Clean Up the Clutter


Lives can get cluttered in multiple ways: physical clutter at home, disorganization at work, and even a cluttered mind. The books on this list can help with organizing your life so it’s the calm, serene environment you want to live in. We have books for not just organizing your life, but also organizing your professional life.


Organize Your Whole House

Editors Of The Family Handyman

Be clutter free and organized in no time with more than 90 do- it- yourself projects for every room in your home-plus the garage and yard. This easy-to-follow guide contains 90 distinctive, sensible ideas to create practical solutions for organizing your living space. The projects are especially well designed and, in the clear, dependable style of The Family Handyman's, including concise plans, complete cutting lists, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and over 200 beautiful color photographs. Throughout the book you'll find expert advice on building techniques, information on materials, cutting lists, tools, project installation, and finishing. Gain acres of closet space with the following ideas: Organize your kitchen: This is the hardest room to keep organized. Utensils, appliances, and groceries can fill up every inch-reclaim your space with above cabinet shelving, message center, or a "thyme saver" spice rack. Organize your bathroom and laundry room: Creative solutions for adding storage and shelving in hidden and unused areas include glass shelves, built-in cabinets, towel bars, soap dispensers, and a folding laundry table Organize your bedroom and closets: Annoyed by an overstuffed closet? A simple-to-build closet system is a great solution, along with a sports storage rack to utilize every inch of space. Plus bonus sections that highlight Healthy & Efficient Home, Essential Skills, andPainting & Finishing Throughout this book are expert hints and tips that will have you on your way to a clutter-free home in no time.

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The Organized Mind

Daniel J. Levitin

Overwhelmed by demands on your time? Baffled by the sheer volume of data? You're not alone. Even the smartest mind can't beat the organized mind - when we're unable to make sense of it all, our creativity plummets, our decision making suffers and we grow absent-minded. Nowadays, we drown under emails, forever juggle six tasks at once and try to make complex decisions ever more quickly. This is information overload. Using a combination of academic research and examples from daily life, Daniel Levitin explains how to take back control of your life, from healthcare to online dating to raising kids, showing that the secret to success is always organization. You'll discover life-changing facts about: - How to make the most of your brain's daily processing limit - Why pressing Send or clicking Like are addictive - Why daydreaming is your brain at its most productive - What the most successful people keep in their drawer - Why multitasking is a bad way to do nearly everything In a world where information is power, The Organized Mind holds the key to harnessing that information and making it work for you.

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Lovable Livable Home

Sherry Petersik, John Petersik

In the three years since Sherry and John Petersik wrote their bestselling book Young House Love, they have bought a new house and had a new baby, and they have seen their design perspective evolve right along with their family. In their latest book, they’ve set out to prove that just because you have kids or pets doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to floors overrun with toys or furniture covered in plastic. Through never-before-seen makeovers in the Petersiks’ own house, doable DIY projects, and a gallery of other inspiring spaces, Lovable Livable Home shows how beautiful homes can be functional too.

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Outer Order, Inner Calm

Gretchen Rubin

In this lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering, the beloved author of The Happiness Project shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives. 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.” • Ask yourself, “Do I need more than one?” • 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.

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The 8 Minute Organizer

Regina Leeds

Explains how to organize a home in a few minutes each day, covering closets, junk drawers, mail, periodic tasks, and daily routines.

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One Year to an Organized Life

Regina Leeds

Offers tips and ideas for organizing each room of the house in a week-by-week guide that focuses on large and small projects, including creating routines, preparing for holiday guests, and cleaning out storage spaces.

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The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondō

Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

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Spark Joy

Marie Kondō

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.

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Martha Stewart’s Organizing

Martha Stewart

The ultimate guide to getting your life in order—with hundreds of practical and empowering ideas, projects, and tips—from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority Trust Martha to help you master all things organizing—sorting, purging, tidying, and simplifying your life—with smart solutions and inspiration. Here, she offers her best guidance, methods, and DIY projects for organizing in and around your home. Topics include room-by-room strategies (how to sort office paperwork, when to purge the garage or attic), seasonal advice (when to swap out bedding and clothing, how to put away holiday decorations), and day-by-day or week-by-week plans for projects such as de-cluttering, house cleaning, creating a filing system, overhauling the closet, and more. 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. Last, plenty of strategies, how-tos, timelines, and checklists will help you stay organized all year long.

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Joy at Work

Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. There is another way. In Joy at Work, bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind.

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Organizing Your Day

Sandra Felton, Marsha Sims

For more than twenty years, Sandra Felton's books have helped countless readers organize their homes, rooms, offices, and paperwork. She now joins forces with professional organizer Marsha Sims and applies some of the same principles to help readers build a successful system for organizing their daily schedules and routines. Their unique approach with helpful anecdotal stories offers a variety of easy-to-implement, effective ideas. From goal setting, project management, and to-do lists to daily scheduling, creating new habits, and curing chronic lateness, the topics covered in Organizing Your Day will hit home with busy readers. Everyone from creative free-wheelers to well-organized perfectionists will love these solutions. With solutions for both home and work, this book is ideal for office workers, homemakers, business owners, retirees, or anyone who wants to get more out of their days.

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Organizing from the Inside Out

Julie Morgenstern

Getting organized is a skill that anyone can learn, and there's no better teacher than America's organizing queen, Julie Morgenstern, as hundreds of thousands of readers have learned. Drawing on her years of experience as a professional organizer, Morgenstern outlines a simple organizing plan that starts with understanding your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs, so that you can work with your priorities and personality rather than against them. The basic steps-Analyze, Strategize, Attack-can be applied to any space or situation. In this thoroughly revised edition, Morgenstern has incorporated new information in response to feedback from her clients and audiences. These changes include - new chapters on organizing photographs, handbags, briefcases, and travel bags - an expanded program for organizing your kitchen - a new guide to getting started - a guide to taming time and technology - a fully updated resource guide So whether it's a refrigerator cluttered with leftover mystery meals, a generation's worth of family photographs, or the challenge of living or working with a disorganized person, Julie Morgenstern will show you how to handle it all.

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The Home Edit Life

Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin

At home or on the go, you don't have to live like a minimalist to feel happy and calm. The Home Edit mentality is all about embracing your life--whether you're a busy mom, a roommate living with three, or someone who's always traveling for work. You just need to know how to set up a system that works for you. In the next phase of the home organizing craze, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin go beyond the pantry and bookshelf to show you how to contain the chaos in all aspects of your life, from office space and holiday storage to luggage and pet supplies. Get to know your organizing style, tailor it to your family's lifestyle, and lead the low-guilt life as you apply more genius ideas to every aspect of your life. Clea and Joanna are here to remind you that "it's okay to own things" in the quest for pretty and smart spaces. With The Home Edit Life, you'll soon be corralling phone cords, archiving old photos, arranging your phone apps by color, and packing your suitcase like a pro.

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The Home Edit

Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin

Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The mishmash of summer and winter clothes in the closet? Yep. Even the dreaded junk drawer? Consider it done. And the best news: it’s not hard to do—in fact, it's a lot of fun. From the home organizers who made their orderly eye candy the method that everyone swears by comes Joanna and Clea’s signature approach to decluttering. The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!), and maintaining the system so you don't need another do-over in six months. When you're done, you'll not only know exactly where to find things, but you'll also love the way it looks. A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

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