Organize It! Books to help bring order into your home

 

For some people, being organized is second nature—their closets look like retail display tables and their sock drawers are arranged by texture and color. It’s as if they are always ready for a home magazine photo shoot! For many of us, however, getting and staying organized is, well, a challenge to say the least. Fear not mess monsters! You, too, can get a little of that orderliness into your lives and homes. Experts say the trick is as easy as 1-2-3: De-clutter, tidy up and store. But since those experts aren’t coming to your home anytime soon, here are some books that will help you achieve that “I can find anything I want in a second” look:

 

The Organized Life: Secrets of an Expert Organizer

From clutter to paper organization to writing a grocery list, this book will help organize many aspects of your home and life. The tips, ideas and pictures will inspire you. Put this book by your bedside table and read a few pages each night to get and stay motivated.

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

You’ve probably seen this title at a bookstore table or in someone’s hand, as it’s all the rage lately. In this New York Times best seller, the author, Marie Kondo, uses the innovative KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Her process helps one determine their relationships with the objects in their home. She’ll have you find out if what you own spark joy in your life. If not, Kondo advises getting rid of it. In the end, readers rave about her system, swear by the book and speak of a utopia unbeknownst to hoarders and the disorganized. No wonder she’s sold more than two million copies of the book!

 

Unclutter Your Life in One Week

As its title suggests, this book will help you unclutter in just seven days. Organization expert and Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer.com, Erin Rooney Doland, understands there is no one solution that works for everyone. For that reason, she offers several suggestions to undertake each area of your home. She also helps you figure out how to keep everything organized once you declutter. ‘Cause how many times have you organized an area just to have it be a mess again in a few days?

 

Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure

Fans of the popular Apartment Therapy blog will need no introduction to this book. Like the website, this volume tackles not just decluttering and organizational issues but also offers decorating and styling strategies. Bonus: the focus is on smallish spaces, which is good for us city dwellers.