How to Organize Books
Some people may be wondering why we are talking about organizing on a coupon site, but being organized helps you save money. When your home is disorganized you are more apt to re-purchase items that you already own, simply because you cannot find them.
The old organizing mantra “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place” is so important.
When the items in your home do not have a designated place you simply cannot find them. If, for example, you need a light bulb but do not know where you store the extra light bulbs, the chances are you will just run to the store and buy some light bulbs. Months later, as you are cleaning out the hall closet you may find the stash of lightbulbs you purchased on a great sale 8 months ago but had forgotten where you had put them.
So THAT is how organization saves you money. I know this to be true from a personal perspective because for the past 4 Halloweens I have purchased new Halloween Candy buckets for my kids because I could not remember where I had put the ones we already owned. This year I asked my husband to pull down each and every Rubbermaid tote in our garage that were all unlabeled, and low and behold we found the Halloween decorations and the buckets of Halloweens past. If I had been better organized I could have save $30-$40 right there on new buckets for the past 4 years.
To help you get organized we have put together a collection of our favorite “How to organize books“. We hope these will inspire you to get organized and make your life easier and, perhaps save you some money too!
Getting organized is a skill that anyone can learn, and there’s no better teacher than America’s organizing queen, Julie Morgenstern, as hundreds of thousands of readers have learned. Drawing on her years of experience as a professional organizer, Morgenstern outlines a simple organizing plan that starts with understanding your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs, so that you can work with your priorities and personality rather than against them. The basic steps-Analyze, Strategize, Attack-can be applied to any space or situation.
The Joy of Less is a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living. Part One provides an inspirational pep talk on the joys and rewards of paring down. Part Two presents the STREAMLINE method: ten easy steps to rid your house of clutter. Part Three goes room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle each one. Part Four helps you trim your to-do list and free up your time, and explains how saving space in your closets can save the planet.
Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Brace
Two sisters share the system of organising household chores that they created to make managing a home less time consuming and more efficient, in an updated handbook that explains how to reduce chaos and clutter and achieve organisation in the home.
When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry, “It’s all too much”? Do you dream of having a closet where your clothes aren’t crammed in so tightly that you can actually get to them? Is your basement filled with boxes of precious family mementos you haven’t opened in ten years but are too afraid to toss? Are your kitchen counters overrun with appliances you’ve never used? Do your kids play in the living room because there’s no room left in their playroom? If somewhere along the way you’ve simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It’s All Too Much has the solution you’ve been searching for.
Both the activities and belongings we choose to surround ourselves with are supposed to support and complement our lives. Yet, when we have so many unread magazines, unopened mail, and well-intended projects piling up that are causing us fatigue before we do anything, how can that be beneficial to our health, well-being and peace of mind?
Clutter creates an illusion of ‘busyness’, but it represents the opposite: stagnation. In this transformational book, ClutterBusting for Busy Women: How To Create A C.A.L.M. Life To Have More Time & Energy, Virginia shares her four-fold C.A.L.M. strategy with readers in her #1 Best-Selling book, empowering them to break free from their clutter and harness the energy of life — not stuff — to find personal fulfillment.
Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life by Warren Talbot
You have too much stuff! Your closets are filled with clothes you never wear. You have not seen your kitchen counters in months. Your junk drawer has exploded into an entire room of things you don’t use. How can we say that when we don’t even know you? Well, because most people do and we were just like you.
In 2008 we put our decluttering and downsizing skills to the ultimate test: Get Rid of Everything we owned in order to follow our dream and travel around the world. From that experience we documented every step in the process to provide you with the comprehensive guide to decluttering your home and putting some extra cash in your packet.
How do you think your life could change if you got rid of some of the stuff tying you down? You don’t have to go as far as we did, but you’ll benefit from our extreme experience no matter big or small your decluttering project may be. We know decluttering inside and out, and you can take advantage of our experience to create your own clutter-free zone for relaxing, socializing, and spending time with family and friends.
Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie has been a spokesperson for Brother label makers and FedEx Office, and she is a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Family Circle, WGN News and Woman’s Day.
