I read. A lot.
I thought this week I’d put my hobby…ahem…obsession to good use and give you a quick review of a few of the home organizing books I’ve read recently. I’m happy to see that due to the success of a few outstanding organizational writers, the variety and quality of writing on the topic of home/life organization has really blossomed. It is easier than ever before to get clear, actionable help on whatever organizational project you’re wrestling with.
There are three books I’ll review this week on the topic of home organizing. While the topic is the same, each author delves into the “art” of home organizing in a very unique way. I hope this will help you to see that there is no one/right way to go about the task of getting organized. And what will work for me might not work for you. The goal should always be to work with who you are, where you are and not compare your project to anyone else. You are unique and so is your home.
A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley
“Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed?”
Ms. Ley’s book is fantastic! She’s organized her book into 10 chapters, each focusing on one area of life. I loved this method because not all lives are the same and this formatting allows you to easily hop into the area of life that you most need help with. For instance, I don’t have children to organize but I do need help with meal planning. I HATE trying to figure out what’s for dinner. Her easy writing style also makes getting your home organized a simple, easy to do task rather than a panic-inducing chore.
“Stop hating your house and start adoring it—40 steps to make your home express who you are and work for how you really live.”
This is a MUST read for those of us who have fallen out of love with our current home. One of the most important things about organizing is to let your possessions speak to who you truly are…not who you wish you were. I remind myself of this regularly when I organize my closet. Apparently, I am not Elle Macpherson. Ms. Rien makes the same argument in her wonderful book. Your home should reflect who you are in this moment (parent to toddlers or empty nester) not who you wish you were (international supermodel). She also speaks of accepting the limitation of what your home is and loving its character and unique quirks. I love the theme of acceptance. It’s such a wonderful place to start your organizing journey.
“You don’t have to live overwhelmed by stuff–you can get rid of clutter for good!”
If you struggle with home organizing this is the book for you. This book starts with THE most basic step you can take in battling clutter…picking up and throwing away trash from around your home. This was an eye-opening step for me, as I had worked based on the assumption that everyone knew this…well except people with a hoarding condition…and to see it listed as the first step reminded me that you have to start home organizing with where you are. There is a difference between cleaning and organizing that may not be obvious to everyone.