Got decluttering and organizing on the brain? Maybe it’s a New Year’s Resolution for you, but you’re unsure where to start. I thought I’d compile a short list of some of my best sources of inspiration!
How One Family Downsized & Decluttered. Last year, I had the chance to interview Dawnie Campbell on my blog. I absolutely love her story, because I think a lot of us can relate to it! She craved order, but found herself in a very cluttered home. In this post, she shares how her family managed to give away half (yes, HALF!) of all their belongings. Her story is both inspiring and encouraging, particularly for those of us who have tried and failed to declutter before.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, by Marie Kondo (Amazon). This little book doesn’t take long to read through. It offers both the inspiration and how to you need to tidy your house once and for all. Instead of focusing room by room, Kondo approaches categories (clothes, books, papers, sentimental items). She also provides practical advice for identifying which items to keep, and which to part with.
Tidying up with Marie Kondo (Netflix). If the above book resonates with you, make sure to check out Marie Kondo’s new series on Netflix, Tidying up with Marie Kondo. She has such a positive, joyful approach that’s infectious as well as inspiring. By the end of the first episode, chances are you’ll be itching to get started on your own home!
Hoarders (A&E, also on Hulu). This is a different source of inspiration, but nonetheless, I find that after an episode or two of Hoarders, I’m racing to start decluttering and cleaning. I have talked to several other friends and family members that have the same reaction after watching the show. To be clear, the show will likely not leave you with any specific steps on how to clean or declutter your home. Instead, you’ll be left with raw motivation.
Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider (Amazon). Simply put, this is my absolute favorite book on the topic of home organization! There are a couple things that particularly appeal to me about this book. First, it gives you exact steps to follow to get you decluttered room by room. Second, I love that her approach is to get it done FAST. If you are done with the clutter NOW and are highly motivated, this is your book. Side note here: Oxenreider’s Daily Docket is my hands-down favorite daily planning checklist I’ve ever come across and I have used it most days over the past 5 or so years.
A Slob Comes Clean. I absolutely adore Dana White, the blogger behind a Slob Comes Clean! If you are more drawn to advice from people who have BTDT – make sure to give A Slob Comes Clean a follow. She’s got a number of smart posts, a couple books, and even a podcast. She regularly asks her Facebook followers about their decluttering process so in a way, it can become a good, FREE source of accountability for those who need it.
Organize 365 (Podcast). A couple weeks ago, I decided to look up a few podcasts about home organization to see what I could find. (Disclosure: I’m a podcast junkie in case you didn’t know!) I quickly found Organize 365 and just love it! It’s great to listen to while cleaning up or doing the laundry. One of her biggest focuses is paper clutter. So if you struggle with dealing with papers, you really need to give Organize 365 a listen. One concept she talks a lot about is the Sunday Basket, where every Sunday you gather ALL the loose papers in your house and deal with them. Right then and there. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and can’t believe the difference it’s made in keeping my counters paper and clutter free!
I’d love to hear from you – what are your favorite books, shows, podcasts, or other resources for home organization? Are you currently decluttering your home or participating in any declutter challenges? I’d love to hear about it!