It’s springtime, and that’s supposed to mean spring cleaning. But I’ve always been better at organizing than cleaning, so today we’re talking spring organizing.
Here are my favorite books about organizing the home.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
3 words: rigorous, inspiring, neat
Remember how I KonMari’d my librarian cardigans?
Here in the new house, they’re once again in that happy state,and I’m still on the KonMari bandwagon.
I loved Tidying Up when I first read it, and also when I second-read it. And it continues to spark joy.
Give this book a whirl if you like… decluttering, minimalism, simplicity, structure
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin
3 words: practical, positive, approachable
I’m an every-episode listener to the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, so many of the recommendations in this book (but not all — there were some surprises here) were familiar. And still, I found myself marking pages. Here are some of the ideas I captured:
- Watch your language. “Instead of telling yourself, ‘I need to go through my photos and discard the bad ones,’ you could tell yourself, ‘I’m going to curate my photo collection.’” (p. 182)
- Include a fragment of nature (p. 193)
- Every room should hold a bit of surprise or whimsy (p. 197)
And the Dear Man installed my pretty hooks for clothes I’ve only barely worn. (Find a place for items that are neither dirty nor clean, p. 82)
Give this book a whirl if you like… quick, browseable books; decluttering; a wide range of tips; bite-size ideas
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
3 words: cheerful, beautiful, concrete
Oh my goodness. This is the book that inspired me to purchase spice containers and cute labels. Because these ladies label everything and it looks fabulous. This book made me woozy with delight. We’re talking famous people’s closets and pantries and craft rooms, and real-life, actually do-able steps to achieve something beautiful in one’s own home.
Give this book a whirl if you like… organizing in a beautiful way, labeling absolutely everything, a conversational and encouraging tone, celebrity closets and pantries
Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home by Nikki Boyd
3 words: enthusiastic, elegant, lovely
I’ll admit it: I binge-read this book one evening when I could’ve been cooking dinner. But I think this book will deliver long-term dividends, because it seriously inspired me to tend to some untidy areas of our home that are usually hidden from view… but we know they’re there. Not for long! I gathered some lovely ideas for our pantry and drawers.
Give this book a whirl if you like… beautiful books about home organization, adding a touch of style to orderliness, practical and inspiring tips for organizing your home
The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick
3 words: pictorial, scannable, simple
My takeaways from this book are clean lines, environmentally-friendly cleaning processes, and a really cute way to store a toilet plunger (in a clay pot: genius).
Give this book a whirl if you like… inspiration for household organizing, simple living, green products, pretty books
The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
3 words: browseable, beautifully illustrated, clean
This book is on my bedside table for pre-sleep perusal at the moment, and it’s a treat to open its pages because it’s just plain pretty. Bright color photos of tidy, perfectly organized spaces… with a lovely plant to add another pop of color to the scene. Beautiful book. Also: a little bit challenging, because there are cleaning recommendations here that seem a little bit beyond what I’m ever gonna do. (Cleaning the kitchen sink daily? I don’t think so.) But I’ve marked several pages that offer solutions for organizing the pantry. And I’m finding pleasure in simply looking through this book for decorating ideas. It’s lovely.
Give this book a whirl if you like… a wide array of organizing ideas for all areas of the home, cleaning recommendations, easy storage solutions
Simple Organizing Wisdom: 500+ Quick & Easy Clutter Cures edited by Laurie Jennings
3 words: neat, pretty, practical
When this book showed up in my mailbox, I silently squealed with joy and immediately sought out someone who shares my organizing obsession so I could tell her about it. People, this book is pretty.
Give this book a whirl if you like… bite-sized, scannable, practical tips, pretty storage solutions
Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith
3 words: chatty, encouraging, practical
I really liked Myquillyn Smith’s first book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. My most important takeaway from that book: don’t apologize for your home’s flaws or shortcomings; instead, focus on making your guest comfortable. And if someone compliments your home, accept the compliment gracefully.
In Cozy Minimalist Home, she suggests using larger statement pieces as decor, and removing the extras. It’s an approach I really like. I also like her idea of “quieting” a room seasonally by removing all decor and then adding pieces only where needed.
Give this book a whirl if you like… creating a comfortable home, decluttering without losing coziness, not worrying about having a “style,” focusing on people and their comfort
I know I’m not the only one who reads this stuff for fun… What are your favorite home organization books?