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Beyond KonMari

10 Books to Help You Get Organized

If one of your goals for the new year is to get organized and declutter, you might not want to bring another book into the house -- at least, not permanently. The library is a great resource for books on organizing your home, digital files and your life. Check out one of these or any of our other books on orderliness to bring harmony to your home -- and when you’re done, bring it back to avoid adding to unnecessary miscellanea in your space. These books go beyond the popular KonMari method, with something for every clutter bug’s style.

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organize Your Home and Life with Over 100 Checklists and Worksheets by Cassandra Aarssen
This book not only gives you the ideas to get organized, but the tools to do so as well. Broken down into several life areas to include goals and dreams, time, family, home, meals, finances, health, emergencies and fun, this complete guide makes organizing a breeze. Ideal for those who go for #OrganizedGoals, Cluttered Mess is great for fans of Passion Planner and others who like a little bit of guidance and a good deal of cute aesthetic to encourage them.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White
With a psychological approach to decluttering, expert Dana White introduces readers to tips and tricks that will help keep them on track to a peaceful home. In addition to recognizing that each home is different, White also acknowledges the realities of life and how they can get in the way of the ideal home. White’s down-to-earth approach to decluttering makes her methods feel attainable and manageable.

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki, translated by Eriko Sugita
With a focus on the strategy of object minimalism, Goodbye, Things walks the reader through how minimalism can be a life-changing organization method. Sasaki shares personal anecdotes in his experience with minimalism alongside how-to instruction. With visuals to help illustrate what Sasaki means by “minimalism,” Goodbye, Things has been described as the “best” book on minimalism and a useful way to frame the reader’s existing mindset compared to the minimalist mindset.

Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin
Drawing from their work with PixiesDiDIt, sisters Katie and Kelly McMenamin point out that organization and its approaches look different for everyone. Once the reader determines what type of organization style they have, it’s as simple as following the steps in Organize Your Way to do just what the title says. Because of its tie-in to personality, this solution reports to be long-lasting and sustainable. Determined to work with your existing leanings rather than instill a whole new strategy, Organize Your Way is a great option for readers who are overwhelmed by more prescriptive options.

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk
For readers who have the desire but don’t have the time to keep their space tidy, Simply Clean offers a ten-minute-a-day solution. Whether you put in the work in the ten minutes you wake up or the ten minutes before you go to bed, Rapinchuk believes in your ability to keep your space the way you want it with just those ten minutes a day. With lots of past work on her Clean Mama blog, Rapinchuk breaks down the particulars of cleaning individual spaces, offers challenges to motivate and inspire you, and provides instructions on DIY, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay
In two parts, The Joy of Less gets at why minimalist living is a great option for those looking to organize their lives and then how to do it in a map of steps, which is further broken down into pieces for ease of execution. A celebration of the decluttered home, The Joy of Less is a salve of encouragement and inspiration.

The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
Succinct at 208 pages, The Complete Book of Home Organization throws the reader into the trenches with a 14-week program to take on the clutter of the entire home. Hammersley divides your space into 30 primary spaces to make this complete approach more manageable and offers checklists, clear instructions, and a bit of encouragement along the way.

Soulspace: Creating a Home that Is Free of Clutter, Full of Beauty, and Inspired by You by Xorin Balbes
Drawing from his own work as a designer, Balbes employs an eight-step program to make your living space the home of your dreams. Driven by your own tastes, this approach works like a mantra in making the most of your needs. Balbes connects the home and the life in this book, truly bringing together our lives both internal and external.

Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back by Brooks Palmer
With a philosophy similar to Marie Kondo’s, Brooks Palmer brings energy to home cleanliness and “letting go of what’s holding you back” in Clutter Busting. In a mix of stories and instructions, this book gives readers the know-how to tackle their living space and make the most of what they have. Bursting with spirit, Clutter Busting lives up to its name with enthusiasm and joy.

Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern
Known as America’s organizing queen, Julie Morgenstern shares her best secrets and strategies to home and life organization. Combining the realities of co-habitation, the social changes of the world that impact our living spaces (for example -- what to do with all those old printed photographs now that nearly everything is digital?), and more, Organizing from the Inside Out provides a simple plan that will get readers started and lead them to living their best life.