While clutter has become a major preoccupation for many people, there is a lack of agreement about its nature. For some, clutter is a lack of tidiness or a stumbling block to becoming organized. For others, clutter takes on a metaphysical aspect and is viewed as detrimental to achieving peace and harmony. In its most extreme form, clutter can turn into hoarding. The titles in this minibibliography cover clutter in all its manifestations, from Marie Kondo’s philosophy of judging whether objects spark joy through Peter Walsh’s program of proceeding room-by-room.
All titles in this minibibliography can be requested from your local cooperating library. The digital braille and talking book titles can be downloaded from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website. Contact your local cooperating library to register for BARD. Registered users may also download audio titles on iOS and Android devices using the BARD Mobile app. Braille titles may be downloaded on an iOS device linked by Bluetooth to a refreshable braille display. To find your library, go to Find a local library or call toll-free 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want under Everything You Own
by Joshua Becker
Discusses the potential benefits of owning less stuff and escaping the burden of clutter and excess, to be free to pursue personal dreams. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
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The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter
by Linda Cobb
Author of books on house cleaning (Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean (DB51054)) and home management (A Queen for All Seasons: A Year of Tips, Tricks, and Picks for a Cleaner House and a More Organized Life! (DB53944)) offers suggestions for getting rid of clutter. From room to room, Cobb shows how to use her QUEEN system: question, unpack, evaluate, eliminate, and neaten up. Her advice for the kitchen covers storage life for various foods. 2002.
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The Everything Feng Shui Book: Create Harmony and Peace in Any Room
by Katina Z. Jones
Describes the basics behind the Chinese belief in balance, harmony, and peace in living space. Explains how to use feng shui to create clutter-free, positive flow in all your rooms as well as outside in the garden and in your office. 2002.
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondō
A guide to decluttering the home from a cleaning and organization consultant, using the author’s KonMari Method, which focuses on categories of items rather than rooms. First published in Japanese in 2011. 2014
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by Marie Kondō
The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (DB80607) presents step-by-step instructions for her KonMari decluttering and organizing methods, including folding clothing, organizing drawers and closets, cleaning and hobby supplies, digital photos, and more. She also answers frequently asked questions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
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Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
Professional organizer’s approach to conquering clutter and chaos based on individual goals, habits, and psychological needs. Morgenstern outlines strategies using the “SPACE” formula for sorting, purging, containerizing, and equalizing the target area. She includes case studies, timelines, and tips on technology and storage products. 1998.
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You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too
by Tammy Strobel
Simple-living blogger shares recommendations for reducing reliance on material possessions, using time effectively, and recognizing the power of simple pleasures. Covers managing debt, downsizing a household and creating a meaningful work life. Includes a list of action items after each chapter. 2012.
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How to Organize Just About Everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System
by Peter Walsh
Anti-clutter expert and host of television’s Clean Sweep offers advice on organizing your entire life from education and career to social life and family affairs. Includes solutions for preparing for the unexpected, simplifying your life, and achieving dreams. 2004.
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It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
by Peter Walsh
Organizational consultant from television’s Clean Sweep presents a step-by-step program to help readers eliminate clutter and organize their homes. Covers each room—from kitchen and bath to home office and garage—with suggestions for taking inventory, assessing value, and cleaning out. Provides real-life examples and advice on coping with emotional attachment. 2007.
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Rightsizing Your Life
by Ciji Ware
Aiming her advice primarily at midlifers who are relocating, Ware describes ways to deal with the practical and emotional aspects of winnowing possessions to fit a new lifestyle and a smaller living space. Includes seven steps to accomplish rightsizing, tips on maintaining the changes, and a resource directory. 2007.
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by Barry Yourgrau
An ultimatum from his girlfriend motivates a New York writer to finally tackle his hoarding. Chronicles his research into hoarding, his attempts to tackle his issues through therapy and support groups, and his eventual decluttering efforts. 2015
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