5 Favourite Books on Organizing

Updated: Jul 10, 2019

Organizing is not just a hobby or biz for me. It's a full blown passion.

There is just something about having booked all lined up in a row, or a neatly stacked pile of sweaters, or wine glasses arranged "just so" that makes my heart sing.

So its not just enough for me to clean our a cupboard and be done. I have to learn about it. I have to study it. I have to know all. the. things.

If you know me at all, you know I have a fairly substantial home library. (Minimalism hardly comes into play when it comes to my books. They ALL spark joy). And amongst those books is a collection of titles on organizing that I have come back to time and again over the years. Books with practical, easy to follow advice on de-cluttering and organizing everything. These titles all have a permanent spot in my home library, and I have given several these titles as shower, wedding and birthday presents over the years. If you want to purchase any of these titles, the links below lead you to my affiliate page on Amazon. If you want to If you want to read any of these titles without spending a cent, head to your local library!

1. Organize Now! A Week-by-Week guide to simplify your space and your life

By Jennifer Ford Berry

This little gem entered my life shortly after kid number two was born. Set up as a workbook, it offers 52 weeks of organizing projects to do around your home in order to get control of your clutter and your space.

I tend to use this book as inspiration rather than its intended use as a workbook - I use the table of contents to turn to the week that gives me advice on the next space I want to tackle, read through it and use what I have learned as a bit of motivation to get me started.

2. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo

This book has not only inspired millions to declutter their homes, it has also been a huge boost to the organizing industry. Upon learning what I do for a living, almost everyone asks me if I "KonMari" people's things. (The answer, by the way, is no, I don't. It can be overwhelming for beginners. But I DO KonMari my own things. And I adhere to her folding technique like a mother.) I love that Kondo's spirituality (Shintoism) is thread through her method, and I appreciate her technique of bringing ALL items in a category together to organize at the same time.

3. The Joy of Less - A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize and Simplify

By Francine Jay

Recently published, this book is hitting the spot for me right now as I pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. I am working hard at not just letting go, but of buying less,and so in addition to the decluttering and organizing tips offered here, I also appreciate the mindset shifts that are offered.

Blog to books are not a new thing - this one started as a blog called Miss Minimalist, which I somehow missed in my hours and hours of net crawling over the years. I am catching up with it now, and recommend it along with this book.

4. Good Things for Organizing

ByMartha Stewart

Oh Martha. How I wanted to be you at one time in my life. I had all your books, I kept years of your magazines. Your images were beautiful, the recipes always turned out, and your "good things" were quick and easy to implement. You were always organized, and always perfect. I've since learned magazines are a pain to move and despite her jail term, Martha and her books still make me feel inferior. So they've all been decluttered, except this one. The images inspire, and I am happy to report that I can fold a fitted sheet like a boss and have made my own little slice of linen closet heaven thanks to this title.

5. Organizing from the Inside Out

By Julie Morgenstern

The book that started it all for me. This was the book that taught me organizing was a real thing that real people did for a living. I stumble across an first edition in my early twenties when I was just starting out in my career and marriage. Aside from sparking a lifelong love affair with organizing, this book also was the first to help me make the connection between organizing techniques and personalities, and was the first to help me articulate and then put into practice the idea of organizing "systems" throughout the house.

This is just a sample. There are soo many more I have read and love. And I look forward to applying their lessons in your home, as I have in my own.



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