Best Books for Getting Organized in the New Year

I love a good book about organization and what better time to get organized than January 1? These are my go-to home reference books:

  1. The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley  First of all, this book is beautiful. I have hunted down some of the products in the pictures because I love it that much. I love reading through a page and seeing how I can incorporate the tips in the correlating room. Not all advice works for the space you live in, hence, the other recommendations below:
  2. The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley A gorgeous companion to The Complete Book of Home Organization, sometimes I wonder if I bought it just to daydream about the day when my house can stay clean for ten minutes (I have toddlers). I love the recipes for homemade cleaners in this book. I started making homemade laundry detergent a while ago to help with my son’s eczema, and now I love making as many cleaning supplies from scratch as is realistic for us. I like using this book hand-in-hand with Simply Clean (see below).
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo  Our latest move was a downsize, so this book came in handy and we are still finding things we can part with. I’m not the strictest KonMari type, but I loved the idea of going through things by category instead of room (but with two little ones, I vote breaking it down into categories within a room…)
  4. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo  This book is handy because it goes into way more detail than The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and helps show you how to break the decluttering up into smaller projects. With kids around, smaller projects is basically a necessity.
  5. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk Ten minutes a day is pretty ambitious in this house because my boys can undo all that cleaning just as quickly. But I love a good to-do list and this book has got lists covered. There are suggestions for weekly, monthly, daily, etc. tasks, as well as more of those homemade cleaning recipes. Because of those handy checklists, I highly recommend a physical copy over digital for this book.
  6. Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair  I read this book cover-to-cover, which is a little odd for a reference book, but I was soaking up all the tips from this mom! The pictures are beautiful, and I found so much great advice for making my house adult and child friendly (and still stylish!).

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