by-room to help us all clean and organize each space in our home. This might be my favorite of the books about organizing because each project is small enough to tackle in one day.
Books About Minimalism
I love the concept of minimalist, but I hate the idea of the stark, cold space so many books about minimalism idealize.
What I love about this book, is Smith’s approach to creating a warm and loving home with less stuff and a more personalized style. She takes you step-by-step through her process of designing spaces that really speak to your needs.
I love to follow Shira Gill’s Instagram account, so I knew her book would be a must-get for me.
Minimalista is packed with tips and strategies to minimize your possessions, create order in your home, and find room for what really matters.
I love her step-by-step process and the way she gives specific pointers for each type of room. If you are looking to embrace a more minimal lifestyle, this is one of the must-read books about minimalist living. And if you are looking for feel-good nonfiction books, you will love this book and be motivated and empowered.
When it comes to all things clean Becky Rapinchuk aka Clean Mama, has been dispensing wisdom and eco-friendly recipes on her blog since 2009. I knew that her book was exactly what I needed to tackle my goal of a healthy clean home.
I’ve had it on my shelf for quite some time and I finally dove in to see what all the fuss was about by making some of her recipes. I’ve used her sink scrub, her yoga mat wash, her sterling silver cleaner, her wrinkle releaser and so much more. But perhaps my favorite thing, is the cleaning charts at the back of the book to help me organize my cleaning schedule.
Books about Simplifying Your Life
I’ve been a longtime fan of the Simplified Planner so I jumped at the chance to review Emily Ley’s newest book.
I started the book during a time when I was feeling particularly low and it became a balm to my heart. Here I was with a schedule so cluttered by things I “needed” to do and I wasn’t able to take care of myself leading up to a time of year that is always emotionally draining for me.
The result was that my usual sadness was compounded by the burden of being overwhelmed. I was fried. I cried at the littlest things, I went through the motions of being OK and having things under control when inside I wanted to curl up in a ball and just be.
And then… at my lowest… I got this book. And I got inspired. Because Emily tells us it’s OK to not do all the things- that the joy of life is in being present, in making time for spontaneity, and in connecting in a meaningful way with our loved ones. This book really helped me and is a feel-good nonfiction book that I recommend often.
I’m a self-proclaimed hot mess. I crave order and predictability but I get overwhelmed when I try to institute a million systems and organizational tools.
Enter the Lazy Genius! Kendra uses 13 principles to teach the average woman how to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t.
It’s revolutionary! I find myself letting go of stuff that doesn’t matter to me, and leaning into doing things that make my heart sing! This is a feel-good nonfiction book at its finest!
I loved Emily’s down-to-earth advice makes this one of the best books about simplifying your home, your commitments, and your expectations when it comes to Motherhood.
Chock full of helpful advice, this book felt like sitting down for a heart-to-heart with a mom friend who knows what’s up. While I knew a lot of the methods she was discussing already, I plan to pass this one on to my sister-in-law who is just starting out her motherhood journey.
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