What’s the best thing about spring besides temperatures warm enough for iced chai lattes? Cleaning. Well, maybe not so much. However, the spring brings about a sense of a renewal and is the perfect time to purge the old and bring in a refreshed sense of purpose.
As the minimalist move has taken hold, there has been a lot of value seen in decluttering. And not just from a physical standpoint (although an organized shoe rack is the thing dreams are made of). Various ideologies have shown that a tidier pad can lead to better relationships, less likelihood of depression, and overall rejuvenated outlook of the world.
Nevertheless, knowing where to start can be tricky. To give you the tools necessary to ensure you don’t drown in a sea of Goodwill donations, these are my favorite reads for when you want to get rid of the useless and bring in the good vibes.
The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Unless you’ve been living sans internet, you’ve probably heard of the best-selling author who has a fresh outlook to tidying. Kondo teaches you a cold-turkey means of not only cleaning your house, but shaping your life.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
A companion book to her original publication of The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Spark Joy is an illustrated guide to her methods. Perfect for us visual learners.
The Quick Guide to Home Organizing by Sandra Felton
Set up as a forty-day plan, this quick read sets you up for success when creating a well-ordered environment. From email inboxes to time management, Felton covers it all.
New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks by Fay Wolf
It often seems as though minimalist and creative mentalities are exclusive circles. Is it possible to maintain tidiness when you’re in the midst of a million projects? According to Wolf, it’s not only possible, but easy to focus on the hobbies you enjoy while ridding the clutter that weighs you down.
Organization: Reclaim Your Home and Life in Seven Days: Cleaning, Organization Strategies and Life Management by Bethany Joyson
While many experts believe that organization is an all or nothing deal, Joyson presents a more natural and relatable approach. Her style of orderly fits better for those who would prefer to purge over a period time rather that in a single day.
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Although not particularly focus on cleaning your house per se, Sincero presents a humorous guide to creating a life you love. This includes ridding your life of toxic items, people, and behaviors.
The Complete Book of Home Organization: 200+ Tips and Projects by Toni Hammersley
With explicit instructions and detailed tips, Hammersly covers every type of living situation, whether you’re in a studio apartment or 5 bedroom/4.5 bath mansion. She includes specific checklists that make the process, dare I say, almost enjoyable.
30 Days to a Clean and Organized House by Katie Berry
Visual charts, concise checklists and specific instructions make this month-long plan accessible to anyone. Berry even includes recipes for homemade cleaning products! Win.
Do you enjoy spring cleaning? Or do you procrastinate until you’re on the verge of becoming a TLC special?
I love cleaning and find it therapeutic. I try to avoid unnecessary objects in my home and it helps me keep things tidier. With less items to put away, things always manage to look in place!