Cleaning and decluttering can both be a chore and a therapy session, all at the same time. It’s up to us to decide how we want to approach this task. Thankfully there are some gifted people who decided to share their experience in the world in order to make our lives a lot easier and fulfilling.
These 10 best cleaning and organizing books will show you that there is so much more to the whole process than you may think. And besides all that, you may even find the answers to many other life questions along the way.
1. Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day
This book is for the people who don’t really enjoy cleaning and decluttering and prefer to be less philosophical about the whole process. Just methodical, straightforward cleaning techniques that show people an interesting no-nonsense approach towards decluttering that requires the least amount of effort. It also has a list of the best possible products and tools one might need along with how to create long-lasting habits that will truly become part of your life. The author also includes a lot of natural cleaning solutions that she conjured up and have been trialled and tested many times.
Amazon rating – 4.7/5
2. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: The Book Collection: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy
This is a series that probably needs no introduction. Marie Kondo’s Japanese style of organising and decluttering has swept the world in the past few years and it even has its own Netflix show. The system that she uses makes people go through their possessions and re-evaluate their meaning and what they bring into their world. Once you go through that stage and remove the things that no longer “spark joy”, she shows the readers how to organise what’s left in the most efficient way possible. It’s an extremely effective technique, especially for people who don’t know where to start.
Amazon rating: 4.8/5
3. Houseworks by Cynthia Townley Ewer
This book focuses on decluttering and organising tips that are easy to remember and aim to help the reader remember where everything is stored at all times. This doesn’t include only advice on how to clean and declutter your bathroom and living room, but also how to sort out family albums, doing the laundry in the most efficient way possible and even sorting out paperwork. If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed when you have to sort out anything, then this is the book for you. Pretty straightforward and organised, it will surely help you achieve the desired results in no time.
Amazon rating: 4.4/5
4. The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie’s Complete Guide to Modern Household Management
Maybe not so modern now since this book was written in 2007 but it’s still one of the most beloved cleaning books out there. With an amazing sense of humour and the feeling that a dear friend of yours is just giving you advice on different things, this Cleaning Bible will surely find a place in every heart and bookshelf. The guide mostly depends on cleaning solutions made from everyday household products so it’s not really hard to follow. It’s extremely well-structured and filled with practical tips everyone would find useful, especially in cleaning situations that may not be occurring that often.
Amazon rating: 4.6/5
5. Clutter-free with Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home.
We do know that the title of this book kind of sounds like an oxymoron – a clutter-free life with kids? Who are they trying to fool? One brave soul – Joshua Becker actually believes this is not such an impossible task. That there is a way to organise and stay on top of all the clutter even if you have one or more children. And of his thoughts that really stick to people’s minds is one that actually does a pretty good summary of the book’s philosophy: ” There is more joy to be found in owning less than can ever be found in organizing more.” Filled with useful tactics and advice, this book will help every parent bring the chaos to an end with minimal effort!
Amazon rating: 4.6/5
6. Living With Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness (Simply for Students)
Another book from Joshua Becker focuses more on the philosophical side of things, mostly on the fact that not only our houses and rooms are cluttered, but also our minds and souls. It serves more as an inspiration to the minimalistic way of life rather than a guide on where to start from. Because to truly embrace this approach, you have to really understand it and see that life is much more valuable than what we think. That there is no point in chasing possessions and that minimalism is not an end goal one must reach, but the road he will walk on.
Amazon rating: 4.6/5
7. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House Hardcover
If you’re looking for a book that compiles all the advice your grandparents ever gave you or your parents, then this is the one for you. It literally has everything – how to properly wash dishes, how to build a fire, how to fold a fitted sheet, and much more. It’s not something you can just sit back and read for hours but more like a reference book that you can come back to when you need something specific. The structure is very easy to get used to, and it’s beneficial in emergency situations. The author, Cheryl Mendelson, has really created one of the best cleaning, organising and housekeeping guides out there and we definitely recommend it, especially to people who had never lived alone before.
Amazon rating – 4.6/5
8. Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness: Health Remedies and Green Cleaning Solutions Without Toxins or Chemicals
This book by Halle Cottis can easily be considered as a modern witches potion book for nature-friendly cleaning concoctions and health remedies. If you are not familiar with the author, she is the blogger behind Whole Life Nutrition and a holistic life coach who’s dedicated her life to helping people lead a non-toxic life and rely on nature for their needs and problems. Besides effective and great-smelling cleaning recipes and methods, the readers will find a ton of health remedies for various conditions like migraines, swimmer’s ear, flu, and much much more.
Amazon rating – 4.7/5
9. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
This interesting decluttering philosophy called döstädning, with dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning”, embraces the idea that every person needs to take care of their unnecessary belongings before they die and someone else does it for them. A bit morbid but still, quite effective with many people. Oftentimes we need a slap in the face from reality to really understand how much time we are wasting and how many things we don’t actually need.
The book itself begins with the protagonist cleaning out her husband’s place after his death. It’s an emotional experience and certainly one that makes you re-evaluate the way you live your life. The reader of this book will encounter a lot of wisdom and hopefully inspiration to take their own lives in their hands before it’s too late.
Amazon rating – 4.2/5
10. How To Clean Your House: Easy tips and tricks to keep your home clean and tidy up your life
If you know Lynsey Queen of Clean, you probably are aware that she is a very successful businesswoman, Instagrammer, and a mother of three to top it all up. She has gained many followers throughout the years, thanks to her amazing energy, quirky personality and the way that she presents her content. Many people find interacting with her account to be quite therapeutic and enjoyable. And Lynsey has managed to transfer this energy to her latest book. It’s sectioned in a way that is easy to follow, the content is comprehensive and sufficient without overloading the reader with a bunch of cleaning products. She shares her daily, weekly and seasonal routines, showing that everyone can enjoy a happy, clean home.
Amazon rating – 4.6/5
As you can see, there is so much diversity in the world of cleaning and organizing books, even if the topic itself sounds a bit dull at the beginning. However, it’s clear that this process might be very therapeutic, answering some very philosophical questions that you never thought you would find while cleaning your bedroom. And for the more practical people, there are, of course, the books that focus on efficiency, so no matter what you need for your cleaning and organising routines, you will find it here!