8 Books for a More Organized You

Is decluttering a near spiritual, Marie Kondo “if it doesn’t bring you joy, toss it” exercise for you? Or maybe you’re looking for a practical guide with small, easily achievable steps for getting organized. Whatever your needs, Fairfax County Public Library can help. Here are eight books to help you downsize, regroup and be less overwhelmed by your stuff.

Books about how to organize your life have been around for ages, but Marie Kondo hit a nerve in the U.S. with her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Is it because of the book's no nonsense, hardcore approach or the spiritual aspects of how she views possessions and gives us permission to let them go? We wrote about Life Changing Magic several months ago in this post, and the book has continued to be in high demand as more and more people try out her KonMari method. The follow up companion Spark Joy is new this year and is an illustrated guide to the folding, keeping and storage concepts Kondo discussed in the first book.


Don't think you have the time to do a full-scale evaluation of all your items and instead need quick, fast, simple results? Try these two titles: Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness, which offers one-minute tidying solutions, and Keep This, Toss That, a guide to paring down your possessions.  

For those looking to classic books in this genre, Sandra Felton has been encouraging us to declutter for years. Her latest book 5 Days to a Clutter Free House is a good place to start. If you're looking for organizing solutions specific to the office, try her Smart Office Organizing.

For a slightly different perspective on decluttering your life, you might check out these two books: Clutter Busting Your Life, a title that focuses on clearing out your physical and emotional clutter to improve your relationships and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, a book by MoneySavingMom.com blogger Crystal Paine. In her work, Paine talks about how she learned to live a more intentional life and better manage her time by cutting her schedule clutter. Two different approaches, but both explore the psychological side of being overwhelmed by to do lists and our possessions.

Here's to a more organized 2016 for us all!

-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library

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