Marie Kondo's charming guide to home organization became a bestseller in 2014, and it's enjoying a breath of new life with the release of her reality show on Netflix. If you're waiting for a library copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or if you've already read it, here are some suggestions for further reading on home organization, simplifying, and decision making.
Organized Simplicity: A Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider suggests that when you remove the things that don't matter to you, you are free to focus on only the things that are meaningful to you. The book is full of tips and tools, including:
- A simple, ten-day plan that shows you step-by-step how to organize every room in your home
- Ideas for creating a family purpose statement to help you identify what to keep and what to remove from your life
- Templates for a home management notebook to help you effectively and efficiently take care of daily, weekly and monthly tasks
- Recipes for non-toxic household cleaners and natural toiletry items including toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo
If you struggle with clutter of any kind, whether it's household or mental clutter, try The Power of Less by Leo Babauta. Leo recognizes that with the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we're ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary, freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.
Melissa Michaels has plenty of simple, approachable tips for home organizing in Simple Organizing: 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter. The book features more than 300 organization tips for each room and area of your home, in short readable sections with photos. And if you enjoy Melissa's style, she's the author of several other home design and organization books as well.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is a great tool for decision-making and improving discipline. He writes, "Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential."
Lastly, you don't have to be a senior citizen to appreciate Margareta Magnusson's perspective in The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. Artist Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.