Are you stumped on which book to buy a friend who’s got big plans to organize his or her home in 2020? Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours in a bookstore or online to find just the right book.
Check out this list of the 7 best organizing books for friends and family members ready to sort and declutter the old and organize what’s left in the upcoming year.
1. Best Book for Downsizing Seniors
Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash by Vickie Dellaquila
Are you or a senior loved one thinking about sorting through decades of possessions for a downsizing move? If so, this book by a professional organizer and senior move manager can help get the job done. Dellaquila guides readers through making the decision to downsize, steps for downsizing and moving and how to sort through myriad emotions, along with a houseful of stuff.
2. Best Book for People Who Want to Declutter While Analyzing Themselves
Is it possible to become clutter-free by knowing yourself better? Maybe so, if you know your “clutter connection.” If you have a friend or family member who likes to bring deep thoughts to decluttering and organizing, Aarssen offers strategies that complement various organizing styles rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone’s idea of organized is different, says Aarssen, and her book can help you make peace with your own idea of what organized means.
3. Best Book for People Who Can’t Keep a Clean and Organized House
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman
Tired of reading books that tell you how to have an impossibly perfect and tidy space, leaving out the fact that people have kids, full-time jobs, roommates or physical limitations that don’t allow time or energy for perfection? Then try this book, which Lifehacker calls “The perfect housekeeping guide for somebody who is overwhelmed with their mess and can’t figure out how to start.” Instead of launching you on a marathon cleaning spree, Hoffman offers practical advice (clean for 20 minutes, take a 10-minute break) to instill lifelong habits.
4. Best Book for Homeowners
Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Ideas for All Over the House by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick
This book is easy to read, practical and contains inspiring pictures, tips and tricks to help you transform your home into a stylish and organized space that makes you a happier person just for living in it. From the team behind remodeling and product recommendations site Remodelista.
5. Best Book for People Who Like to Leave No Decluttering Stone Unturned
Perfect for people who can’t leave a job partially done but feel overwhelmed by an entire house of organizing challenges. Kempner takes a minimalist approach — less is better and eliminate things that aren’t necessary — in this room-by-room guide to sorting, simplifying and freeing up space for better use.
6. Best Book for People Who Get Inspired to Organize by Photos
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
Not everyone is a voracious reader, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get ideas and inspiration from an organizing book, especially when it’s filled with more beautiful photos than words. Shearer and Teplin also provide plenty of organizing tips with the pretty pictures and the book even comes with a “starter set” of refrigerator labels.
7. Best Book for People Who Want to Declutter Fast and Stay that Way
Real-Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen
Your house can be clean organized and functional with minimal effort, according to Aarssen, a self-proclaimed “super slob” who once poured Pine-Sol into her refrigerator to mask the odor and plowed a path through piles of dirty clothes in every room. Now she knows better and wants you to know better, too. Filled with tips for maintaining a clean and organized home, along with guides and lists that Aarssen herself uses, this book shows you how to simplify your life with small steps that add up to a consistently clean and organized space.