Organization is like a good workout, dreaded and grueling, but leaves you feeling renewed. And, similar to the way a personal trainer can elevate your fitness game, some people may need an organizational guru to combat their clutter. But, instead of shelling out a fortune for a home visit, we’ve compiled a list of four organizational bibles that will surely do the trick. Once your assets are in order, give us a call to upgrade your closet and further simplify your life.
1 – Rightsize…Right Now! By Regina Leeds
Author and frequent closet factory contributor, Regina Leeds gives us another organizational masterpiece with her guide to moving without the hassle. Known as the Zen Organizer, this is her 10th title in a slew of best-selling books. From finances to parenthood, eight is the magic number and Leeds’ books detail step-by-step guides to getting organized in minutes or weeks. This time around, Leeds zeroes in on the stresses of relocation, and provides an eight-week plan to transform moving from a chore to an exciting opportunity. The book comes out in March and, like her other titles, it’ll likely end up on the New York Times Bestseller’s list.
2 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
Marie Kondo is a revolutionary and unequivocally sought-after, Japanese organizer with a three-month waiting list. A veritable celebrity in her home country, she has introduced a new method of tidying, which, she ensures, will see no relapses. Instead of focusing on individual rooms, she advocates initially categorizing your life before you organize, so as to pinpoint the items that you need. “Tidying is a dialogue within yourself,” she explains.
She approaches items with a certain sentimentality, a tactic sure to prove useful for the keepsake hoarders of the world. Anything that does not spark joy, according to Kondo, is irrelevant to your life, and should be discarded. While you may eventually reread a book or feel remorse for throwing out a gifted baby blanket, the question of whether the item makes you happy is a simple one, and will leave you with a home comprised of essentials and reminders of life’s joys.
3 – Organize Now! By Jennifer Ford Berry
If you are looking for a quick read, Jennifer Ford Berry is your gal. This book is perfect for the disorganized mind, as the list layout allows the reader to keep the tips and tricks compartmentalized. It is more cut and dry than the other two, and provides a step-by-step guide to organizing your life and home from the ground up. Definitely aimed at the mothers and fathers of the world, it can also be helpful for a young professional looking to consolidate their home.
4 – Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay
Minimalism is not for the faint of heart, and reading this book certainly doesn’t commit you to a life of abstention, but if you are interested in the concept of withholding unnecessary purchases and organizing your home, then Jay does the trick. Comprised of her blog posts, the book shares some interesting tidbits of advice in an easily digestible format.
To implement one-a-day decluttering, for example, simply relinquish one item daily from you home, which will keep clutter from creeping in after you’ve organized with a custom storage garage. Furthermore, she is a strong proponent for anti-upgrading and freebie-phobic. New editions of phones and computers are unnecessary and clutter inducing, as are any promotional gifts. How many Livestrong bracelets do you have lying around? And there are plenty of other golden nuggets of information that will be sure to help you on your way to a more organized existence.