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The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Joshua Becker)
Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.
While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living. Live a better life with less. (via Amazon.com)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)
This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. (via Amazon.com)
Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting--and Staying--Organized (Amanda sullivan)
If you're looking to clean up but not clean out, if you want to declutter but don't want to throw out eighty percent of your stuff, if you want to be able to find matching socks in the morning but don't want a color-coded sock drawer, you've come to the right place. Organized Enough offers a groundbreaking, science-driven method for getting--and staying--organized. Amanda Sullivan's proven approach will teach you the lifelong habits of the organized, showing you how to make cleaning up effortless and automatic. With seven concepts to help you define your goals and seven essential habits to keep chaos and clutter at bay, Organized Enough will teach you to reframe how you think about your space, your stuff, and your life. (via Amazon.com)
The Boomer Burden: Dealing With Your Parents' Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff (Julie Hall)
A practical guide to advise Baby Boomers how to deal with the daunting task of facing a parents' eventual passing as it relates to residential contents, heirlooms, and the often difficult family interactions and feuds that accompany them.
With fascinating stories and comprehensive checklists, professional estate liquidator Julie Hall walks Baby Boomers through the often painful challenge of dividing the wealth and property of their parents' lifetime accumulation of stuff. From preparation while the parent is still living through compassionately helping them empty the family home, The Estate Lady® gives invaluable tips on negotiating the inevitable disputes, avoiding exploitation from scam artists, and eventually closing the chapter of their lives in a way that preserves relationships and maximizes value of assets. (via Amazon.com)
(I'm failing at) This Thing Called Home: One busy mom's thoughts on changing the narrative, embracing possibilities and remaking home (Brooke Sailer)
Longing to be a good homemaker but not knowing if it’s even possible? (It is.) Feeling like a failure amidst chaos and mess? (You’re not.) Looking for motivation and inspiration at home but have no idea where to start? (I have some ideas.) This book is for you. Brooke has written a hopeful book for the woman who wants so badly to thrive at home. It’s a story of beginnings for beginners. Every word is brave, bringing possibilities to life straight from the mind of one busy mom. (via Amazon.com)
Sink Reflections (Marla Cilley - The Fly Lady)
With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home—and your psyche. Soon you’ll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: Finally Love Yourself.
The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life (Kathy Waddill)
Kathy Waddill's nine strategies of reasonably organized people provide an easy-to-follow blueprint for getting your life back under control and running smoothly. The Organizing Sourcebook demonstrates how the simple act of being "organized enough" can improve your quality of life.
The Organizing Sourcebook presents nine organizing principles that can easily be applied to any situation, activity, or environment. Real-life case histories illustrate how each strategy solves specific problems.
Read this book to see how other people tackled common organizing problems and solved them. The Organizing Sourcebook gives you the tools for managing time; decreasing stress; and dealing with cultural, personal, and emotional change. (via Amazon.com)
Simplify Your Space: Create order and Reduce stress (Marcia Ramsland)
Practical tips for organizing the spaces in your home help meet the needs for order in life. Would you like to clear out some of the clutter in your home? Do you ever wonder where all this stuff has come from feeling like things have maybe gotten a bit out of control? Join Marcia Ramsland, the organizing pro, as she leads you in a room-by-room approach to simplifying your home and office. Simplifying your space is the process of organizing your belongings and letting go of the excess until your surroundings are peaceful and in order. Using the CALM approach; C=Create a Plan, A=Approach it by Sections, L=Lighten up and Let Go, and M=Manage it Simply; Marcia guides readers in creating a more stress-free life. Includes 52 space saving tips, checklists, helpful diagrams, and even decorating ideas!