It’s the middle of March! You know what that means…spring! My second favorite season. I'm so ready for the flowers to bloom and the birds to sing. I will even take a little rain. Chicago is struggling to get to spring, but things are somewhat looking up? That means it's time to get a head start in your spring endeavors.
Spring is known as the season of renewal. Old things die away (snow, cold temperatures, winter blues) and new things are born (rain, flowers, spring fever). Like a butterfly in a cocoon (spring makes you wax poetically too), people generally go through a metamorphosis in some area of their lives at this time.
One of the main areas they try to change is decluttering their belongings. Whether it be in your personal or business life, spring is the time for cleaning and organization. If you haven’t participated in this time-honored tradition before, I urge you to start. There’s nothing like throwing out the old and bringing in the new (the only other time this feels as good is New Year’s). So with that said, here are 4 books to help you transform various spaces in your life. Let the spring cleaning begin!
1. Secrets of an Organized Mom: From the Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas: A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining Your Home for a Happier Family by Barbara Reich
For the mommies (and daddies!) of the world. This book will help even the busiest of parents start the spring cleaning process. We all know it can be hard to find time to get rid of old toys, clothes, books, etc. for your child. This book has practical tips on how to organize your home in a fast and effective manner. It is laid out on a room-by-room basis and breaks everything down step-by-step. This makes it a fast read and easy to implement the strategies. Some of the advice is common sense like donating or trashing things that haven’t been used in a year. But others tips are a little different. For example, how to keep a bare minimum pantry so as to not unwittingly create a stockpile of foods you or your children don’t eat, toy organization, and what actually belongs in a utility room (here’s a hint: not everything you can’t fit anywhere else).
2. The Tidy Office: A Simple System for Keeping Your Office Clean, Organized and Clutter-free by Daria Foster
For the workaholic/pack rat in you, this book is a great resource. Clutter hinders work and slows progress and careers. Learn how to declutter your work life and reap the rewards. Rewards include less overtime, less stress, and possible work rewards given your new organizational skills like being trusted with important tasks and bonuses! With a minimalist philosophy the author guides you through suggestions and techniques for thinning out your big pile o’ junk. Some of the tips include simple daily habits to keep your office looking its best and how to keep your work desk optimized for productivity and work flow. She even tells you how to save money while organizing! Perfect for the personal home office or the work office.
3. Simple Garage Organizing: Create Space for Parking, Building and Storing by Angela Agranoff
This one is for the handyperson in your life. Whether it is for you or a loved one, this book tells you how to turn your garage (aka the black hole of stuff) into a structured mix of parking and storage. It helps you create a workspace to work on projects. Also, your tools, sporting equipment and general items will be organized. It covers all the details including tips on how to get rid of stuff you no longer need. Completing this organization allows easier access to the car and home. The author even includes tips for car organization which I’m sure many people need as it tends to be another area that can become a black hole of stuff. In addition to organizational advice, there is advice on how to make all of this organization pleasing to the eye.
4. Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home by Martha Stewart
So once you have everything decluttered and in its place, it’s time to keep it pretty until the next big clean. Who better to help you do that than the Queen of Homekeeping herself. Consider it your cleaning bible. The beginning of this book features a convenient “how to use this book” introduction. This sets up the rest of the book which includes a room-by-room guide with weekly, monthly and seasonal checklists. It is a comprehensive manual about which products and methods to use to keep your home fresh and clean. Also, it includes tips for pet care, preparing for a baby, and even a thorough moving checklist. Basically a one-stop shop for all your home cleaning, organizational, and decorating needs.
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