The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Angie at Echoes of Laughter.
Hi there! It’s so nice to be back here with you again today! I have been busy doing some cleaning and de-cluttering around my house during these last 2 weeks and I dropped off 2 large bags and 2 small bags of items to Goodwill this week. De-cluttering is a job that never ends and I am always surprised when I start organizing at how quickly I can make a pile of things that aren’t being used and need to find a new home.
Over the years, I have collected and read a number of organizing books and magazines in my quest for keeping a clean and organized home. And although I have more than 15 books on organizing, there are a few that I find I go back to again and again because they really inspire and motivate me….especially when I need a good kick in the bum to keep my house on track. Since Laura shared 2 books on organizing books for kids
this week, I thought I would share with you my favourite organizing books.
This book, Organized Simplicity, was released in 2010 by Tsh Oxenreider who used to write a blog called Simplemom.net and now writes at The Art of Simple. I love her philosophy of keeping things simple. She writes about how time is valuable and when you live a simple life, you give yourself the gift of time by not having to be a slave to many possessions and large homes. For instance, if you want to spend less time washing & folding clothes, then reduce your family’s wardrobe to the essentials and get rid of any excess. I never get tired of reading this book and I visit this book often to remind myself of why simple is best. This book is well worth a trip to the library!
My next favourite book is this…Organize Now
by Jennifer Ford Berry. Unlike Organized Simplicity, this book is less about theory and more about lists of organizing tasks for every room and system in the house. It covers everything from family papers to bedrooms to special events. If you are a person who likes lists to keep you on track and want a methodical approach to tackle your whole home, this book is a wonderful place to begin.
Another of my personal favourites is Clutter Rehab by the founder of “I’m An Organizing Junkie” herself, Laura Wittmann. If you think you could never read a whole book on organizing, then this is the book for you because it features 101 tips in an easy to read format There are many, many practical tips in this book and all of them are simple & easy to implement. And I think Laura has done an amazing job of keeping the busy mom in mind because Laura talks about being organized ‘just enough’ so that your home works for your family, without being more complicated than it needs to be.
And no collection would be complete without one good book on cleaning and this one
is my favourite. It contains clear information on how to clean absolutely everything. Although this book was released in 2006, I managed to find a copy in a book bargain bin and it was well worth the $6 I paid for it. And I know many of us clean our homes already, but I still found many helpful tips in this book on how I could clean more efficiently, thus saving me more time.
I wish that I had these books when my husband and I bought our first home in 1994. I think the collective advice of all of these brilliant woman would have made my job setting up house-keeping much, much easier. It has often crossed my mind that a few great books on organizing would make a thoughtful shower gift for a bride, as many couples start out with homes already by the time they marry, but often lack solid advice on how to keep their homes, possessions and papers organized.
As life-long managers and care-takers of our homes, it’s nice to own a few ‘tried and trues’ to help keep us motivated and on track. And these books are my ‘tried and trues’. I could gladly get rid of all my other organizing books, but these 4 books are the books that I would never part with.
Angie’s blog, Echoes of Laughter, is all about filling your home with love and laughter. She loves creative projects, organizing & decorating, cooking, baking, and all things domestic. Angie lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and two great kids.
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