Scaling Down : Living Large in a Smaller Space by Cindy Glovinsky
How to make more of less-the book that shows how to simplify your life, control clutter, and pare down your possessions for a move into smaller living quarters.
There are plenty of anti-clutter experts around ready to exhort us to sort, store, and trash our belongings, but this is the first book to address the specific needs of people moving from a larger to a smaller space, or merging two (or more) people’s possessions into a single abode.
If you and your mate are about to swap your large, single-family house for a condo, or move your parents out of the family home of 40 years into an assisted-living center, where do you start? How do you decide what to take, what to leave behind, and what to do with your discards? What can you do to keep the move from seeming tinged with loss?
Scaling Down not only offers terrific nuts-and-bolts strategies for paring down one’s belongings to only the best and most meaningful items, but it also addresses the emotional aspects of streamlining-the complicated relationship we have with our “stuff.” Countering the pervasive American prejudice that having less is a step down, the authors advance their concept of “living large wherever you are!”
One Thing At a Time: 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day by Cindy Glovinsky
Simple, effective ways to put things in their place
Those piles of papers, clothes, and other things you thought you’d successfully de-cluttered have returned, and this time they brought friends. What’s the use of trying to fight the clutter? Is there a better way?
This powerful and useful guide delivers solutions that work, no matter how overwhelmed you feel. The answer isn’t an elaborate new system, or a solemn vow to start tomorrow. Instead, psychotherapist and organizer Cindy Glovinsky shares 100 simple strategies for tackling the problem the way it grows–one thing at a time.
What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? by Stacey Platt
An easy-to-read, idea-packed guide for anyone who wants to be more organized—and who doesn’t?
Everyone has overflowing closets and desk drawers, countertops loaded with kitchen gadgets, and overstuffed computer desktops. We dream of getting organized—but what’s a disorganized person to do? In this book, professional organizer Stacey Platt comes to the rescue with empowering ideas on putting and keeping things in order.
Border Hoarder: Organizing Tips to Declutter Your Home by Shannon VanBergen
Are you a border hoarder -you’re not quite a hoarder but you’re right on the border? In today’s world, we own too much stuff and seem to have too little room to put it. This book will help you understand why you’re holding onto the things you are, and how you can either get rid of it, or organize it. Border Hoarders is filled with easy tips on how to clean and organize each room of your home. You’ll also get worksheets to make the process even easier.
Do you find yourself constantly picking up the toys and clothing that clutter your home?
Has your desk drawer become your filing cabinet? Do dentist appointments and important events seem to sneak up on you—if you remember them at all? If so, then Confessions of an Organized Homemaker is coming to your rescue!
The author, Deniece Schofield, who at one time needed “a camel, a canoe, a priest, and a tourniquet” to get through her home, has personally discovered and tested methods that will help you gain control of the house. Through trial and error she has determined the best organizational techniques and strategies and can now pass them on to you!
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
Organized Simplicity’s aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live. Be it with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the “stuff” you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply. The first half of the book delves into the “why” behind realistic simple living, giving the reader a nail to then hang the how of living simply discussed in the second half. And by redefining the too often-used phrase “simple living,” a busy home manager living in the real world can then make practical changes that work for the whole family. There are chapters for cleaning and organizing the home room-by-room, and future project ideas will inspire readers to turn their house in a haven they love.
Organizing guru Barbara Reich offers a life-changing program for your life and home.
Mothers can feel like life is running on a never-ending loop. Just when one problem or responsibility is overcome, another trips us up. But help is on the way: Barbara Reich has all the strategies for staying ahead of the curve—and she’s wrapped them up into four easy steps that can be applied to any organizing project: 1. purge, 2. design, 3. organize, and 4. maintain.
The keys to Barbara’s success are simplicity and consistency. Room by room, she takes readers through the most problematic areas in the home— from the tornado-struck play area to the packed basement or storage unit. Barbara shows readers how to approach organizing in manageable bites— many of which can be dealt with in two hours or less.