What to read

Beverly Wade, decluttering expert writes:

There are many, many books on de-cluttering and organising your home or office.  I think that I've probably read most of them! In fact, there are so many I've had to separate the reviews of organising and time management books.

Below are my personal opinions on some of the most popular 'decluttering' books and my favourites!  Click on title to see the book on Amazon!

One Thing at a Time: 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day by Cindy Glovinsky

This is one of the latest books that I have purchased, even though it was written in 2004.  I wonder now why I waited so long! 

This is an excellent guide that gives solutions that work. It is written in short takes of about two pages that give you simple and effective ways to put things in their place.  It manages to be supportive and understanding of the issues of clutter and hits exactly the right balance between 'tips' and 'theory'.  Essential reading.  Go and buy it now!

Also by this author:  Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Book, Clothes, Overwhelm you

Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern

The very first organising book I bought, a long time before I became a professional organiser. The book takes you methodically step by step through organising your home, room by room.  It tackles both the 'why' and the 'how' of clutter clearing.  If you only buy one book, buy this one! My absolute favourite!

Also by this author: Never Check E-mail in the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life

Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule-And Your Life


No More Clutter by Sue Kay

This is one the few books by a British based professional organiser. Sue Kay is psychologist and one of the first professional organisers in the UK.  It takes a very practical and down to earth approach to clutter clearing with lots of easily achievable 'tasks'.  

She also has also written another book Hoarder to Order (Get a Life!) which forms part of a series, but in my view this one is better!


Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain by Lee Silber

Unlike most organising books this book takes a creative approach to getting organised.  I really like this book as it works with your natural tendencies rather than against them.  Lots of positive ideas.  If you are a creative person, then this book is for you!

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Book, Clothes, Over by Cindy Glovinsky

I thoroughly recommend this book, it deals with the relationships that we have with the material things we have in our lives. Cindy Glovinsky is a practicing psychotherapist and provides insight into the real reasons we can feel so overwhelmed by our possesions. Supportive and non-judgemental, yet also humourous. 

Also by this author: One Thing at a Time: 100 Simple Ways to Live Clutter-Free Every Day


Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by David F Tolin, Randy O Frost and Gail Steketee

One of the few books around that tackles the issue of compulsive hoarding.  It's a workbook that outlines skill building and learning to think about possessions in a different way.  Serious stuff for those who realise it's not 'just a bit of clutter'.  You'll know if you need it!


The Life Laundry: How To De-Junk Your Life by Dawna Walter & Mark Franks

Dawna Walter is one of the best known UK names in professional organising.  Based on the TV series this is a useful guide to clutter clearing.  The chapter on books is especially good.  The second half of the book covers how to turn your junk into cash at car boot sales and auctions.

 Clearing the Clutter: 100 ways to energize your life: For Good Feng Shui by Mary Lambert

A lightweight and easy read.  It has lots of colour photos and covers clutter clearing, feng shui and space clearing in only 96 pages.  The emphasis is on design and storage ideas rather than any in-depth understanding of clutter clearing issues.  A very popular book.

 Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Space Clearing Can Change Your Life by Karen Kingston

This little book is quick and easy to read - it has sold over half a million copies, so it is very popular.  For many people it's the book they start with when they start reading about clutter clearing.  It mainly focuses on the principles of feng shui rather than 'how to do it'.  Most people love this book, but a few hate it!  A client of mine remarked that she thought it was 'patronising'.

Home Organizing Planner: Clearing Your Clutter Step by Step by Meryl Starr

This book has the most beautiful photography - I wished my home looked like those pictures!  A US book that has tabbed chapters for fifteen different project, it deals with how to maximise space and storage solutions.

You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: Self-help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder  by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

A chunky tome that borders on a text book. Not the lightest of reads, but gives an absolutely fascinating insight into the world of ADD.  A useful section on the mechanics and methods of getting organised and improving memory. Recommended. 

 Unclutter Your Home (Simplicity Series)by Donna Smallin

OK, I will be honest.  I thought I was really going to hate this book. The strapline that reads '700 tips and ideas' implies a list of weary ideas in bullet points.  But I was wrong - this book gently tackles why you have clutter in your home and follows up the end of each with some practical hints and suggestions.  Yes, I liked this book.

Looking for more books? Read our reviews on organising books.

What do you think?  Do you have an opinion on any 'Clutter' books?  If so, I would love to hear your feedback. Contact me by email.

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