Thursday, December 15, 2016

Best Organizing Books

Hello! Although I still have a few more Christmas posts to share, I thought I'd post about my favorite organizing books today. At the end of the year I always seem to start thinking about getting organized for the year to come...and these are some of the best tools I've found over the past year or so. They also make great Christmas gifts if you are looking for something for the book-lovers on your list.

My favorite all-time book for getting organized isn't what some would think of as

a typical "how-to" in the organizational book genre. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less  is probably one of my favorite non-fiction books ever. I read it for the first time a little over a year ago, and it was seriously life-changing. It really made me think about what I want to do with my life and gave me simple tools to  not only discover what I want most but also to schedule my time better. I've read a lot of time management books and this one is the best.

Another amazing book to help with your organizational goals is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  Now Marie's method isn't for everyone...her decluttering ideas and techniques are pretty extreme. But I really enjoyed reading her ideas and learning a bit about the Japanese culture while doing so. While I don't follow all of her ideas, I did gain a new perspective on our possessions and how they affect our lives.

I feel like being able to keep my home (mostly) clean and clutter free translates to more time for me in the sewing room. The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself--The Natural, Chemical-Free Way.  I love the cleaning product formulas made with ingredients that are easy to find, but what I also love about this book are the charts and lists in the back of the book that can help you keep up with your cleaning tasks. They can be easily copied to use over and over again.

And the two best books for how-to, step-by-step decluttering and getting organized are Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets and The Complete Book of Home OrganizationThese books give tips, techniques, product ideas, storage ideas and  plans for attacking clutter one step at a time. I organized my kitchen this summer using the method in Decluttering Your Home, and I can't wait to use her ideas for some other parts of our home on the winter break.

Finally, for my system to work, I finally realized I needed a book to keep lists that I want to hang on to  on a more permanent basis. This Leuchtturm Medium Notebook, Dots, 5.75 x 8.25 Inch (LBL14) is perfect. It has numbered pages and a spot at the front for listing what is included on each page. So I have a page for decorating ideas, a page for books I want to get, quilt project idea pages, and even organization ideas. I love the fact that this has a lot of pages but yet is small enough to take along in my purse if I'm going shopping.

Finally...two more books with tons of great ideas are Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter: Simplify Your Life One Minute at a Time and The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify (Updated and Revised)Never too Busy to Cure Clutter has ideas listed by category. It's a quick read, and yet there are a lot of valuable ideas.  The Joy of Less is also a helpful book...written in an easy to read conversational style, the author walks you through her minimalist perspective.

I hope some of these books will inspire you as they did me...thanks so much for stopping by!


Jill said...

Great post! Thanks for your recommendations and why you like the books. January is the perfect month for reorganizing projects. Clutter bogs me down and yet I tend to accumulate it for whatever reason. I have Marie Kondo's book and overnight it changed my unmentionables drawer. ;-)

Janice said...

Thanks for featuring these helpful books! Very timely, as my husband and I were just discussing how the year of 2017 will be our "simplify" year! While getting out the Christmas decorations this year, I realized just how cluttered our storage area (and closets) had become. Ready, Set, Action! 2017, here we come!!

Little Quiltsong said...

Thank you for sharing these books on how to get organized. I usually enjoy going through my cupboards, and cleaning and organizing - but it is hard to get rid of things that have become mementos. The older I get, the harder it is to reach a decision on what to keep and what to get rid of! I do need to persevere though - the winter months are great for that :)! Thank you for the reminder, Sherri!

Hildy said...

I'm planning to oraganize my sewing stuff after the holidays and the books are a great help.
I love the Leuchtturm books they are great and not so expensive as some other books. I have a notebook with the Munich skyline and hope to get a new one for my quilting stuff soon.

Kay said...

I love organising. Thank you for the book list, I will be having a look through some these. I already have the Marie Condo book and I used it to reorganise my drawers and wardrobe, it saved me so much space. x

Judy Otis said...

Thank you for sharing the books. I am the queen of disorganization and this is a goal for me this year to organize my fabric

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