You don't have to look hard to find references & resources to help with your organization tasks. It seems like every week someone is coming out with a new book to help us achieve harmony in our homes through organization. Three books that I especially like and reference are:
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern - I have had this book for years and refer to it often. It's been around for years but still has really good information in it. She takes you room by room to help you organize your home & office.
Feeling at Home by Alexandra Stoddard - I'm not sure this is technically an organization book but more of a finding out who you are and how you want to live book. It delves into the emotional part of how our homes are an extension of who we are. This book helps you live in your home. It helps you know how you want to feel at home apart from decorating, and partnered with organization it helps make that happen. One thing I love about all of Alexandra Stoddard's books are the quotes she has throughout them. Lots of quotes. One of my favorites is:
Decoration is not the end,
but the means toward the end.
The home should be complete-
and that means good housekeeping
and good food as well.
Home Rules by Nate Berkus - Again, this is not your traditional organizing manual, although there is a chapter on organizing at the end of the book. The sub title of this book is 'transform the place you live into a place you'll love'. I'll go out on a limb and say that 99% of us cannot love a place that is cluttered, disorganized, filled to the brim with stuff and messy. We just can't. This book teaches you how to make your home a place you love and can share with others. One of my favorite aspects of the book is the 'ten questions to ask yourself' at the beginning of each chapter. These questions are thought provoking and help you determine your style, color preferences, how you use your kitchen and more. I love the idea of giving this book as a bridal shower or wedding gift. It's that fabulous. Nate has a new book out called 'Things That Matter'. (It's the only thing on my Christmas list.) One of my favorite sayings of Nate's is:
I believe the home should rise up to greet you.
I would be remiss in leaving out some of the fabulous organizing blogs that are wonderful reference tools. A few of my favorites:
The Clutter Diet Blog - Lorie is a professional organizer and has some really great ideas and advice she shares with the readers. I first discovered her on Twitter and started reading her blog after I found out how great it was.
I Heart Organizing - Jen shares amazing organizing tips and fun projects with her readers. She even has an Etsy shop with really useful (and pretty) printables.
Organizing Made Fun - Becky really does make organizing fun! Every Monday she shares an organizing tip or helps out a reader who needs it.
There are a ton of other blogs, books and websites that try to help us get organized in our homes and in our lives.
What are some of your favorites?
I'm taking part in The Nester's 31 Day Challenge this month. All of my posts in this series can be found here.
We are now on Day 25 of this challenge. We have a few days left. Is there anything in particular you would like to see me cover these last few days? If so, leave me a comment and I'll do my best to cover it. Thanks!