Start the New Year Off Right
It’s the beginning of the year and Get Organized Month. What better way to start off on the right foot than to clean, declutter and organize. It is hard for new and exciting things to come into your life when there is a lot of extra stuff hanging around. I don’t necessarily mean physical things like your wardrobe , furniture or housewares. Rather it could be emotional baggage, electronic clutter on your computer or just plane old bad habits.
To help you move in the right direction, I found 6 books on getting organized. These are all in audio format and can be found at the National Library for the Blind and Print Impaired, Bookshare and Hoopla. They are my go-to sources for great audio reads. If you read print, I am sure these gems of wisdom are available at your local library or where books are sold. Select one or two and enjoy the journey of decluttering your home, workplace and life.
6 Audiobooks on Getting Organized
1. Make Space for Happiness : How to Stop Attracting Clutter and Start Magnetizing the Life You Want by Tracy McCubbin
It’s time to make room in your life for happiness to blossom. Do you feel like you have too much stuff? A cluttered space isn’t just inconvenient. The truth is it’s hard to lead a joyful, purposeful life when the things around you detract from your relationships, habits, and goals.
But decluttering is more than getting rid of the stuff you already have. To make real change in your home, you need to look at how these excess possessions got there in the first place. This book examines the acquisition cycles that keep our homes overcrowded and distract us from going after the meaningful things we really want in our lives.
2. Making Space Clutter Free : The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need by Tracy McCubbin
Discover the freedom of a beautiful home, personal purpose, and joyful inner confidence Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin offers revolutionary help to anyone who has repeatedly tried to break their clutter’s mysterious hold. Her powerful answer lies in the 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks, unconscious obstacles that stood between thousands of her clients. Once a Clutter Block is revealed—and healed—true transformation of home and life is possible.
3. Simple Organizing: 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter by Melissa Michaels
Getting organized can feel like an impossible task. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The things you actually use need a designated home. The rest of the stuff is clutter and needs to be removed. Once you’ve determined which is which, order can easily be maintained.
4. Declutter Like a Mother : A Guilt-Free, No-Stress Way to Transform Your Home and Your Life by Allie
The author shares her powerful and proven method for clearing the clutter in our minds by first clearing the clutter in our homes, the place where transformation begins. When Casazza first became a mom, she found herself struggling to make it through each day. She battled fatigue, depression, and the unsettling feeling that she didn’t have what it took to do “this mom thing” well. When she realized the root of her burden was the overwhelm of physical clutter, she got intentional about what took up her space and time.
5. Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff : Declutter, Downsize and Move Forward with Your Life by Matt
The author distills his fail proof approach to decluttering and downsizing. Your boxes of photos, family China and even the kids’ height charts are just stuff. They are attached to a lifetime of memories. Letting them go can be scary. With empathy, expertise, and humor, this book helps you sift through years of clutter, let go of what no longer serves you, and identify the items worth keeping so that you can focus on living in the present.
6. How to Keep House While Drowning : A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis
This revolutionary approach to cleaning and organizing helps free you from feeling ashamed or overwhelmed by a messy home. If you are struggling to stay on top of your to-do list, you probably have a good reason: anxiety, fatigue, depression, ADHD, or lack of support.
For therapist KC Davis, the birth of her second child triggered a stress-mess cycle. The more behind she felt, the less motivated she was to start. She didn’t fold a single piece of laundry for seven months. One life-changing realization restored her sanity and the functionality of her home. You don’t work for your home; your home works for you. In other words, messiness is not a moral failing. A new sense of calm washed over her as she let go of the shame based messaging.