After moving 5 times in 1 year, we ended up purging a lot of our stuff, partially out of necessity and partially out of a desire to make my permanent home a more comfortable space. In that time, I’re read several books that have inspired me to simplify and make my spaces pretty to look at, and it is my hope to inspire you to want that too.
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Ready to get motivated? These books are super easy reads even if you’re not an avid reader. If you don’t want to buy them, you can very likely check them out from your local library. If you’re trying to stay clutter-free, some of these books are available as e-books.
Get in the mindset.
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker
This book is about transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle. Joshua Becker gives plenty of examples of what minimalism means to different people. Minimalism for you will not look the same as anyone else’s, nor should it. I also love that he uses faith-based examples of why we shouldn’t have so much emphasis on our stuff.
Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker
Okay, this book is really similar to the first one listed but if you have kids, you might want to pick this one up as well. It’s almost like a follow-up to the other book if you’re unsure about this whole simplifying thing when you have kids. He discusses the benefits of going minimalist when you have kids. Our kids will come to care for people instead of products, because we all want to raise good little humans.
Use a method.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Next up, the “KonMari” method. “Spark joy.” This is that book. The thing is, I’ve tried it and I’ve had very satisfying results. I don’t agree with everything Kondo says, but her method is definitely worth a shot when you don’t know where to start.
The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
Checking out the beautiful photos in this book might make you want to tear apart your whole house and just start over. But, really, the gorgeous organization in this book will definitely make you want to make a prettier space.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
I realize this is not a book on organization but it is inspiring. I had no desire to read it at first but I love Joanna’s designs, so it went on the reading list. Joanna realizes that it’s not worth having a picture perfect home if your family cannot feel at home in it. Home is about the people who live there, and if you can make a better living space for you and your family, the happier the home.
Update 12/14/18: Chip’s new book Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff is another inspiring book about living intentionally. Chip’s outlook on life is contagious, and it’s hard to not be influenced by his words.