10 Useful Books About Organization and Decluttering You NEED To Read This Year

Is 2020 finally YOUR year?? Is it the year you’re going to declutter your home, get organized, and stay that way?? If so, I think you’re going to need a bit of inspiration, and probably a bit of instruction as well. I know I did when I started this organization journey. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 10 amazing books about organization and decluttering for you to read this year!

I truly think that these books will help you get organized! (That’s why I’m recommending them, duh!). Each of them helps in their own individual way.

Some serve as educational tools to understand how your mind works for you (or against you) to aid (or hinder) your organizational journey. Others serve as inspiration to help you realize that organization is really the key to happiness.

Still other books about organization will help you by giving specific instructions on what to do and how to do it – leaving you with a spotless and decluttered house!

So, no matter what type of book you think will be best for you, I bet I’ve got at least one book about organization that will help you tremendously this year!! Let’s check them out!


10 Amazing Books About Organization To Help Get Your Life Together

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In the Age of Information Overload

By Daniel J. Levitin

This one is the outlier in this group – just so you know! If you’re here for home organization books, read on! Every other book in this post is for you!

However, I couldn’t very well write a post outlining books about organization and leave this gem off!

The Organized Mind is only partially about organizing our physical things and decluttering places like our junk drawers or closets. It is mostly about the neuroscience behind how we make decisions.

Levitin breaks down the huge, new issues we’re facing today in a society obsessed with and overwhelmed by technology in this best-seller. He discusses the decision-fatigue we face on a daily basis, and how we can keep our minds organized (and therefore our stuff), despite a constant deluge of information, choices, and distractions thrown our way.

If you’re interested more in how our minds grapple with the organization of..well, everything – then this one is for you!

The Life – Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

By Marie Kondo

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Marie Kondo and her famous “Kon Mari” method.

Whether you’ve heard of her books, or just obsessively watched her Netflix TV show where she changed hoarder-wanna-be’s into organized, happy people.. you’ve probably heard of her somehow.

It all started with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Marie Kondo wants you to connect with your things, not just ask yourself questions about them.. but HOLD them, see how they make you feel. Do they spark joy in you?

She asks if your things spark joy, and encourages you to organize things by category, rather than by room or any other method.

If you haven’t already been swept up into the world of Marie Kondo – hold onto your hats.. but only if they spark joy!

Remember, you can purchase physical books on Amazon, kindle books (for e-readers), and even listen to most books “on tape” in Audible!

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happines

By Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin was originally made famous for her study and book; The Happiness Project – where she brought together the teachings and study of various disciplines (psychology, neuroscience, etc) to discover how to create happiness in her life.

Since then, she’s written several other books, outlining her own system of personality types, as well as habit-building books.

Outer Order, Inner Calm is more focused on using physical organization to create mental clarity and happiness.

Inside, she outlines multiple organization techniques, as well as the ways that physically organizing one’s home or workspace can bring you mental peace!

She now has a podcast, Happier, she runs with her sister. Check it out!

The Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering

By Claire Middleton

Claire Middleton takes a fresh approach to decluttering and organizing in her book, the Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering.

Rather than simply saying ‘it’s all got to go,’ she recognizes that many people hold onto their stuff (otherwise known as JUNK to us) because it holds great sentimental value.

People worry about their memories (childhood, grandparents, legacies, etc) not being preserved, their things going to an ‘un-loving’ home or incurring an otherwise terrible fate.

In her book about decluttering, Claire outlines simple rules for sentimental people who want to delutter and organize – that are quite different than the rules that most of us follow.

If you (or someone you know.. like my brother) are a sentimental hoarder.. this is probably the perfect book for you!

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

By Dana K. White

In her book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life, Dana K. White shares the unique struggles of moms (and people in general) today, as they pertain to maintaining an organized home.

With kids at multiple sports, laundry piling up, and toys coming in from every direction for Christmas, it can be tough to adopt a minimalist mindset where you become okay with getting rid of clutter.

But Dana K. White is here to help- she works with mindset, overcoming hurdles, getting physically organized, and then paying it forward and helping someone else with their decluttering journey.

Definitely a useful read for those who feel too busy, stressed, or overwhelmed to declutter and organize!

The Clutter Connection: How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize The Way You Do

By Cassandra Aarssen

This book about organization is particularly fascinating, because Cassandra Aarssen (you’ll see even more of her soon.. she’s fantastic!) breaks down not just why we organize the way we do.. but why different people organize differently!

In her book, The Clutter Connection, Aarssen has identified four different personality types and how they organize. She talks about how things like motivation, procrastination, and the need to feel productive all impact our lives, and the way in which we organize (or don’t).

She helps her readers gain a new understanding of themselves, and then use that knowledge to their advantage to get and stay organized. What’s not to love??

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day

By Becky Rapinchuk

This organization book takes more of a practical, hands-on approach to decluttering, getting organized, and building habits to maintain those achievements.

In Simply Clean, Becky Rapinchuk provides written instructions on how to get organized, but also provides several tools to use immediately, such as a 7 Day Simply Clean Kick Start, and a 28 day Simply Clean challenge to help you create lasting habits that will help you maintain the household of your dreams.

She also has step-by-step tutorials that will help you clean various parts of your home that are awkward or hard to clean!

If you’re looking for an “organization manual” type of resource- this is a fantastic option!

The Complete Book of Home Organization

By Toni Hammersley

The Complete Book of Home Organization is one of those ‘one stop shop’ kind of organization books.

It gives you a general method for cleaning and organizing your home, and then walks you through every single part of your home and helps you organize it… room by room!

With nothing left to chance, Toni Hammersley will help you get your life back on track – one room at a time!

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organize Your Home and Life with over 100 Checklists and Worksheets

By Cassandra Aarssen

Cassandra Aarssen is back again with what she calls a “crash course in tidying up.” The Cluttered Mess To Organized Success Workbook is indeed a workbook, rather than a classical ‘book’ – in that it provides cheat sheets, checklists, and organizational paperwork for every aspect of your life!

If you want to do spring cleaning, tidy up the kitchen, declutter your closet, or basically any other task you can think of, she’s got a worksheet for that!

This is a fantastic practical book about organization to help you skip the narrative and get down to business!

Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

By Susan Pinsky

This one really gets straight to it – whether or not you have ADD, ADHD, or simply don’t seem to be able to focus your attention and efforts on home organization, Susan’s got you covered!

In Organization Solutions for People with ADHD, Pinsky takes a no-nonsense approach to decluttering and organization.

She even pokes holes in less-than-stable “typical” organization methods that simply won’t work for people with ADHD, or a short organization attention span.

Even if you don’t have ADHD, this may be a great guide for you to get to work in a way that makes sense for you – especially if other books about organization, or other organization methods haven’t worked for you!

What is your favorite book about organization??

This list is certainly not exhaustive – it’s just 10 great books about organization!

I really hope that at least one of these (if not more!) resonates with you, and will give you the little push… or giant SHOVE.. you need to get started, follow through, and get organized in 2020!

Since this is not “the best list of organization books in the entire world”, I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite book about organization??

What did it teach you?

How did it impact your life – overall, or on a daily basis??

Please, leave a comment below and let me know! I may need to amend my list here and add yours!

I always love hearing from you and really getting to know what works for you and what is kind of a flop – so leave those comments!!


and remember, make good life choices!

~Allison

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