Anyone else homeschooling from the dining room table? Digging out a place to work under the “to-be-filed” pile of papers? Have some time on your hands and finally looking to takle some decluttering? Check out these audiobooks and eBooks on Hoopla Digital or Libby/Overdrive for organizing tips from the pros.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
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. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta 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.
Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way listeners get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.
Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm.
With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment, including: Never label anything “miscellaneous;” Don’t aim for minimalism; Remember: If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it; Stay current with a child’s interests; Beware the urge to “procrasticlear;” By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value.
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.
The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp
Most organizational books are written by and for people who are naturally structured and orderly. For the woman who is more ADD than type A, the advice sounds terrific but seldom works. These women are looking for help that takes into account their free-spirited outlook while providing tips and tricks they can easily follow to live a more organized life.
Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project and other “project” books, is just the author to address this need. In her inimitable style, she offers: Easy and effective ways women can restore peace to their everyday lives; Simple and manageable long-term solutions for organizing any room in one’s home; A realistic way to de-stress a busy schedule; Strategies for efficient shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, and more.
Full of helpful tips and abundant good humor, The Get Yourself Organized Project is for those who want to spend their time living and enjoying life rather than organizing their sock drawer.
The Art of Organizing Anything by Rosalie Maggio
Are you overwhelmed by clutter? Do you have a hard time finding things in your home or office? The disorder in your life may be keeping you from accomplishing your goals.
The Art of Organizing Anything helps you streamline your life at home and at work, reduce stress, be more efficient—and locate all those misplaced items. Bestselling author Rosalie Maggio introduces an accessible organizing system you can tailor to meet your own specific needs. You’ll learn how to: Put 10 essential organizing principles into practice; Manage professional, personal, and family time; Create and maintain an organized home; Organize your work space and office email.
Packed with lists, tips, shortcuts, advice, and inexpensive solutions, The Art of Organizing Anything shows you how to create a more leisured, productive, enjoyable life.