Books to Help You Fall into Decluttering

By Desmond Hunnighen
August 31, 2020
Bloomingdale Library

Wow! Time is flying, summer is winding down, and fall is fast approaching. It looks like we may be spending more time in our homes this fall, which makes this time the perfect opportunity to transition your home to get ready for the seasonal change. 

Cluttered rooms can make a cluttered mind, so why not get some inspiration on home organization and decluttering.


An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Tidying expert Marie Kondo's follow-up to her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an illustrated master manual on her renowned KonMari Method with item-specific guidance and step-by-step folding illustrations.

Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness

Outer Order, Inner Calm : Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin

The best-selling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project reveals the link between external order and inner calm, listing more than150 customizable ideas for minimizing clutter to promote better productivity, creativity and energy.

The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines

Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha Stewart

Trust Martha to help you master all things organizing;sorting, purging, tidying, and simplifying your life. Topics include room-by-room strategies, seasonal advice, and day-by-day or week-by-week plans for projects such as de-cluttering, house cleaning, creating a filing system, overhauling the closet. Martha’s indispensable expertise walks you through goal-setting, principles of organizing, useful supplies, and creating systems for ongoing success. A look into Martha’s own personal calendars offers a template for scheduling essential tasks.

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Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker

A modern guide to a healthy home outlines strategies to make cleaning fun and fast, with tips on time-saving cleaning tools and techniques and how to develop cleaning routines that last.

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Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning : How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson

Offers guidance for going through a process of clearing out unnecessary accumulated belongings known in Sweden as "death cleaning," sharing ways of making the process uplifting rather than overwhelming, and touting the benefits of letting go of clutter

The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need

Making Space, Clutter Free : The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need by Tracy McCubbin

A Los Angeles clutter guru shares her unique approach to conquering clutter and discovering emotional cleansing, providing empowering advice, tips and tricks for creating a beautiful home devoid of emotional baggage and clutter—one that sparks a newfound feeling of freedom.

500+ Quick & Easy Clutter Cures

Good Housekeeping Simple Organizing Wisdom: 500+ Quick & Easy Clutter Cures edited by Laurie Jennings

Let the experts at Good Housekeeping help you get organized with this inspirational room-by-room guide to tidying up! Hundreds of tips and tricks include how to keep a well-ordered fridge, gain extra counter space, conquer cookware clutter, choose the best shelving, clear up your desk and digital spaces, and streamline your closet and garage. You’ll find pro organizer ideas for every area in your home, must-have Good Housekeeping Institute-approved products, and advice on finding a place for everything and putting everything in its place. Keep this book handy, refer to it often, and say goodbye to the mess!

Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

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