‘Tis the season of the clean—that irrepressible urge to throw out, organize and get your act together. Here are eight great suggestions that’ll inspire and inform—just remember to pass them on so they’re not cluttering a shelf!
Coming Clean: A Memoir
Kimberly Rae Miller
Kick your spring cleaning season off with this memoir—the story of a woman and how she came to grips with her father’s hoarding. If reading about homes filled to the brim with useless things doesn’t inspire you to start throwing stuff out, I don’t know what will.
Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide
Gabrielle Stanley Blair
Parents have an entirely different level of clutter to deal with—on top of stickier fingerprints, muddier shoeprints and just-what-was-that-stain-on-the-couch? Blair offers useful advice to clutter- and kid-proof your home while maintaining its style and vibe.
Forget that Facebook ab challenge—here is a month-long project that makes life better for everyone in your family. Soukup offers readers 31 simple challenges that result in a cleaner home, organized kitchen and a manageable schedule.
Because tips beget more tips, here is another great option in a Nook-book format that offers advice on how to tackle clutter by figuring out where first to start—often the biggest roadblock to achieving a simpler life.
Life Hacks: Helpful Hints to Make Life Easier
Are you a fan of Life Hacks? Coming this spring, you can stop trying to remember whose Facebook page you saw that great tip on and just grab the book.
Spring is high season for moving—and whether it be an upsize or downsize, it can always be a right size. Here are great tips for your next move to make the new space home in a jiffy.
Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
Hybels is a familiar name on the North Shore, serving as the founding pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. Due out later this summer, Hybels tackles the concepts of feeling over-everything—stressed, whelmed and scheduled, with realistic tips that’ll declutter the spirit.
No self-respecting book list about getting organized would omit a Martha Stewart tome. This particular volume is dedicated to anyone over 40, with tips and advice (Martha never tricks) for eating, exercising, wellness and organizing.