The Best Books to Help You Conquer Your Organization & Decluttering Goals

Leave the chaos and clutter behind, and start a new chapter with these page-turning reads.

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December 15, 2020

We're approaching a fresh, new year, and with a new year comes the undeniable desire to set goals — for yourself and your home. You may have a couple of New Year's resolutions in mind, and at the core of most resolutions is being uber-organized and saying goodbye to clutter. We've rounded up our favorite organization and decluttering books to help you kick off the new year organized, motivated and ready to conquer 2021 with less stuff.


In Sweden, there's a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.

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Authors, Instagram stars and organization experts, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, prove that every nook and cranny in your home has the potential to serve you well in style. After working with A-list celebrities, the two wrote this book that reveals the secrets to scoring stylish and functional storage and organization systems in your home.

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Author Julie Carson outlines her rules on how to achieve a simpler, sweeter and more stylish life. Remodelista: The Organized Home encourages readers to let go of their dream of perfection or any hard-and-fast rules and instead become intentional with their purchases and stick to a storage system that allows for a comfortable, stress-free life.

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Less is more, I say. Author Myquillyn Smith will encourage you to pause before you purchase something and rethink what "stuff" you bring into your home. With Myquillyn's guidance, readers will find the confidence to create a personalized, stylish home without draining their resources during the process.

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Creativity and cluttered cubicles often go together like peanut butter and jelly. Author Fay Wolf created New Order specifically for the artsy, creative folks in mind. In her book, Fay shares invaluable techniques to decrease digital clutter and keep your workspace prepped and primed for your next big idea.

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Whether you live in an increasingly cramped studio apartment or have an expansive country estate, The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley has the scoop on how to turn your life around. The book features a 15-week total home organization challenge and more than 200 pages of invaluable information on how to organize any space in your home. Yes, even your unruly basement or tragic attic.

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If you're easily overwhelmed with large, time-consuming projects, like overhauling your home's organization system, this book was made for you. Professional organizer turned author Vicky Silverthorn brings a sense of clarity and relief to her readers by outlining small, actionable steps that add up to create a significant impact on both the organization and function of their homes.

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If you want to make a change, you must make the time to make that change. Lucky for us, this motivational read by Erin Rooney Doland offers the tools and techniques to create an orderly life, even if you only have five minutes to spare.

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I'm a huge fan of Sarah Knight's no-nonsense approach to accomplishing personal goals in life. This cheeky accountability journal is a must for people-pleasers and workaholics who allow life stuff to distract them from following through with their goals. Use these pages to visualize, prioritize and actualize your dreams by cutting out your typical excuses.

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Cut the chaos from your life, once and for all. This gilded guidebook by Luigi Harbin explores the pros to minimalist lifestyles and offers readers some step-by-step tips to declutter everything, from a messy bedroom to fraught finances.

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