Declutter & Organize in the New Year: Books and a Program!

By far the most popular new year’s resolution is to declutter and organize. Decluttering and organizing gives you greater control of your life, energy and finances while eliminating stress. It allows you to rediscover what you already own, sell what you no longer need and have your home looking its best. There is also a very strong movement towards minimalism, the idea of making do with less.

To inspire you to  start on your decluttering journey, the Library has a virtual program on the evening of Monday Jan 10th at 7pm, entitled “10 Tiny Organizing Tasks for a Clutter-free New Year.” Organizing humorist and author of “Keep This, Toss That”, Jamie Novak, will share the top ten tiny must-do tasks to take on this month.

Help to ensure a clutter-free 2022 by creating your own list, then jumpstart your decluttering when Jamie guides you through your first mini task, live, during the program.  You’ll log off with some must-know tips. Jamie will share a list of helpful resources. And you’ll create your own ten point tidy up to-do list.  If you have too much clutter and not enough time, this program was designed for you, so make sure to sign up for it here.

And here are some recently published books available to borrow with your Livingston Library card, which will have you covered, whether you’ve already caught the decluttering bug or need some minimalist inspiration to get started.

Clean Mama’s Guide To A Peaceful Home : Effortless Systems And Joyful Rituals For A Calm, Cozy Home by Becky Rapinchuk

The creator of the popular cleaning website Clean Mama and author of Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home shows you how to establish systems and rituals to transform your home into a clean, organized, and comfortable space for you and your family.

Clutter : An Untidy History by Jennifer Howard

Sparked by the painful two-year process of cleaning out her mother’s house in the wake of a devastating physical and emotional collapse, Howard sets her own personal struggle with clutter against a meticulously researched history of just how the developed world came to drown in material goods. 

Conquer The Clutter : Strategies To Identify, Manage, And Overcome Hoarding by Elaine Birchall

This book, written by a social worker dedicated to helping people declutter and achieve long-term control over their belongings,  offers hope to anyone affected by hoarding. Real-life vignettes, combined with easy-to-use assessment and intervention tools, support those who hoard–and those who care about them.

Create Space : Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind by Dilly Carter

 This room-by-room guide to organizing and decluttering your home is packed with ideas, advice, tips, and techniques that are practical and functional as well as beautiful.

From Clutter To Clarity : Clean Up Your Mindset To Clear Out Your Clutter by Kerri Richardson

Decluttering expert, lifestyle designer, and coach Richardson helps you to: address limiting beliefs and behaviors that can manifest into specific types of clutter, clear out your emotional obstacles in order to reclaim your personal space, and manifest your newfound mental clarity into physical reality through practical, actionable exercises.

The Home Edit Life : The No-Guilt Guide To Owning What You Want And Organizing Everything by Clea Shearer

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Home Edit, show you how to contain the chaos and organize every aspect of your life, including hobbies and activities, work and office spaces, luggage and travel, and so much more.

Joy At Work : Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo

 Bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research.

Life In Jeneral : A Joyful Guide To Organizing Your Home And Creating The Space For What Matters Most by Jen Robin

The creative force behind organization company Life in Jeneral reveals her emotionally engaged approach to decluttering–a process that empowers people to re-envision their spaces to suit their evolving needs.

Martha Stewart’s Organizing : The Manual For Bringing Order To Your Life, Home & Routines

How to organize everything, from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority, with color photographs throughout and hundreds of ideas, projects, and tips.

Messy Minimalism : Realistic Strategies For The Rest Of Us by Rachelle Crawford 

Minimalism doesn’t always mean a perfectly curated home that is always tidy. Messy minimalism is less about perfection and more about purpose. Rachelle Crawford lays out strategies for reducing waste, curbing consumption, decluttering, and finding lots more joy in the way that best supports your family.

Minimal : For Simple & Sustainable Living by Laurie Barrette

From advice on home decorating and decluttering, easy-to-follow recipes for making your own cosmetics and cleaning products, and tips for shopping sustainably, composting, and restoring old furniture, Minimal provides a host of small but powerful ways to live a more balanced life while being good to the plane.

Minimalista : Your Step-By-Step Guide To A Better Home, Wardrobe, And Life by Shira Gill

Elevate your personal style, trim your belongings, and transform your life, one room at a time, with this visionary lifestyle and home organization book from a professional organizing expert.

Nifty : Clean & Organized : Money-Saving Hacks And Easy DIYs For A Clean And Clutter-Free Home! 

From straightening out your kitchen drawers and maximizing closet space to keeping your home clean and tidy, the tips, tricks, and hacks From the popular BuzzFeed lifestyle destination NIFTY will take your space to the next level in no time. 

The Paper Solution : What To Shred, What To Save, And How To Stop It From Taking Over Your Life by Lisa K. Woodruff

From the “Marie Kondo of paper” comes a simple and accessible guide to paper management.

Real Life Organizing : Clean And Clutter-Free In 15 Minutes A Day by Cassandra Aarssen

Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day.

Happy organizing and decluttering!

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

2 Replies to “Declutter & Organize in the New Year: Books and a Program!”

  1. Thank you so very much for the recording of Jamie Novak’s 10 Tiny Steps…. I kept clicking on the Zoom meeting, but could never get the audio part. So, again, thank you.

    Also, thank you for the the Blog post of Declutter and Organize.

    Unfortunately, I don’t live close enough to check out your books as I live in Virginia.

    I have checked the box to receive notice of your new blog posts!

    Again, thank you so very much.

    1. Hi Cindy, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the program last night and the blog posts! -Jessica, Interim Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions

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