What’s on My Book Stack : 13 Homekeeping Books to Inspire Organization


Fall is the perfect time of year to do a little cleaning, decluttering, and getting ready for the ‘long winter’.  I find that I’m always a little more motivated once fall hits – maybe you are too?  The books I’m sharing today are ones some of my favorites and have a little something for everyone.  I’m breaking them down a bit so you can see if a book will fit your personality and needs.

Feel like getting cozy?  These 3 books have fun projects to boot, perfect for fall

Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home

The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping

If you clean and organize a little differently or feel like you’re not a ‘naturally’ organized person

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed

What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?

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

New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)

Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home

If you feel uninspired or discontent with where you are and are struggling with starting the process

Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well  

Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating

And my book – perfect for cleaning up after you’ve done some decluttering and organizing!

The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way


Have a favorite to share?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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How to Purge Your Book Collection

How to Purge Your Book Collection and Quickly Tidy Up Your Bookshelves via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is BOOKS.  If you haven’t grabbed April’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, head on over to this post for a little more explanation (and May’s calendar will be up soon).

Your challenge this week is to take 15 minutes to do a little book inventory.  Super simple task – walk around your house, straighten up any books on bookshelves, dust off the tops (on Tuesday, because it’s dusting day), and purge any books that you no longer need or want and are just taking up space.

Here are my 5 favorite book organizing tips:

  • Store books at the edge of your bookcases or shelves to keep the dusting to a minimum.
  • Keep kids’ board books in baskets – take out one at a time or the whole basket.  This keeps clean up a little easier.
  • Take inventory regularly and give away books to a friend or neighbor, sell or donate anything else.  A box of books in the basement doesn’t do anyone any good (or at least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to).
  • Make a bookcase more interesting by alternating stacking books and storing books upright.  Add decorative and seasonal items to add a little more interest to your bookcase.
  • Arrange books by spine color to pretty-up your book collection.

But how do you know what books to keep?

  • If it’s a book that you will use or do use, can pass down to a child, or has sentimental or monetary value and you still want it – keep it.
  • If it’s tattered, torn, and isn’t used anymore and you can’t think of when you might use it – toss it.
  • If it’s taking up space and cluttering up your life – donate it.
  • Not sure?  Put it in a box in your basement and if you don’t come back to it in 6 months – it can go.

What’s your best book sorting and organizing tip?  Share in the comments!

And of course, grab my book – it’ll be in your cleaning caddy and off your shelves, for sure!

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