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If you are going to be stuck at home, you might as well make the best of it. Here are some books to help you organize, decorate and declutter your home office, home school and the various other places of business that now exist in your living room.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
By now none of us should be unfamiliar with the name Marie Kondo. Before she took over on your Netflix home page, Kondo literally wrote the book on how to declutter your home once and for all. Unlike other home organization guides, Kondo moves category by category as opposed to room by room which according to her many satisfied clients, has lasting results. The Life Changing Magic of Cleaning Up may very well be the first and last book you need to keep your home “sparking joy” all through quarantine.

The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
The Complete Book of Home Organization has everything you need to organize, decorate and disinfect your home. Need a better system to organize your pantry? They’ve got you covered. Don’t know how to get rid of that weird smell that’s coming out of your sink? There’s a DIY for that. When Hammersley says “the complete book” she absolutely means business. From meal prep to patio furniture everything needed to keep your home running like a well-oiled machine is in here.

The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Your Small Yard by Susan Morrison
American suburbs have shrunken drastically over the years. The sprawling front and backyards of the suburbs have been replaced by a small courtyard outside of a condo or even a small patch of grass in the corner of the yard behind your townhouse. The Less Is More Garden helps you organize, plan and build the garden of your dreams even if your yard space is the stuff of nightmares. Complete with charts, photos and illustrations, The Less Is More Garden has everything you need to help you put together a garden that fits your lifestyle. Whether you desire an outdoor space safe for children to explore or a chic, modern garden to make your neighbors jealous, this book has you covered.  

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines uses her expertise to help make your home look like the last five minutes of the hit show that she hosts with her husband, Fixer Upper. Homebody breaks down six styles of design (Farmhouse, Modern, Rustic, Industrial, Traditional and Boho) to help you find the style that best fits your personality and how to best mix and match them for an even better fit. Homebody includes design templates, troubleshooting guides and whatever else you need to identify your personal home style and how to execute it.   

Popular Mechanics How to Fix Anything by Popular Mechanics 
Uncomfortable with the handyman coming by to make minor fixes? No problem. Don’t want to break quarantine to get a leaky sink fixed? This book has you covered. We’ve all had to pick up an extra skill or two during quarantine and Popular Mechanics is here to help you pick up the slack. How to Fix Anything is ordered room by room to help you easily navigate simple solutions for household problems.